Breast Cancer Recovery Pose – Challenging Child

The Challenging ChildBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

The Challenging Child brings our breath to it’s edge by drawing the diaphragm down and lungs up. It teaches us to lift and lengthen up and out. Not just the lungs are affected but this pose also encourages the spine to lengthen and ankles to open. It is quite a pose to explore but please make yourself comfortable while exploring it’s nuances.

If someone is in recovery this pose teaches patience, to be open and not to judge but to simply let go. Great pose.

Increases lymph circulation to pectoral region
Lengthens spine to a natural alignment
Stretches shoulders and lattisima dorse (major back muscles)
Relaxes entire spine, sacrum and lumbar
Increases range of motion in shoulder girdle
Broadens hips, opens tops of ankles and helps to align knees
Shoulder injuries/rotator cuff and knee pain


  1. Begin seated on your heels or use a folded blanket in between heels and hips. A
    blanket can also be placed under knees/ankles if uncomfortable. Bolsters in front and
    block to rest head on.
  2. Roll up a blanket or partially folded yoga mat and place in the crease of your hip and
    lower belly.
  3. INHALE, lengthen up.
  4. EXHALE, hinge forward and bring hands out in front around or underneath the
    prop. Then begin to either extend arms out onto forearms or cross arms underneath.
    If tightness is felt in mid or lower spine come up onto hands until you begin to feel a
    release in the spine. Place forehead on block.
  5. Stay and breathe into the entire spine. Enjoy the release and lengthening.
  6. INHALE, come back up.

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.

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Book

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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