Petra Winkler-Hirter in upavishtha konasana pose, in Germany, in 2022. Iyengar yoga helped the former massage therapist through chemotherapy’s side effects and recover from breast cancer. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Winkler-Hirter
Petra Winkler-Hirter in upavishtha konasana pose, in Germany, in 2022. Iyengar yoga helped the former massage therapist through chemotherapy’s side effects and recover from breast cancer. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Winkler-Hirter
Wellness

How Iyengar yoga helped a breast cancer survivor stay focused on the present and bolster her immune system during and after treatment

  • During Breast Cancer Awareness month, Petra Winkler-Hirter describes how Iyengar yoga alerted her to cancer and gave her tools to help beat it – twice
  • One of the quotes from Iyengar yoga’s founder gave her strength: ‘Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured’

Petra Winkler-Hirter in upavishtha konasana pose, in Germany, in 2022. Iyengar yoga helped the former massage therapist through chemotherapy’s side effects and recover from breast cancer. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Winkler-Hirter
Petra Winkler-Hirter in upavishtha konasana pose, in Germany, in 2022. Iyengar yoga helped the former massage therapist through chemotherapy’s side effects and recover from breast cancer. Photo: Courtesy of Petra Winkler-Hirter
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