Guide To Healthy Lifestyle Choices For Breast Cancer

Guide To Healthy Lifestyle Choices For Breast Cancer

Featured Yoga Model Angela Strynkowsk, E-RYT 500

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
An anti-cancer lifestyle is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods and clean pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of habits. 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.

Exercise – Yoga
Practicing restorative yoga has shown to improve sleep and overall quality of life. (Reuters Health) – About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that can affect their quality of life, but a small new study finds that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality.

Cancer Prevention Foods – Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
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 blueberries hold a significant amount of the necessary cell builders and anti-cancerangetic properties that are a necessity on our tables.

  • Look for free recipes on the internet
  • Start by adding healthy food choices to diet
  • Begin transition to a healthy diet with Meatless Monday
  • Begin to eliminate cancer causing foods from your diet

Water Therapy – Alkaline Water
Alkaline water (also referred to as ionized water) can neutralize the acidity of the body caused by stress, modern diet, air pollution, and many bottled waters.

Manage Stress – Learn to Breathe
Deep breathing will encourage the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue and increase energy. It will also stimulate digestion, assimilation and elimination for better health. The most important function of all is how this special birthright breath can stimulate the body’s natural response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well being.

  • Purchase single down-loadable breathing exercises
  • Purchase a therapeutic breathing CD
  • Read books on how to breathe correctly

Laugh Often
It has been shown that even when manipulated to smile people in truth feel happier. Laughter stops depression right in its tracks and boosts our immunity.

  • 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 at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Management

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Mangement

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Wearing LympheDiva’s Compression Garment

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Yogic breathing and gentle yoga poses assist the body in circulating lymphatic fluid through its network of vessels. It is not uncommon for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Manual lymph drainage massage is a recommended technique for this swelling, along with compression bandages and other specialized treatments.

When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it runs like a free flowing river. However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river experiences obstacles; it slows down and creates a build up or a damning up of fluids. This build up of fluid causes swelling and pain, and may increase the risk of infection. It may also cause a permanent disability.

Secondary lymphedema occurs as a result of a blockage or interruption that alters the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. This blockage can develop from an infection, cancer, breast surgery, scar tissue formation, trauma, radiation or other cancer treatment.

Lymphedema Sleeve For YogaThe use of replacing axillary lymph nodes along with breast reconstruction with micro-surgical techniques have shown to improved the symptoms of lymphedema. To keep this fluid flowing, we need to foster relaxation with gentle yoga movements.

Practicing yoga, especially Breast Cancer Yoga will target the soft tissue areas with flowing movements and keep the lymphatic fluid moving throughout the channels rather than slowing down and creating a back up. On going yoga poses and breathing exercises will help keep the chest tissue from shrinking and promotes the healing. It is recognized in cancer treatment that the “milking out” of lymph fluid build up is imperative for the patients health both physically, and emotionally. In a flowing yoga practice this “milking out” can occur.

Lymphedema is not reversible but managed. The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter mind and body stress is so important to our health, well-being and recovery.

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.

Diaphragmatic Breathing for Cancer Survivors

Diaphragmatic Breathing for Cancer Survivors

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff With Diaphragmatic Breathing By Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net.
The diaphragmatic breath is the most calming and therapeutic breath. When constant stress leads to restriction of connective and muscular tissue in the chest area; a decrease in ROM (Range of Motion) is experienced. This decrease is due in part to unconscious shallow breathing. The chest does not expand as much as it would with slower and deeper breaths. Deeper diaphragmatic breathing is efficient because of the greater amounts of oxygen being drawn in the blood which then flows in the lower lobes of the lungs. Breathe Consciously. “It is as simple as oxygen helping to nourish the body, the muscles, and organs which then provides relief from stress, fear and anxiety. Slow, deep, and relaxed breaths calm the autonomic nervous system, producing balanced stable energy. Conscious breathing does improve the body’s immune function, and lower blood pressure. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing. Watch video below and try diaphragmatic breathing.

A Few Words From Jean:
Learning to be with ourselves, lovingly and with compassion is a deep yoga practice. We check our breath, body, emotions, mind and spirit. We don’t change what is , we seek to know about ourselves and be present ‘here and now’. This practice is the basis of yogic meditation and mindfulness practices which can have been well researched to lower anxiety, add to send of control and well-being, empowerment and ultimately a change that comes without effort, but surrender.

Jean Di Carlo WagnerAbout Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net
E-RYT200, E-RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Therapist with International Alliance of Yoga Therapists
Atma Yoga Teacher Training, certified 500 hours Los Angeles
A Gentle Way Yoga, certified 200 hours
Silver Age Yoga, certified 200 hours

4 Benefits of Breathing Exercises For Breast Cancer Treatment

Breathing For Breast CancerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Breathing exercise program aides in breast cancer recovery along with other benefits that a person gets by practicing it. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing. Along with daily breathing techniques we encourage an anti-cancer lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods, clean, pure water and air.

Benefits of Breathing:

1.) Stress reduction or increase energy.  Learning breath exercises will aide in the recovery process from breast cancer. First it is important to learn to breath correctly. Breathing correctly is done by taking in air deeply through the nostrils so that the lungs expand. Second, learn to use breath exercises so that they are used as treatments for specific situations, such as stress reduction or increase energy. Breathing exercises help you regain your health after under going cancer treatments by insuring that every cell in the body receives oxygen rich nutrients. Breathing exercises can also be used to steady anxiety, depression and other emotional distress.

2.) Help manage breast pain. There may be times during breast cancer recovery that the breath registers pain with a sudden and piercing inhale, punctuated with a forced exhale. When the breath remains affected by this sudden pain and discomfort it will trigger enormous changes in our ability to cope. Unfortunately, these are the consequences of impaired breathing brought on by stress. Once we bring an awareness to the breath, right into the moment of pain; when it is most needed, can we then decrease the degree of pain in the nerve receptors. This will increase the quality of life greatly. It is here where we learn to let go, soften and breath deeply.

3.) Assist in the ability to go to sleep and then to stay asleep. Doing a breath exercise such as Natural Breath in bed, will help decrease fatigue and promote better sleep. Here the mind will become focused on the inhalation and exhalation. This will create an inner calm by initiating the “relaxation response.”

4.) Maximize health and recovery through the breath. Constant stress leads to restriction of connective and muscular tissue in the chest area; a decrease in ROM (Range of Motion) is experienced. This decrease is due in part to unconscious shallow breathing. The chest does not expand as much as it would with slower and deeper breaths. Breathe consciously. It is as simple as oxygen helping to nourish the body, muscles, and organs which then provides relief from stress, fear and anxiety. Slow, deep, and relaxed breaths calms the autonomic nervous system, producing balanced stable energy.

Breathe With Purpose CD

Diana Ross ContibutorDiana Ross, E-RYT 500 founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is a restorative yoga teacher; and a survivor that cares 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.

Expanding Lung Capacity

Expand Lung Capacity For Breast Cancer Recovery

By Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Ph.D. E-RYT & Co-Founder of Yoga Teachers Training Institute

By manipulating the breath, yoga believes that we develop control over our inner body and mind. 
Each element of the breath, inhalation or poorak, exhalation or rechak, and retention or kumbak can be controlled in various ways. Primarily we would like to control the duration and depth of each. In this session we will explore viloma praanayam. Viloma extends our breathing capacity. Please note that in all yoga breathing there should not be any strain. We start slowly and increase with practice.

Healing our physical, mental and spiritual body is a full time effort. We might as well “Just Do It,” because the alternative is suffering. So please set aside some time for these breathing practices. Results come slowly, but they come.

In viloma the breath is interrupted by several pauses, either in inhalation or exhalation or both.

Pause in Inhalation
You can sit up straight in a chair or lie down in shavasan. Relax the whole body and breath in for 2 counts, pause for 2 counts, inhale for 2 counts, pause for 2 counts and continue until the lungs are filled. Then exhale slowly. It is like climbing up the stairs, and then sliding down slowly. As you practice this, the number of stairs begin to increase. You can also increase the counts. Remember there should not be any strain. As the lung capacity increases you will also notice the breathing techniques becoming longer and more subtle. Practice 3 rounds to begin with and eventually increase to eleven rounds. Breathe normally after.

Pause in Exhalation
Take a full inhalation and exhale for 2 counts and pause for 2 counts, exhale for 2 counts and pause for 2 counts, continue until the lungs are completely empty. Practice 3 rounds to begin with and eventually increase to eleven rounds. Breathe normally after.

Pause in both Inhalation and Exhalation
In this technique we combine both. You pause during inhalation and your pause during exhalation. Try to make each equal.

There are many more breathing techniques, these are a healthy way to start. Also investigate Diana’s CD, Breath for Health and Recovery. Breath is only one way to gather more praana. It is the fastest way.

Praana or vital energy is separate from breath. They are molecules that attach to oxygen. Therefore we need to become aware of the intake of oxygenated food and water. Bottled water has lost its praana. It is better to filter the water. But if you cannot, allow the water to flow through the air into the glass to put a “praanic head” on it. Eating fresh food like salad and fruits gives us praana from mother nature. Once the food is cooked, chewing thoroughly increases the praana in the food.

No matter how well we eat, how many breathing exercises we do, our mind and emotions are the most important ingredient. As mentioned before, if we are happy we have more energy. If we are depressed our energy is depleted. So we need to really work on maintaining a balanced mental, emotional and spiritual body. This becomes very difficult when we are faced with devastating diseases.

Trust in God is very important. But during these devastating times, we usually ask “why has this happened to me?” Remember that a dis-ease starts in the emotional body. Our suppressed emotions, our anxieties and tensions all contribute. These may not even come from this lifetime. Any disease or even any physical discomfort requires us to make lifestyle changes. If we are willing to change we have a chance of recovery.

I am a firm believer in the healing power of prayer. But we must believe that we deserve it. Through the many years of teaching yoga, and spiritual guidance I have seen one simple technique to be most beneficial. It is simple and just requires us to be consistent. Even consistency becomes difficult. When we begin to feel better, sometimes we sabotage the effort. Therefore I need to remind you that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. As a spiritual being you deserve to manifest health and abundance.

The simple technique is the power of gratitude. Every morning, get up and write down 10 things that you are grateful for. If you have a hard time to find 10 items, remember that you can be grateful for having a more comfortable life like hot water, shoes etc. that many people on this planet do not have. After writing this daily for about a month, you can start doing it within your mind and only write it once a week. That once a week is important and should become a habit for life.

Being thankful is a prayer and is very powerful. That power translates to manifesting positive energy rather than our constant negative chatter; which manifests negativity. We are very powerful beings, we are made in the image of the devine.

I would like to thank you for allowing me to talk to you during this difficult time. If you have any questions, or would like further information you can e-mail me at info@teachyoga.org.
With Love and Respect
Ma Mokshapriya

MokshaPriya Breast Cancer Authority Blog ContributorMokshapriya is ordained as Swami Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati and has taught yoga, meditation and philosophy for over 40 years. She currently teaches and gives guidance in Queens NY at the Yogashakti Yoga Center. She is the co-founder of the Yoga Teachers Training Institute and has trained over 250 yoga teachers in Long Island and New York. Mokshapriya has a Ph.D.in Education by researching and writing a “Comprehensive Eclectic Yoga Program: A Strategy for Self-Improvement” Curriculum for College. She is very direct, but approachable. You may contact her at info@teachyoga.org or www.teachyoga.org.
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Yogic Breathing Techniques

Yogic Breathing For Breast CancerYogic Breathing Techniques For Breast Cancer

By: Ma Mokshapriya – Ordained Minister and certified Yoga instructor.

In the previous blogs we introduced you to the word praana. Praana is vital life force energy. Without this force, nothing would exist on this planet. So all living things have praana. It is the essence of life. It is Universal Life Force.

The connection to our Mother/Father God and our I Am Presence is through a column of Light which is connected to our crown chakra and then moves down to our physical body through the various nerve plexuses or chakras; and then is distributed throughout the body by the nadis or meridians.  This connection is our direct link to the source. This connections is always present, but not necessarily flowing optimally. Yoga focuses on improving this connection. In yoga the hypothesis is that all diseases are ultimately caused by improper distribution of praana in the physical body.

At this time we will concentrate on increasing praana through breathing exercises. It is a simple way to start. Later we will introduce the other methods. The three main nadis are ida, pingala and sushumna. Ida is the left nostril and has a negative charge, pingala is the right nostril with positive charge. They cross over at the six chakras or nerve plexuses.

Our breath switches from one side of the nose to the other approximately every 90 minutes. When balanced the flow of breath goes through the sushumna nadi and both nostrils flow equally. That equal breath means that the praana is flowing optimally. Alternate nostril breathing is very important in yoga. We will start with a simple breathing exercise.

Please sit up straight and take the right hand and fold the index and middle finger. With the thumb close the right nostril and inhale through the left. Then take the ring finger and close the left and open the thumb and exhale through the right. Keeping the right open, inhale, close the right and exhale through the left. Keep the left open and inhale. Open the right and exhale. Continue for at least 2 to 3 minutes. You are taking the breath in like a U-turn. Whatever nostril you exhaled out of, you inhale into. Try to make the breath long and subtle. The arm may get tired. If you are sitting at a table, you can prop up the elbow.

It is called happy breathing because there is no breath retention and it balances the flow of praana. This is one of the few exercises that can be done by all, no matter age or physical condition. What the mind is doing during the exercise also affects its efficacy. Ideally one is to repeat a mantra mentally while breathing. Or repeat OM for the length of the breath as you inhale and OM for the length of the breath as you exhale. This will keep the mind in an alpha state and relaxes the body. To be effective daily practice is necessary. As the stamina increases we wish to increase the duration of practice to 10-15 minutes.  Always start slow and steady.
Yoga states we must practice for a long time, unbroken, with love and respect until the result is achieved. So if one practices every day unbroken for only 3 minutes it is more effective than a sporadic ten minute practice.  If possible try to do it twice a day.
At the same time deep rhythmical breathing should continue.

There are three methods of breathing: diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing, thoracic or chest breathing and clavicular breathing.  The combination of all three is known as yogic breath.  The diaphragm, which separates the lungs from the abdomen, when functioning properly is the most efficient way of breathing.  When we watch a baby breathe, we see the abdomen rising and falling. So it is our natural way.

The easiest way to learn diaphragmatic breathing is to lie down in shavasan or relaxation pose and place the fingertips gently just below the center of the ribcage. As you breathe in the diaphragm moves up, as you breathe out it moves down. It is important to be relaxed and not force the movement. Once mastered then we concentrate on also expanding the chest not only up and out but also to the sides as we inhale. Again it needs to be a natural movement without any strain. Lastly we must bring the breath all the way to the clavicle which raises the sternum.

All three movements constitute yogic breathing.  It takes time and practice and can not be achieved quickly. Later they all move in unison. It must be relaxed and natural. This week focus on t rhythmical breathing, and happy breathing.

Next blog we will introduce a breath to expand our lung capacity.

With love and respect,
Ma Mokshapriya

MokshaPriya Breast Cancer Authority Blog ContributorMokshapriya is ordained as Swami Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati and has taught yoga, meditation and philosophy for over 40 years. She currently teaches and gives guidance in Queens NY at the Yogashakti Yoga Center. She is the co-founder of the Yoga Teachers Training Institute and has trained over 250 yoga teachers in Long Island and New York. Mokshapriya has a Ph.D.in Education by researching and writing a “Comprehensive Eclectic Yoga Program: A Strategy for Self-Improvement” Curriculum for College. She is very direct, but approachable. You may contact her at info@teachyoga.org or www.teachyoga.org.

10 Ways To A Healthy Breast Cancer Recovery

Diana Ross Founder of Breast Cancer YogaDevelop a healthy lifestyle for breast cancer recovery by incorporating the following healthy steps. A suggested anticancer lifestyle is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods and clean pure water.  There are a few easy steps to keep your body safe and healthy. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of your habits.  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.
Here are some great suggestions

  1. START A YOGA PRACTICE Gentle or restorative yoga poses can be very healing if done with care and awareness. Once you receive clearance from your doctor to begin exercise, a gentle or restorative yoga practice may be very healing in stretching the area of the incision, the calming down of the stress attached to the surgery as well as bringing the ROM, (range of motion) back to the entire area of the chest.
  2. LEARN HOW TO BREATHE Deep breathing is vital; it encourages the release of body toxins, and rebuilds healthy tissue. It is as simple as oxygen helping to nourish the body, the muscles, and organs which then provides relief from stress, fear and anxiety.
  3. TRY TO EAT A PLANT BASED DIET Your diet really does make a difference when it comes to breast cancer prevention and recovery. A plant based diet should be a fundamental part of a healthy cancer free lifestyle. Make your diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables which are duly noted to help prevent breast cancer or other cancers.
  4. DRINK MEDICINAL HERBAL TEAS It is acknowledged in the medical community that herbal remedies do play a vital part of holistic healing for cancers. Herbal teas can aid in cancer symptoms or help build overall health.
  5. USE AROMATHERAPY Lavender hydrosol is thought to have a cooling and soothing effect on sunburns or skin irritations, and it smells so relaxing. Aromatherapy can help you navigate the terrain of your healing journey from surviving to thriving during cancer recovery. Lavender hydrosol can be applied daily to skin to help soothe the mind, body & spirit.
  6. TAKE A BATH IN PINK SALTS Bathing in a warm Himalayan crystal “pink salt” bath for 20+ minutes promotes deep relaxation, and helps to detox your body. This healthy salt bath can be considered as a complementary therapy if used with the intention to restore the body with its active 84 essential minerals and trace minerals. Taking regular saltwater baths with Himalayan pink salt will aid in detoxification, will strengthen the immune system, will heal skin diseases, relieve rheumatism and joint diseases, balance the skin’s pH, and aid in recovery after surgery.
  7. INCLUDE DAILY DRY BRUSHING 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 brushing increases circulation of the lymphatic system, which helps the body detox through the skin, and other elimination systems within the body.
  8. BREATHE CLEAN AIR There are increasingly more studies that support the findings that everyday products found in our homes and in our water supply is responsible for the rising rates of breast cancer. You can reduce the pollutants in the air with air purification . It is proven that between dust mites, chemical emissions from various products, mold and spores, all of which contribute to higher increase in breast cancer.
  9. USE ALKALINE WATER Advocates of alkaline water claim that by drinking alkaline water you can help to neutralize acid in your bloodstream, increase oxygen levels in your body and your energy level and metabolism. Ionized Water is a powerful antioxidant. Since ionized water is a liquid antioxidant, it is easily absorbed into the body which makes it much more effective and powerful antioxidant.
  10. LOVE YOURSELF The body realizes all the care and love we give it. Bring yourself and your attention into the present moment by slowing down the “mind chatter.” Don’t anticipate negativity or dwell in fear. Stay focused on positive thoughts. Visualize a healthy future; see it, be it. Rent funny movies and laugh; laughter is good medicine. Teach yourself to relax the body. Train the mind to stay focused on the breath.

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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