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
Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m., led by Amy Pfaehler, RYT-200
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.

Regain Your Strength Exercise
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Feeling stronger, but not sure how far to take your exercise routine? Kym Sevilla, E-RYT, AHFE, CET leads this class of strengthening and balance exercises. Learn how to warm up, stretch and center. Participants work out at a personally appropriate level. Please wear athletic shoes and loose clothing.

Inner Peace & Healing
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.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.


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

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


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.


Bi-Monthly Class:

Reiki Share
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 2-4 p.m.
Debbie Myers Alexander provides an understanding of the principles of Reiki and techniques for individuals to achieve healing benefits through self-treatment.

Monthly Classes:

Book Club
4th Wednesday of each month, 2-3 p.m.

Facilitated by Katy Cooke, this group will read and discuss books recommended by participants. 


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.


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

Lynne Shaner & Bev Nerenberg provide instruction in EFT, often referred to as acupuncture without needles, to help manage and reduce stress and pain, on physically and emotionally.  


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.