CANCELLED-Free Wellness Classes

CRC Cares about Exercise and Wellness

Research data on the benefits of exercise continues to mount for improving health and for impact on cancer survival.  At least 20 studies of people with breast, colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancer  suggested that physically active cancer survivors have a lower risk of cancer recurrence and improved survival compared with those who are inactive.  Numerous benefits for the cancer survivor include increased energy, better sleep, decreased muscle wasting and bone loss, and improvement in overall quality of life.

One CRC client recently commented on the results he has seen through attending Lee Ginenthal’s Unconventional Training and Strengthening Class, “The class has been beneficial in three important ways. First the combined focus on stretching and strength building has made a noticeable difference in my comfort and mobility. Second, I am seeing improvement in my balance, the deterioration of which was starting to be a concern for me.  And third, the class has given me tools that, because many of the movements are isometric and require very little space, I can use to offset the negative results of sitting during my 5 hour bus trips to and from Sloan Kettering in NYC.”

When Amita Verma noticed a significant difference in her health from attending Tai Chi classes, she decided to make a generous donation to CRC to support others to take Tai Chi.  Contact Monica at CRC 607-277-0960 if you are interested in receiving a voucher to try out Tai Chi with the Taoist Tai Chi Society, with classes offered in Ithaca, Danby, Varna and Trumansburg.

CRC thanks the generosity of numerous individuals donating their time and expertise for supporting CRC community wellness, including Janet Fortess, Lee Ginenthal, Annie Stiver, and Bailey Colvin.  Thank you Rasa Spa for providing classroom space this Winter.  Thanks to the generous financial support from the Yaman Foundation, CRC will continue offering new classes free of charge through May 2020.

Winter/Spring 2020 Wellness/Exercise Classes:
(for people affected by cancer and their caregivers.)
All abilities welcome, free of charge, and no registration required!

– Lee Ginenthal’s Unconventional Training and Strengthening:  A wildly successful  program loved by its participants, continues.  Starting February 3rd, this class is offered on a drop-in basis every Monday for 2 class times

            12:00 – 1:00 pm (Open to Men & Women)

            5:15 – 6:15 pm (MEN ONLY) 

Lee strongly encourages regular attendance to reap the benefits of this program. Classes will be held at the Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W. State St., Ithaca. For more information, contact Lee at

– A NEW FRIDAY YOGA class, with Annie Stiver:  Annie is a licensed massage therapist and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Ithaca College. She started her yoga practice in 2007 and found it to be an ever-evolving journey and a tool for personal transformation which is with her wherever she goes.  As Annie says,” Yoga has enhanced my physical, mental, and emotional well being in ways beyond my wildest dreams“!

In her yoga class, you can expect gentle, slow-flowing yoga along with restorative poses.  Focus will be on breathing, meditation, and movement. Classes will be offered at 12:00pm starting February 7th and finishing May 15th at the Just Be Cause Center, 1013 W. State St., Ithaca. No experience required. For more information, contact Annie at .

– Nick Boyar’s ongoing yoga class at Island Fitness also continues weekly on Tuesday’s from 9:30-11:00am.



Classes available in the community (click on links for more information):

– Water Exercise Class – Session 2  Start your weekend with this fun, energizing activity!

– Tai Chi Class –  Taoist Tai Chi Society offers classes in Ithaca, Danby, Varna and Trumansburg.
(Vouchers available from CRC, contact Monica 607-277-0960.)