Downward-Facing Dog Flow With A Chair For Breast Cancer


Breast Cancer Yoga Pose Down Dog Flow PoseUp/Down Dog Flow pose is a great way to discover every aspect of yourself because every part is involved in the flow of the pose. Meaning, when flowing back and forth there is an awakening in the arms, legs, chest and spine. We begin to reconnect to our physical self. Squeezing out tension, toxins and reopening a new flow of energy is the ultimate goal. A definite for breast cancer recovery because of the total body exposure. Our beautiful yoga model is Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner A Jewel In The Lotus  yoga studio.

Benefits

  • Reduces post surgical fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Promotes axillary lymphatic fluid drainage which decreases blockages of lymph nodes
  • Stimulates cardiovascular system (aerobic exercise)
  • Strengthens quads, legs, shoulders and wrists
  • Softens stiff shoulders and frozen shoulder
  • Heightens a flow of energy for the body
  • Increases circulation to hips, feet, knees and ankles
  • Create balance and inner strength
  • Lengthens hamstrings

Instructions

  1. Begin standing with feet hip distance apart, place hands onto table or chair. Step back 2 fee bring head to neutral and feet flat.
  2. EXHALE, draw hips back, begin to lengthen spine and open chest region. Try to keep the spine straight, tone abdominals and allow soft knees.
  3. INHALE, bring chest forward with chest open and head lifted. The heels may lift up.
  4. EXHALE, draw the hips back, straighten legs.
  5. INHALE, bring the shoulders forward over wrist. Feel your shoulders onto the back body.
  6. Continue up to 10 times, then rest. When finished, come back to standing position.

Begin a yoga practice, slowly, and before long you will begin to experience positive energy, increased flexibility, and less pain.

Studies show that breast cancer survivors who practice restorative yoga poses regularly, sleep better, have less joint pain, more energy, mental clarity, increased range of motion (ROM), strength, increased resistance, and lower stress.

Exercising to gain energy and strength can be a catch all; it’s hard to exercise if you’re tired and weak but what’s nice about yoga, particularly restorative yoga, is that it doesn’t take the strength and stamina required to go out for a run or bike ride. Restorative poses can be done either in a reclined position or a supported seated position.

Technique and pacing are important.Please don’t over do it, especially when you get started. Rather, gradually implement a daily yoga practice. Work to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice you will see improvement. You will actually find that recovery can be a positive, “feel good” experience. Please speak to your health care provider before starting an exercise program of any kind. For more on restorative yoga and to see more poses demonstrated, visit http://www.breastcanceryoga.com/

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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