Fish 2 – A Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Recovery

Fish 2 Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

By: Diana Ross of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Fish 2 is one of those unique yoga poses that almost immediately, once in it, creates great internal quiet. Your eyes seem to want to close and your heart becomes wide open. Even your breath is so full that expansion can be felt throughout your entire being. It’s a great pose to love yourself in and to simply let go.

Benefits:

  • Opens heart and chest and frees up breath
  • Allows for lymphatic drainage
  • Stretches breast tissue
  • Expands the lungs for more air consumption
  • Lengthens collar bone while stretching the deltoids
  • Quiets the parasympathetic nervous system
  • Calming, especially if there is a focus on the breath
  • Relaxes shoulders and arms.
  • Quiets the mind quickly, relieves anxiety
  • Supports thoracic kyphosis

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Instructions:

  1. Begin seated on a small pillow or folded blanket, place a cylinder bolster behind in a horizontal length. Extend legs forward. Place two blocks side by side behind for the back to (comfortably) rest on. Use a yoga block, bolster or pillow for your head to rest on once lowered.
  2. Inhale, lengthen spine and draped over blocks and bolster.
  3. Make sure your head rest in the natural alignment with chin, if not place a prop to lift head.
  4. Legs remain extended in front.
  5. Inhale, and extend arms over creating a big stretch to chest area if comfortable.
  6. Stay and breath into the front body with the arms overhead.
  7. Remain in this pose as long as comfortable, if desired bring arms back along side 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.

 

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Breast Cancer Relaxation & Stress Reduction With Yoga Props

Reduce Breast Cancer Stress With Yoga PropsDiana Ross, E-RYT500Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga

For relaxation and stress reduction while in breast cancer recovery, a restorative practice is commonly recommended in which props are used in many innovative ways. The props allow the main components of the pose and the subtle adjustments of the body while healing to encourage relaxation and to assist in improving blood and lymph flow. Using props can open the chest, and expand the breath. This benefits oxygen exchange and rid the lungs of residual stale air volume. The deepened breath brought about by using the right props will physically bring increased lymphatic circulation and drainage. Moreover when props are used to support both the mind and the body they also offer mental and emotional benefits, which help decrease anxiety, fear, and depression which are common feelings when dealing with breast cancer diagnosis.

When emotional fears and anxieties are reduced, the Autonomic Nervous System which consist of the parasympathetic system “rest and digest” functions are made active, down-regulating the habitual responses of the sympathetic nervous system “fright or fear” which floods the body with stress hormones and creates emotional states of panic and fear. A great stress reducer is learning how to breathe deeply and with awareness.

It is important that there is a clear understanding of the use of yoga props as well as learning how to breathe properly to receive all the health benefits for stress reduction.   One may want to study with a teacher who has extensive knowledge in restorative yoga, breast cancer recovery and prop usage.   If one cannot be found  “Just be creative” !

 

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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