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Coming Soon to a Yoga Studio Near You-Yoga for Cancer Patients

Yoga helps us to relieve stress and clear our minds, and it can also be very beneficial to those fighting cancer. These days, along with teaching all the poses and breathing techniques, yoga instructors are finding ways to go one step further and design classes that are specific to those with cancer.

Although there is no data proving that yoga has an effect on the disease itself, there is evidence that cancer patients who participate in regular yoga classes heal the rift between their minds and bodies caused by the rigours of cancer treatment. When a body has been bombarded by months of the effects of cancer and the treatments required, patients lose their ability to trust its strength or even its ability to get back to performing everyday tasks. That's where breathing techniques and gentle yoga positions can help. Check your local yoga studios for special classes for cancer patients.

Stand Up for Clean Air

First there was bottled water. Could bottled air be next on the agenda? Well, it might be if you left it up to Canadians. Almost four out of ten of us think that our health has been adversely affected by air pollution and expect it to further affect us in the future.

Air pollution and emissions seem to be the biggest environmental concern on the minds of those surveyed-with good reason. It's estimated that air pollution is the cause of 16,000 premature deaths from cancer and respiratory illnesses in Canada every year. Part of the blame lies with lax emission laws. In fact, only six of the thousands of chemicals released into the air we breathe daily are subject to federal regulation.

So what can you, as a concerned citizen, do? Well, you have several options. One is to band together with your community and make your opinions known. As a group you can support those organizations that are already on the emission-reduction bandwagon. You can lend a hand to your local environmental groups. If there are none in your area, start one yourself. Write letters to editors of your local paper, presidents of companies that are known polluters, and to government officials like your federal and provincial Ministers of the Environment. Voice your opinion with your vote and aim to elect officials that make preservation of our environment their priority.

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