Hero Pose For Men & Women With Breast Cancer

Hero Pose For Men With Breast Cancer

Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

When doing seated poses a good thing to remember is to make sure that your seat is comfortable so you can maintain the pose for some length of time. Start by sitting on one or two pillows or folded blankets. This supports a pelvic tilt which encourages the spine to lengthen, and helps ease any initial discomfort in the hip sockets.

Remember that learning to sit in a yoga pose strengthens the spine. Once seated comfortably, our hip muscles begin to relax enough so that our mind isn’t distracted by discomfort. When seated with hips open, tight muscles release and a rush of blood and nutrients flows directly to the hip region. A properly aligned seat will allow for the intervertebral discs and their ligaments to stretch and lengthen. This helps maintain spinal flexibility.


  • Stretches and increases flexibility in front ankles and quadriceps.
  • Eases stiffness in hips and groins.
  • Improves circulation in feet.
  • Encourages digestion, relieves flatulence and abdominal cramping.


  • Knee, ankle or foot injuries.
  • Sacrolliac pain

If knee pain – try raising seat or put a wash cloth behind knees before you kneel creating space.

Hero Pose For Women With Breast CancerInstructions

  1. Begin on padded surface in kneeling position.
  2. Knees and feet are towards the outer edge of support or yoga mat
  3. Come back and begin to place hips down in between legs onto a large bolster or folded blanket so as to support the stretch in the ankles and knees (do not let the feet rotate in). The soles of the feet should face upward and the pinkie toe touch the ground.
  4. Stretch calf muscle back to create space and open the knee joints.
  5. You may need to adjust the pose a few times to get comfortable to stay seated.
  6. It is important to take very long breaths in this pose and relax the shoulders and torso
  7. At first stay in this pose from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Gradually extend your stay up to 5 minutes.
  8. To come out, press your hands against the floor and lift your buttocks up, slightly higher than the heels. Cross your ankles underneath your buttocks, sit back over the feet and onto the floor, then stretch your legs out in front of you.

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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  1. Sabine Strutzke - Feel Good Yoga Lehrerin says:

    Reblogged this on Shambhavi Sabine Strutzke***Feel Good Yoga Lehrerin and commented:
    Sehr gute Pose – kann ich nur unterschreiben.
    Viel Spass beim Umsetzen.
    Eure Sabine



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