Staff Pose – Forward Bend For Breast Cancer

By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga

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 this pose tests our will to move forward ever so slightly so as to maintain the integrity in 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).


  • Lengthens spine and lower lumbar
  • Broadens sacrum
  • Relieves stomach pains
  • Stimulates liver, spleen and kidneys
  • Rejuvenates spinal nerves
  • Stretches hamstrings and back
  • Reduces headache and relieves menstrual cramps
  • Quiets the mind and relieves depression


  • Sciatica and lumbar disk problems


  1. Begin with legs extended forward and feet flexed, arms along side body palms down. Sit at edge of blanket or small pillow so pelvis tilts forward.
  2. INHALE, lift and lengthen spine upwards by pressing down into hands (can use yoga blocks under hands if it the spine.
  3. Rest and enjoy the deep opening into the back of the legs and spine.

Forward Bend

  1. EXHALE begin to draw forward with a flat back. You can also place strap around ball mound of feet and again lengthen spine and EXHALE, forward. You can walk your hands down the belt as long as you do not round your back. You can also use blocks along side legs to support arms or forearms.
  2. Stay and breathe into the pose. When settled into the pose release open shoulders out to side. Enjoy.

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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