Pop-up yoga brings breast cancer awareness to TRU students

Tammy Forsyth, Samantha Baker and Nathan Weissbock copy instructor Tracey Mourre in low lunge pose. Ashley Wadhwani/The Omega

Tammy Forsyth, Samantha Baker and Nathan Weissbock copy instructor Tracey Mourre in low lunge pose. Ashley Wadhwani/The Omega

Ashley Wadhwani, Contributor Ω

TRU students grabbed a yoga mat and released some stress at a pop-up yoga event on Friday Sept. 17 as part of an awareness campaign put on by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The pop-up yoga event is a new addition to the “Don’t Forget to Check” campaign and has been held at 16 of 22 planned campuses throughout B.C.

Due to rainy weather, the event took place inside Old Main at Student Street.

Students were welcomed to pick an empty yoga mat and participate in two 30-minute yoga sessions instructed by Tracey Mourre, a local yoga instructor from The Yoga Loft.

Samantha Baker, a second-year nursing student, participated in both yoga sessions. When asked how she liked the classes, Baker said “They were a lot of fun, I have never done yoga before.”

If students didn’t want to participate in yoga, they could spin the True or False Breast Cancer Wheel and learn the truth behind common breast cancer myths.

Amanda McNally, community relations specialist for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the coordinator of the pop-up yoga event, worked the information booth passing out pamphlets, pink pens, pins and fingernail files.

McNally said that the event is intended to inform women 18 to 25 about how they can reduce their risk and help them understand what they should be looking for to spot breast cancer early.

One of the essential ways of reducing risk of breast cancer is early detection. McNally recommended that women check themselves once a month and have their doctors do exams once a year. She also said that once women are of-age, they should participate in regular screening mammography.

Tracy Mourre instructs TRU students to lie flat on their backs and practice meditative breathing during the second 30-minute yoga session. Ashley Wadhwani/The Omega

Tracy Mourre instructs TRU students to lie flat on their backs and practice meditative breathing during the second 30-minute yoga session. Ashley Wadhwani/The Omega

The Wellness Centre, located in room 1462 in Old Main, offers one-on-one health and wellness planning and education sessions that can be scheduled through Chelsea Corsi, TRU wellness coordinator.

“If a student does find something suspicious, they can go see the doctor on campus, all they need is their health care card,” Corsi said.

Health Services is also located in Old Main room 1461, and further information can be found on TRU’s website.

“We are hoping to do it [again] next year,” McNally said, “We have seen really great success so far.”

For more information about the “Don’t Forget to Check” campaign visit www.dontforgettocheck.ca