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Yogis Stretch Out To Fight Breast Cancer At The Art Museum

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By Syma Chowdhry

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds started their Sunday morning saying “Namaste” at the Art Museum.

The 13th annual Yoga on the Steps attracted many yogis as they practiced their warrior pose – soldiers in the fight against a deadly disease!

The event benefits the group Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

The organization provides education and support to breast cancer patients.

“We are really about information and support from the moment a woman is diagnosed, really for as long as she lives – which of course we hope will be a really long time,” said Jean Sachs, the CEO of Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

The goal for this hour-long class is to raise more than $300,000. So why yoga? Organizers say the workout can help breast cancer patients on many levels.

“Reducing anxiety, fatigue, stress all kinds of things,” explains Sachs. “So we are actually finding that yoga has a true benefit.”

These yogis say maneuvering a “downward dog pose” is easy when you do it for a good cause.

“This is so unique in that it’s ‘come and sort of be peaceful together’ and relax and you really don’t need any background information,” said Margaret Zuccotti, a breast cancer survivor who has participated in Yoga on the Steps for the past five years.

“To stand up here in your poses and look out over the city of Philadelphia, it doesn’t get much better than that,” she said. 

Helping those fighting breast cancer breathe a sigh of relief.

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