Yoga practitioners support City of Hope's search for cures

March 18, 2014 | by Kelly Mayfield

Yoga for Hope participants at Union Square in San Francisco Yoga for Hope participants at Union Square in San Francisco

Yoga for Hope embodies City of Hope's mission of compassion, sustaining the mind and body while supporting the search for cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. Now in its fifth year, hundreds of yoga practitioners in San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle will put down their mats to raise funds for research and treatment.

The healing power of yoga for cancer patients has been shown to promote better sleep, decrease fatigue and increase overall quality of life, according to a study by the University of Rochester Medical Center. City of Hope, through the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, offers yoga sessions as part of the Healing Arts Program, which also includes music therapy and writing workshops.

"Our participants are passionate about their practice of yoga, which translates into commitment to the work that City of Hope is doing," said Mindy Finkelstein, San Francisco director of philanthropy.

2014 Yoga for HopeYoga for Hope was launched by Lisa Considine, longtime City of Hope fundraiser and devoted yogi. Considine ended her courageous battle with cancer in 2013 - this thriving event is her legacy.

Each event feature sessions taught by well-known instructors from local studios, workshops, musical performances and more. To date, Yoga for Hope has raised nearly $500,000 to benefit City of Hope's research and treatment programs.

For Yoga for Hope dates and locations, and to register, visit cityofhope.org/yogaforhope.

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