Reclined Butterfly Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Reclined Betterfly Yoga Pose For Breast CancerBy: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Now doesn’t this look like a great pose to release tension in your hips? Oh yeah! Reclined Butterfly is a yoga pose that I recommend to all my students to do either before getting out of bed, and when going to bed. You can tuck your comforter under your knees or prop your feet up for comfort.  Once comfortable bring your arms overhead, close your eyes and connect to your breath. It should be wide open and free.  The external rotation for the hips is healthy and extension in the arms and shoulders are too. Photo taken at A Jewel in the Lotus, Islip, NY. http://www.ajewelinthelotus.com

Benefits

  • Big hip opener
  • Promotes external rotation of hips and extension of shoulders and arms
  • Stretches pectoral muscles
  • Promotes deep abdominal breathing – Relaxes diaphragm
  • Supports relaxation – Relieves anxiety and depression
  • Lower stress hormone output
  • Anti-stress benefits for lowered blood pressure & decreased heart rate
  • Enhances well-being and rest
  • Supports lower back and eases muscle spasms
  • Using props create a sense of security and protection

Contraindications
2nd & 3rd trimester pregnancy
GERD

Reclined Butter Fly Restorative Yoga PoseInstructions

  1. Begin on your back. Place pillow under head especially if chin is lifted.
  2. Have a bolster or padded prop to support legs (knees) in Partial Recline (knees bent).
  3. EXHALE, lower knees out to side slowly onto the bolsters with feet touching.
  4. Lower lumbar spine should feel comfortable. If not comfortable raise your knees up higher until a release is felt.
  5. INHALE arms over head with palms facing up or hands touching.
  6. Bring awareness to the breath and release into the pose. Stay for 5 minutes.

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 – The Power of the Props

Breast Cancer Yoga Props By: Diana Ross, E-RYT500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

The use of yoga props when doing yoga develops an inner awareness and encourages paying attention to the core of our being instead of merely the outer self (the physical self).  Through a series of yogic breathing techniques and restorative poses there comes a feeling of profound physical and emotional unfurling, as though the body was unfolding and extending for the first time. When we experience the support of the props the body will to be guided into place, and will then reveal the held stress and tensions. The awakening of these held tensions, and then the release of these tensions allow for the moment to come forward and the stressors to leave.  This all provides for the opportunity to let go and allow the healing to continue.

Intuitively when stressors appear we can seek out the pose and the props to allow for the unfolding and surrendering. There is a natural or intuitive response that directs us to a particular action in a pose; this response is therapeutic if performed correctly. When we realize internally we are supported psychologically to achieve or come into the pose, our depression and the sense of physical limitations that are all part of any illness, dissipates.  In using the correct props, muscle strain could well be reduced, and we are then guided to assume a correct pose that is within our own limitations.   The props can thus transform a pose that could be potentially stressful when done incorrectly, into a pose that brings tremendous relief when performed correctly.  Props also call attention to areas of the body that need to be addressed structurally.  They will provide a sense of direction for getting into the pose correctly which otherwise without them we couldn’t achieve.

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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