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.

Dry skin brushing can strengthen immunity, spark detoxification and reverse the hands of time – NaturalNews.com

Dry skin brushing can strengthen immunity, spark detoxification and reverse the hands of time - NaturalNews.com

Dry skin brushing can strengthen immunity, spark detoxification and reverse the hands of time via NaturalNews.com.

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Long used in Ayurveda, dry skin brushing is a powerful — yet exceptionally economical — healing therapy. Upon first glance, the practice may not seem like much. We may question how a quick session of brushing the skin can provide such impressive results as heightened immunity, reduction of cellulite and overall detoxification. As unlikely as it may seen, dry skin brushing delivers all of the above and more.

With this straightforward technique, you are on your way to glowing health, smooth skin and a happy lymphatic system — this last perk is especially important to keep immunity buzzing and your constitution robust. But how does it work?

When we brush the skin in an upward motion, not only are we removing surface toxins and dead skin cells, but we’re also stimulating the movement of lymphatic fluids — a secondary circulatory system that assists immunity by transporting white blood cells and removing waste. Since the lymph system doesn’t have a mechanism like the heart to keep fluid flowing, it needs to be manually encouraged through dry brushing, exercise, rebounding or yoga.

Skin brushing is also known for firming cellulite, thereby smoothing lumpy problem areas of the skin. However, don’t be fooled. The taming of cellulite isn’t simply a cosmetic concern, it’s also linked with a lower toxic load. Since cellulite is comprised of fatty toxic buildup, when we brush the skin, we are essentially helping dissolve these formations so they can be removed by the eliminatory channels of the body.

Beyond detoxification and promoting youthful skin, the practice also increases blood flow, improves muscle tone and tightens up sagging bits. On top of that, the production of hydrating oils is stimulated, further enhancing a healthy dermal surface. Dry skin brushing aids digestion as well as kidney function too.

Brush well and often

If you’re sold on the idea of dry brushing, here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Frequency — You should try to brush your skin at least once per day, with each session lasting between 2 and 20 minutes. Before your morning shower is ideal. Otherwise, a brushing session at night might prove to be too stimulating and interfere with sound sleep.
  • Brush type –– Look for a natural, stiff-bristled brush with a long, attachable handle for reaching tricky areas like the back. Avoid synthetic bristles, as they tend to be overly harsh and can damage the skin.
  • Method — Beginning with the feet, and moving up the legs, brush toward the heart. You want to use long, sweeping motions — not scrubbing or back and forth movements. And don’t brush so vigorously that the skin is red or irritated. You’re aiming for stimulation, not trauma. For the stomach area, brush counterclockwise. Next, focus on your backside with upward strokes. End the session with the hands, arms and chest. Avoid delicate areas like the face. Remember, both the skin and brush need to remain dry for the entire session. For maximum benefit, make sure to shower afterwards to remove dead skin cells and surface toxins.

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Dry Brush & Pink Salt Bath For Breast Cancer Lymphedema

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

Relaxation and detoxification of your body with a therapeutic bath is a complementary therapy that anyone can perform in the comfort of their own home. If in a cancer related weakened state please have friend or family member close by during and after a therapeutic Pink Salt bath and dry brush body massage.

A detox bath is thought to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and awakened. 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.

Relax & Detox Bath Instructions

  1. Schedule time for yourself
  2. Fill tub with hot water
  3. Add 4-6 ounces of “Pink Salt” aka Himalayan Salt
  4. Mix bath water gently with hand
  5. Enter bath and soak for at least 20 minute however 40 is recommended
  6. Be sure to drink plenty of water after a “Pink Salt” bath to rehydrate the healthy relaxed cells

After Bath Care
Be sure to stand up with care, baths can make person feel dizzy or lightheaded. Have a towel ready and use a dry brush to brush/rub the body down and help stimulate the lymphatic system.

Dry brushing stimulates the skin and circulates lymph fluid which is vital for overall health. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification. The ability of the skin to excrete toxins is of paramount importance. Dry skin brushing helps to shed dead skin cells, which improves skin texture and cell renewal.

How To Use A Dry Brush For Breast Cancer & Lymphedema

  1. Dry Brush your entire body before you shower, preferably in the morning or before bed. This helps loosen and remove dead skin and uric acid crystals.
  2. Start at the soles of your feet doing circular movements, then brush upwards on your legs toward your heart. Use long, even strokes.
  3. Brush all the way up your legs, scooping forward from behind your hips to your tummy. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, concentrate their a little longer.
  4. Then begin circular movements over your tummy. Start with up on right and down on left, simulating the natural movement of the bowels.
  5. Be kind in the thin sensitive skin areas of inner arm, arm pits or tops of hands and not directly on breasts. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken or where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
  6. When ready, start the shower with warm water and end briefly with cold. Let the cold water start at your legs then the heart is last. This hot/cold therapy further stimulates the lymphatic system which improves overall circulation.
  7. Dry off vigorously and massage pure plant oils into your skin or spray on Simply Lavender. You may want your skin to breathe for a while too. Enjoy this process of good health and detoxification.

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 skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified.

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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.

Wheel of Life Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Yoga For Breast Cancer - Wheel of Life PoseBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist and Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Few exercises are offered for breast cancer and lymphedema health improvement. Yoga exquisitely blends techniques which promote muscle tone, flexibility, proper breathing, mental clarity, stress relief and peace.

If your chest is not tender Wheel of Life is a great full body pose. Arms and head can move in all directions. Great for moving lymph fluid throughout the entire body. Use your bed for the ultimate comfort.

Benefits
Creates an openness for hips
Increased circulation to chest and lymph area
Lengthens side body
Increases vitality
Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
Improves shoulder flexibility
Stretches the tensor fascia latea muscle, waist and spine
Expands back ribs for deeper breathing
Increases ROM of cervical spine (neck) if head turns to opposite side
Mild twist within inner core

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Instructions

  1. Begin in Partial Recline (knees bend and back to ground) then turn
    both knees to right creating a twist. Shoulders remaining to ground,
    arms in T position, and then extend right lower leg.
  2. INHALE, bring right arm up and over to ground in front of chest,
    press down on hand, push up and draw left arm behind and bring
    chest to ground (lower torso carefully), arms in T position.
  3. Stay as long as comfortable  – 10 breaths.
  4. Head can stay to the right or turn to left but only if comfortable.
  5. Extend upper right arm 90 degrees overhead (arms are in a 9:00
    position).
  6. INHALE, press up when done, roll back over.
  7. EXHALE Knees to Chest.
  8. Repeat on other 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.

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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.

Staff Pose – Half Butterfly For Breast Cancer Recovery

This is a classic twisting yoga pose that helps to squeeze out toxins. Using resistance to really go a bit further helps to squeeze out tensions too. When you are in breast cancer recovery, twists play a vital role in wellness. We typically do not twist in our day-to-day routines so the toxins remain until we go directly after a pose to begin the process of elimination. Letting the knee externally rotate out to side also releases any pent up tensions or tightness in the groin and hip area. Try it for yourself and use your breath fully so that every drop of tension leaves your mind and body.

Benefits

  • Stretches inner thigh and groin, releasing psoas
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Gently promotes pectoral and soft tissue stretch
  • Lifts ribs and relaxes intercostal muscles
  • Creates deeper breathing
  • Improves mobility and alignment of spine
  • Increases circulation and nutrition to discs

Instructions

  1. Begin seated with legs extended forward and feet flexed in L Seat. Sit at edge of small yoga pillow or folded blanket so pelvis tilts forward.
  2. Inhale, bring right foot up and inside left inner thigh and then relax knee out to side. If needed support knee with blanket or pillow.
  3. Exhale, twist to the left placing right hand to outer left knee and left hand behind. Use resistance against the leg to deepen into the twist.
  4. Draw shoulders onto the back and lift the chest and head. Breathe into the twist and enjoy the squeezing out of tightness and tensions. Stay for 3/5 breaths.
  5. Inhale, soften torso and arms and return back to center. Bring knee up and extend leg forward.
  6. When ready repeat on other 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.

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.

How To Use A Dry Brush For Breast Cancer & Lymphedema

Dry Brush For Breast CancerBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Dry brushing stimulates the skin and circulates lymph fluid which is vital for overall health. The skin is the largest organ in the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body’s detoxification. The ability of the skin to excrete toxins is of paramount importance. Dry skin brushing helps to shed dead skin cells, which improves skin texture and cell renewal.

How To Use A Dry Brush For Breast Cancer & Lymphedema

  1. Dry Brush your entire body before you shower, preferably in the morning or before bed. This helps loosen and remove dead skin and uric acid crystals.
  2. Start at the soles of your feet doing circular movements, then brush upwards on your legs toward your heart. Use long, even strokes.
  3. Brush all the way up your legs, scooping forward from behind your hips to your tummy. If you have cellulite on your hips and thighs, concentrate their a little longer.
  4. Then begin circular movements over your tummy. Start with up on right and down on left, simulating the natural movement of the bowels.
  5. Be kind in the thin sensitive skin areas of inner arm, arm pits or tops of hands and not directly on breasts. Avoid brushing anywhere the skin is broken or where you have a rash, infection, cut or wound.
  6. When ready, start the shower with warm water and end briefly with cold. Let the cold water start at your legs then the heart is last. This hot/cold therapy further stimulates the lymphatic system which improves overall circulation.
  7. Dry off vigorously and massage pure plant oils into your skin or spray on Simply Lavender. You may want your skin to breathe for a while too. Enjoy this process of good health and detoxification.

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 skin brushing stimulates the lymph canals to drain toxic mucoid matter into the colon, thereby purifying the entire system. This enables the lymph to perform its house-cleaning duties by keeping the blood and other vital tissues detoxified.

Visit Breast Cancer Yoga To Purchase Dry Brush

Diana Ross ContibutorAbout Diana Ross: An expert in the field of yoga, and complementary herbal medicines. She has dedicated the last 30 years studying yoga philosophy and Native American herbs. Her credentials are as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) and CYT (Certified Yoga Therapist).  Diana’s system of yoga is KaliRay TriYoga. She has studied with Yogini Kali Ray “Kaliji” for 18 years is certified from Basics to Level 2. As founder of Breast Cancer Yoga, and as a survivor Diana wants to make a difference and offer hope, health and support.

Information, Please!

What is Lymphedema? 

By Lesley Ronson Brown, Registered Yoga Therapist

Breast Cancer Yoga Lymphedema

Good heavens! It’s hard to understand this disease called lymphedema that some of us get…and some of us don’t…as a side effect of cancer treatment when lymph nodes are removed followed by radiation. We might be given a pamphlet to read about it, but that is usually at a time when we are struggling with much confusion and fear.
So here is some info…the lymphatic system is part of our body’s waste management system and has two main jobs. It transports waste from cells that blood vessels don’t pick up and it acts as a defense system to protect us from infection. Blood transports nutrients to our cells and then transports waste away from the cells. Some of the waste products are too large for the blood vessels or are not the type of thing it wants to pick up. S

o, here comes the lymphatic system to the rescue! It’s similar to trash day. The regular garbage trucks pick up refuse in cans and recycling bins, but if you have an old BBQ grill or couch sitting on your curb, it won’t be picked up. So some other entity has to come along and get it. That’s what the lymphatic system does.
The lymph fluid moves inside vessels, similar to veins. These nodes are bean-shaped storage facilities where the lymph is examined; and valves which help move the fluid along. Lymph fluid contains waste, bacteria, proteins and sometimes something that seems potentially cancerous. The nodes break down these extraneous materials, and then transport the waste via the lymphatic vessels, eventually expelling them from the body in urine.

What helps the lymphatic fluid flow is the movement of our muscles against the vessels, and also very, very light massage. Unlike blood, there is no pumping mechanism like the heart to move it along. Physical movement and light pressure is required. The vessels are close to the skin, which is why after a massage, most people need to use the bathroom since their lymphatic flow has been helped along by light Swedish or specific lymphatic drainage massage. Deep or hard pressure tissue massage is not beneficial since it presses too hard on the vessels, similar to stepping on a garden hose. It might reduce or stop the flow, causing a backup. Not a good thing for those of us who have had more than 6 lymph nodes removed!

So who is at risk? Cancer survivors are at risk. If they had lymph node removal, lymph node damage or radiation; the standard protocol for anyone having a lumpectomy, are at risk for lymphedema. If you had only or up to 1-6 sentinel nodes removed, followed by radiation, your risk is fairly small. For those of us who have had more nodes removed, it is larger, but there is no way to tell exactly how large. What we don’t know is how many lymph nodes we actually have in our axilla (armpit) area. Most people have between 600-700 nodes throughout their bodies, but what isn’t known is the exact number in different locations. So if someone has 40 lymph nodes in the axilla and then removes 8 nodes, it might mean their chance of getting lymphedema is less than someone who has only 24 lymph nodes and had 18 removed. But we have no way of knowing…frustrating!

Once the nodes are removed, the lymphatic vessels are disconnected, for example if you cut a spaghetti noodle in half. So the fluid has lost its direct route. But it is smart! It begins to try and find a way around this traffic jam, just like we do when we are driving. It backs up and tries to flow towards another lymph vessel. Sometimes it finds its way, but the flow is slowed and gets stuck, which causes the swelling. Radiation is problematic because it leaves behind scar tissue. This scar tissue affects the lymph’s ability to flow smoothly, similar to a dam effect. Lymphedema can occur shortly after surgery and radiation or many years later.

So what can you do? Meet with a physical or occupational therapist that specializes in treating lymphedema after surgery and radiation. Do this as part of your Survivor Awareness Plan. While we cannot prevent lymphedema, we can reduce our risk by becoming educated and aware; and by exercising, so our muscles can help move our lymphatic fluid along. Yoga is great to do because it helps us move, and more importantly helps move lymph throughout the channels. Yoga also helps our minds stay sharply focused and calms our spirits.

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“Let It Rise”

“Seaweed Arms”

T-Shirt Wisdom

By: Lesley Ronson Brown

So, one day about two years ago, I was shopping and tried on a new t-shirt and noticed the left sleeve seemed tighter than the right one.  And I thought, “How strange, this shirt isn’t made very well.” And that’s where my thinking stopped.  If I had let myself think it through and looked beyond the immediate situation, I might have thought, “Hmm….How strange, why isn’t this shirt fitting me correctly?  Is it just some weird sizing by the manufacturer?  Did I gain weight?”  And maybe, finally, “What’s up with my arm?”

Even though I’m a yoga teacher and very much in touch with my body, I am also a woman who never thought I could possibly get lymphedema.  But to put it more honestly, I’m a woman who didn’t want to think about getting lymphedema, the disease that compromises lymphatic fluid flow, and causes swelling.

Yes, I had 17 lymph nodes removed in one arm and 7 on the other. Yes, I’d been given the pamphlets about lymphedema.  Yes, I’d been told to wear an arm sleeve when I flew.  But lymphedema just wasn’t at the top of mind for me.  I wasn’t going to think about it!

So what did I do? At first, after the t-shirt alert, I did nothing. But soon I began to notice that on my left arm, the triceps seemed a little bigger than on my right one. I could see the difference when I was doing an overhead press with weights I thought it was because I had been a waitress and carried my tray with my left arm, which worked my biceps more, making my triceps weaker. This made sense to me, so I wasn’t alarmed. I tried to strengthen the triceps more, but it didn’t make a difference.

Then one day, something happened that did alarm me.  While attending a yoga conference, I had a Thai massage.  I knew it was different from a regular massage, but didn’t quite know how.  After the first few minutes, I found out.  The practitioner put her body weight on me, pressing down substantially.  When she bent my left elbow and pressed down, I felt a “pop!” on the inside of my lower left arm.  It hurt a bit, so I asked her to stop and just do my lower body.  I had her finish early.  I told her my arm felt strange, and had gotten hard, and she said that this popping or hardening situation had never happened with other clients and suggested I put ice on it.  I do not think she did anything wrong. There is nothing inherently wrong with Thai massage.  But it was wrong for me. Unfortunately, I had exposed my arm to trauma, one of the things we are warned about after lymph node surgery.

I visited my primary physician to get an x-ray, but she said not much would show up, because a bone wasn’t involved in the mild discomfort I was experiencing.  Neither she nor I were thinking lymphedema.  It wasn’t at the top of either of our minds. Keep it elevated, use more ice and come back if it got worse, she advised.

My arm remained slightly swollen and still hard, and one day, a friend who also had been on a breast cancer journey, asked if I thought I might have lymphedema.  I stared at her, horrified, and thought, “Blankety-blank, maybe I do have lymphedema.”  I went to a lymphedema physical therapist, who then confirmed that I indeed had lymphedema.  And she and I have become good friends over the past two years.

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Swinging Arms Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Swinging ArmsFor this issue I decided to introduce one of my “happy” poses. What a great pose to “let go” in.  Swinging our arms brings you back when you were free to play. Yes, it is a playful pose and it does wonder for a healthy outlook. Our beautiful yoga model is Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner A Jewel In The Lotus  yoga studio.

Swinging Arms is a soft and spunky lateral twisting pose. It does so much for the squeezing out of impurities inside the internal organs. It helps to circulate and stimulate blood flow and lymph for the entire chest, shoulder and arm areas. Perfection. And, yes, it is so much fun. It is almost a trace state pose. Being able to go slow or fast creates so much vibration which enhances and boosts our energy.

Instructions:

1. Begin standing with feet hip distant or greater apart for stability. Let your arms relax down along side your body.

2. Want you to have a sense of freedom so that when you begin to move the arms freely from side to side that your body will join in.

3. Use you breath fully, and slowly so hat relaxation will deepen.

4. If it feels right pick up the pace. You can even slap yourself and engage in moving your hips too.

5. Continue for at least 3 minutes. Rest and feel the stimulation in the arms and body.

6. Repeat one more time.

Advantages:

*   Increases blood & lymph circulation to arms, shoulder girdle and breast region.

*   Expands ribs to allow for deeper fuller breathing.

*   Flowing arm movements and conscious breathing activates lymphatic system.

*   Promotes lymphatic drainage and increase circulation of overall blood flow

*   Stretches muscle tissue to pectoral region.

*   Increases range of motion (ROM) to shoulders.

*  Twisting motion for massaging internal organs.

*   Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle, waist and spine

*   Swinging back and forth induces sense of internal calmness and a sense of freedom.

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

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