15 Benefits Of Yoga For Cancer Related Fatigue

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Cancer Related Fatigue Can Often Be Confused With Tiredness

Cancer-related fatigue, (CRF) is very common in breast cancer patients. Fatigue can often be confused with tiredness. Tiredness happens to everyone. One would expect to be tired after certain activities, treatments or from daily activities. Sleep and resting is most important when recovering.

Fatigue can prevent you from functioning normally and impacts your quality of life. However, fatigue is an unusual or excessive whole-body tiredness and is not relieved with sleep.

It can be acute (lasting a month or less) or chronic (lasting from one month to six months or longer). The precise reason is unknown, but it may be related to the process of the disease itself or through the chemotherapy and radiation treatments. (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its associated treatments. Usually, it comes on suddenly, does not result from activity or exertion, and is not relieved by rest or sleep. It is often described as “paralyzing.” It may continue even after treatment is complete.

Yoga Benefits for Cancer Related Fatigue

Breast Cancer Yoga offers a new book “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer  Recovery” which offers a specific exercise practice that targets those that suffer from physical and emotional fatigue. BCY addresses and assist in breast cancer recovery from pain and fatigue, resulting in a positive sense of wellbeing. Through increased oxygen consumption by breathing deeply into each pose the results will be renewed vitality. It is important not to over do at first but to gradually implement a daily yoga practice.

When you begin slowly building a yoga practice you will begin notice:

  • positive energy
  • increased flexibility
  • decreased pain
  • stimulation of the organs and glands
  • increased blood flow, and more

It is also important to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice there will be improvement to fatigue by:

  • improved sleep
  • decreased joint pain
  • increased energy
  • mental calm
  • increase range of motion
  • strength
  • increased resistance
  • low stress hormone and the psychological benefits

We recommend first that you speak with your health care provider before starting any exercise program. Visit Breast Cancer Yoga’s YouTube Channel for FREE yoga for breast cancer videos. Here is one we suggest to get you started:

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.

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