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Unlocking Healing and Hope: The Miraculous Power of Restorative Yoga for Cancer Warriors

Facing a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering journey filled with challenges. At the Ottumwa YMCA, they’ve witnessed the remarkable impact of Restorative Yoga on participants like Peg Thie, who discovered a path to healing through our program.

Peg shares her journey, “I started going to the YMCA after I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. I was determined to utilize yoga’s benefits and have grown to love it.” Her story echoes the sentiments of many who have found solace in our program.

Restorative yoga, funded by the Robert F. McCune Endowment through the Legacy Foundation, focuses on physical and mental relaxation using gentle poses and props like chairs and yoga blocks. It’s a safe space for individuals facing health challenges.

The YMCA’s Restorative Yoga program began in October 2021 with ten participants, although saw a temporary dip  in attendance. However, word spread because of its positive effects, and they are now proud to have and increased number of dedicated participants.

The YMCA’s goal is to expand this program year-round. This will help them reach more individuals in need of support and healing.

Studies show that Restorative Yoga benefits cancer patients by improving their quality of life, reducing anxiety, enhancing relaxation, improving sleep, increasing well-being, and reducing pain. It also provides emotional and social support for those who may lack a strong support system.

Peg’s story exemplifies how Restorative Yoga can transform lives. As we move forward, we invite you to support the Ottumwa YMCA’s mission to make this program accessible to more cancer patients and survivors.

The McCune Endowment is a dedicated endowment designed to assist cancer patients, facilities, and programs.

Proposals made to the Robert F. McCune Endowment are reviewed by the McCune Endowment Advisory Committee. Applications are accepted at any time. To learn more visit