LEWISTON – “Yoga For Life” will be the topic of a Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center Wellness for Life program set to begin on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Certified yoga instructor Marcy Covey will lead a series of classes that combine 30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise with 30 minutes of yoga, including stretching, breathing and relaxation.

The eight-week program will be offered from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the CMMC Health and Wellness Center in the lower level of the 12 High Street Medical Office Building.

Covey is an experienced health and wellness educator. She holds certifications in a variety of health and wellness activities.

The center began offering Wellness for Life in September 2004 in response to increasing national attention to the benefits of exercise for cancer patients during and after treatment.

Research demonstrates that exercise rehabilitation can improve lung function, energy capacity and muscular endurance and strength, and can decrease fatigue and depression in cancer survivors.

The wellness program includes opportunities for individual consultation and evaluation with a personal health counselor/trainer; a group exercise program that incorporates mind/body/spirit modalities; individualized workout sessions; and participation in the Cancer Wellness and Support Group.

A recent grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation allowed CMCCC to expand the program to include nutritional services.

Phone 795-2473 for more information. The program is jointly sponsored by the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

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