By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga
When doing seated poses a good thing to remember is to make sure that your seat is comfortable so you can maintain the pose for some length of time. Start by sitting on one or two pillows or folded blankets. This supports a pelvic tilt which encourages the spine to lengthen, and helps ease any initial discomfort in the hip sockets.
Yoga Poses can effectively help restore physical movement, range of motion for the arms and shoulders. It will aid in post-surgical recovery repairing of adhesions, scar tissue and keloid scars. Seated Yoga Poses assist in supporting this part of the healing cycle while in recovery. One of the essential tools for recovery is the ability to effectively deal with stress, fatigue and depression.
- Lengthens ribs and side body, increasing circulation and relieving stiffness
- Strengthen weakened muscles – concave (stay in longer hold on weak side)
- Stretch the tight side – convex (side bend opposite of curve)
- Stretches obliques/quadratus lumborum
- Opens hips and stretches abdominal muscles
- Improves circulation to abdominals/pelvis
- Massages internal organs
- Increases circulation abdominal muscles, improves general digestion
- when head is supported, headaches may be alleviated
- low back pain and/or lumbar disc protrusion/herniations
- Begin in EASY SEAT (legs crossed) with hips supported on a small pillow or folded blanket,
- Place the right foot in closest to pelvis, left heel in front of right.
- INHALE, lift and lengthen spine.
- EXHALE, turn torso towards right thigh and place right hand on bolster/yoga prop; extend left hand out over bolster (the props can rest on lap if needed).
- INHALE, lift up again, EXHALE lengthen forward over bent knee and thigh.
- Breathe deeply into the back body while extending left arm away from torso.
- Curl and turn your left rib cage toward right and relax the hips down. Breathe 10 slow breaths or longer if you are getting a big release in the hips.
- INHALE, round and tuck the chin roll up slowly while releasing the back to center.
- EXHALE, extend legs out into STAFF POSE and then begin with left foot in closest to pelvis. Repeat on left side.
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.