Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Yoga Pose With Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 Owner of A Jewel In The Lotus

Palm Tree Yoga Pose is a great standing pose for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management. This pose helps with stiffness or tightness in the chest area or the armpit (axilla) area that comes after either surgery, radiation therapy and lymphedema flare ups. Depending on the symptoms, your physician will select the best treatment for your condition. There is the possibility that lymphedema can be prevented, controlled or at least managed. For more yoga poses Breast Cancer Yoga offers “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery“.

Palm Tree Benefits

  • Lengthens side body/obliques
  • Relaxes stiffness of shoulders
  • Opens chest and stretches breast tissue and drains lymph system
  • Improves circulation to abdominals/pelvis
  • Improves general digestion
  • Massages internal organs

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Instructions

  1. Begin standing with left side facing the wall, feet hip distant apart.
  2. INHALE, extend arms out to “T” with finger tips touching the wall.
  3. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending right arm overhead towards the wall and flatten palm on wall at the same time the hips (make sure the head does not collapse – turn head to face upper arm).
  4. INHALE, return arms to “T”.
  5. EXHALE, continue flowing back and forth for 5 times.
  6. EXHALE, sustain PALM TREE at the Wall for 3/5 breaths.
  7. INHALE, half turn to the other side with right side facing the wall.
  8. INHALE, arms to “T” with finger tips touching wall.
  9. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending left arm overhead towards the wall. Don’t let the head collapse down creating an unnatural drop.
  10. INHALE, come back to center arms in “T”.
  11. Continue flowing back and forth, then sustain PALM TREE .
  12. INHALE, come back to “T”.
  13. EXHALE, lower arms and shake out.

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.

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

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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.

Yoga Pose – Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend Yoga PoseBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

The Standing Forward Bend allows for the coming back after illness or cancer giving way to strengthening of our legs and knees. This pose helps in stretching the hamstrings, calves and hips. We need to have a degree of flexibility to help reduced muscle tightness  and tension in the mind. After cancer treatments our body usually loses it’s flexibility and we can develop lower back pain. Just standing helps secure our balance of body and helps in calming the brain. This will reduce stress and mild depression. Try it; you will be pleasantly surprised.

Benefits

  • Big hamstring stretch
  • Releases tension in the upper back, neck, shoulders and chest
  • Creates extension for the spine
  • Recommended if you have dizziness or fatigue
  • Assist in the anti gravitational pull which opens spine
  • Helps alleviate stress and anxiety through parasympathetic activation
  • Flexes the body’s internal organs and keeps them supple
  • Lengthens and relaxes the lower spinal muscles
  • Relieves neck and lower back pain when head and torso are supported
  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
  • Normalizes circulation throughout the body
  • Stretches muscles, tendons in the knees

Instructions

  1. Begin standing and separate feet hip distance or greater apart to maintain a safe balance.
  2. Place a large block or chair in front.    Bend at the hips and place hands, and if possible head on chair/block – use additional props if needed.
  3. Allow the arms and spine to dangle.
  4. Bring an awareness to the breath going into the back body. Relax and breathe.

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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