Sat, Mar 19|
"Open Yourself to Abundance" Yoga with Justine
In this 60-minute practice we will focus on the yogic concept of asteya. Asteya encourages us to appreciate that our lives are abundant as they are, that we have enough and are enough. (For patients and caregivers)
Time & Location
Mar 19, 2022, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PDT
About the Event
In this 60-minute practice we will focus on the yogic concept of asteya. Asteya encourages us to appreciate that our lives are abundant as they are, that we have enough and are enough.The class will begin with breathwork (pranayama), move into some gentle physical movement (asana) focused on opening, and end with a meditation centered around the affirmation of “I am enough.” We will pair breath with movement coming from a place of mindfulness and self-compassion.
(for patients and caregivers)
What to Bring:
A yoga mat (or other supportive, comfortable surface to practice on)
A couple of pillows and a blanket (if you have access to it)
BIO: Justine Egan-Kunicki (she/her/hers) is a 33 year old Latina breast cancer survivor, yoga teacher, social psychologist, and fur mom. She was diagnosed with Stage 1b PR+ ER+ HER2- breast cancer at 23 years old in 2012 when she had a bilateral mastectomy, went through AC-T chemotherapy, and was on Tamoxifen for seven years.
Justine received her Ph.D. in psychology in 2016, currently works as a professor of psychology and has always had a passion for mental health. She practiced yoga prior to her diagnosis, but stopped for a time during and after treatment. She found her way back to yoga after a reconstruction revision surgery in 2019. Justine took this time as a sign to recommit to her personal yoga practice, which helped her connect back to her body in a way she had not felt since prior to her diagnosis. She learned about the importance of one’s breath and how by bringing our attention to it, we can begin to listen deeply and heal from the inside out.
Justine wanted to share her experience with yoga, and begin giving back to the breast cancer community which has supported her throughout her diagnosis and recovery. To do this, she completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification in May 2021 through IgniteBeWell under Susanna Barkataki which centered on embodying the roots of yoga, equity, and social justice. Justine’s teaching primarily focuses on accessible, gentle and restorative asana (physical practice), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. Justine currently runs a free weekly meditation group for breast cancer affected folks (previvors, survivors, and thrivers) which aims to help folks be in shared space with others who get it, and to connect back to their breath and bodies after a breast cancer diagnosis. In her spare time, Justine loves to read, cook/bake, and go on hikes with her dog and husband.