Provider becomes yoga instructor to help patients heal through yoga
It’s a Friday night in the middle of May and patrons eagerly gather at the studio, exchanging knowing glances among them. Many who’ve come this night are bonded by friendships forged by parallel experiences and stories shared whereas others have stories yet to be told.
This class is different than many others like it. Even one of the instructors is different on this particular night. The women who are attending are part of a nationwide event called Project:OM, raising funds directly benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Alivia Cetas, who is co-leading this class, has devoted much of her extra time this past year to becoming a yoga instructor. She is also a board-certified surgical oncologist at Legacy Medical Group – Surgical Oncology at both Legacy Meridian Park in Tualatin and Legacy Medical Group – Women’s Specialties in West Linn.
“We decided to create an event doing this with only breast cancer survivors. Some of the breast cancer survivors carry survivor's guilt. This is an opportunity to look at a healing and bonding experience shared with other breast cancer survivors with an event that will be duplicated across the country in a way to give back and contribute to the community who supported them. What strength in this experience together!” shares Dr. Cetas.
Yoga has been an important part of her adult life. Some in this gathered group practice yoga regularly, some are new to an activity like yoga. Dr. Cetas goes on to say, “I have seen the direct impact on yoga in the lives of my patients. The patients who have a regular yoga practice or develop one after their treatment appear to do better through treatment and transition to survivorship well, even if there have been difficult bumps in the road. But, I hear, when can I start again? What are my limitations? So, I decided to complete a yoga teacher training program through Sellwood Yoga this past year which was a truly illuminating experience.” And on this night, it showed.
In the next story of this series, we’ll hear from one of her patients who practice yoga or dance as part of their survivorship experience.
To learn more about Project:OM or the Susan G. Komen Foundation, please click on their links to visit their websites.