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Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

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This course was recorded in March 2017

Course Description:

“You have cancer”; all cancer patients remember the lived experience of hearing those words. They recall the date, the room, maybe even the doctor’s expression.

Some aspects of shock can remain as significant body memory indefinitely – the protective tension at the centre of the body, the eyes wide and rigid, the whole body still, barely breathing.

This sympathetic nervous system tone can linger, continuing to signal the body to protect against imminent danger, resulting in a feeling of uncomfortable vigilance or generalized anxiety. People can feel as though they are not in their body, not in the present, and thus not able to support themselves or direct their care.

Through subtle somatic yoga practices, we can have a direct breath and movement conversation with the nervous system and begin to heal the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. In this workshop, learn simple and unique ways of being with diagnosis shock through practices that cultivate inquiry, compassionately acknowledge the wisdom of the body, and bring curiosity and ease to de-patterning.

Through embodied yoga practice, we can help clients face cancer with authenticity and regain agency in their treatment and self-care.

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Learning Objectives

In this online course with Anne Pitman, you will:

  1. To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems
  2. To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga for cancer patients.
  3. To experience yoga practices in oncology
  4. To develop the knowledge and skills to improve the healthcare experience of individuals with different needs, illnesses, goals, and objectives.


This online course is open to all yoga instructors and healthcare professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses, and midwives.

This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2017

The instructors
Helene Couvrette
Co-Founder, President of MISTY

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics.

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

MISTY is an organization by Helene Couvrette that provides high quality continuing education for healthcare professionals, yoga therapists, and educators who have a shared passion in the mission of yoga therapy and science.

Anne Pitman
M. Sc. E-RYT

Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.

Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.

Course Material included in this course
  • Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis
  • Welcome & Resources
  • Integrative Cancer Care & Research
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • The Shock of Cancer & How People React
  • Dispelling Shock & Giving Agency
  • How to Treat Shock in Practice
  • Treating Shock with Yoga: Slow, Heavy & Fluid
  • Treating Shock with Yoga: Shaking
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
  • Case Studies in Cancer
  • Introduction
  • The OICC
  • What is Cancer?
  • Yoga, Inflammation & Cancer
  • Cancer is Shocking & It's a Full Time Job
  • Embodied Yoga Therapy
  • How We Look at the Case Studies
  • The Structure of the Case Studies
  • Intro to Sandy, the Problem with Case Studies, and How Information is Given to Patients
  • Case Study 1 - Sandy
  • Case Study 2 - Julie Part 1
  • Case Study 2 - Julie Part 2
  • Case Study 3 - Penny
  • Case Study 4 - Geoff
  • Case Study 5 - Dale Part 1
  • Case Study 5 - Dale Part 2
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
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