Meditation was developed as an ancient Eastern practice, yet it can transform your fast-paced “modern life.”  Since 500 B.C., the time of Buddha, who is considered “one of history’s major proponents of meditation,” ( this practice has spread and western studies have shown substantial physiological and psychological benefits.  Meditation encourages a relaxed state, with a focus on deep breathing and clearing your mind of the chatter that may snowball on stressful and busy days.

According to Mayo Clinic meditation may help manage symptoms related to:

1- Anxiety and Depression

2- Cancer

3- Heart Disease

4- High Blood Pressure

5- Pain

6- Sleep Disorders

Other testimonials from practicing meditators show an increase in:

7- Connection to self and others

8- Creative thought

9- Inner Peace and Vitality

Ready to experience how Meditation may transform you?  Learn a variety of Meditation Practices in a trusting environment with amazing Meditation Leaders by attending Above and Beyond Cancer’s Meditation and Mindfulness Class on Monday nights at 4:45 pm to 5:20 pm at the Wellmark YMCA, Des Moines, IA.  This class is free and open to the public, including cancer survivors, caregivers and YMCA members.   For more information contact


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Mary Van Heukelom
Program Director

Mary Van Heukelom is a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer who trains, educates and coaches cancer survivors to reduce the chance of relapse, through holistic personal wellness programs addressing all aspects of healthy living.

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