By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Supported Bridge – Legs Extended is a great pose to lessen stress and mild depression. Helps with post-surgical reduction of fibrous adhesions and scar tissue. Opens up the chest and ribs, massages the spine and frees the breath. This stretch is wonderful for creating an internal calm.
- Opens chest, ribs, shoulders and psoas (major & minor) muscles, located along the lumbar region of vertebral column
- Facilitates healing post-surgical adhesions and scar tissue
- Encourages reverse blood flow when legs elevated
- Supplies blood to brain by way of mild inversion
- Promotes a deep sense of feeling grounded
- Facilitates parasympathetic relaxation response
- Promotes abdominal breathing
- Decreases stress hormone levels
- Lessens excitatory neurotransmitter activity
- Relieves depression and decreases anxiety
- Use two bolsters, one parallel under the body and another rectangle bolster, folded blanket or yoga blocks in horizontal position at the wall (for feet to rest on).
- Begin sitting forward facing the wall on first parallel bolster, then place feet on the bolster with knees bent.
- Lower shoulders down to ground comfortably. Now extend feet to wall over bolster, blanket or block. The feet can be at the wall, either touching or separated.
- Keep the legs active, slightly rotating them inward and then lengthening through the legs to the feet. A yoga belt or a blanket wrapped around legs can be used so they don’t open apart. Arms rest to side with palms facing upward. Option: arms extend overhead holding onto wrist, forearm or elbows.
- Close your eyes and let there be a soft internal gaze.
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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