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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Churning Wide Angle Flow Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Churning Wide Angle Flow Yoga Pose

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus

A long term tool to aid in a full breast cancer recovery is a steady yoga practice. The cumulative effect will help restore health and promote a positive sense of well being, in the present moment and well into the future. Start slowly and gradually increase time spent in the yoga poses as well as ultimately adding more poses. It is also important to know that stiffness and tightness will come and go for a while but continue to commit to yourself and your yoga practice. This Churning Wide Angle Flow is a wonderful pose to add to your recovery yoga practice.

Benefits

  • Deepens breath with each flowing movement
  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Allows the spine to relax and lengthen
  • Creates a deep sense of peace
  • Stimulates parasympathetic relaxation response
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Decreases heart rate
  • Reduces circulating stress hormones
  • Twisting and cleansing effect on liver and internal organs
  • Stretches side body obliques
  • Develops hip flexibility, mid and lower back and the back of thighs
  • Improves circulation to pelvis
  • Improves digestion overall

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Instructions

  1. Begin in seated pose with legs out wide apart in a V with flex feet – toes
    extended up 90 degrees.
  2. INHALE, lengthen spine.
  3. EXHALE, draw right arm up skyward with left arm behind left leg.
  4. INHALE, lower arm down.
  5. EXHALE, draw left arm up skyward with right arm behind leg.
  6. INHALE, lower arm down.
  7. Continue to flow back and forth slowly balancing the flow of movement
    with your breath.

Enjoy this wonderful flow.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.

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Yoga Push Ups For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Yoga Push-up

Yoga Model: Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

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

Easy To Do
A modified Sphinx Push Up pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles is the closest thing there is to a perfect exercise. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere and it doesn’t require any equipment.

Breast Cancer Flowing Yoga Pose
This flowing yoga pose benefits women recovering from breast cancer because they can tone the pectoral muscles which lie underneath the breasts. Strong pectoral muscles provide a strong surface for breast tissue to sit on. This exercises also work the triceps, the muscles at the backs of the arms, which is an area a lot of women struggle with.

Benefits:

  • Builds arms and chest muscle strength
  • Increases axially lymphatic drainage
  • Stretches abdomen and chest
  • Gain strength in triceps with arms forward
  • Rejuvenates spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Works back extensor muscles, posterior shoulders
  • Allows spine to sink and relax into the body
  • Increases circulation of lymph to breast tissue

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Instruction:

  1. Begin on belly with forearms on ground with elbows forward- arms shoulder distance, engage elbows back towards body while lifting chest and lengthening out through legs. Place a small pillow or blanket under belly to assist in height and comfort.
  2. INHALE, keep weight even – press into hands and lift elbows up while straightening arms.
  3. EXHALE, slowly lower down evenly.
  4. Repeat 5 – 10 times using the breath to raise and lower.
  5. Make sure that the lift and the lowering is even; to decrease sensation in lower back try engaging or releasing buttocks or vary space between legs.
  6. INHALE, lift up and EXHALE 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.

Alternating Arm Across Chest Twist and Flow

Alternating Arms Across Chest Step 4By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Alternating Arm Across Chest Twist and Flow Yoga Pose for breast cancer recovery is such a fun and fluid, moving twist. The flowing yoga pose can create a keen sense of calmness while increasing circulation to the entire pectoral region and the arms.

Benefits:

  • Promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Increases circulation of overall blood flow, especially to pectoral region
  • Increases range of motion in shoulders
  • Lengthens hip flexors
  • Massages internal organs
  • Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle (muscle of the thigh), waist and spine
  • Stretches inner groin and opens hips
  • Induces sense of calmness

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Instructions:

  1. Begin on back, with knees bent and feet/legs in BUTTERFLY POSE.
  2. INHALE, arms out in T position, place small pillow or folded blanket under head (this allows for shoulders to relax down).
  3. EXHALE, right arm over to left arm (hand on top of hand) then slowly bring right knee over to left knee.
  4. INHALE, right arm returns to T and right knee back to BUTTERFLY.
  5. EXHALE, left arm over to right arm then slowly bring left knee over to right knee.
  6. INHALE, left arm back to T position and left knee back to BUTTERFLY.
  7. Continue to flow back and forth alternating sides. Make sure that there is a delay with the legs so that the twist is deliberate and meaningful.
  8. When ready EXHALE over to right side, then INHALE just the left arm back to T position and maintain the twist for 5 breaths.
  9. INHALE, return to BUTTERFLY and repeat on other 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.

Learn A Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer – Side Child Restorative Yoga Pose

Side Child Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Learn A Safe & Supported Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer – Side Child Restorative Yoga Pose.

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

The purpose of a relaxed pose may be obvious. Relaxation is intended to rid the body and mind of the negative effects of stress, unwanted thoughts, anxiety, fear, and then to create a state of rest. You will love this pose. Deep relaxation is a definite result of this well supported pose. It relieves anxiety and promotes well-being while balancing the healing response of the autonomic nervous system.
Benefits

  • Promotes progressive muscle relaxation
  • Brings the nervous system back into balance
  • Strengthens the relaxation response in your day-to-day life
  • Relieves anxiety and promotes well-being
  • Facilitates parasympathetic healing response
  • Has a “moment-to-moment” experience for both internal and external
  • Reduces strain on sciatica joints

Instructions

  1. Begin on back, then  roll onto right side, extend right lower leg and bend upper left leg, then place left knee onto large bolster or folded blankets. (don’t let foot dangle)
  2. Upper arm should be resting on a bolster or folded blankets shoulder height, then extend right arm straight out away from the body.
  3. Head and neck rest on pillow, bolster or blankets and must be level under ear.
  4. Close your eyes and just rest.
  5. Relax deeply and allow the mind to settle down.
  6. Enjoy each breath.
  7. When ready come to center and repeat on 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.

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

 

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