Yoga it Pink: Awareness Raising & Fundraising for Breast Cancer
What is Wear it Pink day?
October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and October 23rd is Wear it Pink day. It is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK, and is held annually to raise awareness for breast cancer and donations to support the wonderful work done by Breast Cancer Now.
Wear it Pink does what it says on the tin. Everybody dons their pinkest t-shirt, hat, wig, skirt, socks or lippie and does their part to raise money. This year, there are some incredible events going on across the country, and the world, as people join together to support each other and fight breast cancer.
Yoga and Breast Cancer
I am certainly no expert when it comes to breast cancer and yoga, but I do believe that a yoga practice which includes gentle and restorative postures, and breathing and relaxation techniques can help relax, gently stretch the body, and give the mind some respite during the challenging times around diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
Some research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:
improve physical functioning
improve quality of life
It is important for anybody practicing yoga, and most importantly during times when you're body is undergoing treatment and may be weaker and under extra strain, to listen to their body and be aware of any limitations. Know what postures are good to take a break in (e.g. child's pose, savasana), always listen to your breath and if it ever becomes strained or faster than normal, slow your practice right down.
Speak to your teacher before practicing and be sure your teacher is confident to offer variations whenever needed. Speaking to your doctor, especially if you've recently had surgery, is also highly recommended. If you ever feel unwell, stop your practice straight away.
Having access to props to help support in some poses, for example a blanket and a cushion, may be really helpful too! This is your time to relax, so you have to be sure you have everything you need to be super comfortable.
Why Yoga it Pink?
In June this year, one of our dear friends and Frog Project yogi, Zoe, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has recently finished her chemotherapy treatment and now awaits her surgery in a few weeks.
We are joining together to help her raise awareness of breast cancer, and help other's spot the signs and symptoms early. We also hope to raise donations for Breast Cancer Now, to help them with their world-class research and life-changing care.
Yoga it Pink, Live & Online with The Frog Project, for Zoe!
On Sun 8th November, 12 noon (UK time), we hope to bring together Zoe's family, friends and anybody else from around the world, who would like to join together to raise support, awareness and donations for wonderful women like Zoe who are going through breast cancer.
The strength, bravery and good humour that Zoe displays everyday is incredible. She is a wonderful mother to her baby girl, Matea, and her and Darragh are working so hard to keep strong during this difficult time.
If you would like to join us in supporting Zoe, and other women like her, please join us for a gentle and restorative hour of classical hatha yoga. We'll be live and online and anybody body, age, shape, ability, gender, is more than welcome to join us. Wear something pink if you can, and participate as little or as much as you like.
Show up, donate and share your love with Zoe.
Who can come to Yoga it Pink?
Everybody is welcome to join us for Yoga it Pink. No prior experience of yoga is needed. Just the desire to show your support, raise awareness and donations, wear pink, and do some gentle yoga!
How do I sign up?
Signing up couldn't be easier. Simply click this link, fill in your name and email to register, and we'll send you details and the zoom link to join the class a couple of days before the event. The event is free and you may donate as much as you like.
How do I donate?
All donations will be accepted through JustGiving and all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Now. You can click here to make your donation.
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Carrie is a co-founder of The Frog Project, yoga teacher, and full time stay at home mum to two smalls. When she's not playing with the kids or practicing yoga, you'll likely find her in the middle of her veg patch, trowel in hand and covered in mud. She loves the outdoors, and would camp every night given the chance. She and her partner in crime, Martin, set up The Frog Project with the aim of bringing classical yoga to all, and deliver live online classes with a group of dedicated teachers, to students of all experiences, ages, shapes, sizes, jobs, lives, you name it, from all around the world. Join them now and get 15 days of free unlimited classes. It's just yoga.