Yoga Therapy for Heart Disease & COPD

Our immune system is our innate capacity and wisdom to maintain equilibrium, restore health, and rejuvenate. A variety of stressors - physical and psychosocial, internal and external - can impact and impede our capacity for self-healing.

This gentle workshop will help you tap into and boost your body's and mind's own healing powers and support the parasympathetic nervous system, and is geared for adults facing challenges due to all stages (in or out of treatment) of heart disease, heart conditions, and chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as caregivers.

Our emphasis will be on reducing the affects of stress in the body-mind, boosting relaxation, improving efficient breathing, alleviating side effects of symptoms and treatment, exploring heart-rate variability, and restoring vitality. We will practice awareness, gentle postures (on chairs or on the floor), breathing exercises, deep relaxation, guided imagery, meditation, and skillful application of yoga in our daily lives. Enjoy renewal from the inside out!

No previous yoga experience required. In Takoma Park.

"Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, and facilitate healing in the person at all levels."
- TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar

Lakshmi is a Yoga Therapist who has been working with clients with cancer and chronic illness since 2011. She was trained as a yoga therapist by Jnani Chapman, a cardiac rehab nurse who designed the initial yoga protocol for Dean Ornish, M.D.'s Program to Reverse Heart Disease - a comprehensive lifestyle approach that has supported thousands of patients since 1983. Lakshmi is certified through the International Association for Yoga Therapists.

Date, Time and Location

Sat Jan 5 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM -- TP

Registration Options

REGISTER Per Person — $30.00


Lakshmi Kanter, Yoga Therapist and E-RYT200, RYT500 Yoga Teacher, has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2009. Lakshmi strongly believes that everyone can do yoga! Her yoga classes are woven with kindness, precision, therapeutics, and stress reduction techniques - promoting health and healing in body and mind, heart and soul. Yoga and meditation have transformed her both energetically and physically, helping her heal from physical injuries and also from the loss of her mother to breast cancer in 1999. Her Sri Lankan mother often spoke about the incredible healing power of our own breath, and Lakshmi now understands the truth and profundity of that insight.

She has received Awakened Heart Meditation teacher training through Sally Kempton and the Dharana Institute, and completed Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness and Dying, a nine-month course offered by Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She was first trained through Willow Street Yoga Center, and is also certified by Jnani Chapman in Integral Yoga Therapy for Cancer and Chronic Illness (YCat), and is on the YCat training faculty.

Lakshmi has guided people to deepen their relationship with their physical, mental, and energetic selves in many different realms. In 2014, she wrote a series of award-winning guided art contemplations for The Phillips Collection. She has led yoga classes and retreats for people with cancer through INOVA Alexandria Hospital’s Life With Cancer program, Washington Cancer Institute, and Yogaville, and worked with the Cancer Help Program at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, She has also taught trauma survivors and human trafficking survivors and assisted retreats at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.