Bellingham Athletic Club

Yoga Care for Cancer Awareness Month highlights yoga's beneficial effects for pain relief, better tolerance for side effects, and enhanced regard for joy in the body.

All classes will include guided instruction for movement, breath work, and relaxation. Classes are designed for individuals with cancer (especially post-treatment), as well as caregivers and significant others. After the workshop, you may choose to continue with yoga practices or other exercise classes that allow you to move within your comfortable range of motion. The class is unique in the sense that it pays careful attention to discomforts while increasing an overall sense of comfort and fitness in your body.

Class topics will include:
1. Yoga Care for Digestive Complaints
2. Yoga Care for Joint Pain Relief
3. Yoga Care for Neuropathy & Balance
4. Yoga Care for Lymphedema & Immunity

Location: Bellis Fair Mall Suite #362 (Target Wing) visual map attached

Time: Tuesdays in October from 10 am – 11 am (Target wing doors open at 9:45 am)

Bring: yoga mat and water bottle

Registration: Free for everyone, attend any or all of the classes, drop-ins welcome or save your space by registering

Classes Taught By:

Jessie Lu Galbraith
Jessie Lu Galbraith

Jessie Lu Galbraith offers yoga sessions focusing on cancer patients, survivors, and their supporting care givers, proving space and tools to safely connect with the body, mind, and spirit. A certified yoga instructor with years of experience, Jessie Lu combines over two decades of yoga practice, a lifetime of meditation, and a desire to help people find places of comfort and strength. She leads a gentle Hatha Yoga class Mondays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven, a Yoga for Healing class at the Whatcom Family YMCA Thursday’s from 11am to 12pm and occasionally leads practices at the Peace Health Cancer Center.

Michal Retter
Michal Retter
Group Fitness Instructor

Michal feels a very strong spiritual connection to Yoga, which has guided her journey in life and naturally led her to the path of teaching.  She is a highly skilled professional, registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and draws on 20 years of experience in teaching Yoga and a background in relaxation techniques, energy healing, and body psychotherapy.

Michal has a passion for creating a non-judgmental and open space for body-awareness, wellness, and acceptance of our multi-faceted nature – mind, body and soul.  Every class she offers has a different focus and includes breath awareness, stretching, core-strengthening, and modifications for different levels and injuries. Her intention in teaching is to help practitioners to see themselves with compassion and patience, and to leave class feeling revived, relaxed, freer and at ease.

In addition to teaching Yoga at BAC for many years, Michal instructs Yoga for academic credits at Whatcom Community College as adjunct faculty, and at the FireHouse Arts & Events Center in Fairhaven. She is also a mom and a caregiver.

Michal has completed the following certification programs: a 200 Hr Teacher Training Worldwide with YogaFit, a 500 Hr Teacher Training through 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle which included Prenatal Yoga as well as Trauma Informed Yoga, a 50 Hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clark in Vancouver, B.C. and most recently, 40Hr Healing Yoga for Cancer Training with Cheryl Fenner Brown, C-IAYT.