Half Head of the Cow Twist

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

Twists are valuable for supporting breast cancer recovery and for the repairing of breast tissue. Lateral movements that are inherent with twists encourage the lymph fluid away from the tissues toward lymph nodes which then circulate the fluid to functioning lymph vessels. If the lymph system cannot effectively drain, lymphedema may result. This pose will teach you how to relax your shoulders, lengthen the side body, reduce resistance to deepening the twist and open the hip flexors.


  • Improves mobility and flexibility of spine
  • Stretches major and minor pectoral muscles
  • Provides deep stretch to tensor fascia lata (outer thigh)
  • Twist to waist and spine
  • Increases circulation and fluid dynamics of discs and lumbar region
  • Fosters relaxation and restful breathing
  • Opens hips and thighs
  • Relieves and softens iliopsoas (inner groin)
  • Releases sciatica


  • Lumbar injury, disc herniations
  • Hip/sacroiliac trauma


  1. Begin in PARTIAL RECLINE, feet on bolster or prop with arms to side, palms up.
  2. INHALE, arms out in “T” position, place a small pillow or folded blanket under head.
  3. INHALE, cross right knee over left knee, with ankle to the outside of left thigh.
  4. Take the right ankle with left hand too begin the release of any muscle tension.
  5. Stay here until there is a release and you are ready for the twist.
  6. EXHALE, right knee over to the left into a twist and onto a supporting yoga prop.
  7. Make sure shoulders remain parallel to the ground with head facing straight up.
  8. Stay and breath for at least 10 breaths or longer. Allow the exhales to lengthen so to
    deepen into the twist. and to continue to release tightness.
  9. INHALE, bring hand to knee and help legs back up and return to center.
  10. EXHALE, extend legs over bolster and then repeat on other left 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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.Create Space Banner

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