SAINT JOHN’S — Actress Kate Beckinsale helped Saint John’s Health Center raise cash for a new yoga program at the hospital.

On Thursday, Beckinsale, along with celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber and 80 other attendees, did some yoga to support the new program, which is meant to help patients undergoing breast cancer treatment at the Margie Petersen Breast Center.

(From Left to Right) Mandy Ingber (Yoga Instructor for Fundraiser), Kamla Subramnian (Yoga Instructor for the Margie Petersen Breast Center Yoga Program), Maggie DiNome, MD (Director of the High-Risk Clinic at the Margie Petersen Breast Center), Kate Beckinsale (Fundraiser Host), Michael L. Wall (Saint John’s Acting President and CEO), P!nk (Attendee), Jeanette Jenkins (Attendee), Maureen Chung (Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center) and Mary Flaherty (Foundation Trustee and Fundraiser Host)  

(From Left to Right) Mandy Ingber (Yoga Instructor for Fundraiser), Kamla Subramnian (Yoga Instructor for the Margie Petersen Breast Center Yoga Program), Maggie DiNome, MD (Director of the High-Risk Clinic at the Margie Petersen Breast Center), Kate Beckinsale (Fundraiser Host), Michael L. Wall (Saint John’s Acting President and CEO), P!nk (Attendee), Jeanette Jenkins (Attendee), Maureen Chung (Director of the Margie Petersen Breast Center) and Mary Flaherty (Foundation Trustee and Fundraiser Host)

“Yoga has been shown to reduce treatment-related fatigue and increase blood flow to the body to clear toxins that can accumulate during treatment,” said the center’s director, Dr. Maggie DiNome. “In addition, yoga successfully reduces stress, which has been linked to increased risks of breast cancer.”

The new yoga program will be a complimentary option for Breast Center patients.

Breast cancer survivor Kamla Subramanian will lead the class, which will be held on Mondays from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information about the new yoga program, e-mail yogaprogram@stjohns.org or call (310) 582-7100.

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