Tree Pose With Chair – Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Recovery

Tree Pose With Chair Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga  wants to introduce Tree Pose using a chair. This particular pose aids in (re)gaining stability and  balance. When feeling off center, this is the pose that will bring you back on your journey in life and towards good health. A special yoga pose is one of the best ways to achieve this, and Tree Pose is just the pose. It teaches how to bring balance back into our life while toning the muscles of the legs, and stretching the arms, armpit chest and shoulders. What a wonderful challenge, and over time it will build tremendous inner and outer strength.  Tree Pose can be lots of fun too. For more yoga poses try Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery book.

After practicing Tree Pose with a chair you may want to try the pose without the chair. Now this is the real challenge for balancing. Have fun but keep trying.


  • Develops balance and stability in the legs.
  • Improves balancing the thoughts of the mind by way of focus.
  • On a metaphysical level, helps one to achieve balance in other aspects of life.
  • Strengthens the ligaments and tendon of the feet.
  • Tones the entire standing leg, up to the buttocks.
  • Assists the body in establishing pelvic stability.
  • Fortify the bones of the hips and legs due to the weight-bearing nature of the pose.
  • Boosts self-confidence and esteem.


  1. Stand at the back of the chair with your left side  closest to the chair. Place your left hand to the back of your chair.
  2. Take a moment to root your energy down into your left leg.  Take your right foot inside the left leg. Place foot by the ankle first. Then try other positions; move the foot further up the inside of the leg. Don’t place on knee.
  3. Continue to extend energy down like a tap root into the earth with the standing leg. Feel yourself balancing from the inside to the outside.
  4. INHALE, raise the right arm up overhead mightily.  Feel the energy move in both directions as you reach skyward and root down to earth.
  5. Stay in Tree pose and breathe for 4/5 full breaths.
  6. EXHALE, release the right arm and then release the left leg. Shake the leg out.
  7. Turn to other side. Repeat.

Yoga Model: Angela Strynkowski, RYT


Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: An expert in the field of yoga, and complementary herbal medicines. She has dedicated the last 30 years studying yoga philosophy and Native American herbs. Her credentials are as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) and CYT (Certified Yoga Therapist).  Diana’s system of yoga is KaliRay TriYoga. She has studied with Yogini Kali Ray “Kaliji” for 18 years is certified from Basics to Level 2. As founder of Breast Cancer Yoga, and as a survivor Diana wants to make a difference and offer hope, health and support.

Easy Warrior Pose For Breast Cancer And Lymphedema

Easy Warrior Pose By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

With Easy Warrior Pose pectoral muscles open and expand, stimulating lymph fluid drainage, decreasing blockages, while softening stiff or frozen shoulders.


  • Opens and expands pectoral muscles
  • Promotes lymphatic fluid drainage and decreases lymph flow blockages
  • Softens stiff shoulders or frozen shoulders
  • Frees the breath by way of opening the chest region
  • Improves leg strength and flexibility
  • Increases ROM (range of motion) for arms and shoulders
  • Has calming effect by  harmonizing the breath with the movement
  • Warms up entire body
  • Lengthens entire spine allowing there to be space between each vertebrae
  • Promotes balance


  1. Begin standing and step right foot forward,about 2  1/2 to 3 feet apart, with feet
  2. and hips facing forward (back foot can be slightly turned out to maintain balance.)
  3. INHALE, roll palms out and bring arms up to a comfortable height or if possible  overhead while bending front right knee simultaneously. Keep the knee in alignment over the ankle.
  4. Please note: if your arms cannot go directly overhead, raise them to where you can. Never “push through a pose”, going beyond your own capacity.
  5. EXHALE, lower arms and straighten front leg.
  6. Repeat 3 to 5 times and then sustain Easy Warrior Pose with arms overhead or lifted up.
  7. Switch legs, left foot forward.
  8. Repeat the flow, and then sustain the pose.

Yoga and Lymphedema Management
Practicing continuous flowing movements significantly improves the lymphatic system. When lymph fluid is disrupted because of breast cancer surgery, trauma or infection, excessive lymph fluid builds up. This stagnant fluid can play havoc on the tissues and create swelling. There also can be a reduction of the oxygen absorption in the lymphatic system which increases the chance for infection. Practicing a flowing yoga pumps the lymphatic fluid throughout the body’s channels, rather than allowing it to accumulate or back up. It is great for maintaining healthy breast tissue. To keep this fluid moving, we need to also foster relaxation. It will facilitate renewed or restored strength and flexibility.

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 if you have questions.

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