How to Use Yoga Nidra For Relaxation During Breast Cancer Treatments & Recovery

How To Use Yoga Nidra For Breast Cancer Treatments and Recovery

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Center

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

It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that most of us are tense, and it doesn’t take much to get there. Now throw in an illness or other especially difficult stressor, and that tension is compounded, and we begin to hold it.  Research shows tension held in the mind and body can have devastating health consequences. Getting that tension to subside and go is the challenge. And it’s one worth taking on, because the benefits of relaxing the body while allowing the mind to rest can help in our recovery.

Typically, we may choose something artificial, like a drug to induce relaxation, but the truth is it is superficial relaxation. This may mask the cause of the tensions, whereas introducing a Yoga Nidra practice can, over time with regularity, release tensions. Learning this relaxation practice will improve quality of life and healing. It is relaxation in action.

What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, commonly known as “deep relaxation,” is an integral part of yoga techniques. It is a set of exercises where you focus on your breathing and body. Ultimately, you are led into a meditative state, which encourages a sense of wellbeing and increases self awareness.

It’s offerings are powerful, as it is a fact that we function fully when we are relaxed. It is here that we feel a clear connection or continuous flow of energy.

The Best Relaxation Response
With Yoga Nidra, things become noticeable and vibrant, like these apple blossoms. By the end of each asana (yoga) class we notice a significant difference.  It is here we begin to have a real relationship with our body, and it is also here where we learn to “let go.” This letting go allows us to feel light and begin to realize the more subtle inner states of consciousness.

When we enter into the subtle realm of our conscious awareness, our body begins to relax, and our mind opens to observe what is actually happening. Things “just are.”

As we continue to detach from the negative thoughts, and the holding of unnecessary tensions, we no longer identify with them. And we begin to find our way into a clearer space. A space where we can release or cleanse ourself from the stresses of our illness, anxieties over treatments, and fear of outcomes. The state of worry will be more manageable. When we relax the body and calm the mind, negative emotions have no place to reside. The mind begins to have more clear thoughts and will move toward healthier action.

You Could Say Yoga Nidra is Conscious Sleep or Sleepless Sleep
Regular practice is key to getting the best results. This leads to freedom from energy-depleting tension, worry and fear. As a friend used to say to me, “The only thing that comes from tension, worry or fear is more tension, worry and fear.”

Start with 10 minutes lying down, wrapped in a blanket in a quiet place, and then focus on your breath. If your mind wanders, bring it back, and just let go. You might want to try our Breathe with Purpose CD to guide you through the process.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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. Laura Sposato-Record says:

    I needed this today. Just received a treatment yesterday and am planning to visit Angela’s studio with my sister this week.

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