We were welcomed with a green juice, freshly prepared by Gloria. A tangy blend of spinach, celery, cucumber, mint and green tea awakened our senses as Gloria kicked off proceedings by telling us of her own experiences. A few years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer and embarked on a journey which led her to take charge of her own health. She re-educated and re-balanced herself and is now about to celebrate five years of living cancer free.
This process of successfully transforming her own lifestyle inspired Gloria to help others and now she runs her own business as a health coach, supporting people to feel empowered to improve their own health and well-being. She spoke about how important juicing was to her recovery, juicing on average 6 times a week! (Watch this space for a special juicing workshop coming soon)
Aside from these fledgling proofs, Barbara spoke on the undoubtable well-being benefits of yoga including improved sleep, appetite, and lymphatic flow; enhanced energy, digestion, joint health, circulation and respiration and increased strength and flexibility, both physically and mentally. For all these reasons Barbara believes yoga is something that should be accessible to everyone it may benefit, and there was no better note on which to begin the class.
Barbara encouraged us all to find a place of calm on our individual yoga mats and to begin to focus on our breathing and our sense of place within the room. Now was the time to let any distracting thoughts pass overhead, feeling the air moving in and out of the tip of the nose. With a voice that epitomised tranquillity, Barbara led us through a series of gentle poses, inviting us to participate as
It was an incredibly grounding experience with an atmosphere was one of mutual peace. Barbara asked us to think of a word during the session describing how we felt and the overwhelming answer was ‘calm’. Aside from all the potential medical benefits, this sense of calm was perhaps the clearest cut value of the class. At any time in life serenity can be hard to find and especially so when facing cancer, yet it seemed the practise of yoga could help.
As the class disbanded, some perhaps felt they were moving forward with a new tool whilst others had reaffirmed what was already important to them. Barbara very much envisages yoga as a way of life, bringing balance, strength and unity to the body and mind. After such a therapeutic afternoon, it was hard not to be convinced.
Barbara Gallani runs regular sessions for people affected by cancer at The Life Centre in Islington, for more information please click here.
Gloria Halim offers advice as a certified health coach and also runs workshops, retreats and detox programs through her company Rock on Divas, for more information please click here.