Wide Angle – Arms Extended: Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

It is supported and endorsed in many research communities that yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual well-being. Fearful thoughts associated with breast cancer often prompts us to research every possible alternative or integrated self care option. Yoga is an option that can become a vital aid for us to handle the stressors from treatments, fatigue and depression and from the unknown. Practicing yoga can have better fitness outcomes, less stress and improved biological indicators of future risk of secondary cancers.

Benefits

  • Stretches arm pit chest, biceps, inner forearm
  • Pectoral muscle is widened
  • Opens shoulder joint and improves flexibility
  • Increases circulation and blood flow in chest
  • Strong hip opener and deep twist in inner core
  • Lengthen and strengthen side body and increases vitality
  • Massages lower abdominal organs and glands
  • Develops core steadiness
  • Enhances circulation to chest and shoulders
  • Expands ribs for deeper breathing

Instructions

  1. Begin in a wide stance, legs 3 feet apart with feet parallel.
  2. EXHALE, bend forward onto bolster or yoga blocks (make sure the leg remains anchored).
  3. Begin to roll out bolster so the arms can straighten (make surehips stay over knees and ankles.
  4. INHALE, draw tailbone and spine back so the spine lengthens and the chest comes toward the ground and allow the back bodyto broaden.
  5. EXHALE, lengthen sides of torso
  6. Let your legs and arms support the extension of the spine.
  7. Relax your neck and shoulders
  8. Stay for 5 full breaths, then return back to center.

Remember as you begin to practice yoga poses with awareness, you not only begin to feel better but you will also be able to feel; that is, you become sensitive to everything and everyone around you. As inner awareness expands and deepens both within and outside the body, we  consciously begin to overcome obstacles of fear, pain, anxiety. You can practice yoga in such a way that the practice becomes a much “larger yoga.” Our true nature is revealed through this new sensitivity and awareness. We intuitively begin to discover how to overcome certain obstacles on this journey with breast cancer.

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.

Lymphedema After Mastectomy: Learn About Breathing Exercises & Restorative Yoga

It is not unusual for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Lymphedema is a sometimes-painful swelling in the soft tissues.  This can be due to the removal of lymph nodes, scar tissue, strictures, and other factors.

Manual lymph drainage massage is the usual recommended technique to treat this swelling.  It may be surprising to know that another therapy that benefits lymphedema is yoga, especially restorative yoga. When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it is like a free flowing river, running without obstacles.  However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river meets obstacles and begins to slow down and this creates a pooling of fluids.  This build up in the tissues can cause swelling and inflammation and reduce oxygen in the lymphatic tissues. The white blood cells, or immune soldiers of the body, can be impaired in their function in this situation.  This may increase the risk of infection and create a possible permanent disability.  Edema is often found in the arms and legs, but can be found in other parts of the body.

Knowing how important it is to keep this fluid running like a free flowing river, we need to foster relaxation and gentle movements that encourage its increased flow.  This is especially important after breast surgery or removal of nodes, when it is paramount to undertake new activities to increase impaired lymphatic function.

The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter the mental and physical stress of illness and its treatment is critically important to our health and well-being.

Practicing yoga, especially Restorative Yoga which targets the pectoral area, keeps the fluid moving through the body rather than slowing down and creating a back up.  This benefits the breasts by promoting drainage and healing and creating a sense of safety when expanding the chest.

Practicing Restorative Yoga daily will undo the harmful effects of too much sitting or inactivity.  Starting yoga practice with a knowledgeable Restorative Yoga teacher is as important as wearing a bandage or support garment.

An important thing to understand in your practice of Restorative Yoga is that you must to slow down enough to listen to what your body is telling you.  Any time you overwork your muscles or strain your healing tissues,  you run the risk of fluid build up.

Let this be the yoga practice of self-understanding.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.

Try These Great Tips For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery BookRestorative Yoga therapy can effectively help restore physical movement and aide in post surgical recovery. One of the essential tools for recovery is effectively dealing with stress and depression. Pain and worry affects the body, creating stress hormone release. When the body becomes stressed, the breath becomes shallow, which in turn tenses the muscles. Some may even find themselves unconsciously holding the breath.  Here are a restorative yoga poses we have created specifically for post surgical breast cancer recovery:Restorative Yoga For Post Surgical Recovery

Try Let It Rise Yoga Pose To Restore Movement For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga therapy addresses the emotional and physical causes of stress, fear, anxiety and depression. This marks the beginning of recovery and allows a state of clarity and relaxation to be experienced. These states of calmness produce their own associated neurohormones which promote the healing process to begin. We have created a step by step instructions so you can learn how to do specialized breathing techniques during breast cancer treatment and for post surgical recovery.

Breathing Guidelines & Techniques For Breast CancerStart A Breathing Exercise Routine To Manage Stress, Fear And Anxiety

Long-term health benefits of yoga breathing exercise is potentially significant, but short-term increase in energy, focus, peace and brain power you gain from just a five minute yoga breathing technique is incredibly strong in your general well – availability, productivity and happiness.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.

Downward-Facing Dog Flow With A Chair For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Yoga Pose Down Dog Flow PoseUp/Down Dog Flow pose is a great way to discover every aspect of yourself because every part is involved in the flow of the pose. Meaning, when flowing back and forth there is an awakening in the arms, legs, chest and spine. We begin to reconnect to our physical self. Squeezing out tension, toxins and reopening a new flow of energy is the ultimate goal. A definite for breast cancer recovery because of the total body exposure. Our beautiful yoga model is Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner A Jewel In The Lotus  yoga studio.

Benefits

  • Reduces post surgical fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Promotes axillary lymphatic fluid drainage which decreases blockages of lymph nodes
  • Stimulates cardiovascular system (aerobic exercise)
  • Strengthens quads, legs, shoulders and wrists
  • Softens stiff shoulders and frozen shoulder
  • Heightens a flow of energy for the body
  • Increases circulation to hips, feet, knees and ankles
  • Create balance and inner strength
  • Lengthens hamstrings

Instructions

  1. Begin standing with feet hip distance apart, place hands onto table or chair. Step back 2 fee bring head to neutral and feet flat.
  2. EXHALE, draw hips back, begin to lengthen spine and open chest region. Try to keep the spine straight, tone abdominals and allow soft knees.
  3. INHALE, bring chest forward with chest open and head lifted. The heels may lift up.
  4. EXHALE, draw the hips back, straighten legs.
  5. INHALE, bring the shoulders forward over wrist. Feel your shoulders onto the back body.
  6. Continue up to 10 times, then rest. When finished, come back to standing position.

Begin a yoga practice, slowly, and before long you will begin to experience positive energy, increased flexibility, and less pain.

Studies show that breast cancer survivors who practice restorative yoga poses regularly, sleep better, have less joint pain, more energy, mental clarity, increased range of motion (ROM), strength, increased resistance, and lower stress.

Exercising to gain energy and strength can be a catch all; it’s hard to exercise if you’re tired and weak but what’s nice about yoga, particularly restorative yoga, is that it doesn’t take the strength and stamina required to go out for a run or bike ride. Restorative poses can be done either in a reclined position or a supported seated position.

Technique and pacing are important.Please don’t over do it, especially when you get started. Rather, gradually implement a daily yoga practice. Work to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice you will see improvement. You will actually find that recovery can be a positive, “feel good” experience. Please speak to your health care provider before starting an exercise program of any kind. For more on restorative yoga and to see more poses demonstrated, visit http://www.breastcanceryoga.com/

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.

Breathing, Yoga and Cancer

Breathing Yoga & Cancer

By: Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net E-RYT200, E-RYT500 Certified Yoga Therapist with Yoga Alliance.

Breathing and yoga are powerful and have immediate benefits for cancer patients:  Together they offer the power to gain some control over anxiety, a restless mind, and the whirlwind of change that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

From my own experience of cancer, and being a caregiver to my middle sister and mother who also experienced cancer, I learned a lot of what is truly important.  I felt such a lack of control over myself during cancer treatment  that I began to control my environment to an unhealthy extent. Did I really want to use up my precious energy in cleaning? Didn’t being a good mother include cleaning, laundry, dinner and quality bedtime routines?  None of my usual touchstones of health were in place. And at one point, the dust balls in the corner seemed to mock and taunt me. I couldn’t keep up.

Dust balls are not that important, but our minds might replay messages of ineptitude about how we are coping with cancer. My mind told me that those dust bunnies were evidence of a person who was not performing her household duties and was failing physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Surveying our bodies and our breath, we take inventory of what is happening right now. When we focus our energy, we begin the process of letting go of everything else.  We are not our diagnosis.  We begin to see and feel our bodies, our emotions, and our spirits.  The breath carries us within and connects us to a greater truth.

Here’s a way to find your truth:

  • Settle into your surroundings.
  • Draw your focus to your heart center.
  • Feel your heart beating.
  • Feel your breath moving in and out.
  • As your focus becomes centered on your heart, let your heart open with each breath.
  • Listen and breathe.
  • Feel and enjoy.

I know that my students come to yoga class to invest time in themselves and their wellness.  It is a huge effort of energy and time and I don’t take that for granted. The room is set up to be inviting, relaxing, calming and accepting. We freely hug and greet one another. We take time to talk about where we are in our life’s journey or cancer journey. We do not judge ourselves or others. We simply come to place of “being.”

Blessings,

Jean Di Carlo WagnerAbout Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net
E-RYT200, E-RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Therapists with International Alliance of Yoga Therapists
Atma Yoga Teacher Training, certified 500 hours Los Angeles
A Gentle Way Yoga, certified 200 hours
Silver Age Yoga, certified 200 hours

Supported Neck Roll For Breast Cancer Recovery

Supported Neck Roll For Breast Cancer Recovery

Supported Neck Roll With Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Reclined and supported, yoga poses combined with deep breaths are intended to support recovery from breast cancer and assist in managing lymphedema. Breast Cancer Yoga’s restorative reclined yoga pose helps elongate the spine while opening the chest region using props for support. This mild inversion is used to create an anti gravitational force in the pose which will renew energy, promote positive thoughts and enhance self esteem. Supported Neck Roll relieves shoulder stiffness and relaxes neck muscles from postural tension. This pose is known to relax the trapezius muscles and scapulae.

Benefits

  • Supports normal cervical spine (neck)
  • Relieves shoulder stiffness
  • Relaxes neck muscles and postural tension when properly performed
  • Promotes deep relaxation and sense of well being
  • Helps with anxiety and stress reduction by prompting the parasympathetic response
  • Reduces stress hormone (cortisol) output
  • Enhances an awareness of the breath
  • Potentially relieves depression
  • Helps coming into the present moment

Instructions

  1. Begin on back, in Partial Recline, knees bent, feet hip distant apart and arms resting to side, palms up, place proper size neck roll under the neck.
  2. Draw shoulder blades back, down and underneath so chest lifts.
  3. Sink into the back body.
  4. Close your eyes and tune into your breath – feel how the flow of your breath creates an inner quiet.
  5. Stay in the pose up to 3/5 minutes.Learn Supported Neck Roll For Breast Cancer Recovery

Although we take our body functions for granted, the body is always engaged in self-healing; even when under excessive stress and strain. During recovery, reclined supported yoga poses will add additional support both emotionally and physically.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.

How to Use Yoga Nidra For Relaxation During Breast Cancer Treatments & Recovery

How To Use Yoga Nidra For Breast Cancer Treatments and Recovery

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Center

Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that most of us are tense, and it doesn’t take much to get there. Now throw in an illness or other especially difficult stressor, and that tension is compounded, and we begin to hold it.  Research shows tension held in the mind and body can have devastating health consequences. Getting that tension to subside and go is the challenge. And it’s one worth taking on, because the benefits of relaxing the body while allowing the mind to rest can help in our recovery.

Typically, we may choose something artificial, like a drug to induce relaxation, but the truth is it is superficial relaxation. This may mask the cause of the tensions, whereas introducing a Yoga Nidra practice can, over time with regularity, release tensions. Learning this relaxation practice will improve quality of life and healing. It is relaxation in action.

What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, commonly known as “deep relaxation,” is an integral part of yoga techniques. It is a set of exercises where you focus on your breathing and body. Ultimately, you are led into a meditative state, which encourages a sense of wellbeing and increases self awareness.

It’s offerings are powerful, as it is a fact that we function fully when we are relaxed. It is here that we feel a clear connection or continuous flow of energy.

The Best Relaxation Response
With Yoga Nidra, things become noticeable and vibrant, like these apple blossoms. By the end of each asana (yoga) class we notice a significant difference.  It is here we begin to have a real relationship with our body, and it is also here where we learn to “let go.” This letting go allows us to feel light and begin to realize the more subtle inner states of consciousness.

When we enter into the subtle realm of our conscious awareness, our body begins to relax, and our mind opens to observe what is actually happening. Things “just are.”

As we continue to detach from the negative thoughts, and the holding of unnecessary tensions, we no longer identify with them. And we begin to find our way into a clearer space. A space where we can release or cleanse ourself from the stresses of our illness, anxieties over treatments, and fear of outcomes. The state of worry will be more manageable. When we relax the body and calm the mind, negative emotions have no place to reside. The mind begins to have more clear thoughts and will move toward healthier action.

You Could Say Yoga Nidra is Conscious Sleep or Sleepless Sleep
Regular practice is key to getting the best results. This leads to freedom from energy-depleting tension, worry and fear. As a friend used to say to me, “The only thing that comes from tension, worry or fear is more tension, worry and fear.”

Start with 10 minutes lying down, wrapped in a blanket in a quiet place, and then focus on your breath. If your mind wanders, bring it back, and just let go. You might want to try our Breathe with Purpose CD to guide you through the process.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.

 

Learn How Yoga Offers Relief From Cancer-Related Fatigue

Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Happily Doing “Legs Over Bolster” Yoga Pose

Author: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is very common. Fatigue can often be confused with tiredness, but there are differences between the two conditions. For one, tiredness happens to everyone, especially after certain activities or chemo – but  fatigue is less common and an excessive whole-body tiredness that is not relieved with sleep.   This debilitating condition can impact your quality of life.  It can be acute (lasting a month or less) or chronic (lasting from one month to six months or longer). The precise reason for this intensive tiredness is unknown, but practitioners believe it may be related to the process of cancer itself or chemotherapies and radiation treatments. (CRF) is one of the most common side effects of cancer and its associated treatments. Usually, it comes on suddenly, and does not result from activity or exertion. It is often described as “paralyzing.” It may continue even after treatment is complete.

If you’re a cancer survivor and feeling tired or even worse, even long after treatment, you are not alone. But you can do something about it.

About one-third of breast cancer survivors experience CRF for anywhere from a year to several years post-treatment. While there’s no conventional therapy to resolve it, studies are increasingly showing yoga can help.  Patients with different cancers report relief with exercise, specifically yoga.

Yoga designed especially for breast cancer survivors is helping women to catch a second wind.

In fact, a recent UCLA study found that three months after beginning this practice, women with post-treatment fatigue were still feeling more invigorated than before they began the exercise program. Not only do women become more energized, but they see improvement in mood and sleep; they are typically more relaxed, more aware, and more accepting of what life brings to them. All these attributes are so critical as we work toward continued mental and physical well being, and ultimately, our healing.

How does Breast Cancer Yoga target physical and emotional fatigue?

Breast Cancer Yoga helps relieve taxing fatigue by encouraging deep breathing, which increases oxygen consumption.  This deep breathing is then tied into each gentle flowing yoga movement.  Each pose is supported with props to allow for comfort and support.

Begin a yoga practice, slowly, and before long you will begin to experience positive energy, increased flexibility, and less pain.

Studies show that breast cancer survivors who practice restorative yoga poses regularly, sleep better, have less joint pain, more energy, mental clarity, increased range of motion (ROM), strength, increased resistance, and lower stress.

Exercising to gain energy and strength can be a catch all; it’s hard to exercise if you’re tired and weak but what’s nice about yoga, particularly restorative yoga, is that it doesn’t take the strength and stamina required to go out for a run or bike ride. Restorative poses can be done either in a reclined position or a supported seated position.

Technique and pacing are important.

Please don’t over do it, especially when you get started. Rather, gradually implement a daily yoga practice. Work to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice you will see improvement. You will actually find that recovery can be a positive, “feel good” experience. Please speak to your health care provider before starting an exercise program of any kind. For more on restorative yoga and to see more poses demonstrated, visit http://www.breastcanceryoga.com/

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.

Easy Twist Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Easy Twist Yoga Pose For Breast CancerAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Easy Twist yoga pose will teach you how to relax your shoulders, lengthen the side body, reduce resistance by deepening the twist and open the hip flexors. Twists are valuable for supporting breast cancer recovery and for the repairing of breast tissue. Lateral movements that are inherent with twists encourage the lymph fluid away from the tissues toward lymph nodes which then circulate the fluid to functioning lymph vessels. If the lymph system cannot effectively drain, lymphedema may result.

Benefits

  • Gentle wringing out of organs
  • Lifts and opens chest and ribs
  • Gently stretches pectoral tissues
  • Separates ribs to allow for deeper breathing by spreading intercostals
  • Strengthens oblique abdominal muscles
  • Massages internal organs
  • Soft quad stretch


Instructions

  1. INHALE, bring both legs to the left
    with knees bent and right foot/ankle
    resting inside the arch of the left foot.
  2. EXHALE, turning to the left as far as possible bringing the left arm back and the right hand forward in front of left knee – stay for 5 full breaths
  3. Keep your shoulders soft and down.
  4. Breath into your lower ribs.
  5. Allow the collar bone to be wide.
  6. Relax left hip down so the twist can deepen.
  7. INHALE, return to center.
  8. Repeat on other side.
  9. EXHALE twist, INHALE, return to center.

Practicing flowing restorative yoga movements, along with even pacing of the breath will restore strength and increase both energy and flexibility. Twisting Yoga Poses is intended to awaken positive emotions, build self-confidence and diminish depression. As we continue to practice this flowing yoga, we become open to a higher realization of everything and everyone around us. Our world expands and there is a greater acceptance of “what is.”

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.

Breast Cancer Yoga – Two Legged Twist

Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged TwistAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Twists are so necessary for whole body health. It is not a normal position for us to do in our daily life but is it wonderful. Too often the hips and spine suffer from never rotating. Absolutely squeezes out toxins from the internal organs, as well as allows the breath to be focused at a particular space. A great example is twisting to the right. This allows the left lung to be open to expand fully and open the rib cage. When you sustain the pose you can then soften everywhere, and let go.

Benefits:

  • Restores equilibrium in the nervous system
  • Release tension in the spine
  • Bent knees more to the chest can relieve sciatica
  • Massages the stomach and cures gastritis
  • Gentle wringing out of organs
  • Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle, waist and spine
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Improves breathing and soothes frazzled nerves
  • Eases neck strain, back tension and stretches spine
  • Opens chest, shoulders and back
  • Relieves muscle spasm in back
  • Creates space in the intercostals muscles for a deeper breath
  • Encourages relaxation and calms anxiety
  • Relieves depression

Contra-indications:

If you have shoulder issues (such as rotator cuff injuries) or are prone to tingling in the hands when you extend your arms overhead, you may not want to raise your arm to rest beside the ear or to let it float.

Two Legged Twist Directions:

1.   Lying on your back, bend your knees. Open your arms to the side into a T and relax the knees to the right side. By directing the knees lower, or higher, will effect where in the spine the stretch is felt. If the knees are higher, this moves the twist to the upper back; lowering the knees moves the twist more to the lumbar/sacrum.Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist

2.   If the opposite shoulder lifts (keep the shoulder blades flat on the earth) place a bolster under the bent knee(s) or in between knees, or both. Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist

3.   Experiment with the head turning your head to either side and notice how the sensations change.

 Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist Option: Extending the top leg straight out to the side applies the most stretch, which helps to keep the hips fully turned. For some, it’s less of a twist and more of a stretch to the outside of the leg and hip: great for the IT band. The deepest version of this option is to hold the foot with the opposite hand.

Coming Out of the Two Legged Twist Pose: Release the straight leg, Inhale and slowly roll onto your back and hug the knees into the chest to release the sacrum and lumbar.

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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