Learn Natural Breath Breathing Exercise For Breast Cancer Treatment

Yogic Breathing For Breast Cancer

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

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.

Natural Breath is used for stress management because it has the most calming effect of all the breaths. This breath reduces stress and tension by turning off the sympathetic “fight or flight” autonomic response.

Positions for breathing exercises during breast cancer therapy can be done in either a seated, laying down, or even in a standing position. However, you must be in a comfortable position so that the mind stays focused. Make a conscious decision to start with 5 to 10 minutes a day of deep breathing.

Benefits

  • Reduces stress and tension
  • Promotes diaphragmatic breathing
  • Supports expansion and relaxation of thoracic cavity
  • Reduces lumbar spasm and pain
  • Massages digestive organs and increases peristalsis
  • Relieves constipation
  • Stimulates flow of bile
  • Increases venous return and lymphatic drainage
  • Turns off sympathetic “fight or flight autonomic response”
  • Has one of the most calming effect of all the breaths

Instructions

  1. INHALE, drawing breath in through the nostrils, down deep into lower lungs; lower lungs expand and belly extends out.
  2. EXHALE, gently draw naval back towards the backbone releasing air from lower lungs through the nostrils.
  3. Let there be a natural pause of transition before you inhale again.
  4. Continue to lengthen and balance natural breath for up to five minutes.
  5. Continue and then begin to lengthen exhale; moving the breath into a 1 to 2 ratio.

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. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy on your road to recovery from breast cancer. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of habits.

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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What Is Praana?

By Mokshapriya: Ordained as Swami Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati and has taught yoga, meditation and philosophy for over 40 years.

What is Praana?

In the previous blog we requested you to breath rhythmically. To breathe in deeply and exhale equally deep brings more praana into the body. But what is this praana? Where does it reside? How does it manifest?

As stated before praana is life force or the essence of life directly coming from our Creator. In all living beings, the divine consciousness is converted into praana or energy. This energy has a reservoir in our body, and is known as kundalini or sometimes referred to as praana shakti.

Praana is accumulated in six main centers along the spinal column. They are situated in the subtle or etheric body, but correspond to the nerve plexuses in the physical body. The three most important nadis or paths of praana is ida, pingala and sushumna nadi. Ida is associated with the left nostril (cooling and negative charge) and pingala with the right nostril (heating or positive charge). The energy flow from these two coil the sushumna nadi which runs adjacent to the spinal cord and cross each other like a double helix at the chakras.

The etheric body has a fine network of nadis through which the praana flows. The ancient sages stated that there are 72000 nadis. This etheric or praanic body distributes consciousness and praana to every atom. This is the body that some see in colors and it has been captured in Kirlian photography.

Yoga believes that these nerve plexuses or chakras and nadis need to be purified, so that we may have more vital energy. Praanayaam or yogic breathing exercises are techniques through which the quantity of praana is activated. This activation creates heat and movement of praana which opens the channels and purification begins to take place. There are other methods also which we will discuss later, but breathing is most efficient.

So as you can see, breathing is vital in any healing process. Breathing should always take place through the nostrils. The air then is purified, and brought to the right temperature. The first step to yogic breathing is to tune into the rhythm of the breath.  A smooth, slow rhythm usually indicates a relaxed state of body and mind. It creates alpha brain waves and reduces muscle tension.  Irregular respiration usually means tension.

Normal unconscious breathing moves half a liter or 500 ml of air¸ of which only 350ml are utilized. So with normal breathing only a small volume of air enters the alveoli. With yogic breathing in full inhalation we can take in up to 5 liters of air. So more oxygen is available for gas exchange with the blood to increase praana in the body and therefore accelerates the healing process.

Inhalation or poorak is an active process and requires muscular effort to draw air into the lungs. Normal exhalation or rechak is passive. The diaphragm and rib cage recoil back to their original place. In yogic breathing rechak is a slow controlled process which activates the relaxation response. So, slowing inhalation and exhalation has many health benefits.

Improved control of the process of poorak and rechak gives us a more efficient absorption of oxygen, elimination of carbon dioxide and also improved mental and emotional states.  These in turn increase our vitality and purify the nadis or nerve plexuses that bring healing energy to every atom.

So it is in our best interest to become aware of the rhythm of our breath and to begin to breathe consciously. When we become more conscious of breath we bypass the medulla oblongata, or primitive brain and start using the cerebral cortex or the more evolved area of the brain concerned with emotions. That is why a more relaxed state is achieved during rhythmical breathing. Any tension in the body reduces the flow of praana.

Before starting various yogic breathing techniques, I am requesting you to start becoming more aware of the breath, and start breathing consciously for at least 15 minutes a day. You may break it up into 2 or 3 sessions. During rhythmical breathing the diaphragmatic movement increases. It needs more space, so please sit up straight when you practice.  Due to increased expansion of the diaphragm more alveolar membranes become available for gas exchange.  So any effort of increased awareness of our breath improves the healing process for both the physical, mental and emotional body.

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.

1 Great Reason To Breathe – Prana

Breathing For Breast Cancer Pose

By Diana Ross, E-RYT500, Certified Yoga Therapist & Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

So what is PRANA and why is it so dang important?
I know I keep harping on the importance of breathing mindfully and giving it great respect for its powers. After all, it is what sustains us. Without it, there is no us.  Period.  It literally can change the course of your actions, feelings and outcomes.  It will make you calm. It will allow for better decisions because it creates clarity of mind, and it goes to work deep within our physical form creating balance.  But let’s try to understand why.

Here is a little background information about why the breath is so important to our quality of life.Yoga breathing is called – Pranayama – the “Knowledge of Life Energy.” Breathing  offers life; without we would cease to exist. Breathing is that important. What is prana?  Prana (प्राण, prāṇa) is the Sanskrit word for “life force”; in yoga.  Prana – Pra  means continuous and na  means movement. Prana in the form of energy exists everywhere, both in and outside the body. It weakens in the body by wrong action, and increases by right action.  Examples are in the quality of air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, and even the company we keep.

Our Thoughts are the finest and highest actions of Prana. What we may call instinct or unconscious thought is the lowest plane of action. If a bug stings us, we respond with our hand instinctively striking it. This is one expression of thought. All spontaneous reflex actions of the body belong to this plane of thought, the unconscious. The conscious thought is – I reason, I judge, I think, I see the pros and cons of certain things. However, this is not all. Believe it but the mind can exist on a still higher plane, the superconscious. When the mind has reached this state, it is called Samâdhi — perfect concentration, superconsciousness — it goes beyond the limits of reason, and comes face to face with facts which no instinct or reason can ever know. Hum – I wonder if this may take a lot of practice, and wisdom.

The most obvious appearance of Prana in the human body is demonstrated in the motion of our lungs. If that stops, within minutes all the other manifestations of force in the body will also immediately stop.  Pranayama really means controlling this motion of the lungs and this motion is associated with the breath. Not that the breath is producing prana; on the contrary – prana is producing the breath. This motion draws in the air by pump action. The Prana is moving the lungs, the movement of the lungs draws in the air. Consequently,  Pranayama is not breathing, but controlling that muscular power which moves the lungs. This dynamic muscular power which goes out through the nerves to the muscles and  then to the lungs, making them move and expand is the Prana. This is what we have to control in the practice of Pranayama.  When the Prana has become controlled, then we immediately find that all the other actions of the Prana in the body will slowly come under control too.  Starting with the thought waves of the mind. I will go as far and say that when we draw the breath in deeply we defuse the stress hormones, like cortisol which is produced by the adrenal gland and is released in response to stress and encourage the GABA levels to rise thus the outcome of inner calm. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. It plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.

To sum this up:

  • The more enthusiastic or engage in life, the more prana is put into play and when less enthusiastic energy you feel lack of interest or wanting change.
  • Prana manifests itself as mental power, and can only be controlled by mental means. Again if you can control the breath the mind will also come under control.
  • Prana is intermixed with the air we breathe in. Oxygen is the carrier of this pranic energy, and negative prana is no air.
  • When we bring the breath under control (meaning we focus on the inhales and exhales) our mind will not wander. It is then the mind is brought under control. If the mind wanders so does the breath.

I highly recommend sitting in a quiet place and learning how to enjoy breathing deeply.
You will feel a shift in attitude quite soon.

Breathe on my friends.

Breath Importance

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.

Understand Recovery is NOT Limited to Our Body

Praana for Breast CancerBy MokshaPriya: Ordained as Swami Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati and has taught yoga, meditation and philosophy for over 40 years.
October 2013

As I am sitting by the fireplace in the midst of lush green of the Catskill region and reflecting on what to write for this breast cancer blog, I am reminded of my yogic learning. In yoga we try not to think that which we do not want. This is a blog for any recovery.

Look At More Than The Physical Body In The Healing Process – If I only focus on the disease, then my recovery is limited. Recovery requires us look at more than the physical body.  Recovery cannot occur unless we are willing to look at the complexity of our being. We need to heal our physical body but that also includes our emotional, mental and spiritual being. Doctors and treatments do not heal us; they facilitate our process of healing. They are very necessary. They give us the strength and physical ability to enable the healing that comes from within us.

Doctors In The Healing Process – Working in hospitals as a student, I could not understand when doctors would say; “I can not do anything for this patient, she does not have the will to live.” We as patients must become partners with the doctors in the healing process. Our body when balanced has the power to heal according to yoga. Therefore yogis do exercises and breath work to enable the body to balance.

When the body has dis-ease, it is out of balance. With the wonderful work of science, doctors now have the ability to attack most dis-eases, and to give us the strength to begin the healing process. These blogs are here to assist us in this healing process.

The Spiritual Body Is Also Required In The Healing Process – The word yoga means to “yoke our individual self with the universal self.” We believe that eventually all of us will join our creator. To do so, we need to purify this physical, mental and emotional body. Our soul is universal, we are universal, but having a human experience. It is everyone’s destiny to return to the source. It matters not what you call the source, God, Allah, Krishna, there is only ONE but we all take different paths. When we are on the path towards our goals, we feel more balanced.

All beings on this planet rely on life force. This life force we call praana, others may call it chi or adamantine particles. Praana is the essence of life. It is the essence of creation coming from the Heart Core of our Supreme Creator. Therefore, our spiritual body is also required in the healing process.

Understanding Praana (Life Force) In The Healing Process – How much praana we are able to absorb is dependent on our physical, mental and emotional vessel? I like to compare it with the electricity in our homes. It is always there to give us 120 volt. The refrigerator takes all of the voltage; whereas the transistor radio can only take 12 volts. Similarly our body utilizes praana according to the state of our being. The goal is to be able to absorb more and more praana. More life force in the physical body will affect the mental and emotional body. Similarly the emotional body affects the physical. When we are happy or in love, we have an abundant amount of energy. When we are sad and depressed our energy is low. When our mind creates tension, the flow of praana is obstructed within the physical vessel. So we must constantly try to increase the praana within us, through any method available, either physical, mental or emotional.

Praana is life force that will aid all healing processes. The easiest way to increase praana is through the breath. Yoga states that by the regular practice of praanayaam or breathing exercises we can maintain a higher standard of health, vigor and vitality. For any healing to occur we need to increase our intake of praana.

How To Begin The Healing Process – For this blog post I would like YOU to start taking long deep breaths. Let the exhalation be as long as the inhalation, break the breath between both for a short while. We call this rhythmical breathing.  This can be done at any time of the day, and as many times as possible. Practice daily, and slowly the body will get accustomed to taking in more oxygen.

When life becomes overwhelming and tense, take a deep breath and allow the exhalation to be twice as long as the inhalation, and the body will quiet down immediately. Put this tool in the back pocket and draw it out whenever necessary. Life gives us much tension.
Next blog we will discuss what praana is.

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.

Understanding Breathing For Fatigue, Sleeplessness And Pain

Breathing For Breast Cancer“By improving the quality of your breath, you can improve the quality of your life.”

Diana Ross, ERYT, CYT Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

I want to share the Benefits to Breathing correctly, and I want to introduce Prana and it’s relationship with good health.

Who has experienced a restless mind? Do you have difficulty standing still? Or do you frequently feel fatigued? Who has trouble sleeping? Who has shortness of breath? If you answered yes to any or all of the above you can understand how the breath and our relationship with life energy works so as to change these destructive patterns.

But first we need to acknowledge these things and then change them. To quote my dear Oprah “When we know better, we do better.” All these things I mentioned can go back to the way we breathe. Exaggerated chest movements, tense abdominal muscles that may restrict our breath or breathing through the mouth instead of the nostrils. These examples illustrate stress and unhealthy breathing habits.  When poor breathing habits persist outside our conscious awareness, they can magnify perception of pain, distort emotions, feed into cycles of stress and impair concentration and memory.  It is here where yoga places such emphasis on learning how to breathe correctly, consciously and deeply. The answer is quite simple “By improving the quality of your breath, you can improve the quality of your life.

When you learn how to breath deliberately, and with awareness you can foster a quiet mind, you can become energized, and you can become balanced. When you control your breathe you can transform any irregular, jerky or rapid breathing and convert it into a rhythmical, smooth and gentle breath. Let me ask this “Who spends anytime breathing consciously”? Let’s develop the connection and flow of the breath from one into the next, finding an exquisite rhythmical pace.

In yoga breathing is called – Pranayama – the “Knowledge of Life Energy.” Breathing clearly offers life; without it we cease to exist. Breathing is important. Let’s explain what prana is.  Prana – Pra – means continuous and na – means movement.   Prana in the form of energy exists every in the body and outside the body. It weakens in the body by wrong action, and increases by right action. Examples are in the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat, even the company we keep.

Thought is the finest and highest action of Prana. What we call instinct or unconscious thought, is the lowest plane of action. If a mosquito stings us, our hand will strike it automatically, instinctively. This is one expression of thought. All reflex actions of the body belong to this plane of thought, the unconscious.

The conscious thought is – I reason, I judge, I think, I see the pros and cons of certain things, yet that is not all. The mind can exist on a still higher plane, the superconscious. When the mind has attained this state, which is called Samâdhi — perfect concentration, superconsciousness — it goes beyond the limits of reason, and comes face to face with facts which no instinct or reason can ever know.

The most obvious manifestation of this Prana in the human body is the motion of the lungs. If that stops, as a rule all the other manifestations of force in the body will immediately stop.  Pranayama really means controlling this motion of the lungs and this motion is associated with the breath. Not that the breath is producing prana; on the contrary prana is producing breath. This motion draws in the air by pump action. The Prana is moving the lungs, the movement of the lungs draws in the air.  So Pranayama is not breathing, but controlling that muscular power which moves the lungs. That muscular power which goes out through the nerves to the muscles and from them to the lungs, making them move in a certain manner, is the Prana, which we have to control in the practice of Pranayama.  When the Prana has become controlled, then we shall immediately find that all the other actions of the Prana in the body will slowly come under control too.  Starting with the thought waves of the mind. I will go as far and say that when we draw the breath in deeply we defuse the stress hormones, like cortisol which is produced by the adrenal gland and is released in response to stress and encourage the GABA levels to rise thus the outcome of inner calm. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. It plays a role in regulating neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system.

To sum this up:

  • The more enthusiastic or engage in life, the more prana is put into play and when less enthusiastic energy you feel lack of interest or wanting change.
  • Prana manifests itself as mental power, and can only be controlled by mental means. Again if you can control the breath the mind will also come under control.
  • Prana is intermixed with the air we breathe in. Oxygen is the carrier of this pranic energy, and negative prana is no air.
  • When we bring the breath under control (meaning we focus on the inhales and exhales) our mind will not wander. It is then the mind is brought under control. If the mind wanders so does the breath.

I highly recommend sitting in a quiet place and learning how to enjoy breathing deeply.

You will feel a shift in attitude quite soon.

Breathe on my friends.

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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.

 
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