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.

Half Serenity Seat Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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

Karen Sotiriou, Massage Therapist and dedicated restorative student is enjoying this modified Half Serenity Seat. All yoga poses help with bringing the body into balance, and this pose is no exception. It offers both the lengthening of the hamstrings and the opening of the hips. Coming forward deepens the intensity of opening the hips and lengthening the hamstrings. This teaches us that we need to let go of any holding and just soften in the pose. Now bring the breath into your awareness and rest. Take your time with this pose and explore when you are tight

Benefits
Great for stretching hips, thighs and ankles
Opens hamstrings
Decompresses Sciatica nerve
Stretches lower spine
Lengthen and relaxes lower spine in forward fold
Clears hip joint of tension
Develops the muscles in the legs (gluteus maximus and vastus lateralis)

Caution: Serious knee problems make sure your knee is comfortable. Do not force it.

Instruction

  1. Begin seated on a bolster or multiple folded blankets to offer height for the  pose. Place another prop in front so legs can rest and not hang freely. This also provides a great support for the foot.
  2. Extend both legs, then cross left leg over right, bend at the knee and make sure right foot rests on lower prop. Both knees ultimately should be over each other.
  3. Lengthen the spine and feel your shoulders soften on the back body. Close your eyes and connect to your breath.
  4. If you feel uncomfortable at all, raise your seat. If there is pain, come out of the pose and cross your legs without bending your knee.
  5. When you are ready INHALE lengthen up again.
  6. EXHALE begin to come forward. You can let your head, arms and spine soften.
  7. Stay in the pose for 10 full breaths then release and flip flop your legs.
  8. When you are ready do the other side. Take your time; each side may be different.

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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