Reclined Dancer Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Reclined Dancer Yoga Pose For Breast CancerBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
No one ever complains when there are lots of props to support their pose, and this pose is no exception. Reclined Dancer usually comes right after Leg Stretch and is one of those poses that releases so much pent up tension within the groins and inner thighs. Plus it is great for opening the hips with the external rotation. This pose is a must to round out the entire body because lack of flexibility is one of the first symptoms of cancer treatments. Using all these bolsters and a belt help facilitate an easy transition. Love this pose.


  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Opens and stretches legs to the fullest (inner thighs and calfs)
  • Allows the spine to relax and lengthen
  • Increases the strength of the knees
  • Improves the health of your back and spine
  • Creates a deep sense of peace
  • Stimulates parasympathetic relaxation response
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Reduces circulating stress hormones


  1. Begin on tour back with legs over bolsters for support. Place small pillow or folded blanket under head to maintain even neck alignment.
  2. Place a belt strap on the ball mound of the right foot with the foot flexed. Straighten leg in a 90 degree angle.
  3. INHALE, engage muscle energy in left leg. You can even place left hand on the thigh to encourage to stay grounded and connected to the pose.
  4. Extend a straight arm up to towards the toes without drawing your shoulder out of it’s socket. Have a sense that the shoulder, arm and handle are connected to the leg.
  5. EXHALE, keep the leg lifted up and very slowly bring the right leg out to the right side and onto the supporting bolster. Again make sure that your left side does not lift up. Do not have a mighty grip. Just allow the arm, leg and belt to feel connected by not stressed.
  6. Close your eyes and breathe deeply into this amazing opening. Stay with it and feel the release.
  7. INHALE, lift back up and bring to center.
  8. EXHALE, lower the leg, let go of any retained energy and breathe. You may witness a wonderful tingling.
  9. INHALE, bring the left foot in. Place the belt on the ball mount of the foot and begin straightening.
  10. EXHALE, keep the leg lifted up and very slowly bring the left leg out to the right side and onto the supporting bolster.
  11. When ready leg returns up to center and down to Tranquility.

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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