Bali Seal Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Bali Seal is the pose that helps create strength from within.  Take it slow if you are starting out. After a few lifts and releases you will begin to feel the energy charge through you, giving you the internal as well as the external lift you need. Let us know how it felt. Namaste’

Benefits

  • Stretches spine and opens chest for increased spinal mobility
  • Increased shoulder ROM, and stretches breast tissues
  • Stimulates cervical and axillary lymphatic drainage
  • Strengthens and stretches quadriceps and core  muscles
  • Opens rib cage
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Great for opening lungs
  • Strengthens lower back and squeezes kidneys

Contraindications

  • Knee injury

Instructions

  1. Begin seated on an appropriate size prop in between legs, ankles should  be comfortable.
  2. INHALE, bring arms in front, interlace hands in COMPLETION MUDRA (hands interlaced with thumbs and forefingers straight) and rise up  bringing arms overhead or to a comfortable place to lift up.
  3. EXHALE, lower arms and seat back down on heels, or a supporting prop simultaneously.
  4. Continue to INHALE, and lift up.
  5. EXHALE, and lower down.
  6. Coordinate the breath with the movement.
  7. Continue to flow up and down bringing a gentle attitude to each movement.
  8. Breathe deeply and allow your body to feel energized and rejuvenated.

Yoga Therapy attempts to bridge a gap between conventional medicine and a “5000” year old system of yoga. However, our “system” of medicine mainly treats the body, while the “system” of yoga supports healing on a physical, psychological and spiritual level simultaneously. The ultimate responsibility for staying healthy rests with us. We must educate ourselves and be active in our own wellness program.

Diana RossDiana Ross, E-RYT 500 founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana was a restorative yoga teacher that cared about making a difference in your recovery process. Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products were designed to support you emotionally and physically from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. 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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Wide Angle – Arms Extended: Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

It is supported and endorsed in many research communities that yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual well-being. Fearful thoughts associated with breast cancer often prompts us to research every possible alternative or integrated self care option. Yoga is an option that can become a vital aid for us to handle the stressors from treatments, fatigue and depression and from the unknown. Practicing yoga can have better fitness outcomes, less stress and improved biological indicators of future risk of secondary cancers.

Benefits

  • Stretches arm pit chest, biceps, inner forearm
  • Pectoral muscle is widened
  • Opens shoulder joint and improves flexibility
  • Increases circulation and blood flow in chest
  • Strong hip opener and deep twist in inner core
  • Lengthen and strengthen side body and increases vitality
  • Massages lower abdominal organs and glands
  • Develops core steadiness
  • Enhances circulation to chest and shoulders
  • Expands ribs for deeper breathing

Instructions

  1. Begin in a wide stance, legs 3 feet apart with feet parallel.
  2. EXHALE, bend forward onto bolster or yoga blocks (make sure the leg remains anchored).
  3. Begin to roll out bolster so the arms can straighten (make surehips stay over knees and ankles.
  4. INHALE, draw tailbone and spine back so the spine lengthens and the chest comes toward the ground and allow the back bodyto broaden.
  5. EXHALE, lengthen sides of torso
  6. Let your legs and arms support the extension of the spine.
  7. Relax your neck and shoulders
  8. Stay for 5 full breaths, then return back to center.

Remember as you begin to practice yoga poses with awareness, you not only begin to feel better but you will also be able to feel; that is, you become sensitive to everything and everyone around you. As inner awareness expands and deepens both within and outside the body, we  consciously begin to overcome obstacles of fear, pain, anxiety. You can practice yoga in such a way that the practice becomes a much “larger yoga.” Our true nature is revealed through this new sensitivity and awareness. We intuitively begin to discover how to overcome certain obstacles on this journey with breast cancer.

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.

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.

Prevent Breast Cancer With These 5 Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Healthy Lifestyle Choices To Prevent CancerNecessary Lifestyle Choices for Optimum Health
An anti-cancer lifestyle will include a variety of exercise, organic foods, clean pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy. It is important to cultivate an awareness of what feels and taste right going into your body. It is equally important to stop and take notice of bad choices. Ask yourself “Is this good or bad for me? “Will it make me feel better or worse?” We all want to feel alive and vital.

1. Exercise – Yoga
Practicing Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery has shown through studies to encourage and improve sleep and to enhance overall quality of life. (Reuters Health) – About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that affects their quality of life. A new study found that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality. (bit.ly/sSZeZZ)

There are some simple suggestions to start exploring a change in vitality:

2. Cancer Prevention Foods – Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
It is suggested to eat a plant base diet of fruits and vegetables: make your diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables that are full of micronutrients and bioflavonoids which are duly noted to help prevent breast cancer or other cancers. Five or more servings per day is recommended by the American Cancer Institute. Red and blue berries hold a significant amount of necessary cell builders and anti-cancinogens that are a necessity on our tables.

Here are some simple choices to select from to start improving your health:

3. Water Therapy – Alkaline Water
Alkaline water (referred to as ionized water) can neutralize or decrease the acidity of the body’s pH caused by stress, modern diet, and air pollution. We suggest trying this water and feeling the possible positive effects.

Find a water store and get alkaline water by the gallon (it usually stays charged with negative ions for up to 48hours)
Purchase if possible a home alkaline water system that filters pollutants as well as charging the water with negative ions and anti oxidants

  • Benefit from the many ways to use alkaline water like necessary hydration for the body’s cells

4. Manage Stress – Learn to breathe
Deep breathing is vital in that it encourages the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue which consequently increases overall energy. This true oxygen exchange stimulates digestion, assimilation and elimination. A very important function of breathing fully and slowly is that the body’s natural relaxation response is prompted. This relaxation response results in decreased tension, anxiety and fatigue.

A great place to start is with our single down-loadable breathing exercises or you could do the following.

5. Laugh Often – Emotional Balancing
It has been shown that even when manipulated to smile people in truth feel happier and joyful. Laughter can stop depression right in its tracks and boosts our immunity.

We suggest the following to bring on happiness.

  • Have a daily joke sent to your e-mail
  • Watch funny YouTube videos
  • Listen to the comedy channel on the radio
  • Download comedians from iTunes
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 atinfo@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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5 Easy Ways to Detox While in Cancer Recovery

5 Easy Ways to Detox While in Cancer RecoveryAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

I want to share 5 easy ways to detox your body while in recovery, or anytime. These are the things I did, and continue to do that makes a difference in my health and I hope will make a difference in your health.

It is nothing new to state that breast (cancer) has touch so many lives. Either a family member, friend or neighbor may fall on this list. It is also not uncommon that cancer patients choose allopathic medicines and treatments.

These treatments usually involve potent drugs, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, or both. These treatments can leave the patient exhausted and emotionally drained. The cause of this fatigue is from the body being subjected to poisons, which indiscriminately attacked all the body cells over time. Knowing that detoxing the body is so important for better health and for recovery; it would be very beneficial to adopt a detox routine.

You can do it once a month, once every two months or when you feel the need to detox. It is as simple as developing a routine. Here are my ideas for better health for mind, body and spirit.

Dry Brush Method -Dry brushing stimulates the skin and circulates lymph fluid which is vital for overall health. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification. The ability of the skin to excrete toxins is of paramount importance. Dry skin brushing helps to shed dead skin cells, which improves skin texture and cell renewal. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, which greatly aids the lymphatic drainage of the entire body. When the body rids itself of toxins, it is able to run more efficiently in all areas. Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified.

Drink Water -Water Detoxifies. The quality of your tissues, their performance, and their resistance to disease and injury are linked to the quality and quantity of water you drink. The daily cleansing of wastes from each cell, the flushing of the alimentary canal and the purifying of the blood are all dependent on our water consumption. This helps to scavenge free radicals and reduce the oxidation of your body, in turn slowing down the aging process and overall health. Drinking ionized, or alkaline water has smaller molecule clusters than regular water. These small clusters are able to permeate your body’s cells and hydrate much more effectively. This makes the water and minerals better able to be absorbed in your body and flood out the toxins within. Good quality steam distilled water can pickup mineral deposits accumulated in cells, joints, artery walls, and remove them out. Distilled water cleans out impurities and replenishes the essential nutrient required for human life.

1 to 3 Day Body Detox Diet -Our body is exposed to numerous toxins daily as in air pollution, over processed foods, chemical cleaners and pesticides. A detox diet is when you lighten your daily food intake and provide your body the opportunity to rest, which then helps release toxins. A one to three day detox diet may range from simply focusing on whole foods to an all-out fast. Most detox diets ask that you eliminate items like caffeine, alcohol, added sugar and refined flours. For example, a fresh fruit diet emphasizes a healthy and easy way to digest the fruit and to assist in elimination. You may add protein powder to the fresh fruit which offers a high content of water, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Eating just fruit, or just veggies help to dissolve toxins, enhance liver function and create better energy levels. Juicing is also a great way to feel light and to receive nutrients for the body which assist in detoxification.

Himalayan Pink Salt For Breast Cancer DetoxTake a Himalayan Salt Bath -To feed the body with healthy minerals and trace minerals take a pink Himalayan crystal salt bath. This rock salt is fuel for balancing and increasing energy. Your skin is an excretive organ that mirrors the condition of your intestines. When you take a salt brine bath, the salt minerals penetrate your skin with ions. This ion absorption will stimulation natural cell growth in your living cell layers. Bio-energetic weak points will be balanced and your body’s energy flow will be made active. Bathing with Himalayan salts will stimulate overall circulation, hydrates the skin, increases moisture retention, promotes cellular regeneration, detoxifies the skin, and helps heal dry, scaling, irritated skin. Salt water bathing reduces inflammation of the muscles and joints, relaxes muscles and relieves pain and soreness.

Breath Properly –Breathing properly detoxifies and releases toxins. Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins, i.e. other systems in your body must work overtime which could eventually lead to illness. When you exhale air from your body you release carbon dioxide that has been passed through from your bloodstream into your lungs. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism. To improve overall well-being take 5 or 10 minutes a day to sit quietly and breath. This helps release toxins by full oxygen exchange. It also balances the stress hormone, cortisol and increases GABA levels.

Look at each of the 5 ways as opportunities to improve your lifestyle and diet. They will foster deep, and lasting transformation, and I promise you they will make you feel renewed.

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.

The Important Value of Female Relationships in Recovery

Breast Cancer RelationshipsBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Certified KaliRay TriYoga

Women unlike men connect with each other differently. They can provide a support system during the most difficult times of stress. Women help each other.

There are many obstacles that face women with cancer, for example the lack of family support or performing daily activities. Reduced employability and earning capacity can create great stress. Surgeries or treatments can further complicate body image, thus resulting in feeling less attractive, and may even cause breakups. For women, one of the best thing they can do is nurture their relationships with their girlfriends or join support groups. Married men on the other hand are known to have better recovery times when ill.

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos of Surviving Cancerland: The Psychic Aspects of Healing shared this commentary which was so tale-telling. “On a physical level, quality “girlfriend time” helps to create more serotonin – a neurotransmitter which combats depression and creates feelings of well-being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. Rarely do men sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel in regards to certain things or how their personal lives are going. Men talk about their jobs, sports, cars, fishing, hunting, or golf but not their feelings?”

Women share from their souls with their sisters, mothers, and friends. Spending intimate time with a friend is as important to good health as jogging or working out at a gym. We tend to think when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, and when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time — not true. The truth is our failure to create and maintain quality relationships with others is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking! So every time you spend time with a pal, just congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! Studies have shown time-and-time again recovery is faster and of higher quality when friendships are formed. Women with cancer are better able to deal with their disease when supported by others in similar situations. Women who take part in support groups believe that they can live healthier, happier lives if they spend time relating to others. Some maintain that the bonds formed between each other within the support groups help them feel emotionally stronger. They further state that sharing feelings and experiences within support groups help to reduce stress, fear, and anxiety which then helps to promote healing. Evidence suggests that support groups do improve quality of life for women with cancer.

Certain support groups may be led by survivors, group members, or trained professionals, and may include education, activity, behavioral training, and directed group interaction. Behavioral training may include yoga which helps muscle relaxation, proper breathing or meditation to reduce stress on the effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It may also include focusing on learning how to manage current concerns and situations People with cancer are often encouraged by health care professionals to seek support from groups of people who have direct or indirect experiences with the same type of cancer. These groups may vary widely in quality. Don’t hesitate to explore different groups.

The Internet also provides support groups. Interacting with other women by sending and receiving messages via the Internet may be the only option for some women until they feel well enough to go outside the home. These sites are run by moderators in chatrooms or on e-mail lists, while others are not moderated.

Women are such naturals when developing and nurturing loving supportive relationships, so embrace your girlfriends. They also believe that when relatives and friends lend support, it is easier to deal with their health and social problems. Let’s face it family and friends are very good for our health.

Diana RossAbout the late Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana made 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.

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.

2 Ways to Soothe an Anxious Mind and a Tired Body During Breast Cancer Diagnosis or Treatment

Breast Cancer Stress Relief For Anxiety With Tea & BreathingIf you are in any phase of a breast cancer diagnosis or treatment; now would be a great time to plan for some self help. Simple, yet profound ways to soothe an anxious mind and a tired body may be as easy as:

  • All you need is time (which you MUST take)
  • Find a quiet place (maybe in nature) and
  • Enjoy a nice warm cup of medicinal calming tea (Calm Tea)
  • Create some quiet time so you can breathe consciously

When stress hormones spike due to any anxiety – yes, you can do something. Make yourself a  cup of Calm Tea, sit quietly and “Breathe with Purpose”. This will create inner calm and quiet. We know that chemical imbalances occur from treatments and other daily stresses. Toxins are also absorbed during treatments. Even in our home or work environment, toxins are contributing to our stress.

It is important to get our “mind” back: back in focus.  There is nothing worse than feeling anxious all the time. It only creates more worry.  All we want is to feel balanced and calm. These two functions are essential for overall health. Breathing consciously and with awareness will bring your mind under control and into the moment. This is where it belongs.

Calm is the Key – Love is the answer. Being calm is such an amazing feeling but you must love yourself enough to set an intention to experience it. I know it is hard to begin but begin you must, and once armed with the right tools there should be no stopping you. All you need is time (which you MUST take), a quiet place (maybe in nature) and a nice warm cup of medicinal calming tea. Your body and mind will instinctually know it is needed and respond in kind. Ultimately, once you practiced this delightful combination of tea time, breath work and “you” time the results will speak for themselves. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself and start today. Remember you deserve this!

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.

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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Learn How Yoga Offers Relief From Cancer-Related Fatigue

Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Happily Doing “Legs Over Bolster” Yoga Pose

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

Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is very common. Fatigue can often be confused with tiredness, but there are differences between the two conditions. For one, tiredness happens to everyone, especially after certain activities or chemo – but  fatigue is less common and an excessive whole-body tiredness that is not relieved with sleep.   This debilitating condition can impact your quality of life.  It can be acute (lasting a month or less) or chronic (lasting from one month to six months or longer). The precise reason for this intensive tiredness is unknown, but practitioners believe it may be related to the process of cancer itself or chemotherapies and radiation treatments. (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its associated treatments. Usually, it comes on suddenly, and does not result from activity or exertion. It is often described as “paralyzing.” It may continue even after treatment is complete.

If you’re a cancer survivor and feeling tired or even worse, even long after treatment, you are not alone. But you can do something about it.

About one-third of breast cancer survivors experience CRF for anywhere from a year to several years post-treatment. While there’s no conventional therapy to resolve it, studies are increasingly showing yoga can help.  Patients with different cancers report relief with exercise, specifically yoga.

Yoga designed especially for breast cancer survivors is helping women to catch a second wind.

In fact, a recent UCLA study found that three months after beginning this practice, women with post-treatment fatigue were still feeling more invigorated than before they began the exercise program. Not only do women become more energized, but they see improvement in mood and sleep; they are typically more relaxed, more aware, and more accepting of what life brings to them. All these attributes are so critical as we work toward continued mental and physical well being, and ultimately, our healing.

How does Breast Cancer Yoga target physical and emotional fatigue?

Breast Cancer Yoga helps relieve taxing fatigue by encouraging deep breathing, which increases oxygen consumption.  This deep breathing is then tied into each gentle flowing yoga movement.  Each pose is supported with props to allow for comfort and support.

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.

Yoga Helps Overcome Obstacles During Breast Cancer Recovery

Breast Cancer Yoga Over Comes Recovery ObsticlesRestorative yoga is a specific exercise practice that targets those that suffer from physical and emotional fatigue.  Breast Cancer Yoga addresses and assist in breast cancer recovery from pain and fatigue, resulting in a positive sense of wellbeing. Through increased oxygen consumption by breathing deeply into each pose the results will be renewed vitality.

When you begin slowly building a yoga practice you will begin notice positive energy, increased flexibility, decreased pain, stimulation of the organs and glands, increased blood flow, and more. It is important not to over due at first but to gradually implement a daily yoga practice. It is also important to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice there will be improvement to fatigue by: improved sleep, decreased joint pain, increased energy, mental calm, increase range of motion, strength, increased resistance, low stress hormone and the psychological benefits.

Remember as you begin to practice yoga poses with awareness, you not only begin to feel better but you will also be able to feel; that is, you become sensitive to everything and everyone around you. As inner awareness expands and deepens both within and outside the body, we consciously begin to overcome obstacles of fear, pain, anxiety. You can practice yoga in such a way that the practice becomes a much “larger yoga.” Our true nature is revealed through this new sensitivity and awareness. We intuitively begin to discover how to overcome certain obstacles on this journey with breast cancer.

We recommend first that you speak with your health care provider before starting any exercise program. Visit Breast Cancer Yoga’s YouTube Channel for FREE yoga for breast cancer videos. Here is one we suggest to get you started:

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.

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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