Yoga instructor gives back after battle with cancer

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM.

"When I knew I was going to survive, I thought, 'How can I give back?' I feel God is curing me to help others," she says now.

Her answer came while in her oncologist's office when Papciak read about a national support group that offers free yoga classes to those taking cancer treatments. She then met some people at a support group who she felt would benefit from the program.

The owners of Balance enthusiastically gave permission to use their studio and became members of the national organization YogaBear.

YogaBear is the national organization offering free yoga classes for people currently undergoing treatment for any kind of cancer where the patients can participate in a yoga class that focuses on postures and movements specially designed for them and their needs while they are in treatment.

"People with cancer need to do something to move their bodies so they feel better and don't get depressed," said Papciak. "We use a very gentle restorative yoga with light touch and aromatherapy. I will love them as someone who has been through it; they know I understand. This is a way for me to give back and I feel it's what God is calling me to do. I feel great and am getting awesome reports from my oncologist that the cancer is almost gone. I attribute this great outcome to many prayers, family support, and the love and support from my yoga family."

The free yoga classes for those currently undergoing cancer treatment kicks off Oct. 18 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Classes are at 11:30 every Thursday at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove. For more information call 850-532-4295.  

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