Community Programs

Yoga Thrive

yogathrive-scheduleYoga Thrive is a research-based, therapeutic yoga program for cancer survivors and their support persons. This gentle, 12-week yoga program is based on hatha yoga, but has been modified for cancer survivors; especially those who are experiencing stiffness, pain, stress or fatigue. Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed has been researching the benefits of this program since 2002. Past participants have found significant benefits in overall mood, stress levels, physical strength, and quality of life.

Yoga Thrive is open to all cancer survivors (on or off treatment) and their support persons. Class sizes are kept small (15 max.) to ensure individual attention and safety, and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Each class is 75 minutes and held once per week over a 12-week period. The program is progressive (i.e. each class builds on the previous) and led by a certified instructor trained in the Yoga Thrive program. Participants have the option of registering in either level I or level II. Regardless of level, the Yoga Thrive program honours each individual body and its current limitations.

If you are in Calgary, please visit the CancerBridges Calendar. If you are outside of Calgary the contact information for the facilitator is provided below or on the “Help For Survivors – Local Resources” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the website.

To Learn More about the great Yoga Thrive program and the other activities of the Culos-Reed Health and Wellness Lab visit their website:

Instructor: Daena Blixhavn

Instructor: Katherine Paterson

Instructor: Candace McKim

Instructor: Alana Jessen

Instructors: Becky Brezovski, Gina deBoer, Susan Drblik, Vickie MacArthur

Instructor: Dawn Olson

Instructor: Angela Wiens

Instructor: Becky Brezovski



CancerBridgesCancerBridges: Helping Cancer Survivors Make the Rest of Their Life the Best of Their Life

The Alberta CancerBRIDGES team is a large provincial collection of people with special interest in researching and delivering evidence-based survivorship care. The team members include researchers, physicians, oncologists and survivors located mostly in Alberta. Our mission is to engage and empower cancer survivors throughout their cancer journey by providing support, information and opportunities to be directly involved in their care.

The website has a wealth of practical videos and blog posts about the different challenges facing cancer survivors and include a lot of information about different Alberta health care and community complementary therapy programs. Some of the programs we have information on include:

Exercise Programs – Restorative Yoga, Mindful Hiking, Personal Training and Exercise Plans, QiGong, Tai Chi, Dance… there are a lot of great opportunities in Alberta to get active and regain some of the vitality that cancer may have taken from you. Exercise have been shown to significantly make cancer survivors lives better and Alberta is a leader in the cancer and exercise field!

Art and Music Programs – Ever wonder how painting with watercolors can help you feel better? How does sitting in a circle and drumming make a difference in your cancer journey? There are lots of programs that explore art and music as a healing tool such as Leather Journal Making, Painting with Water Colors, Drumming Circles, Drawing, Harp Circles, Photography, and Creative Writing to name a few. You will find quickly that art and music can have amazing power to help you in your cancer journey.

Education and Support Programs – There are many ways that we can live better lives despite what may be happening to us. Learning tips, techniques and tools to manage what life throws at us is no more important then when diagnosed with cancer. In Alberta there are many education and support programs to help such as Mindful Meditation to Manage Stress, Growing and Cooking Healthy Food from Your Garden, Better Choices Better Health and Relaxation Groups. Gaining tools to live a healthier life is an important part of your cancer journey that will help you make the rest of your life the best of your life.

You can find out about all these programs and more on the event calendar or by visiting the CancerBridges blog.

It is a great idea to join the CancerBridges Survivor Network, so that you can stay up to date on the new developments around cancer survivorship and the excellent programs that are happening all around the province.

Make sure you take a look at this great resource!


Wellspring Calgary was born of a dream…  Motivated by their own personal experience with cancer, our co-founders John Stephure, Rita Egizii, and Barbara Cunnings-Versaevel dreamed of a safe, warm, welcoming place that people could come home to when faced with a cancer diagnosis. They dreamed of a place where resources were freely shared, life was celebrated, and hope restored.
A place where people could feel at home; a place people could call home. We warmly welcome you to this home, Wellspring Calgary’s Carma House.

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