FORTY FORT, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Millions of Americans practice yoga.
Some do it to gain flexibility, others to relieve stress.
But as our Jasmine Brooks found out, those affected by cancer feel it also improves their overall health.
    Here’s this month’s Buddy Check.
And don’t forget to call your Buddy!

The soothing sound of instrumental music…Accompanied with candlelight and a soft mat.

Just watching others practice yoga can be relaxing.

Gary Edwards has made yoga a part of his daily routine.
Today, he’s following the lead of Theresa Novak, who’s been practicing yoga for over twenty-years.

 
“it’s a form of training the mind to train the body so that you could mediate. And in order to medidate, you need to relax.”

Relaxing…Something Edwards looks forward to on a daily basis. 23-years-ago, Edwards battled parotid cancer in his jaw…And he experienced reaccurances  just 2-years-ago.
Yoga has helped him recover.

 
“I was suffering from a lot of pain in my jaw from previous surgery and radiation treatment. So i came here to start getting some relief from that.”

Edwards comes to Candy’s Place in Forty Fort several times a week to practice yoga.

It’s one of several free services provided to those affected by cancer.

Theresa Novak, yoga instructor
Practicing yoga for 20 years
 
“Many of our clients have gone through surgery and have different restrictions; muscularly and physically. With the one on one yoga, it’s kind of like a physically therapy.”

 
 
“Whether you’re fighting it for a long period of time or a short period of time, i think that having a strong body and a strong mind certainly helps.” Said Edwards
 

Don’t forget to call your Buddy and remind them to do a self breast exam.  It is a call that can save their life.