By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
The goal of reclined yoga poses is to provide an opportunity for those weakened by breast cancer, to experience the therapeutic benefits of restorative yoga. Breast Cancer Yoga is particularly beneficial when feeling rundown, burned out, stressed or fatigued. It is a powerful discipline that supports the healing process during and after surgery and treatments. Reclined yoga poses help conserve energy when it is needed the most for the body to heal. Many supported yoga poses combined with a restful sleep are very important and healing, especially if fatigue has settled in.
- Improves digestion and elimination
- Relieves constipation
- Stretches lower back, knees and hips
- Reduces stress in lumbar region due to curvature of the lower spine
- Massages sacrum when rolling side-to-side
- Enhances parasympathetic response
- Makes spinal muscles soft and supple
- Relieves gas and bloating
- Allows the mind to settle down
- Begin on your back with knees bent in PARTIAL RECLINE, feet hip distance apart.
- EXHALE bring both knees up to Knees to Chest.
- Wrap both arms around the knees or underneath. If the shoulders or head lifts off from the ground place pillow or folded blanket under the head.
- Softly roll side to side feeling the back body, especially the sacrum surrender and soften to ground.
- EXHALE lowering feet to ground when finished.
Practicing flowing restorative yoga movements, along with evenly pacing the breath will restore strength and increase both energy and flexibility. Breast Cancer Yoga is intended to awaken positive emotions, build self-confidence and diminish depression. As we continue to practice this flowing yoga, we become open to a higher realization of everything and everyone around us. Our world expands and there is a greater acceptance of “what is.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.