Wide Angle – Arms Extended: Breast Cancer Yoga Pose

It is supported and endorsed in many research communities that yoga has a tremendous positive impact on our physical, emotional, mental and even spiritual well-being. Fearful thoughts associated with breast cancer often prompts us to research every possible alternative or integrated self care option. Yoga is an option that can become a vital aid for us to handle the stressors from treatments, fatigue and depression and from the unknown. Practicing yoga can have better fitness outcomes, less stress and improved biological indicators of future risk of secondary cancers.


  • Stretches arm pit chest, biceps, inner forearm
  • Pectoral muscle is widened
  • Opens shoulder joint and improves flexibility
  • Increases circulation and blood flow in chest
  • Strong hip opener and deep twist in inner core
  • Lengthen and strengthen side body and increases vitality
  • Massages lower abdominal organs and glands
  • Develops core steadiness
  • Enhances circulation to chest and shoulders
  • Expands ribs for deeper breathing


  1. Begin in a wide stance, legs 3 feet apart with feet parallel.
  2. EXHALE, bend forward onto bolster or yoga blocks (make sure the leg remains anchored).
  3. Begin to roll out bolster so the arms can straighten (make surehips stay over knees and ankles.
  4. INHALE, draw tailbone and spine back so the spine lengthens and the chest comes toward the ground and allow the back bodyto broaden.
  5. EXHALE, lengthen sides of torso
  6. Let your legs and arms support the extension of the spine.
  7. Relax your neck and shoulders
  8. Stay for 5 full breaths, then return back to center.

Remember as you begin to practice yoga poses with awareness, you not only begin to feel better but you will also be able to feel; that is, you become sensitive to everything and everyone around you. As inner awareness expands and deepens both within and outside the body, we  consciously begin to overcome obstacles of fear, pain, anxiety. You can practice yoga in such a way that the practice becomes a much “larger yoga.” Our true nature is revealed through this new sensitivity and awareness. We intuitively begin to discover how to overcome certain obstacles on this journey with breast cancer.

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 Online Class For Cancer Patients

online yoga classes for cancerWelcome to Yoga & Healing cyber yoga class room! These are interactive classes that are offered via the platform of Fuze (which is like Skype). All you need is a computer/iPad with a camera, internet connection, your mat, blankets and a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and an online sense of adventure!

Our instructors are able to watch you via the mobile device camera, offer guidance and support throughout the class just like you would have in a normal class situation. The great thing about these classes is that you can join in from anywhere. These are small group classes and spaces are limited. Bookings are required.

Yoga Online Course (live)

  • Thursday 6:00 am – 7:00 am Australian Time and Wednesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Next 6 week course commences 9th March 2017 (cost $105)

Yoga is simply a state of being with our body in all that we do. The focus of these classes are about deeply re-connecting with one-self and enjoying a gentle movements and exercises in a way that truly supports and cares for the whole body. All our yoga classes offer an opportunity to deepen the quality of one’s presence and gentleness in all that one does, says and thinks.

Instructor: Donna Gianniotis. 6 week courses. Cost $105. For more information and bookings: Donna 0408 783187 or donna@yogaandhealing.com.au

To enjoy a free recording of our Body Awareness Meditation please click here.

Recording of the audio’s of these classes are also available for those who miss a class or for individual purchase of $20 per class.

Here is what people are saying about our online classes

I have never done yoga online before, but having been a face to face student of Donna’s I was excited to give it a try. The classes are wonderful! The connection is nurturing and deep. You really feel it in the stillness. So grateful for the convenience and connection these online classes offer! ~ Fiona Plascott

“It really is wonderful to enjoy all the benefits of a regular yoga class from my own lounge room floor. It’s also made classes accessible to me in a way they aren’t usually because of childcare & work commitments. Donna is able to provide all the guidance & support I need through this brilliant technical approach – & I love it!” ~ Gen Doyle

“Yoga Online is great for convenience – it removes that huge barrier of having to “get to the class (through the Sydney traffic!)”. The key to working online is both being live online and also having an instructor who is not only experienced but who has a high level of awareness so that the many geographically distributed class attendees can each feel their separate needs are being attended to and that the instructions are not simply robotically delivered like a canned YouTube recording. This is where Donna differentiates from other online classes –being live and online with Donna in these class sessions is really the way of the future for this form of well-being.” NG

Private yoga online sessions

Our practitioners also offer private online sessions of yoga. For bookings and appointments contact us. Cost for private sessions is $80. For bookings Contact Us →

What you need for online yoga classes

  • A computer or mobile device with a camera
  • Mat, blankets, warm clothing (for winter)
  • Comfortable clothing
  • A quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
  • Set up your computer/mobile device so that the camera is facing your mat
  • Download Fuze (free application). This is the platform that we will be using
  • An online sense of adventure!

Donna GianniotisAbout: Donna Gianniotis has been teaching yoga full time for over 14 years within Sydney and practised as an Esoteric Healing Practitioner since 2010. With a diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 33, she started to question that there must be more to health and well-being than diet, exercise, meditation and yoga.

Ultra Supported Backbend For Breast Cancer Recovery & Lymphedema Management

Breast Cancer Yoga Ultra Supported BackbendYou have finally arrived to an “AHHH” moment when you experience this pose. The great benefits of this pose are that it elevates the chest, deepens the breath, promotes lymphatic drainage of breasts and widens the pectoral muscles.


  • Balances autonomic nervous system
  • Allows the shoulder blades to feel supported comfortably
  • Spreads the clavicle, relieves pressure on brachial plexus (network of nerves)
  • Stretches pectoral muscles
  • Quickly promotes inner calm
  • Elevates chest, and deepens breath
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage of breasts & pectorals
  • Post-surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue

This pose requires three cylinder bolsters and one rectangle bolsters or many cushions from the couch and many blankets would work, too (well worth the effort.)

  1. Begin seated on folded blankets/cushion with legs extended over one cylinder bolster with feet resting on a folded blanket, small pillow or another bolster.
  2. Place two yoga cylinder bolsters/pillows, separated 3/4 inches apart behind back running horizontal to torso.
  3. Roll back onto bolsters, placing arms and shoulders in between where there  is an opening and rest head on bolster. A small pillow is not needed.
  4. Stay in this pose for 10 minutes depending on comfort level or make necessary adjustments to enjoy this pose to the fullest.
  5. If needed, you can place hands on chest or belly with fingers interlaced together.
  6. Elbows may rest on props.
  7. When finished, sit up, coming off of the bolster/blankets, place bolster on lap, and drape the torso over the bolster in a forward bend.
  8. Enjoy the forward release of your spine.

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 For Cancer Patients: A Lifestyle Enhancement Technique

Exercise Program For Breast CancerLearn more about the uses of yoga for cancer patients, and its synergistic effects in chemotherapy and radiation

What is Yoga?
Yoga originated in India around 5000 years ago. The term is derived from Sanskrit word “Yuj”; it means to unite and to integrate. Yoga is a body of knowledge; it’s a whole-body philosophy. It is all about harmonizing the body and mind, and to unite the physical with mental and spiritual. Yoga is a synchronization of various breathing techniques, postures, stretching and meditation. It helps in providing harmony between mind, body, and soul.

Yogis promote yoga as a way of staying healthy and preventing diseases and illness and relieve stress that our everyday lives bring upon us. They claim that the postures will stimulate the nervous system, make the muscles and joints more flexible, and relax mind and body. The exercises combined with breathing improve our oxygen and blood supply. In turn, this helps our circulation and breathing, which promotes general good health. There are several different styles of yoga including Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Astanga yoga. Some are quite strenuous, while others are gentler and focus more on meditation and breathing.

Practicing Yoga for cancer patients is known to be of great benefit to their psychological, physical and emotional health and well-being.

How Does Yoga Work?
Yoga works on the mind body and soul. Practicing yoga consists of different poses and imagery that aids in strengthening the connection between mind and body, through various breathing techniques. Specific yoga poses and postures help to train the body. These poses focus on the effort that is required to move the energy through the body, the stretch helps strengthen the muscle and are beneficial for any musculoskeletal injuries. Yoga also keeps the mind-body connection strong and helps individuals who practice yoga to increase focus and concentration. Yoga uses controlled breathing as a way to merge the mind, body, and spirit. It is believed that this will control the energy flow in our body. Several research studies suggest that yogic practices such as inhalation techniques, can significantly increase vagal tone and improve symptoms of a variety of conditions, including diabetes, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. It slows down heart rate, calms the mind, and leads to a deep, inner calm and sense of relaxation. Yoga for cancer patients has been shown to ease emotional and physical pain and better resilience to fight cancer.

Where is Yoga Found?
Due to wide acceptance of yoga practices through all the cultures and societies, it’s easy to find a yoga class, yoga is offered as one to one sessions with the yogi teachers as well as in the form of class or group sessions. Yoga is provided by several for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Yoga is offered in wide variety of surroundings from classes occurring in parks and spas to the gym and home sessions. Yoga for cancer patients is offered in some hospitals as well as a part of complementary cancer therapy and rehabilitation program for cancer survivors.

Advantages of Yoga with Different Types of Cancer
Yoga has been proven quite beneficial for patients battling with cancer or trying to recover from cancer treatments. Most of the cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment suffer from psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety. Undergoing rigorous and invasive treatment for cancer puts enormous strain on the patient. Research has revealed that yogic breathing, defined as a manipulation of breath movement, has been shown to affect positively immune function, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological or stress-related disorders. Yoga also has a mood-boosting effect, releasing endorphins and elevating the mood, hence helping deal with depression in cancer patients.

One of the most taxing side effects of cancer and its treatment is dealing with the pain, and yoga for cancer patients helps to overcome this pain, in elevating their mood, and in increasing the threshold for pain. It is physically helpful for the management of pain experienced during treatment. Research has shown that women who practice yoga during rehabilitation have low scores for pain and stress. A small individual study in the USA in 2012 found that yoga reduced fatigue in women with breast cancer. Some studies seem to show that yoga may be able to reduce hot flushes in women with breast cancer. One small trial showed that people with lymphoma had fewer sleep disturbances, fell asleep more quickly, and slept for longer after a seven-week yoga program.

Does Yoga Enhance the Effect of Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy is the form of treatment for cancer, although effective chemotherapy has several side effects like nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, fatigue, and pain. Yoga for cancer patient helps relieve the side effects of chemotherapy. Restorative yoga is quite beneficial during chemotherapy the breathing exercises in yoga can even be practiced during chemo infusion. Yoga helps reduce stress and increases the quality of life in cancer patients. It also enhances psychological health of cancer patients and results in good mood and spiritual well-being. Research also indicates that people who practice yoga sleep better.

Does Yoga Enhance the Effects of Radiotherapy?
Radiotherapy is another form of cancer therapy that includes delivering radiation to the parts of the body affected with cancer. Radiation therapy has several side effects, and yoga has been shown to promote compliance and active approach to treatment during and after radiation therapy cycle. The results of randomized trials focusing on breast cancer women undergoing radiotherapy indicate that yoga for cancer patients relieved stress improved these patients quality of life, and the rigor of practicing yoga helped these patients cope with the transition of getting back to their normal life.

Can Yoga Reduce the Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation?
Chemo and radiation therapy are the mainstays of cancer treatment. However, they do have considerable side effects, due to these side effects cancer patients have decreased the quality of life and take a longer period to return to their normal activities. Yoga for cancer patients practiced during and after treatment helps patients cope up with the side effects, by aiding in connecting mind body and soul and thus decreasing their rehabilitation period. The stretches that constitute the yoga pose also helps exercise their body, keeping it healthy.

What Influence Does Yoga Have on the Immune System?
Yoga is a great but gentle way to boost and support the immune system on the day to day basis. Yoga helps lower stress hormones level; stress hormones compromise the immune system, stimulating the movement of lymphatic and releasing toxins from the body while breathing methods strengthen lungs and respiratory tract and bringing plentiful oxygen to vital organs. Practicing yoga for cancer patients has been shown to improve immunity

Does Yoga Increase Quality of Life and Survival Rate?
Several studies have proven that yoga for cancer patients increases the quality of life. During and after treatment, practicing yoga has also been linked to low cortisol levels, a hormone which is related to poor survival in breast cancer patients, thus yoga, when practiced as a complementary treatment, has been shown to have a positive effect on survival rates as well.

Learn more about “Natural ways of cancer treatment” on our website.

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Swimming Locus Flowing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
Swimming Locus –
What a powerful pose! It calls upon all the strength you have both front and back body. When lifting the front and back body off the earth the entire back body must engage in using  muscle energy. Great pose to build a strong back body, arms and legs. Plus this helps move lymph fluid through the lymphatic systems. Take your time learning the pose. Rest when needed and definitely use props to help with the lifts. Enjoy.


  • Works back extensor muscles, back of shoulders, posterior legs and buttocks
  • Strengthens entire back
  • Reduces thoracic kyphosis
  • Opens chest
  • Strengthens inner core muscles and gluteus
  • Moves lymph fluid
  • Break down scars and adhesions
  • Cautions
  • lumbar disc protrusions or sciatica
  • spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis


  1. Begin face down with arms extended over head and spread legs hip distance apart, then point your toes.Place a folded blanket or small forgiving prop under torso to help with the lift.
  2. INHALE, and engage core muscles and lift upper torso, arms and legs. Keep back and neck long and don’t bend knees.
  3. When lifting arms, open out into a V shape. Feel the space.
  4. Begin swimming by lifting right arm and left leg up while lowering left arm and right leg.
  5. Don’t touch the earth but continue flowing back and forth.
  6. Stay as long as comfortable with slow breaths.
  7. Relax when necessary and return.
  8. When done – push up and back 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.

Yoga Brings Hope While Living With Cancer

Yoga For Cancer Survivors

Yoga For Cancer Survivors

Jean DiCarlo-Wagner, ERYT – Yoga For Cancer Survivors.

Cancer treatments may take away something essential to living:  Hope. My cancer mentor, Suzanne Lindley, continues to demonstrate the art of living with hope. Pain is constant, chemotherapy treatments, scans and the occasional blast of radiation.  More and more patients are living with cancer.  And after attending the Cancer Symposium in Georgetown University, there is reason to keep hoping about medical advances.  But what about today?

Yoga is my passion to share with other patients and survivors. Yoga brings hope that today can be better, right now, in the middle of the storm that is cancer. Research supports the healthful changes that yoga students experience viscerally. But yoga is not one thing, however, it includes breathing practices, stretches and meditation. The commonality is the relaxation response that happens during and after practicing yoga. Our conscious breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system and cascade of healthful bodily changes begin.

Vanessa is a fellow colorectal survivor. She was diagnosed stage 4 at age 27. Aggressive and life altering treatments saved her life, but Vanessa lives with the fallout of these treatments. She is in chronic pain, and prefers naturally remedies to painkillers, which bring their own price. Vanessa tells her own story of how she uses yoga to manage her pain, neuropathy and the rigors of lifelong medical surveillance.

The power is in our choice to live on our own terms; and keep hope alive, day to day, through yoga.

Blessings and Love,

Jean Di Carlo WagnerAbout Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net
E-RYT200, E-RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Therapist with International Alliance of Yoga Therapists
Atma Yoga Teacher Training, certified 500 hours Los Angeles
A Gentle Way Yoga, certified 200 hours
Silver Age Yoga, certified 200 hours

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