What To Do When a Student Tells You About Their Cancer Diagnosis

One in every two people will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. But how do we respond when a student, friend, or family member tells us that they have been diagnosed with cancer?

In today’s episode, Nikola Ellis (she/her) shares her suggestions on what to say and do when someone you know tells you that they have cancer.

Nikola is a certified yoga therapist, psychotherapist, and online educator who has been immersed in yoga for 30 years. Trained in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya, she founded Adore Yoga in Sydney in 2002. Focusing on evidence-based yoga for special needs populations, she is passionate about developing yoga & meditation programs in clinical environments.

Nikola will also be joining us for the next Mental Health and Yoga Summit, starting on the 29th of August 2022, talking more about psycho-oncology and yoga.

The Summit is for Yoga Teachers who are interested in mental health and Mental Health professionals who are interested in yoga, and we do hope you can join us.

Sign up for this free online five-day Summit at www.mentalhealthandyogasummit.com.

Aug 21, 2022


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