By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
Reclined and supported, yoga poses combined with deep breaths are intended to support recovery from breast cancer and assist in managing lymphedema. Breast Cancer Yoga’s restorative reclined yoga pose helps elongate the spine while opening the chest region using props for support. This mild inversion is used to create an anti gravitational force in the pose which will renew energy, promote positive thoughts and enhance self esteem. Supported Neck Roll relieves shoulder stiffness and relaxes neck muscles from postural tension. This pose is known to relax the trapezius muscles and scapulae.
- Supports normal cervical spine (neck)
- Relieves shoulder stiffness
- Relaxes neck muscles and postural tension when properly performed
- Promotes deep relaxation and sense of well being
- Helps with anxiety and stress reduction by prompting the parasympathetic response
- Reduces stress hormone (cortisol) output
- Enhances an awareness of the breath
- Potentially relieves depression
- Helps coming into the present moment
- Begin on back, in Partial Recline, knees bent, feet hip distant apart and arms resting to side, palms up, place proper size neck roll under the neck.
- Draw shoulder blades back, down and underneath so chest lifts.
- Sink into the back body.
- Close your eyes and tune into your breath – feel how the flow of your breath creates an inner quiet.
- Stay in the pose up to 3/5 minutes.
Although we take our body functions for granted, the body is always engaged in self-healing; even when under excessive stress and strain. During recovery, reclined supported yoga poses will add additional support both emotionally and physically.