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.

Yoga Pose for Breast Cancer – Root Lock KRIYA Breathing

Root Lock KRIYA Yoga Pose For Breast CancerBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Root Lock KRIYA is a pose that when coupled with the breath has profound results. It brings the subtlety of the breath awareness along with the lifting up and in of the pelvic floor. This has a large impact on strengthening the pelvic floor so that the worry of leakage is minimized. As women age, this becomes a large concern. Even without aging sneezing or laughing on a full bladder can have unwanted results. Root Lock KRIYA will be the answer for these concerns.

Benefits of Breath

  • Expands breath into compressed region
  • Lengthen and reeducate the breath
  • Free the breath in the intercostal muscles
  • Relaxes the nervous system thus creating an inner calm
  • Affects inner life energy currents (pranas)
  • Opens the sushuma nadi (energy spine)
  • Creates pelvic stability and strength
  • Builds transverses abdomens

Benefits of Root Lock

  • Decreases incontinence
  • Strengthens the entire pelvic floor muscles – decreasing prolapse in uterus
  • Starts the alignment of the spine
  • Considered base of spine (mula bunda)
  • Increases a strong  inner awareness of holding the pelvic floor up and in

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Instructions

  1. Begin on your back with knees bent, feet slightly apart in PARTIAL RECLINE. Blanket and head pillow is used for comfort and support.
  2. Place a yoga block (at it’s narrowest width) between the knees.   Keep your feet and back on the ground; the lumbar curve may flatten slightly.
  3. INHALE deeply, EXHALE and sequentially begin squeezing your knees into the block with your hip adductors while lifting the pelvic floor up and in – pulling the transverses abdomens toward your spine. The entire pelvic floors lifts inward.
  4. INHALE, and sequentially relax the transverses abdomens, release the pelvic floor and hip adductors without dropping the block.
  5. Repeat 10 times. Be very slow and deliberate. Take notice of the entire pelvic floor lifting and releasing.

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.

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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