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Pasadena Yoga Studio Helps Cancer Patients Heal

LOS ANGELES ( — The Susan Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure is less than a week away. All week, CBS2/KCAL9's Lisa Sigell will share stories about people affected by breast cancer.

Every Wednesday at the Yoga House in Pasadena, something special happens: Friendships are made, bodies are healed and minds put to rest.

It is perfect for Anita Mendez dealing with breast cancer. "I've been coming throughout my journey. This is such an awesome place to be and to feel whole," Mendez said.

Joann Diaz DeLeon, who also has breast cancer, feels the same way. "She saw all of my pain, all of my fear. And she made me feel like that I was not alone."

Farzi Noury, co-owner of the yoga studio, is a breast cancer survivor. That is why she started the class a few years ago to give back. "I am grateful that I'm able to bring this to everyone."

The class focuses on areas affected by cancer treatment including chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Noury adapted yoga poses to help ease the emotional and physical toll that treatment takes.

"The classes that I designed here is based on opening the chest, open this regions of the shoulders, working into the hips and, of course, being mindful of issues that come up for cancer patients," Noury said.

"It has made this journey a lot less scary and painful," said DeLeon.

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