Wide Angle Side Stretch Yoga Pose for Breast Cancer


Wide Angle Side Stretch Yoga Pose

By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Wide Angle Side Stretch Yoga Pose for Breast Cancer

For the month of June 2013, Diana Ross of Breast Cancer Yoga has shared a new pose for everyone to explore and especially recommended for breast cancer patients and survivors. Try it out and let us know how you like it!

Practicing smooth flowing movements combined with proper breathing techniques helps improve posture and creates a deep sense of peace . This is important in recuperating from the side effects of breast cancer treatments. For this month I decided to introduce a deep stretching yoga pose. This pose is demonstrated by Breast Cancer Yoga’s beautiful yoga model Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner of  A Jewel In The Lotus yoga studio.

Benefits

  • Deepens breath with each flowing movement
  • Stretches hamstrings opens inner thighs and calfs
  • Allows the spine to relax and lengthen
  • Creates a deep sense of peace
  • Stimulates parasympathetic relaxation response
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Reduces circulating stress hormones
  • Has a twisting and cleansing effect on liver and internal organs
  • Stretches side body ribs/lattismus dorsi
  • Develops shoulder flexibility

Wide Angle Side Stretch Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Wide Angle Side Stretch Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Instruction

  1. Begin in seated pose with legs out wide apart in V with flex feet – toes extend up 90 degrees.  Sit on pillow or blanket for comfort.
  2. INHALE, lengthen spine.
  3. EXHALE, twist right over leg and bring hand toward left foot or on the out and inside of leg.
  4. INHALE, lift back up and turn to center.
  5. EXHALE, twist left over leg and bring hand to right foot or on the out and inside of leg.
  6. INHALE, lift back up and twist back to center.
  7. Continue to flow back and forth slowly balancing the  flow of movement with your breath.
  8. Place your hand behind to balance if necessary.
  9. Continue for at least 3 -5 minutes.  Enjoy this wonderful flow.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve had a pacemaker put into my upper left pec muscle, and I do this yoga pose softly. It really helps my healing process. I would imagine some of the benefits from the breast cancer yoga helps pacemaker/ICD implantation devices surgery too!

    Gaileee

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    • Hi Gailee,

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Yes, I imagine this pose does a lot of things to benefit folks with injuries, illnesses or implants. My students love it for it ability to stretch the side body, open up the arm pit chest, decrease shoulder stiffness and especially for the hamstring stretch. Oh Yeah! Thank you again.

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