Staff Pose – Half Butterfly For Breast Cancer Recovery

This is a classic twisting yoga pose that helps to squeeze out toxins. Using resistance to really go a bit further helps to squeeze out tensions too. When you are in breast cancer recovery, twists play a vital role in wellness. We typically do not twist in our day-to-day routines so the toxins remain until we go directly after a pose to begin the process of elimination. Letting the knee externally rotate out to side also releases any pent up tensions or tightness in the groin and hip area. Try it for yourself and use your breath fully so that every drop of tension leaves your mind and body.


  • Stretches inner thigh and groin, releasing psoas
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Gently promotes pectoral and soft tissue stretch
  • Lifts ribs and relaxes intercostal muscles
  • Creates deeper breathing
  • Improves mobility and alignment of spine
  • Increases circulation and nutrition to discs


  1. Begin seated with legs extended forward and feet flexed in L Seat. Sit at edge of small yoga pillow or folded blanket so pelvis tilts forward.
  2. Inhale, bring right foot up and inside left inner thigh and then relax knee out to side. If needed support knee with blanket or pillow.
  3. Exhale, twist to the left placing right hand to outer left knee and left hand behind. Use resistance against the leg to deepen into the twist.
  4. Draw shoulders onto the back and lift the chest and head. Breathe into the twist and enjoy the squeezing out of tightness and tensions. Stay for 3/5 breaths.
  5. Inhale, soften torso and arms and return back to center. Bring knee up and extend leg forward.
  6. When ready repeat on other 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.

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 if you have questions.

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  1. F MEEHAN says:

    Hi Diana,

    How are you? I was dx w breast ca, HERll+ and had a lumpectomy in Oct. Unfortunately I have another bump. Did you have breast ca? If you did, can I ask what route you took to heal yourself

    THanks~ KAthy Meehan 516-383-5420   


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