Mind / Body Classes

Attendance at an orientation is required.  Classes are weekly and held at Hope Connections unless otherwise noted.  Please RSVP when indicated.  Comfortable clothing and physician approval recommended.


Weekly Classes

Gentle Yoga

Mondays, 10 - 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. led by Sue Dorfman, ERYT
Mondays, 10 - 11 a.m. at Aquilino Cancer Center, led by Susan Murray Young, MS, RYT
Wednesdays, 10 - 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., led by Liz Chabra, ERYT 
Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, led by Susan Murray Young, MS, RYT

These classes combine stretching, breathing, and relaxation exercises to help improve muscle tone, aid in stress management, and promote a sense of well-being.


Inner Peace & Healing
Tuesdays, 10 - 11 a.m.

While living with cancer, inner resources are often depleted.  Join energy healer Afie Lattimer as she provides information, insights, and exercises to increase a sense of inner peace and personal empowerment.


Heart Art
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.  - 12 p.m.

Enjoy painting from the heart, led by energy healer Afie Latimer.


Pink Ribbon Pilates
Wednesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Jill Studley, Certified Pilates Instructor, leads this class for breast cancer survivors with the assistance of Ann Hallman. Healthy lifestyle and positive body image are part of the experience as participants are challenged to regain strength and mobility.


Vacation From Cancer

Thursdays, 6 - 8 p.m.

Creativity is the immune system that keeps your soul healthy.  Take a short break from the work and worry of dealing with cancer. Writer and artist Susan Silk will show you ways to engage your creative mind.  Learn to do Zentangle, writing from the heart, sketching and creative journaling.  No artistic talent is required; it's about the process not the product.


Knitting, Stitch & Chat
Fridays, 10 - 11 a.m.

Kathryn Winsberg, with 42 years  of knitting experience and endless patience, leads this weekly group. In addition to knitting, lovers of all forms of stitch craft and handiwork are welcome to attend. Experience is not required.


Guided Mindful Meditation
Fridays, 11:30 am -12:30 pm

May Benatar, PhD, LCSW-C leads this weekly group.  Modern science has confirmed that a meditation practice actually changes the brain, strengthens immunity, reduces anxiety, and lowers blood pressure.  Join May and learn the skill that once acquired will benefit you in mind, body and spirit.


Monthly Classes:

Hypnosis for Symptom Reduction
1st Thursday of each month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

Hypnosis has been shown to decrease pain, anxiety and stress as well as other symptoms related to cancer treatment.  Certified hypnotherapist Don Pelles will teach self-hypnosis techniques that will assist in the management of these symptoms.


Reiki Share
2nd Thursday of each month, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Reiki Master Susan Kilborn provides an understanding of the principles of Reiki and techniques for individuals to achieve healing effects through self-treatment.


2nd Friday of each month, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Relax and strengthen your body, calm your mind and relieve stress. Jason Burke, L.Ac. will guide you through the ancient practice of Quigoing with easy to learn therapeutic techniques that can be done standing, sitting or using a chair for balance and stability.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
3rd Thursday of each month, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. 

Lynne Shaner, advanced EFT practitioner, will provide instruction in EFT to help manage and reduce stress and pain, on both the physical and emotional level. 


Relaxation & Tranquility
4th Thursday of each month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Let your body feel relaxation and your mind experience tranquility. Led by Larry Bricker, M.Ed. & Reiki Master, learn and practice techniques to minimize pain, reduce stress and increase feelings of wellness. Methods used include visual imagery, progressive relaxation, 
Reiki energy healing and meditation. 


For a PDF of our program calendar, click here.  For an interactive calendar of events, click the calendar link.