Welcome Relaxation For Breast Cancer With Yoga Nidra

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By Diana Ross, E-RYT & Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

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, disease or certain situation and that tension is compounded. I don’t know about you but it doesn’t take much for me to feel tension. It’s getting the tension to subside and go that is the challenge. Research shows tension held in the mind and body can have devastating health consequences. 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 the overall tensions. Learning Yoga Nidra is what will improve quality of life and healing. It is relaxation in action.

The truth is we function fully when we are relaxed. It is here when we feel a clear connection or continuous flow. However, when we lack the ability to eat well, hold positive thoughts, repeat habitual bad habits or embrace any negativity we suffer with excess tension. When we hold these tensions we begin the habit of continued holding, thus blocking the proper flow of energy and the capacity towards wellness. We know it isn’t working but we continue known the less. This is why Yoga Nidra can help us begin to remove these detrimental tensions to mind and body.

The Best Relaxation Response

Yoga Nidra, commonly known as “deep relaxation” is an integral part of yoga teachings. Yoga Nidra is a set of deep relaxation techniques that can lead you to a meditative state, which encourages a sense of well-being. Things become noticeable and vibrant, like these apple blossoms. It is usually introduced at the end of each asana (yoga) class and is known as Shavasana. It is here we begin to have a real relationship with our body and it is here also 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. The more we detach from the negative thoughts, and the holding of unnecessary tensions we no longer identify with it all and we begin to find our way into a clearer space. A space where we can release, or cleanse ourself of the stresses of illness, anxieties of 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 be have clear thoughts and will move towards right action. The worried state dissipates leaving a tranquil state of mind, and body.

As we travel down this road of learning how to relax either through meditation, breathing or just being still we free our mind of false emotions or wrong thinking. As this begins to happen we are open to a clearer realization or higher knowledge. This will lead us to continuous relaxation in life. True relaxation comes as spiritual consciousness awakens. Yoga Nidra is the pathway to the inner expansion of awareness and a deeper balance in life.

In Yoga Nidra we appear to be in a sleep state, but we really are letting the outer world slide away and the inner world heighten. You could say that Yoga Nidra is conscious sleep or sleepless sleep. Yoga Nidra produces its greatest results by developing a regular practice of relaxation. A regular practice insures 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. Try our Breathe with Purpose CD  .

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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.

Topsy Turvy Travels – Lymphedema Journey

Lyphedema  ManagementTOPSY TURVY  TRAVELS by Lesley Ronson Brown: Yoga & Lymphedema Expert
September 2013

So what helps us through our lymphedema or cancer journey?  Whether our journey is dealing with lymphedema, chemo, radiation or some other treatment or test, we often travel through turbulent terrain.

The answer is different for each of us, depending on our personalities, needs, environments, etc.  But to safely traverse the minefields of cancer treatment and its side effects, which sometimes is lymphedema, we each need to figure that out.  Just like when we take a trip, it tends to go better if we have a plan.

If you aren’t the rustic type, you wouldn’t book yourself into a top of the Alps campground, sleeping perilously on a mountainside, next to a sheep that doesn’t even say “baa baa” in English.  No, you’d be at the Four Seasons or something as close to that as you could afford.  A charming B&B on a small Parisian street would be wonderful.  But if you are more outdoorsy, you might not be able to stand staying in more conventional lodging.Lymphedema Jpourney

So why don’t we take the same approach to traveling with cancer?  Traveling with lymphedema?  Why don’t we figure out what we need for a comfortable trip?

A big factor is that none of us really want to go on this journey.  We all find ourselves on this trip against our will.  We didn’t choose it.  We don’t want it.  But darn it, we got it.

So we can choose to pout or to put out.  Put out what we need to navigate this trip as comfortably as we can.  What do we do to move from merely surviving to thriving on this journey?  We do some soul searching, meditation, quiet thinking, maybe yoga, and then we bust out!!

Figure out what makes you tick and what you need.  You probably already know it. Look at how you like to spend your time.  Look at what brings joy to your heart.  Do it!  Look at what you can’t stand to do.  Don’t do that!

When I first got cancer, everyone wanted to drive me to chemo or sit with me while I was there.  But I really didn’t need or want that. If I had felt tired or poorly, I would have asked them for help with such things.  But I was able to drive myself and frankly, I liked having time by myself to read or to sleep.  So instead, I got them all to come over to my house and clean out my cabinets and closets!  That’s what I really needed.

But for many of us, it’s nice to have someone with us for chemo or a medical appointment.  They can get us water or coffee, or talk with us.  They can take notes for us when it’s hard to remember exactly what the doctor or nurse said. They can help us walk if we feel weak.  Ask for what you need, not what people think you need.Breast Cancer Lymphedema

When lymphedema started showing up, my friends encouraged me to delve into it to learn more. Because I like fashion and enjoy accessorizing just about everything, they accompanied me to find sleeves that were fun to wear, but also therapeutic, of course.  No one told me to just suck it up,
or be stuck with it in a way that would get me down.

When I first got cancer in 2006, a friend gave me a little ceramic plaque that said, “Put on a little lipstick, you’ll be fine.”  So I did.  And I was fine… most of the time. Now, we all know the lipstick didn’t actually make me better, but it made me feel better and look better. And that is what made me better.  It gave me hope.  It made me buck up when I didn’t feel like bucking up.  And lipstick does that.  So does eye liner and blush.  Do you know who knew that and built his company on that philosophy?  Charles Revson, the founder of Revlon.  Years ago, he told his employees that they didn’t sell lipstick.  They sold hope.

Even though the cancer has come back a time or two or three or four, in my mind, I am fine.  Not cured.  Not healed.  But fine. I put on my lipstick and am fortunate to be able to manage my various diseases with grace.  Like anything, that takes effort and determination.  I have chosen to use my energy to make my journey more comfortable.  You can, too.

Lesley BrownLesley Ronson Brown is a two-time breast cancer survivor and a three-time lymph node cancer survivor.  She has hadlymphedema since 2011 and has learned how to manage it through traditional and complementary therapies.  Lesley is a certified Yoga teacher, with a specialty certification in Restorative Yoga, and has taught for more than 15 years.  She also is certified in Pilates and Group Fitness Exercise. But her favorite thing to teach is yoga!  She currently is completing her 500-hour yoga teacher training and is writing a thesis on Yoga and Lymphedema.

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