Cancer patients are being given free access to a leading online yoga service as part of a brand new partnership between Bloodwise and Yoogaia. As well as offering yoga to support patients with their recovery, it is hoped the collaboration will raise thousands of pounds to help beat blood cancer.
Yoogaia.com, the world’s fully interactive yoga online studio, has pledged its support to help fund the charity’s vital research projects and patient services that support the 38,000 people affected by blood cancer and related disorders each year. Yoogaia will donate £1 to Bloodwise for every new user that signs up to the service between 4 to 14 February. Patients and Bloodwise supporters are encouraged to use the code BLOODWISE to access a two week free trial.
Londoner Carly Wilton, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2010, practices yoga weekly to help with side effects from her treatment. She says: “After successfully completing treatment for lymphoma I was left with mild secondary lymphoedema in my legs. Practising yoga once a week has helped me to keep this under control, working closely with my teacher to focus on poses which encourage lymphatic circulation via stretching and deep breathing. She also identified some poses which deal with particular areas of blockage in my lymph nodes. Doing yoga has left me more relaxed and helped with my recovery.”
Diana Jupp, Director of Patient Services at Bloodwise, says: “We are really excited to be working with Yoogaia to improve the lives of blood cancer patients. This partnership not only promises to raise money for Bloodwise, but the online yoga classes provide patients with the opportunity to practice yoga in the comfort of their own home. This is an important consideration and option for any patient at risk of infection or experiencing tiredness as a result of chemotherapy treatment. The more people that sign up to try Yoogaia, the more people affected by blood cancer that we can help, so we encourage you to give it a go!”
Mikko, Petaja, Chief Executive of Yoogaia, adds: “We hope that as many people as possible sign up to our service during the 4 to 14 February campaign and help us to raise money for the vital work of Bloodwise. Participating is free and easy, and you don’t need any previous yoga experience to enjoy the classes.”
To sign up for a two week free trial, visit Yoogaia.com and enter the code BLOODWISE.