Gentle or restorative yoga poses can be very healing if done with care and awareness. Once you receive clearance from your doctor to begin exercise, a gentle or restorative yoga practice may be very healing in stretching the area of the incision, the calming down of the stress attached to the surgery as well as bringing the ROM, (range of motion) back to the entire area of the chest.
This pose benefits the student with a sense of deep relaxation, inner calm,and of being grounded. More benefits include:
- opens chest and frees breath
- relaxes shoulders and arms
- quiets the mind quickly
- relieves anxiety
- may alleviate asthma and respiratory complaints
- Begin seated on a small pillow or folded blanket, place a cylinder bolster behind in a horizontal length. Extend legs forward. Place two blocks side by side behind for the back to (comfortably) rest on. Use a yoga block, bolster or pillow for your head to rest on once lowered.
- Inhale, lengthen spine and draped over blocks and bolster.
- Make sure your head rest in the natural alignment with chin, if not place a prop to lift head.
- Legs remain extended in front.
- Inhale, and extend arms over creating a big stretch to chest area if comfortable.
- Stay and breath into the front body with the arms overhead.
- Remain in this pose as long as comfortable, if desired bring arms back along side body.
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.
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