Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer: Modified Staff Pose – Forward Bend

This pose release deep tension in the back and shoulders, rejuvenates the spinal nerves. Draws the breath to the back body creating space in the spine. This pose releases muscle, emotional tension and enhances a feeling of openness on many levels. The more there is a commitment to develop a yoga/breathing practice, the more we can create a deeper relaxation response, healing the trauma of worry, anxiety and fear associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer.


  • Relieves menstrual cramps and stomach pains
  • Helps ovaries function regularity
  • Stimulates liver, spleen and kidneys
  • Lessens depression and quiets the mind
  • Rejuvenates spinal nerves
  • Draws the breath to the back body creating space in the spine
  • Stretches hamstrings and sacrum
  • May reduce headache
  • Blood flows circulation to pelvis and back benefiting ovarian function
  • Relieves sciatic pain stretches groin
  • Adds relief for vericose veins.


  1. Begin with legs extended forward and feet flexed, arms along side body palms down.
  2. Sit at edge of blanket or small pillow so pelvis tilts forward.
  3. INHALE, lift and lengthen spine upwards by pressing down into hands (can use yoga blocks under hands if it deepens the lengthening

Forward Bend

  1. EXHALE come forward with a flat back
  2. You can also place strap around ball mound of feet and again lengthen spine and EXHALE, forward. You can walk your hands down the belt as long as you do not round your back.
  3. You can also use blocks along side legs to support arms or forearms.
  4. Release belt and place an appropriate props.
  5. Stay and breathe into the pose.
  6. When settled into the pose release open shoulders out to side.
  7. Now you can release belly and chest onto props and breathe into the back belly.
  8. Rest and enjoy the deep opening into the back of the legs and spine.

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.

Try Breast Cancer Yoga’s extra gentle yoga DVD for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management.

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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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