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.

Alternating Arm Across Chest Twist and Flow

Alternating Arms Across Chest Step 4By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Alternating Arm Across Chest Twist and Flow Yoga Pose for breast cancer recovery is such a fun and fluid, moving twist. The flowing yoga pose can create a keen sense of calmness while increasing circulation to the entire pectoral region and the arms.

Benefits:

  • Promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Increases circulation of overall blood flow, especially to pectoral region
  • Increases range of motion in shoulders
  • Lengthens hip flexors
  • Massages internal organs
  • Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle (muscle of the thigh), waist and spine
  • Stretches inner groin and opens hips
  • Induces sense of calmness

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Instructions:

  1. Begin on back, with knees bent and feet/legs in BUTTERFLY POSE.
  2. INHALE, arms out in T position, place small pillow or folded blanket under head (this allows for shoulders to relax down).
  3. EXHALE, right arm over to left arm (hand on top of hand) then slowly bring right knee over to left knee.
  4. INHALE, right arm returns to T and right knee back to BUTTERFLY.
  5. EXHALE, left arm over to right arm then slowly bring left knee over to right knee.
  6. INHALE, left arm back to T position and left knee back to BUTTERFLY.
  7. Continue to flow back and forth alternating sides. Make sure that there is a delay with the legs so that the twist is deliberate and meaningful.
  8. When ready EXHALE over to right side, then INHALE just the left arm back to T position and maintain the twist for 5 breaths.
  9. INHALE, return to BUTTERFLY and repeat on other side.

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.

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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