HEALTHY LIVING

Nonprofit Yoga Group Links Cancer Survivors With Free Memberships To Local Studios

07/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Stephanie Adams' active life came to a screeching halt last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27. "It was very hard for me to do my everyday normal activities, yet alone go out running and snowboarding like I used to," said Adams, who lives on the upper East Side.

That's where Yoga Bear stepped in. The nonprofit links cancer survivors with free memberships to local yoga studios. The goal is to help build and maintain active and healthy lifestyles post-treatment. More than 140 yoga studios participate in the nationwide program, including 21 in the New York area.

"It's an easy way to give back," said Tara Stiles, owner of Strala Yoga. "It's not hard to give up one spot in a class to make sure someone who has gone through so much regains their strength and wellness."

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