By: Diana Ross, E-RYT-500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Restorative yoga is a very gentle yoga that has been determined to be beneficial for cancer patients and post-treatment survivors by the medical and cancer research communities. Breast Cancer Yoga provides relief for women going through treatment for breast cancer from the associated fatigue and depression. Researchers have observed in studies that women who practice this gentler version of yoga therapy have had a fifty percent reduction in depression and a twelve percent increase in feelings of peacefulness.
- Opens chest, frees breath
- Tones lower back
- Builds up arms Biceps & Triceps
- Stretches pectorial muscles and breaks up scar tissue
- Stimulates respiratory and endocrine systems
- Builds arms, legs, and core strength
- Develops an inner awareness of movement
- Recent or chronic injury to knees, hips or arms, back or shoulders.
- Begin seated on bolster in BASIC SQUAT, knees are bent and feet hip distant.
- Bring arms behind hips with fingers pointed towards body.
- INHALE, and lift hips up and knees forward.
- Make sure feet stay planted to ground.
- Keep head lifted as if you were looking towards knees, and don’t dip your head down unless the hips are parallel with shoulders and knees.
- EXHALE, slowly lower hips down.
- When lifting up make sure and press down into hands so shoulder blades remain on the back body and the lift comes up from the sterum.
- Breath and hold for 2-6 breaths.
- EXHALE, release hips down.
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.