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The YMCA holds a yoga class for cancer survivors twice a week The YMCA holds a yoga class for cancer survivors twice a week
Carmen Otano is cancer free and loves attending the yoga class each week Carmen Otano is cancer free and loves attending the yoga class each week
Participants use stability balls to work on balance and core strength Participants use stability balls to work on balance and core strength
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Some cancer survivors are adding a new treatment to their recovery process. The Albany Area YMCA holds yoga classes for cancer survivors twice a week.

 Each of these women has a different story but they share similar outcomes. They are all breast cancer survivors.

"I found it myself because I do my self exams and everything," said Carmen Otano. "I have a little thing on the bathroom that show me how to do it, and I do it in the bathroom in the shower, and I do it in the bed looking at myself in the mirror and I found the lump."

Carmen Otano has been cancer free following four rounds of chemotherapy. She's about to have a second mastectomy to prevent getting cancer again.

"I want to get it over with I don't want to have any more mammograms anymore surprises or anything," said Otano.

 Instructor Donnette Lewis says yoga allows these women to find true relaxation through the body and mind.

"Being aware of your breath makes it better to be aware of life itself in all aspects," said Donnette Lewis.

 Participants use chairs and stability balls to work on balance and core strength. Each stretch and breath give these women more energy.

"I can come here and spend an hour and not think about any of my problems or worries, it's totally freedom for this one hour," said Celeste Hart.

 "They just go out feeling like a new person, it just gives them energy rather than depletes it," said Lewis.

Otano says the bond between the women is amazing, and she encourages other cancer survivors to join.

 "I would encourage every cancer survivor or any person who loves exercise whether you've had breast cancer, this class help you a lot," said Otano.

Franessa Stalter wants to share this message with others.

 "Early detection saves lives," said Stalter.

The class is held every Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The free class is sponsored by Phoebe New Foundation and the YMCA. It is open to all Cancer Survivors. For more information on the class contact Donnette Lewis at 436-0532 ext. 222.

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