Restorative Yoga Pose “High Cobra” For Breast Cancer Survivors

High Cobra With Andrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Andrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

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

High Cobra yoga pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere. 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

  • Rejuvenate spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Great for lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed discs
  • Strengthens spine and reduces low back pain
  • Lungs gain elasticity
  • Increases blood circulation to pelvic region & digestive tract
  • Relieves gas, bloating and cramping

Contraindications

  • Disc displacement or sharp back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abdominal surgery and inflammation
High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

Instructions

  1. Begin on the belly with hands under shoulders, elbows in.
  2. INHALE, root down and engage buttocks and legs, lift head and chest, continue to
    lengthen out through the legs.
  3. Press into arms and hands right after you lift through LOW COBRA (elbows stay bent)
    with pelvis on the ground.
  4. Do not straighten arms if the pelvis lifts off the ground.
  5. Repeat 5 times if comfortable.
  6. INHALE, and sustain HIGH COBRA for 3 breath.
  7. EXHALE, lift hips and come back into Child’s Pose.

Please note that all chest and spine openers, as well as backbends should be modified if you are experiencing lymphedema or had surgery.

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 Patients Improve Quality of Life With Yoga

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By Michelle Whitmer, Medical Writer & Editor For The Mesothelioma Center.

To anyone coping with breast cancer, the promise of better health, a quieter mind and finding greater meaning in the cancer experience could sound like a miracle. And it certainly felt like a miracle to the women who reported such benefits after participating in scientific studies that tracked the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients.

Though the benefits of yoga are widely reported by its practitioners, scientific studies on the ancient system are infrequently funded. Because doctors seldom hear about the clinical benefits of yoga for cancer patients, some are reluctant to recommend yoga as a complementary therapy.

Though few scientific studies were conducted on yoga in the past, they are starting to receive more funding and are becoming more common. Several studies have examined the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients, and more are in the pipeline. Progress in clinical research may be slow, but the results confirm what practitioners have touted for ages: Yoga improves mental, emotional and physical health.

Yoga Calms the Mind and Eases Symptoms
A yoga study conducted at the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson’s Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, included 59 women with stage I through III breast cancer who underwent treatment less than a year prior to enrollment.

The yoga program the women participated in consisted of four components: breathing exercises, meditation, sitting yogic postures, and movement-oriented yogic postures. All techniques were learned either sitting in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. The women attended an hour-long class once a week for seven weeks, and were given printed material and audiotapes to take home that reviewed what they learned during class. They were encouraged to practice daily at home and to continue practicing after the seven-week course finished.

The women completed questionnaires one week after the last class, and at one and three months, to evaluate and score physical and psychological effects. Results showed a decrease in cancer-related symptoms and cancer-related intrusive thoughts; which means that the yoga program not only eased the symptoms, it also improved their peace of mind.

Yoga Improves Physical Functioning & Overall Health Perception
Another yoga study at the same center included 61 women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. The yoga course greatly resembled the program of the former study, but the women attended hour-long classes twice a week for the duration of their radiation therapy. Participants were also given materials that reviewed the techniques to enhance their home practice.

The women filled out questionnaires before the program began, one week after their last radiation therapy session, and at one and three months. One week after radiation therapy, women reported an improved overall perception of health and better physical functioning scores.

An interesting positive correlation appeared at one- and three-month markers that piqued the interest of the researchers. One month after radiation therapy was completed, women reported greater amounts of cancer-related intrusive thoughts. Three months after therapy, the same women reported greater “finding meaning” scores, which refer to the ability to discover meaning in their cancer experience.

The correlation suggested to researchers that women who observed more intrusive thoughts also found more meaning in the experience. In a sense, the yoga practice may have helped the thoughts rise to the surface of the participants’ consciousness, allowing the women to acknowledge the obtrusive thoughts, and may have helped them process the thoughts into a greater meaning.

The same researchers received a $2.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in 2009 to study the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. The study is currently underway at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and is actively recruiting women. Research completed in April 2014, and the participants have more miracles to report.

Michelle WhitmerAuthor bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20388445?dopt=Citation
http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01202851
http://psychcentral.com/news/archives/2006-05/uotm-lng051206.html
http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Lorenzo_Cohen/
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/103/1/11.full.pdf+html
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Guide To Healthy Lifestyle Choices For Breast Cancer

Guide To Healthy Lifestyle Choices For Breast Cancer

Featured Yoga Model Angela Strynkowsk, E-RYT 500

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
An anti-cancer lifestyle is a lifestyle that includes a variety of exercise, organic foods and clean pure water and air. There are a few easy steps to keep the body safe and healthy. Cultivate awareness of what goes into your body; stop and take notice of habits. Ask yourself “Is this good or bad for me? “Will it make me feel better or worse?” We all want to feel alive and vital.

Exercise – Yoga
Practicing restorative yoga has shown to improve sleep and overall quality of life. (Reuters Health) – About one third of breast cancer survivors experience fatigue that can affect their quality of life, but a small new study finds that doing yoga might help restore some lost vitality.

Cancer Prevention Foods – Vegetarian/Vegan Diet
Eat a plant base diet of fruits and vegetables: make your diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables that are full of micronutrients and bioflavonoids which are duly noted to help prevent breast cancer or other cancers. Five or more servings per day is recommended by the American Cancer Institute. Red and blueberries hold a significant amount of the necessary cell builders and anti-cancerangetic properties that are a necessity on our tables.

  • Look for free recipes on the internet
  • Start by adding healthy food choices to diet
  • Begin transition to a healthy diet with Meatless Monday
  • Begin to eliminate cancer causing foods from your diet

Water Therapy – Alkaline Water
Alkaline water (also referred to as ionized water) can neutralize the acidity of the body caused by stress, modern diet, air pollution, and many bottled waters.

Manage Stress – Learn to Breathe
Deep breathing will encourage the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue and increase energy. It will also stimulate digestion, assimilation and elimination for better health. The most important function of all is how this special birthright breath can stimulate the body’s natural response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well being.

  • Purchase single down-loadable breathing exercises
  • Purchase a therapeutic breathing CD
  • Read books on how to breathe correctly

Laugh Often
It has been shown that even when manipulated to smile people in truth feel happier. Laughter stops depression right in its tracks and boosts our immunity.

  • Have a daily joke sent to your e-mail
  • Watch funny YouTube videos
  • Listen to the comedy channel on the radio
  • Download comedians from iTunes

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.

High Cobra Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Survivors

High Cobra With Adrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Adrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

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

High Cobra yoga pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere. 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

  • Rejuvenate spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Great for lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed discs
  • Strengthens spine and reduces low back pain
  • Lungs gain elasticity
  • Increases blood circulation to pelvic region & digestive tract
  • Relieves gas, bloating and cramping

Contraindications

  • Disc displacement or sharp back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abdominal surgery and inflammation
High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

 

Instructions

  1. Begin on the belly with hands under shoulders, elbows in.
  2. INHALE, root down and engage buttocks and legs, lift head and chest, continue to
    lengthen out through the legs.
  3. Press into arms and hands right after you lift through LOW COBRA (elbows stay bent)
    with pelvis on the ground.
  4. Do not straighten arms if the pelvis lifts off the ground.
  5. Repeat 5 times if comfortable.
  6. INHALE, and sustain HIGH COBRA for 3 breath.
  7. EXHALE, lift hips and come back into Child’s Pose.

Please note that all chest and spine openers, as well as backbends should be modified if you are experiencing lymphedema or had surgery.

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.

Churning Wide Angle Flow Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Churning Wide Angle Flow Yoga Pose

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus

A long term tool to aid in a full breast cancer recovery is a steady yoga practice. The cumulative effect will help restore health and promote a positive sense of well being, in the present moment and well into the future. Start slowly and gradually increase time spent in the yoga poses as well as ultimately adding more poses. It is also important to know that stiffness and tightness will come and go for a while but continue to commit to yourself and your yoga practice. This Churning Wide Angle Flow is a wonderful pose to add to your recovery yoga practice.

Benefits

  • Deepens breath with each flowing movement
  • Stretches hamstrings
  • Allows the spine to relax and lengthen
  • Creates a deep sense of peace
  • Stimulates parasympathetic relaxation response
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Decreases heart rate
  • Reduces circulating stress hormones
  • Twisting and cleansing effect on liver and internal organs
  • Stretches side body obliques
  • Develops hip flexibility, mid and lower back and the back of thighs
  • Improves circulation to pelvis
  • Improves digestion overall

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Instructions

  1. Begin in seated pose with legs out wide apart in a V with flex feet – toes
    extended up 90 degrees.
  2. INHALE, lengthen spine.
  3. EXHALE, draw right arm up skyward with left arm behind left leg.
  4. INHALE, lower arm down.
  5. EXHALE, draw left arm up skyward with right arm behind leg.
  6. INHALE, lower arm down.
  7. Continue to flow back and forth slowly balancing the flow of movement
    with your breath.

Enjoy this wonderful flow.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.

Try Breast Cancer Yoga’s extra gentle yoga DVD for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management.

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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.

Restorative Yoga Pose “Knees to Chest” For Breast Cancer

Knees To Chest Yoga Pose For Breast CancerBy: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

The goal of reclined yoga poses is to provide an opportunity for those weakened by breast cancer, to experience the therapeutic benefits of restorative yoga. Breast Cancer Yoga is particularly beneficial when feeling rundown, burned out, stressed or fatigued. It is a powerful discipline that supports the healing process during and after surgery and treatments. Reclined yoga poses help conserve energy when it is needed the most for the body to heal. Many supported yoga poses combined with a restful sleep are very important and healing, especially if fatigue has settled in.

Benefits

  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Relieves constipation
  • Stretches lower back, knees and hips
  • Reduces stress in lumbar region due to curvature of the lower spine
  • Massages sacrum when rolling side-to-side
  • Enhances parasympathetic response
  • Makes spinal muscles soft and supple
  • Relieves gas and bloating
  • Allows the mind to settle down

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Instructions

  1. Begin on your back with knees bent in PARTIAL RECLINE, feet hip distance apart.
  2. EXHALE bring both knees up to Knees to Chest.
  3. Wrap both arms around the knees or underneath. If the shoulders or head lifts off from the ground place pillow or folded blanket under the head.
  4. Softly roll side to side feeling the back body, especially the sacrum surrender and soften to ground.
  5. EXHALE lowering feet to ground when finished.

Practicing flowing restorative yoga movements, along with evenly pacing the breath will restore strength and increase both energy and flexibility. Breast Cancer Yoga 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.

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