Education and Wellness

We offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.

We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast and ovarian cancer.

Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Updates for details.


Tai Chi

WHEN: Every Monday starting 12/7/20, 10:30 – 11:30 am (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

NOTE: Space is limited. Please call for more information.

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

The basic principle of Tai Chi (TIE-chee) is to cultivate what the Chinese allude to as the 3 treasures: mind, body, spirit. The practice includes a series of exercises called Silk Reeling (slow, repetitive, meditative movements) followed by form practice. Benefits include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a sense of well-being.

In this class, a basic beginner form will be taught. Learn to focus the mind while working on the principles of posture and motion. The goal is to help each student understand the mind-body relationship so they can continue to grow with the forms they have learned long after class ends.

INSTRUCTOR: Alan Bandes. Alan has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.


Meditation

WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11 am (NY time)
WHERE: Telephone conference call

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time the day before: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time out of our day to nurture ourselves and find calm and peace. Support Connection invites you to join Alan Bandes, our beloved Tai Chi teacher, as he offers a weekly meditation class via toll free teleconference. Alan will share the basics of meditation and will lead us in a soothing, relaxing 15 minute guided meditation.

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Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

WHEN: Saturdays; Two sessions offered: 10 – 10:45 am and 11 – 11:45 am (check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Online program

Open to women who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.

INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for 20 years and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for at least 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing.

Doris, a regular participant, says “Mia’s knowledgeable, gentle approach brings a sense of peace and awareness that stays with me long after the class is over.”

*This program is funded in part by a grant from the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.


It’s Okay to Grieve, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion for Men Living With Loss

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 7 – 8 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to men nationwide who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., Oct. 26.

It is never possible to prepare yourself for the loss of a spouse or partner. Learning how to cope with the grief and the impact on your life is hard to do alone. Speaking with others who’ve also been through it is an excellent way to learn and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have experienced loss, regardless of how much time has gone by. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • There is no one way to grieve: no right way, and no wrong way.
  • Understanding the challenges and uncertainties that accompany loss.
  • Dealing with unexpected “trigger points” and reminders.
  • Coping with loneliness, holidays.
  • Giving yourself permission to move forward.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes. Alan has personally experienced the loss of his beloved wife to breast cancer, and serves as volunteer facilitator for our ongoing group “Men’s Night Out: For Men Living With Loss.”

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Rosen Movement: A Gentle Wellness Class

WHEN: Fridays, November 6, 13 and 20, 10:30 – 11:45 am (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on the day before the session.

Are you are looking for a new way to reduce stress, relax, and connect with your body, in the comfort of your home? Then consider trying Rosen Movement. Developed by physical therapist Marion Rosen, a health and wellness pioneer, Rosen Movement encourages relaxation through range of motion and stretching exercises set to music. The sequence of movements encourages flexibility through joint lubrication, chest and rib expansion, muscle lengthening and ease of body, mind and spirit. The movements are easy and simple.

No experience necessary. All you need are comfortable clothing and a private space to move freely. Attend one or all of the sessions. Class size is limited so please register early.

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Ross is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Rosen Method Bodyworker. She is also certified in Core Energetic Therapy and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Betty is also a breast cancer survivor.

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Soup’s On! A Virtual Cooking Class

WHEN: Monday, November 9, 1 – 2:15 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National Webinar

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Fri., Nov. 6.

Nothing beats a hot bowl of healthy and delicious soup on a cold day! This fun and educational program will feature a cooking demonstration where our instructor will prepare red lentil soup that’s vegan, gluten-free and full of plant-based proteins. When you register, we’ll send you the recipe in case you’d like to cook along with her.

Our instructor will also share:

  • Secrets for enhancing flavor when making homemade soup.
  • Medicinal benefits of spices and nutrient dense ingredients.
  • How to make a hearty meal on a shoestring budget.
  • Tips on stocking your freezer to always have “emergency soup” on hand for when you just don’t feel like cooking.

After the cooking demo, there will a question and answer period.

INSTRUCTOR: Susan Chasen is a certified and professionally trained health coach and the owner of The Organic Teaching Kitchen in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Susan graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2009.

Susan supports clients in building a healthy eating foundation through education and “hands-on cooking” in the kitchen. Susan sees clients privately and in groups, coaching them on eliminating gluten, making over their pantries, and even accompanying them to the supermarket, where she shows what to stock up on and which aisles to avoid. In 2012, Susan opened The Organic Teaching Kitchen, equipped with a “teaching kitchen and organic garden.” The kitchen and garden provide sustenance, inspiring the basics of good nutrition.

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For Men Only, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion For Men With A Spouse Or Partner Going Through Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 7-8 pm NY time
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to men nationwide who have a spouse or partner living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., Dec. 7.

It may be your spouse or partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but it also affects you, as well as your family. You want to help and be supportive, but it’s not always easy to know how. Speaking with others who are in the same situation is an excellent way to learn, get ideas, and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have a spouse or partner dealing with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • What it’s like to see your spouse or partner go through cancer, and how it affects you.
  • How cancer can impact you and your spouse or partner, your relationship and your family.
  • Coping strategies for you, your spouse or partner, and your family.
  • Giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs at the same time as you support your loved one.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes. Alan has personally experienced coping with his own wife’s breast cancer journey, and serves as volunteer facilitator for our men’s open discussion programs.

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Coping with Stress and Anxiety: An Open Discussion

WHEN: Tuesday, December 15, 1-2 pm NY time
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., Dec. 14.

This will be an open discussion on coping with anxiety and stress while also dealing with cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic.

A cancer diagnosis brings a rollercoaster of physical and emotional challenges. Regardless of where you are in your journey, there is anxiety and stress to manage. The unprecedented times we are living in add to the sense of uncertainty and lack of control. Coping during these times requires even greater resilience and support. Join us for an open discussion where participants can share experiences and openly talk with others about these issues.

This is not an educational program; it is a discussion group facilitated by a Support Connection Peer Counselor. The discussion will include some strategies and resources for self-care and for managing anxiety and stress. The program will conclude with listening to a guided meditation recording, created for Support Connection by our weekly meditation instructor.

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