Side Body Stretch and Twist – Extended

Side Body Stretch Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery relaxation poses are intended to awaken positive emotions, build self-confidence and diminish depression. Relaxed yoga poses have been determined to be beneficial for cancer patients and post-treatment survivors by the medical and cancer research communities. Relaxed yoga poses such as Side Body Stretch provides relief from the associated fatigue and depression for women going through treatments for breast cancer.


  • Arm extension stimulates healthy blood flow to chest
  • Increased circulation promotes healing and lessens fibrosis
  • Facilitates lymphatic drainage of breasts
  • Stretches biceps and pectoral muscles.
  • Improves range of motion
  • Stimulates blood flow to shoulder girdle
  • Breaks up muscle tension and stress


  • Shoulder injury or rotator cuff injury.

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  1. Begin on right side, legs straight with feet stacked on top of each other
  2. Lower right arm is straight with palm facing up
    upper arm is resting on side body
  3. Exhale, bring left arm and hand over towards right hand
  4. Inhale, arm returns
  5. Continue flowing the arm up and over for 10 times
  6. If arm ‘s ROM is limited bring arm up to a comfortable place
  7. Now bring arm behind back, and upper knee bends forward
  8. If comfortable, stay and breath into the twist

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 if you have questions.

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  1. This looks like the most beautiful flow movement pattern for the whole body, I am going to share this with ladies in my clinic. Thanks for the photos sequence.

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