Easy Warrior Pose For Breast Cancer And Lymphedema


Easy Warrior Pose By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

With Easy Warrior Pose pectoral muscles open and expand, stimulating lymph fluid drainage, decreasing blockages, while softening stiff or frozen shoulders.


Benefits

  • Opens and expands pectoral muscles
  • Promotes lymphatic fluid drainage and decreases lymph flow blockages
  • Softens stiff shoulders or frozen shoulders
  • Frees the breath by way of opening the chest region
  • Improves leg strength and flexibility
  • Increases ROM (range of motion) for arms and shoulders
  • Has calming effect by  harmonizing the breath with the movement
  • Warms up entire body
  • Lengthens entire spine allowing there to be space between each vertebrae
  • Promotes balance

Instructions

  1. Begin standing and step right foot forward,about 2  1/2 to 3 feet apart, with feet
  2. and hips facing forward (back foot can be slightly turned out to maintain balance.)
  3. INHALE, roll palms out and bring arms up to a comfortable height or if possible  overhead while bending front right knee simultaneously. Keep the knee in alignment over the ankle.
  4. Please note: if your arms cannot go directly overhead, raise them to where you can. Never “push through a pose”, going beyond your own capacity.
  5. EXHALE, lower arms and straighten front leg.
  6. Repeat 3 to 5 times and then sustain Easy Warrior Pose with arms overhead or lifted up.
  7. Switch legs, left foot forward.
  8. Repeat the flow, and then sustain the pose.

Yoga and Lymphedema Management
Practicing continuous flowing movements significantly improves the lymphatic system. When lymph fluid is disrupted because of breast cancer surgery, trauma or infection, excessive lymph fluid builds up. This stagnant fluid can play havoc on the tissues and create swelling. There also can be a reduction of the oxygen absorption in the lymphatic system which increases the chance for infection. Practicing a flowing yoga pumps the lymphatic fluid throughout the body’s channels, rather than allowing it to accumulate or back up. It is great for maintaining healthy breast tissue. To keep this fluid moving, we need to also foster relaxation. It will facilitate renewed or restored strength and flexibility.

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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