In 2016 Fiona Munro was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sadly, in 2020 she passed away from the disease. As a fully trained yoga and mediation teacher, three years ago she decided to share a gentle yoga sequence that has been specially designed for women living with and beyond ovarian cancer. We are so grateful for the incredible dedication Fi shared, helping to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and her beautiful words will continue to be an inspiration to many.
"I don’t know if yoga and embracing holistic health healed my cancer but one thing is for sure, it healed my fear of cancer and taught me how to live again. I now embrace a happy and fulfilling life flowing with joy and positivity. Having started my teacher training as a means of supporting my own healing I now want to share this knowledge with others and help them on a journey to recovery too."
Yoga involves positioning your body in different ways and doing breathing exercises. There are different types, and most use some form of meditation or relaxation. Some use very gentle stretches, movement and meditation. Others involve more vigorous physical movements.
Yoga teachers promote it as a natural way to help you relax and cope with stress, anxiety and depression and enhance well being.
Some people with cancer say that yoga helps calm their mind so that they can cope better with their cancer and its treatment. Others say it helps to reduce symptoms and side effects such as pain, tiredness, sleep problems and depression.
Yoga can sometimes help you to move around more quickly and easily after surgery for cancer.
Fi Munro PhD is a multi-award winning researcher, author, blogger, speaker and mentor. Her book, How Long Have I Got? Is out now and available on Amazon.