Half Happy Baby Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Half Happy Baby Yoga Pose
By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Releasing physical and emotional tension is the blessing with these reclined yoga poses. Although we take our body functions for granted, the body is always engaged in self-healing; even when under excessive stress and strain. During recovery, reclined supported yoga poses will add additional support both emotionally and physically.

Benefits

  • Opens groin, hips and hamstrings
  • Reduces excessive lumbar curvature
  • Works on relaxing lumbar sacrum
  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage
  • Stretches gluteus muscles
  • Stretches the rhomboids and inner arm
  • Squeezes liver and gallbladder area for toxins release
  • Compresses stomach and pancreas area for toxin release
  • Helps to relieve stress and fatigue

Contraindications

  • Herniated disc, knee injury and pregnancy

Half Happy Baby Restorative Yoga Pose For CancerInstructions 

  1. Begin on your back with feet resting on bolster, or folded blankets.
  2. EXHALE, bring right knee towards chest and out to side. Bring straight-arm to
    the inside of the leg, place hands on inner arch, or inner leg. If too difficult
    take arms wrap around knee.
  3. Place a yoga block on a slant by side (armpit) and draw knee onto it. Keep left
    leg bent. Important to work on relaxing sacrum and facial muscles.
  4. You can extend left leg over the bolster to deepen the pose.
  5. Direct your breath towards the hip and groin opening.
  6. Stay and breath for 5 breaths.
  7. EXHALE, bring KNEES TO CHEST then lower and stretch legs out.
  8. Repeat another side .

Practicing flowing restorative yoga movements, along with evenly pacing the breath will restore strength and increase both energy and flexibility. Breast Cancer Yoga is intended to awaken positive emotions, build self-confidence and diminish depression. As we continue to practice this flowing yoga, we become open to a higher realization of everything and everyone around us. Our world expands and there is a greater acceptance of “what is.”

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.

Yoga For Breast Cancer – Forward Fold

Forward Fold Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer & LymphedemaBy: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

What can I say? Just resting your feet up while you dangle down is bliss. Let yourself go. Oh Yeah! This can be so relaxing and releasing for tight shoulders or coming out of a back bend. We under estimate sitting in a chair and hanging down.

Benefits

  • Broadens side body/obliques/quadratus lumborum
  • Assists in lengthening the spine and opening shoulder rhomboids
  • Rejuvenates and relaxes the lower spinal muscles
  • Relieves neck and lower back pain when the head and torso supported
  • Encourages relaxation through stretching
  • Reduces excessive kyphosis in the upper thoracic back
  • Stretches chest and axillae, and gluteals independently
  • Draws the breath to the back body creating space in the lungs
  • Brings blood to the head, pelvis and broadens sacrum
  • Slows heart rate
  • Facilitates an immediate relaxation response

Instructions

  1. Begin seated on edge of stable chair so
  2. pelvis tilts forward with legs extended,
  3. place large bolster in underneath feet .
  4. INHALE, lift and lengthen spine upwards.
  5. EXHALE, come forward and drape your body over thighs. Let your arms dangle down.
  6. Stay in the pose and enjoy the breath
  7. coming to the back body. When settled
  8. into the pose continue to release the
  9. spine and open shoulders out to side
  10. more.
  11. Rest and enjoy the deep opening into the
  12. back 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.

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.

Half Head of the Cow Twist

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By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Twists are valuable for supporting breast cancer recovery and for the repairing of breast tissue. Lateral movements that are inherent with twists encourage the lymph fluid away from the tissues toward lymph nodes which then circulate the fluid to functioning lymph vessels. If the lymph system cannot effectively drain, lymphedema may result. This pose will teach you how to relax your shoulders, lengthen the side body, reduce resistance to deepening the twist and open the hip flexors.

Benefits

  • Improves mobility and flexibility of spine
  • Stretches major and minor pectoral muscles
  • Provides deep stretch to tensor fascia lata (outer thigh)
  • Twist to waist and spine
  • Increases circulation and fluid dynamics of discs and lumbar region
  • Fosters relaxation and restful breathing
  • Opens hips and thighs
  • Relieves and softens iliopsoas (inner groin)
  • Releases sciatica

Contraindications

  • Lumbar injury, disc herniations
  • Hip/sacroiliac trauma

Instructions

  1. Begin in PARTIAL RECLINE, feet on bolster or prop with arms to side, palms up.
  2. INHALE, arms out in “T” position, place a small pillow or folded blanket under head.
  3. INHALE, cross right knee over left knee, with ankle to the outside of left thigh.
  4. Take the right ankle with left hand too begin the release of any muscle tension.
  5. Stay here until there is a release and you are ready for the twist.
  6. EXHALE, right knee over to the left into a twist and onto a supporting yoga prop.
  7. Make sure shoulders remain parallel to the ground with head facing straight up.
  8. Stay and breath for at least 10 breaths or longer. Allow the exhales to lengthen so to
    deepen into the twist. and to continue to release tightness.
  9. INHALE, bring hand to knee and help legs back up and return to center.
  10. EXHALE, extend legs over bolster and then repeat on other left side.

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.Create Space Banner

Fish 2 – A Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Recovery

Fish 2 Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

By: Diana Ross of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Fish 2 is one of those unique yoga poses that almost immediately, once in it, creates great internal quiet. Your eyes seem to want to close and your heart becomes wide open. Even your breath is so full that expansion can be felt throughout your entire being. It’s a great pose to love yourself in and to simply let go.

Benefits:

  • Opens heart and chest and frees up breath
  • Allows for lymphatic drainage
  • Stretches breast tissue
  • Expands the lungs for more air consumption
  • Lengthens collar bone while stretching the deltoids
  • Quiets the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Calming, especially if there is a focus on the breath
  • Relaxes shoulders and arms.
  • Quiets the mind quickly, relieves anxiety
  • Supports thoracic kyphosis

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Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. Inhale, lengthen spine and draped over blocks and bolster.
  3. Make sure your head rest in the natural alignment with chin, if not place a prop to lift head.
  4. Legs remain extended in front.
  5. Inhale, and extend arms over creating a big stretch to chest area if comfortable.
  6. Stay and breath into the front body with the arms overhead.
  7. 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.

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.

 

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

Swimming Locus Flowing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Swimming Locus –
What a powerful pose! It calls upon all the strength you have both front and back body. When lifting the front and back body off the earth the entire back body must engage in using  muscle energy. Great pose to build a strong back body, arms and legs. Plus this helps move lymph fluid through the lymphatic systems. Take your time learning the pose. Rest when needed and definitely use props to help with the lifts. Enjoy.

Benefits

  • Works back extensor muscles, back of shoulders, posterior legs and buttocks
  • Strengthens entire back
  • Reduces thoracic kyphosis
  • Opens chest
  • Strengthens inner core muscles and gluteus
  • Moves lymph fluid
  • Break down scars and adhesions
  • Cautions
  • lumbar disc protrusions or sciatica
  • spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis

Instructions

  1. Begin face down with arms extended over head and spread legs hip distance apart, then point your toes.Place a folded blanket or small forgiving prop under torso to help with the lift.
  2. INHALE, and engage core muscles and lift upper torso, arms and legs. Keep back and neck long and don’t bend knees.
  3. When lifting arms, open out into a V shape. Feel the space.
  4. Begin swimming by lifting right arm and left leg up while lowering left arm and right leg.
  5. Don’t touch the earth but continue flowing back and forth.
  6. Stay as long as comfortable with slow breaths.
  7. Relax when necessary and return.
  8. When done – push up and back into CHILDS pose.

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.

Leap Frog Pose (Flow) For Breast Cancer

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By Diana Ross, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

This pose is very special because of the activity of going up and down and out. When there is continuous movement it heightens a flow of energy (cardiovascular) which creates internal heat and lengthens muscles. Leap Frog is great for full circulation to pelvis, hips, feet and chest. It will increase oxygen and the metabolism  in the body’s system.

Benefits

  • Opens and expands pectoral muscles
  • Reduces post surgical fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Promotes axillary lymphatic fluid drainage which decreases blockages of lymph nodes
  • Softens stiff shoulders and frozen shoulder
  • Aids flexibility of the rib cage and thoracic spine
  • Frees the breath and opens the chest
  • Heightens a flow of energy for the body
  • Increases circulation to hips, feet, and ankles
  • Stimulates cardiovascular system (aerobic exercise) for heart center
  • Balances the glandular system
  • Stretches toes while creating balance
  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Lengthens spine while creating space between the vertebrae

Instructions

  1. Begin standing with feet hip distance apart, and place hands onto table, chair, or  yoga blocks.
  2. EXHALE, draw hips back and begin to lengthen spine and open chest region. Try  to keep the spine as straight as possible with soft knees.  Take a long INHALE.
  3. EXHALE, lower hips and bend knees to squat position, lifting heals up (if too much on knees use a CHAIR to sit on.)
  4. INHALE, lift hips up, straighten legs, bring head back to neutral and feet flat
  5. EXHALE, lower hips and bend knees to squat, lifting heals up (if too much on knees, you can use a chair to sit on.)
  6. INHALE, draw body back up, straighten arms, and bring head back to neutral.
  7. Continue up to 10 times, rest. When finished, come back to standing position.

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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