By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
This is a fun pose that keeps giving. It can be challenging and place you squarely in the moment while using your inhales and exhales. Great opportunity to connect in the moment with your breath. Important to rest when needed, and important to make sure the height for your back is appropriate.
*Strengthens core, buttocks, and quads
*Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
*Opens chest and ribs, massages spine, frees the breath
*Increases cervical and axillary lymphatic drainage
*Strengthens and opens lower lumbar
*Reduces varicose veins
*Softens tired leg syndrome
*Stretches front of body and pelvis
*Raises hips above heart to reduce heart rate
*Alleviates stress and mild depression
*Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
*Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, and sinusitis
*Encourages anti-aging process by reversing gravity
Caution: Neck injury unless practicing with an experienced teacher.
- Begin seated on one large bolster, or several folded blankets with legs extended. Lift the spine and lengthen up, slide sacrum forward then place hands behind, lower down until shoulders touch the ground evenly. If back is uncomfortable start at a lower height. Neck should retain natural curve.
- Once comfortable in the pose, INHALE, extend arms out to side in T position.
- EXHALE, bring knees up and in using core strength. You have the option of arms extended overhead.
- INHALE, bring legs up 90 degrees.
- EXHALE, bend knees back.
- INHALE, lower toes first then heels to ground.
- Repeat using the breath as your guide.
- When finished stay for 10 full breaths with legs 90 degrees.
- Then take the opportunity to draw knees to chest and release tension.
- When finished lower feet to Bridge, remove the bolster. Lower hips down and come into KNEES TO CHEST.
*Make sure shoulders are evenly placed on the ground and neck has slight arch.
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.