Yoga Online Class For Cancer Patients

online yoga classes for cancerWelcome to Yoga & Healing cyber yoga class room! These are interactive classes that are offered via the platform of Fuze (which is like Skype). All you need is a computer/iPad with a camera, internet connection, your mat, blankets and a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and an online sense of adventure!

Our instructors are able to watch you via the mobile device camera, offer guidance and support throughout the class just like you would have in a normal class situation. The great thing about these classes is that you can join in from anywhere. These are small group classes and spaces are limited. Bookings are required.

Yoga Online Course (live)

  • Thursday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Australian Time and Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Next 6 week course commences 9th March 2017 (cost $105)

Yoga is simply a state of being with our body in all that we do. The focus of these classes are about deeply re-connecting with one-self and enjoying a gentle movements and exercises in a way that truly supports and cares for the whole body. All our yoga classes offer an opportunity to deepen the quality of one’s presence and gentleness in all that one does, says and thinks.

Instructor: Donna Gianniotis. 6 week courses. Cost $105. For more information and bookings: Donna 0408 783187 or donna@yogaandhealing.com.au

To enjoy a free recording of our Body Awareness Meditation please click here.

Recording of the audio’s of these classes are also available for those who miss a class or for individual purchase of $20 per class.

Here is what people are saying about our online classes

I have never done yoga online before, but having been a face to face student of Donna’s I was excited to give it a try. The classes are wonderful! The connection is nurturing and deep. You really feel it in the stillness. So grateful for the convenience and connection these online classes offer! ~ Fiona Plascott

“It really is wonderful to enjoy all the benefits of a regular yoga class from my own lounge room floor. It’s also made classes accessible to me in a way they aren’t usually because of childcare & work commitments. Donna is able to provide all the guidance & support I need through this brilliant technical approach – & I love it!” ~ Gen Doyle

“Yoga Online is great for convenience – it removes that huge barrier of having to “get to the class (through the Sydney traffic!)”. The key to working online is both being live online and also having an instructor who is not only experienced but who has a high level of awareness so that the many geographically distributed class attendees can each feel their separate needs are being attended to and that the instructions are not simply robotically delivered like a canned YouTube recording. This is where Donna differentiates from other online classes –being live and online with Donna in these class sessions is really the way of the future for this form of well-being.” NG

Private yoga online sessions

Our practitioners also offer private online sessions of yoga. For bookings and appointments contact us. Cost for private sessions is $80. For bookings Contact Us →

What you need for online yoga classes

  • A computer or mobile device with a camera
  • Mat, blankets, warm clothing (for winter)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Set up your computer/mobile device so that the camera is facing your mat
  • Download Fuze (free application). This is the platform that we will be using
  • An online sense of adventure!

Donna GianniotisAbout: Donna Gianniotis has been teaching yoga full time for over 14 years within Sydney and practised as an Esoteric Healing Practitioner since 2010. With a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 33, she started to question that there must be more to health and well-being than diet, exercise, meditation and yoga.

5 Beautiful Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

Here are 5 Ways to Contemplate in a Breast Cancer Healing Garden
Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress. This is about creating a space within your garden to focus your thoughts, calm your mind, and revel in a little peaceful connecting.

Here are 5 Ideas for a Beautiful Healing Garden:

Garden Altars: You can easily create a very focused space outside to gain some peace. Gather items that you find inspiring or calming–a candle, some flowers in a vase, smooth river stones with meditative words etched onto them, a shallow bowl of water–and put them on a bench, a tree stump or a large boulder. Whatever it is that you find restful and meditative.Garden Alter For Breast Cancer Healing

Prayer Gardens: For those who prescribe to a more biblical perspective, try incorporating plants from the Bible into your garden spot. Lilies, cypress, hyssop, mint, roses (Rose of Sharon, actually, but feel free to take some liberties), olive trees–complete lists can be found easily online to create a more encompassing garden theme. The theme may not be immediately recognizable to visitors, but this spot is for you.Prayer Garden For Breast Cancer HealingYoga Deck: Yoga is a great exercise for flexibility and stretching, but it’s also very calming and meditative. With emphasis on movement and breathing, you can easily get into a contemplative mood. Tai Chi works much the same way. If you love these forms of exercise and contemplation, why not create a space in your garden so you can do these things outside? Construct a yoga deck low to the ground, add a possible side wall for more challenging poses and have a small water feature nearby.Yoga Deck For Breast Cancer Healing garden

Labyrinths: Labyrinths can be created in your yard on a large or smaller scale, and for a lot of money or for just a bit of cash, depending upon the materials you choose. Pave, plant or place rocks in between the pathways, and walk your worries away til you reach the center. Stay for a bit at that point, then turn around walk the same path out. The bilateral movement is known to promote a sense of peace, calmness and tranquility. Backyard Garden Labyrinth For Breast Cancer Healing

Meditation Garden: Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs. Backyard Breast Cancer Meditation Garden

Just as there are many forms of contemplation, people have a variety of needs from a healing garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place in your garden to pray, meditate, contemplate or simply de-stress.

Photo Source: Garden Alter – KyleMillerYoga.com, Prayer Garden MiniGardener.wordpress.com,  Yoga Deck – CreativeLivingIdeas.com, Labyrinth – SallyHaleyMD.com, Meditation Garden – Basilbistrow.com,featured photo – GardenGeeksOnTour.com,  Article Source: jPetersonGardenDesign.com.

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.

GUIDED IMAGERY- Treatment Support

Questions To Help Guided Imagery For Cancer HealiongAs a person in treatment you will need as much support around you from many avenues. We have already talked about delegating as much as possible to other folks. Our “G” word is going to introduce you to Guided Imagery. Guided imagery is an avenue of training your brain to take to you to places of healing. For instance, I have a beautiful Bengal tiger that lives within me. I have developed a relationship with my tiger over the post years of treatment. Each morning my tiger goes through my body and gathers up all the mutant cells and takes them our of my body to an abyss where those cells cannot escape. The tiger is my ally.

Guided Imagery is a way to delegate healing to your body. Scientifically we know Guided Imagery is a powerful tool to help us live our lives in more meaningful ways. Use your Imagination to create imagery. Involve all of your senses in the imagery such as your visual, tactile, kinestetic (body awareness), olfactory and auditory channels. Take as much time as you need to make the guided imagery believable.

Here are a few guided questions to help you create your ally.

  1. What symbol, character, or animal have you been drawn to throughout your life?
  2. What symbol, character, or animal is strong enough to help you with your path to healing?
  3. Ideally, who would you like to accompany you in your mind’s eye or inner soul during this journey?

Now fully develop that image. What color is it? How big is it? Describe it fully by giving it characteristics, clothes, shape, smell, and voice. What does your ally have to say to you?

Ask this ally that you created this question. “Are you willing to accompany on a healing path during this treatment?” Journal this dialogue.

Now gently close your eyes and imagine your ally providing your body with healing in whatever way makes the most sense to you. Maybe you will see your ally breathing healing light into your body and lasering your cancer cells. Perhaps your ally will feed you healing ointment that attaches itself to the cancer cells and eliminates them from your body. One woman used the seven dwarfs mopping her cancer cells up. She was a first grade teacher so that imagery was believable to her. It is important to make the imagery as believable as possible. Use the images you create three to four times a day by finding a relaxing place, close your eyes and let yourself welcome the healing power of your ally. Especially use guided imagery when you become afraid.

Your mind is a capable ally in your healing process and the body mind connection helps our bodies transcend medical science. Use it wisely!

Photo source: Livestrong Relaxation Exercises

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

Practicing Gratitude Can Improve Your Health, Mood and Spirit

Practicing Gratitude Can Improve Your Health, Mood and Spirit For Breast CancerBy Margot Malin, Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

Contemplate: What makes you thankful?
Focus on what you have by recording at least one positive thing in your life each day. Scientific research is increasingly demonstrating that practicing gratitude daily can cultivate noticeable ongoing mental and physical benefits.

A patient faced with a difficult health diagnosis frequently feels overwhelmed and anxious. She might feel as if she stepped into a foggy quagmire. One way she can begin to see a beam of light to help guide her out of this fog is to turn to the techniques introduced in positive psychology.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity better, and build stronger relationships. “The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life” writes Dr. Martin Seligman (often referred to as the pioneer of positive psychology).

Below are some simple ways to cultivate gratitude:

  1. Keep a gratitude journal
    Write down one to three things that you are thankful for each day. On the Lots To Live For, Inc. website we sell a Gratitude Note Pad to help you to conveniently and consistently record your thoughts. This Gratitude Note Pad is easily carried in a purse or portfolio.
    Hints: Avoid fixating on material items and do not dwell on things that you do not have. Spiritually refocus on what you do have.
  2. Meditate
    Practicing mindful meditation can help you focus on the present moment without judgment.
  3. Breathe
    Mindful breathing can help relax you and cultivate gratitude. We recommend the Breast Cancer Yoga CD Breathe With Purpose to get you started.
  4. Write a thank you note
    Studies have shown that the simple act of writing a sincere note of thanks to someone from our past or present can help us cultivate gratitude. Even better, share the note or send the letter to the person you are acknowledging.
  5. Pray (if religious)
  6. Practice Yoga
    Use your yoga practice as a moving meditation. Be present while on your mat and set an intention to reflect on the things that you are thankful for.
  7. Repeat an affirmation
    Affirmations are simple: you being in conscious control of your thoughts. They are short, powerful statements. When you say them, think them, or even hear them, they become the thoughts that create your reality.
    Here are examples of powerful affirmations: I am strong, I am healthy, I am grateful, I am thankful, I am evolving
  8. Show appreciation to people you interact with on a casual basis
    This can include co-workers, your bus driver, a hospitality worker, or a friendly soul with whom you have an incidental interaction as you go about your day.

In 2003 Dr. Emmons and Dr. McCullough reported the results of an important study on gratitude and well-being which separated individuals randomly into four groups who were asked to carry out different tasks. The results of the study found that those participants randomly assigned to the group who were instructed to write about things they were grateful for on a daily basis became the happiest and most optimistic when compared to 3 other groups performing different tasks. (References and link to article at the end of this post). Other studies have shown that additional benefits of practicing gratitude can include improved mental and physical health, enhanced relationships, higher self-esteem, and overall satisfaction with life.

Typically it only takes two minutes to record thoughts of gratitude. Just two minutes a day can change your outlook on the world. Focusing on the things you are thankful for can provide a beacon of light to help you climb out of the fog created by uncertainty and anxiety.

The simple act of acknowledging the things we are grateful for can help enhance our health, mood, and spirit. Why not start today?

References and additional information:

Buy the Cancer Gift of Optimism: To help a cancer patient regain optimism and a sense of control. This gift includes two simple items to help cultivate gratitude.

Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy, Martin E. P. Seligman, University of Pennsylvania.

Emmons RA, et al. “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An experimental investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well Being in Daily Life,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Feb. 2003): Vol. 84, No. 2, pp 377-89.

Sansone RA, et al. “Gratitude and Well Being: The Benefits of Appreciation,” Psychiatry (Nov. 2010): Vol.7, No. 11, pp. 18 -22.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness Meditation.

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About Margot Malin: Intellectually cMargot Malinurious and fiercely independent, Margot Malin has a passion for knowledge.  After receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, she launched her career by analyzing and evaluating businesses.  In 2002 she embarked on the “creative reinvention” phase of her career with the intention of “giving back”. Margot founded Lots To Live For, Inc., an internet retailer that sells carefully selected products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects caused by chemotherapy and radiation.

December Healing Garden Ideas To Invite Reflection

Winter Healing Garden IdeasThe warm hearth at this beginning of the winter season invites us to look inward. We are contemplating how to keep cozy as we prepare for cold weather and the shortest days of winter solstice. We have a few winter healing garden ideas for you to try!

Winter Garden LoomGarden Loom For Winter Healing Garden

Create an outdoor loom during the winter months. This video shows how the loom was weaved and how people interact with it. Watch HERE

Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Create a Backyard Wildlife HabitatAn important element of a healing garden is wildlife. Environments that elicit “soft fascination,” which “occurs when there is interest in the surroundings sufficient to hold one’s attention while allowing room for reflection. The NWF has a certification program for creating wildlife habitats; they’ll even give you this cool sign to post in your garden once you’ve completed the four basic steps of providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young. Go to www.nwf.org/backyard for more information.

Meditation of the Four DirectionsFour Directions Pole

How often do you feel disoriented, even lost, when all you need to do is stop and open to healing love and wisdom, which is present and available north, south, east, and west.  The Four Directions Poles act as antennas for spiritual energy from Father Sky and the Heavens. Learn more HERE

Allow your garden to become a refuge from the hectic world, a haven of rest for the weary.  Find the time to protect this restful place, to see its value, to enhance it, and to make it a home for yourself and others.

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.

An Invitation To Walk

Labyrinth Walking For Breast Cancer HealingBy: Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer and a licensed psychologist.

I have written before about this ancient symbol, The Labyrinth. However, I want to write again as I believe in the synchronicity of all events in each of our lives and that information that we need arrives just at the time we need it. I just returned from nine days of being immersed in all things Labyrinth. I returned knowing again that the Labyrinth has something important to share, especially with cancer patients.

That is something you and I have in common. We have been touched by cancer in one form or another and we are learning together how to manage the fear as well the changes to our lives that are so necessary to help us manage the disease with adjunctive holistic approaches such as yoga, exercise, clean eating and spiritual and psychological health.

Each of us are somewhere in our journey of treatment, maybe beginning, middle, or management stage. We did not have a choice about cancer. It didn’t knock or even announce itself when it entered. The next thing that you and I have in common is we did choose to show up in life and educate ourselves about what “best and informed choices” we can make now that cancer is a part of our tapestry of life. I understand the word “tapestry” is an interesting word choice because the underlying feeling is perhaps more like, “cancer has entered my body and ruined my tapestry”. Hating has never helped any of us get better and I believe gives us the mindset of fighting the enemy. But this duality of thinking can raise our anxiety and set us up for failure when a treatment does not work the way we want it to.

Over the years, I have found a very valuable resource in my cancer journey and that is this ancient symbol I have come to know as the labyrinth. At over 4,000 years old, the Labyrinth predates Christianity and its eleven or seven circuit path is found in all parts of the world. During my first year post treatment I made a commitment to walk the labyrinth one day each week. At that time (2000) the closest Labyrinth to me was thirty minutes away in downtown Phoenix at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. On New Year’s Eve of 2000 Trinity dedicated their beautiful outdoor eleven-circuit Chartres style Labyrinth. During that year, as I made my way down to the labyrinth and reflectively walked it (it is like a walking meditation) I began to let go of some of the angst and fear. I found myself re-evaluating my life’s choices and asking hard questions like, “Why me?” or “Why now?” As I maintained my commitment to walk, I realized I walked my way into a place of inner peace, acceptance, and resiliency. In some ways I integrated my journey and it was no longer the enemy. My hatred for the illness had dissipated and I had a sense of neutrality. It is what it is. My choice became “How do I come to it since it is now here?” These harder, more uncomfortable feelings were below my consciousness during treatment because the only things there are room for during treatment are survival muscles and survival thinking. It was post treatment that had hit me the hardest. Walking out of my last Chemo and crying because, now what can I do? The labyrinth answered that question with open arms by calling me to come and walk. It was not like I heard a voice, or read a book, it was as subtle as that inner voice could be, but I knew with no doubt that I needed to walk the Labyrinth. So, I did. I was curious about this need to walk the Labyrinth and had no concrete expectation.

Now that I have shared my personal experience, I hope I have tweaked your curiosity about this ancient symbol. Let me introduce you to my friend the Medieval Chartres Labyrinth, often referred to as the “Chartres Labyrinth” because it was discovered in the congregational area of the Chartres cathedral in France. This ancient symbol is being rediscovered today and being used in many ways–walking meditation is just one of those ways. If cancer has stolen your ability to walk comfortably or steadily, don’t fret. It is possible to “walk” a Labyrinth with your fingers, a hand-held replica or even by downloading an app on your smartphone or tablet called IPause. I use this app often, especially when waiting. Your finger serves your body in the same way your feet do. Notice the Labyrinth has a pattern of back and forth, left to right. When we walk the path with our feet our brain fires back and forth. When you follow your finger with your eyes, your brain does the same thing. So your brain will respond to the movement either way, by foot or by finger.

A Labyrinth is different than a maze in that it is one singular path. It is the same path into the center and when you get to the center it is the same path out again. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER and keep going. Perhaps, at first glance the Labyrinth may have reminded you of a maze but it is much different. A maze has many dead ends and many decision or choice points. As a cancer patient, perhaps you are experiencing your treatment like a maze, many dead ends and many confusing and conflicting treatment protocols. That is stressful. The labyrinth is the opposite of that as you only have to put one foot in front of the other. At times you may feel a little disorientated or lost but keep going with the confidence that moving forward will take you exactly where you need to be.

How do you do this thing called a labyrinth walk? Here are three guidelines for you:

  • Release
  • Receive
  • Return

As you stand at the opening of the labyrinth, think about what it is today that bothers you most or what it is that you are needing some help or guidance about. As you walk, just allow yourself to ponder that question and just put one foot in front of the other. Do not try to come up with an answer, just walk and ponder.

When you get to center, imagine yourself receiving a response to your pondering. Maybe you won’t have an immediate ah-ha, but imagine that here in the center there are many possibilities to your refection. Just allow a sense of acceptance and when you feel your energy shift, turn and walk out, circling your path out of the center as you did walking in. Return to your life with a sense of curiosity and let peace float around you like a rainbow. Return to your life knowing that you can take the next step of your cancer journey because you CAN, you have always had the power in you.

Other things that you might want to do as you explore your own journey with my friend the Labyrinth is to listen to music on the way in and out. You may want to carry a rock or something that represents your issue to the center and leave it there, walking out with your hands open in a receiving gesture. I find it helpful to journal before or after a walk. The writing about it for me helps me to punctuate my intention of this meditative time.

I suppose by now you are asking how do you find a labyrinth near you? Visit http://www.labyrinthlocator.com and type in your zip code. The webmasters at this site work hard to keep it updated and if you find a labyrinth near you and it is not on the site, please let them know so they can place it on there. Other helpful sites are

Enjoy your new journey as you use your curiosity to explore how this symbol might be helpful to you along your journey.

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

Featured Photo: Astrolog.org

6 Complementary Therapies For Managing Breast Cancer Peripheral Neuropathy During Treatment & Recovery

Complementary Therapies For Managing Breast Cancer Peripheral Neuropathy During Treatment & RecoveryPeripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can cause numbness, tingling, pain, muscle weakness, and other changes. It can be caused or worsened by cancer and cancer treatment, as well as other conditions.

Neuropathy can be difficult to treat, there are some complementary therapies and lifestyle changes that may be helpful for reducing these symptoms and get patients through their cancer treatments more easily or improve their quality of life after treatment. Massage, acupuncture, and relaxation techniques may help decrease pain and reduce mental stress. These therapies can promote health, healing and symptom relief.

Massage: Studies have shown massage to be helpful for relieving pain (not specifically CIPN pain.) Massage may facilitate the healing of nerves by improving blood circulation to the affected tissues (increasing oxygen and nutrient flow.)

Amma Therapy: Aromatherapy massage studies also increases the production of natural pain-killing proteins (called, endorphins) in the tissues being massaged. Aromatherapy massage is a commonly used complementary therapy, and is employed in cancer and palliative care largely to improve quality of life and reduce psychological distress.

AcupunctureAcupuncture: Acupuncture has been reported to help restore nerve function in patients with CIPN. Studies have shown that acupuncture increases blood flow in the limbs (aiding in oxygenation and nutrient delivery to the affected tissues and nerves.)

Reiki: Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and keeps us healthy (mind and body.) Some studies have found that reiki provides reduction in CIPN symptoms.

Yoga For Managing Breast Cancer Peripheral NeuropathyYoga: Yoga uses movement and postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), 
and meditation to achieve a connection between mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has been studied and found to provide reduction in CIPN symptoms.

Meditation: Meditation is a practice in which an individual focuses their awareness away from the distractions of the fleeting thoughts racing through our mind and onto an activity free of distraction. Meditation has been studied and found to provide reduction in CIPN symptoms.

Managing neuropathy and relieving side effects is an important part of cancer care, treatment and recovery. Many people recover fully from the disorder over time, in a few months or a few years. Your health care provider can help eliminate the cause of your neuropathy and manage symptoms with complementary therapies.

Suggested Reading: Combination Therapy for Neuropathic Pain
Featured Photo: http://www.PositiveMed.com
Article Source: Integrative Oncology Essence

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.

How To Create A Breast Cancer Healing Moon Garden

Breast Cancer Healing Moon GardenBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
A breast cancer healing moon garden is a place to relax, see and smell the sweet fragrance of night-blooming flowers. Moon gardens are great for evening meditation and relaxation usually on a comfortable bench or porch swing. Enjoy the sounds of nature that are amplified when darkness is all around you. Creating your own moon garden is simple. Start by adding plants that have white and light-colored blossoms that glow in the moonlight. Include plants that have flowers that only open at night to exude their wonderful fragrance.  Also add a few garden accessories that illuminate when the sun goes down. Here are some suggestions with tutorials for you to try!

Plants That Look Radiant At Night:
Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose Flower For  Breast Cancer Healing Moon Garden

Evening Primrose Flower Blooming

Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis. It has nice yellow flowers, which open late in the evening, close early next morning and then wilt. New flowers open every evening. A few more ideas for radiant night plants include lamb’s ears, sombreuil roses, artemisia, maiden grass, gayfeather and abelia.

Plants That Bloom At Night:
Moon Flower

Moon Flower For Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Moon Flower Blooming

Moon flower, Ipomoea alba. The spiraled flower buds flirt with you during the day as you anticipate the night show. The large 6 inch wide white flowers start to unfold about dusk. It can be used over arbors and onto large trellises. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It is an annual.

Plants That Delight The Nose At Dusk:
Blooming Jasmine

Night Blooming Jasmine For Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Night Blooming Jasmine

Jasmine blooms at night and the smell heavenly in moonlight. Since this plant so enhances evenings in the garden, grow them wherever you spend time outdoors after sunset. Additional plants that offer evening fragrances are flowering tobacco, sweet autumn clematis and summersweet.

Moon Gate

Breast Cancer Healing Moon Garden Gate

Moon Garden Gate

You have to love the mystery of the moon gate. Such an unusual way to enter your garden, surely a magical place must lie beyond. Here is an amazing idea of how to recycle an old trampoline frame into a moon garden gate by Jeans Muse .

Illuminating A Moon Garden

Moon Garden Lighting Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Moon Garden Lighting

Even on cloudy or moonless nights, you can enjoy after-six gardens by using path lights, lanterns, or strings of twinkle lights to help illuminate the pale plant colors. Keep the light soft and diffused to mimic the moon’s subtle glow. The Art Of Doing Stuff offers a tutorial on glowing garden orbs.

Moon gardens are amazingly relaxing! Include a spot for a chair or bench so you can recline comfortably and enjoy the healing benefits in the unexpected loveliness all around you.

Moon Flower Photo From Dirt & Wine,  Evening Primrose Flower Photo From Dream Layers, Night Blooming Jasmine Photo From When Food Works 

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.

How To Use Walking Meditation For Breast Cancer Recovery

How To Use Walking Meditation For Breast Cancer Recovery

Breast Cancer Survivors On An Outdoor Walking Meditation

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Meditation of any type is simply a process of developing greater awareness and mindfulness, you become more content and fulfilled. However, there are many of us who just don’t or can’t sit still. The mind takes over and we struggle with quieting ourselves. We can’t sit, we need to move around so try a more active route to mindfulness with walking meditation. You get to enjoy the benefits of walking (health and endurance) and meditation (awareness and mindfulness) simultaneously.

Ways That Meditation Enhances Breast Cancer Recovery:

Relieve Symptoms of Illness. Mindfulness with a walking meditation program will result in an effective, long lasting  option for reduction in symptoms during  breast cancer recovery.

Relieve Stress and Improve Mood. Mindfulness meditation and other relaxation interventions can both reduce distress and improve positive mood states during breast cancer treatment and recovery.

How To Use Mindfulness For Breast Cancer Recovery Walking Meditation:

  • You need to be conscious of your footsteps, and your pacing.
  • You want to breathe in feeling it expand inside you.
  • Walk with slow and deliberate steps.
  • Feel the earth under you feet.
  • Notice if you feel light or heavy.
  • Is your chest lifted or is it drooping forward?
  • Be as comfortable as possible.
  • Now notice everything.
  • Let you vision expand to every space.
  • Smell the air. Is it crisp? Is there a breeze?
  • Notice everything.
  • Just be mindful of your surroundings.

How To Use Breathing Techniques For Breast Cancer Recovery Walking Meditation:

  1. Now notice your breath. Without taking control of your breath, allow it feel natural and satisfying.
  2. Let your arms and hands dangle to your side body or maybe in your pockets.
  3. Feel your inhaling breath come and expand your chest; now let your exhaling breath release thoughts that may take you away from this walking meditation.
  4. Walk if you can for 15/30 minutes.

How To End The Walking Meditation For Breast Cancer Recovery:

  • When you reach home see if you can sit comfortably and quietly for 5 minutes.
  • Notice how you feel now, compared to how you felt when you started
  • Set an intention for your day.

This could be the start of a great restorative walking meditation. Once you have learned how to meditate while walking, you can practice it anytime you have the opportunity to walk. Practice safely. If you don’t feel secure in your surroundings, you won’t be able to focus inward.

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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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Meditation Garden Ideas For Breast Cancer Healing

There is good evidence that various types of meditation may help improve quality of life for cancer patients. Studies have shown benefits for mood, sleep quality, and the stresses of treatment. Meditation can be recommended as a form of support for cancer patients. With some thoughtful landscaping, those out-of-the-way spots can emerge as meditation gardens for breast cancer healing. Meditation gardens are created to raise consciousness and reduce stress.

A meditation garden should be:

  • Sensory-rich
  • Rich in plants, trees or shrubs that are aromatic
  • Soothing to the ears
  • Appealing to the eyes

Meditation gardens have calming background sounds such as the breeze-driven rustling of ornamental grass, the delicate clatter of bamboo, and water gurgling from a fountain. Muted foliage works along with the scent of blooms or herbs.

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Key elements in gardens for reflection and meditation:

  • Comfortable seating
  • Moving water to masks distractions like the noise of traffic
  • Plants to provide shade, visual interest and oxygen
  • Natural lighting

Many of the elements designed into meditation gardens are borrowed from Zen or temple gardens. Examples include:

  1. Rocks, gravel and sand that can be groomed with a rake to symbolize a look or anything your imagination might suggest.
  2. Natural pieces reinforcing the look of the immediate surroundings.
  3. Treescaping or landscaping with trees, you can create some interesting shapes with the trees you have growing in your yard.
  4. Labyrinths, pathways and gently curved planting beds.

Just as there are many forms of meditation, people have a variety of needs from a meditation garden. Any space where people feel comfortable and safe will be a good place to meditate.

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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 info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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