Breast Cancer & Fear: A Few Things You Can Do!

Breast Cancer & Fear- A Few Things You Can Do!

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Breast Cancer & Fear
The diagnosis of breast cancer or other illness can produce fear, stress and other extreme emotions, often interrupting normal sleep patterns. When there is excessive tension in our physical body, the muscles tighten and the breath becomes erratic, preventing us from relaxing and allowing for much needed sleep.

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Supported Bridge For Breast CancerYoga Postures For Rest
There are a few things we can do to prepare for rest and maintain it. Doing reclined asana (yoga posture) if needed, right in the bed, helps. While in the yoga posture, become conscious of the breath by focusing on the “in and out breath”. If we can build a regular asana practice with conscious breathing, we release muscular tension and consequently our nerves relax. Restorative yoga postures are most helpful in this situation. Supported Bridge, Savasana, and, Supported Child’s Pose are a few of the best poses for producing a restful state.

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Breathing For Breast Cancer RecoveryYoga Breaths To Calm The Mind
When the breath is brought under control, the physical body functions better, since oxygen is absorbed efficiently and carbon dioxide is eliminated. This results in improved mental and emotional functioning, allowing for sleep. If thoughts takes over the mind try breathing deeply with your eyes focusing on an object. The mind and breath will then focus on a single point and the “monkey mind” will stop jumping around. This requires practice. It just doesn’t happen so please be determined and patient. You can do it.

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The deeper the commitment to a Mindful Yoga and Breathing practice, the deeper the relaxation response will manifest, healing the trauma of worry, anxiety and fear associated with the diagnosis of breast cancer. It is challenging to start a yoga practice when this fear, stress, anxiety and depression surface. It is precisely when we need support, not only from our doctors, families and friends, but most importantly from other women who have breast cancer or even another type of cancer. These personal connections help us to feel “part of” a community who understands our emotions and experiences. Unconditional love creates miracles! Creating a strong support system and a safe place to be (oneself) are paramount to alleviating the stress that derives from breast cancer. A clear mind, a full breath and a body in motion are paramount for recovery. YOU are responsible for your healing process and progress so breathe deeply and move freely.

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.

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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Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Management

Benefits of Yoga For Lymphedema Mangement

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500 Wearing LympheDiva’s Compression Garment

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Yogic breathing and gentle yoga poses assist the body in circulating lymphatic fluid through its network of vessels. It is not uncommon for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Manual lymph drainage massage is a recommended technique for this swelling, along with compression bandages and other specialized treatments.

When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it runs like a free flowing river. However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river experiences obstacles; it slows down and creates a build up or a damning up of fluids. This build up of fluid causes swelling and pain, and may increase the risk of infection. It may also cause a permanent disability.

Secondary lymphedema occurs as a result of a blockage or interruption that alters the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. This blockage can develop from an infection, cancer, breast surgery, scar tissue formation, trauma, radiation or other cancer treatment.

Lymphedema Sleeve For YogaThe use of replacing axillary lymph nodes along with breast reconstruction with micro-surgical techniques have shown to improved the symptoms of lymphedema. To keep this fluid flowing, we need to foster relaxation with gentle yoga movements.

Practicing yoga, especially Breast Cancer Yoga will target the soft tissue areas with flowing movements and keep the lymphatic fluid moving throughout the channels rather than slowing down and creating a back up. On going yoga poses and breathing exercises will help keep the chest tissue from shrinking and promotes the healing. It is recognized in cancer treatment that the “milking out” of lymph fluid build up is imperative for the patients health both physically, and emotionally. In a flowing yoga practice this “milking out” can occur.

Lymphedema is not reversible but managed. The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter mind and body stress is so important to our health, well-being and recovery.

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.

Hero Pose For Men & Women With Breast Cancer

Hero Pose For Men With Breast Cancer

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

When doing seated poses a good thing to remember is to make sure that your seat is comfortable so you can maintain the pose for some length of time. Start by sitting on one or two pillows or folded blankets. This supports a pelvic tilt which encourages the spine to lengthen, and helps ease any initial discomfort in the hip sockets.

Remember that learning to sit in a yoga pose strengthens the spine. Once seated comfortably, our hip muscles begin to relax enough so that our mind isn’t distracted by discomfort. When seated with hips open, tight muscles release and a rush of blood and nutrients flows directly to the hip region. A properly aligned seat will allow for the intervertebral discs and their ligaments to stretch and lengthen. This helps maintain spinal flexibility.

Benefits

  • Stretches and increases flexibility in front ankles and quadriceps.
  • Eases stiffness in hips and groins.
  • Improves circulation in feet.
  • Encourages digestion, relieves flatulence and abdominal cramping.

Contraindications

  • Knee, ankle or foot injuries.
  • Sacrolliac pain

Considerations
If knee pain – try raising seat or put a wash cloth behind knees before you kneel creating space.

Hero Pose For Women With Breast CancerInstructions

  1. Begin on padded surface in kneeling position.
  2. Knees and feet are towards the outer edge of support or yoga mat
  3. Come back and begin to place hips down in between legs onto a large bolster or folded blanket so as to support the stretch in the ankles and knees (do not let the feet rotate in). The soles of the feet should face upward and the pinkie toe touch the ground.
  4. Stretch calf muscle back to create space and open the knee joints.
  5. You may need to adjust the pose a few times to get comfortable to stay seated.
  6. It is important to take very long breaths in this pose and relax the shoulders and torso
  7. At first stay in this pose from 30 seconds to 1 minute. Gradually extend your stay up to 5 minutes.
  8. To come out, press your hands against the floor and lift your buttocks up, slightly higher than the heels. Cross your ankles underneath your buttocks, sit back over the feet and onto the floor, then stretch your legs out in front of you.

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.

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.

How Does Yoga Help Those Undergoing Treatment for Breast Cancer?

Yoga For Breast Cancer Treatments

By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Yoga addresses the side effect distresses of (breast) cancer. These side effects can include lymphedema (swelling), cancer-related fatigue, nausea, pain, weight loss, sleep disorders, stress, fear, anxiety, depression and restlessness. In current studies of women managing these symptoms of distress the following was reported: those doing yoga therapy showed a significant reduction in side effect and symptom distresses. Their (QOL) Quality of Life was shown to be significantly higher when practicing yoga. Anxiety, emotional stress, fear and negative moods are common causes of poor (QOL). The entire recovery process can disrupt routines, relationships, careers and other aspects of life. Yoga offers the opportunity to alleviate these obstacles and decrease there interference with recovery. Yoga assists in diminishing suffering from common chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Depression is also important to address with (breast) cancer patients. The uncertainty about prognosis and treatment, concerns of pain or even death, lack of physical and functional abilities and social changes contribute to depression. Patients who practice yoga appear to cope better with symptoms of illness, and the side effects and distresses of treatments. It is sited that the physical poses, breathing exercises, meditation techniques are especially helpful components of a yoga practice.

Where do you begin? Not everyone is disciplined enough to do their yoga at home and others thrive with a home routine. Here are some suggestions on how to start a yoga practice:

  • Start slow, make sure you create a practice that can grow as you regain strength and stamina.
  • Find a place at home that is quiet and well ventilated.
  • Set a time each day or every other day that encourages a routine.
  • Find a competent yoga teacher that teaches to the cancer community or a special breast cancer yoga DVD.
  • Dress comfortably, there should be no constriction for the breath.
  • Eat a light breakfast at least a hour beforehand.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself just persevere. It does get easier, and it is important to manage a self care practice.

One of the many benefits of yoga therapy is that the practice awakens positive emotions, builds self-confidence and reduces depression. There is an openness of spirit that leads to greater understanding when the practice of yoga is embraced. This all can be achieved but there must be determination and fortitude.

Yoga can be a lot of fun. Enjoy every deep, slow breath while moving your arms, legs and torso. It is so important to evenly pace the movement with the breath. The breath is key to your wellness. It too balances the mind, body and spirit. It is the cosmic gas station. “If the mind wanders the breath will follow.” Take it slow, take a big conscious breath, come into the present moment and just Be.

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.

Yoga Pose for Breast Cancer – Root Lock KRIYA Breathing

Root Lock KRIYA Yoga Pose For Breast CancerBy Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Root Lock KRIYA is a pose that when coupled with the breath has profound results. It brings the subtlety of the breath awareness along with the lifting up and in of the pelvic floor. This has a large impact on strengthening the pelvic floor so that the worry of leakage is minimized. As women age, this becomes a large concern. Even without aging sneezing or laughing on a full bladder can have unwanted results. Root Lock KRIYA will be the answer for these concerns.

Benefits of Breath

  • Expands breath into compressed region
  • Lengthen and reeducate the breath
  • Free the breath in the intercostal muscles
  • Relaxes the nervous system thus creating an inner calm
  • Affects inner life energy currents (pranas)
  • Opens the sushuma nadi (energy spine)
  • Creates pelvic stability and strength
  • Builds transverses abdomens

Benefits of Root Lock

  • Decreases incontinence
  • Strengthens the entire pelvic floor muscles – decreasing prolapse in uterus
  • Starts the alignment of the spine
  • Considered base of spine (mula bunda)
  • Increases a strong  inner awareness of holding the pelvic floor up and in

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Instructions

  1. Begin on your back with knees bent, feet slightly apart in PARTIAL RECLINE. Blanket and head pillow is used for comfort and support.
  2. Place a yoga block (at it’s narrowest width) between the knees.   Keep your feet and back on the ground; the lumbar curve may flatten slightly.
  3. INHALE deeply, EXHALE and sequentially begin squeezing your knees into the block with your hip adductors while lifting the pelvic floor up and in – pulling the transverses abdomens toward your spine. The entire pelvic floors lifts inward.
  4. INHALE, and sequentially relax the transverses abdomens, release the pelvic floor and hip adductors without dropping the block.
  5. Repeat 10 times. Be very slow and deliberate. Take notice of the entire pelvic floor lifting and releasing.

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.

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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