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Side-by-Side Wellness Program

Due to COVID, Simmons Cancer Institute is offering our Side-by-Side classes virtually via WebEx. This program works side by side with patients, families, caregivers, and health care providers to address all aspects of cancer that influence outcome with an understanding that people experience illness through their physical, emotional and spiritual reactions and that each one influences the other.

Classes and programs are FREE to cancer patients, survivors and/or caregivers, regardless of where they are receiving treatment.  

Monday and Wednesday classes

Yoga - Learn postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Gentle Yoga - This yoga class is ideal for the less mobile individual. It adapts many classic yoga postures to the seated position.

Pilates - Pilates emphasizes maintaining the natural spinal curves while strengthening the core muscles and teaching students proper stabilization and alignment of all joints. Students must be comfortable getting up and down from the floor.

Tuesday and Thursday classes

Qi Gong - Physical postures, breathing techniques, and mental focus are used to improve physical and emotional health. The positions can be done while seated and are good for individuals who are less mobile.

Tai Chi - Gentle-flowing movements are used to perform a series of postures coordinated with breathing to achieve an inner sense of calm.

Fitness - Fitness is an exercise class to help maximize health for the long term. Exercise has been shown to improve mood, boost self-confidence and reduce fatigue.

Email: or call 217.545.1105 to register for WebEx class(es).