By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist & Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga .
Looks easy but actually is quite challenging. Staff Pose calls upon all of our energy to lengthen the spine, and lift the chest up. Then when called to come into the Forward Bend with the shoulders still on our back this pose tests our will to move forward ever so slightly so as to maintain the integrity in the pose. Here as you can see the belt helps our yoga model Toni Perigine lift and lengthen up so to come forward, and the bolster helps her rest into the pose. What a great pose for our posture and for our fortitude. This pose can help transform someone in recovery from breast cancer. You must pay attention to your posture, open your chest (and your heart).
- Strengthens thoracic musculature
- Opens and stretches chest and improves posture
- Lengthens side body/obliques/quadratus lumborum
- Increases stretch of hip flexors
- stretches hamstrings and calf muscles
- Brings blood to the pelvis and broadens sacrum
- Removes leg stiffness
- Relieves sciatic pain – stretches groin
- Benefits osteoarthritis of hips and knees
- Encourages relaxation through intense stretching
- Reduces excessive kyphosis in the upper back
- Stretches chest and axillae, gluteals and hamstrings independently
- Rejuvenates spinal nerves
- Helpful in spinal stenosis
- Lessens depression and quiets the mind
- Begin seated with legs extended, feet flexed. If torso is tight place it may be tight hamstrings so place blanket or small pillow under sitting bones. Feel your body firmly rooted to the ground.
- INHALE, lift and lengthen spine upwards by pressing down into the hands and feel the organic energy lifting up as the muscle energy moves down.
- Shoulders draw back and head is lifted. Stay in the pose for a full minute. Smile.
Staff Pose Forward Bend
- Begin seated on edge of folded blanket so pelvis tilts forward with legs extended and feet flexed, place belt around feet.
- When ready modify by placing a bolster in between the legs and rest forward. Keep the spine long and shoulders onto the back body.
- Stay in the pose for a full minute and enjoy the deep opening into the back of the legs and spine.
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.
About 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 email@example.com if you have questions.
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