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Meet Heidi Borsch and Mary Baker of Be Well Therapy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidi Borsch and Mary Baker.

Be Well was founded 4 years ago when the two co-founders, Heidi and Mary (both yoga instructors), decided independently to take a 10 day 100-hour yoga course on working with people with cancer and heart disease. The two worked at a local yoga studio together but knew little about one another when they decided to share a room at the training. They quickly learned that both had suffered the loss of family members to cancer (Heidi’s mom and both grandmothers and Mary lost both of her parents within 6 months of one another!) and knew that they wanted to give back to this under served community. It was on their drive home that Be Well was born.

In the beginning, they offered individual classes for both cancer and heart disease but soon learned that their passion was to work with those at any stage (from diagnoses to full recovery) of cancer. Be Well began to grow when the two co-founders took over the existing Tuesday/Thursday cancer class at YogaSix and Carlsbad. Before too long they took over another existing cancer class at Yoga Branch Vista Village and then they begin to add a new class to other locations including Black Sheep Yoga in Oceanside and Sage Yoga Studios in Fallbrook.

They soon realized that compassionate teachers were going to be needed if they were to continue to grow, so in 2017 they launched their first 55-hour Be Well Yoga For Cancer Recovery training and graduated 28 amazing teachers. Their trainings are open to 200+ hour yoga instructors, fitness professionals working with cancer clientele as well as medical and holistic practitioners. Of the 28 graduate,s they have one medical doctor, one physician’s assistant, and three nurses. After graduating, many from the Temecula area, they now also have classes in 4 classes in Temecula and are looking to expand into San Diego proper (with their first training taking place in July at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga Studio in North Park) and have plans for a fall training somewhere in Orange County.

In addition to their donation based (pay as you can) Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes, they two also hold various fundraisers through out the year to help pay their teacher and assistants teaching the classes and also to raise money to scholarship survivors to special events including 1 and 2 day Wellness Retreats. And, when a student isn’t well enough to attend class due to recent surgery or a compromised immune system, Be Well offers donation based private sessions.

Last year, Be Well was selected as the first non-profit to partner with The Chopra Center. This partnership enables them to send survivors to wellness weekends and retreats lead by Chopra teachers with the Be Well co-founders leading the yoga portions of those events. Legoland has also stepped on board to donate (4) year long family passes to give to 4 of Be Well’s young survivors with children who are struggling financially.

Those attending any of their Be Well classes learn that yoga can help restore balance – physically and emotionally. It improves the body’s immune system, builds strength and flexibility and creates a profound feeling of well-being. Their classes are perfect for anyone living with a cancer diagnoses and dealing with the short and long term physical and mental side effects.

Has it been a smooth road?
The universe has certainly been on our side from the beginning and we even say that the “weather gods” love us. We have been lucky enough to have studios donate the space to hold our classes and now have added a much needed Women with Cancer Support group that is lead by Sheila Neuberg M.A., LMFT and Pam Blawusch M.A., LMFT – both who volunteer their time. As far as the weather gods go, we seem to luck out with the weather when we hold outside events!!!

Our set backs are the same with most non-profits, we have big hearts but small pocket books. We pray for a corporate sponsor to help with some of our overhead needs but continue to make it happen through our fun and different fundraisers we hold throughout the year.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Be Well Therapy story. Tell us more about the business.
Be Well is a non-profit built from the heart. Our mission statement is, “to teach others how to bring balance and harmony in to their lives thereby creating optimal healing and wellness”. We specialize in working with cancer patients and their caregivers by providing donation based Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes and privates sessions. Currently, we have 11 classes in San Diego and Riverside County (we just recently graduated 9 more teachers which means new classes will be popping up soon).

What we are most proud of is being able to help others with a very low over head. Our fundraising efforts help us to pay our teachers and assistants a stipend pay. All donations from our weekly classes go to privates sessions for those with compromised immune systems or recovery from surgery. Additional funds donated or raised are used to hold our 1 or 2 day Wellness Retreats for survivors.

What sets us a part from regular yoga classes is our training. Our teachers have been educated as to what cancer is, what the side effects are, how the systems of the body work, how to make yoga accessible for everyone by using props and different arm choices, etc. We also incorporate visualization, guided deep relaxation and meditation into our classes.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Our vision is that Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes will spread even further. Our 2018 goal is to add classes into downtown San Diego, Central San Diego, and it’s East County. We hope to also add a class at Camp Pendleton and several in Orange County.

Over the next 5-10, our dream would be that their would be Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes for survivors in every state and that more hospitals would recognize the need for alternate comprehensive care. This is currently a shift that is happening. We have one of our graduates currently teaching at UCSD Moores Cancer Center,

Pricing:

  • Donation based Yoga for Cancer Recovery Classes (suggested donation $5-$10)
  • Donation based Yoga for Cancer Recovery Private Sessions (suggested donation $40)

Contact Info:

  • Website: bewelltherapy.net
  • Phone: 760-500-6238
  • Email: info@bewelltherapy.net
  • Instagram: @bewelltherapy
  • Facebook: @bewelltherapy

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