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.

The Physical Benefits of Yoga

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Yogi, Priest, Life Coach, Speaker, 5 Rings Movement Therapist & Executive Director at Pathfinder Institute.

Yoga has been practiced for as long as anyone can remember. Though it is often associated with meditation and spirituality, it also has a lot of physical benefits that some people might not even be aware of. The great thing is that yoga is not a restrictive practice at all. It can be modified to accommodate any age group and virtually any health condition. Some yoga poses can even target trouble spots in your body that may need improvement. Regular yoga practitioners can attest to the physical improvements that have been made with constant yoga sessions.

Consistent yoga practice has proven to become a natural method of reducing pain. A great deal of yoga positions are said to relieve muscle tension, soreness, and stress. It can even target specific conditions like migraines, back pain, and menstrual cramps.

Yoga is primarily done to promote overall health and well-being, not just for preventive therapy or to correct certain conditions. Some physical benefits you may get as a practitioner would include improvement in your flexibility and strengthening your immune system. With a stronger immune system, it will follow that you’ll be less susceptible to acquiring illnesses.

Because yoga also covers breathing exercises as part of its regimen, it’s expected that the regular practitioner will have more stable breathing and an increase in lung capacity. This is important as deep breathing makes the body less acidic. Higher levels of acidity in the body can cause arthritis, bone and tissue damage, headaches, fatigue, and even stress.

Blood circulation will also improve with regular practice of yoga. A majority of the yoga poses and postures aim to maintain and improve proper blood circulation, aiding in the removal of body impurities and detoxification. This will also keep blood pressure at healthy levels.

If you practice yoga regularly, you’ll find a huge improvement in your flexibility and strength. Of course, the change will be evident after many sessions, considering the various poses involved. Practiced properly, endurance and stamina will also be boosted.

At the end of the day, you’ll never really get to know or appreciate the physical benefits of yoga unless you try it yourself. Who knows? You might be surprised to find that it’s benefits may go above and beyond your expectations. Awareness of your body/mind type really help for the specific practice for the best result..for more information feel free to contact me.

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Dinndayal Morgan

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Dinndayal Morgan Breast Cancer Authority ContributorDINNDAYAL MORGAN, Certified Kriya Yoga Teacher and Minister, Professor of Martial Science, , Movement Psychology, Five Rings and Stress Response Training has over 42 years of experience including seminars, workshops, and private classes with adults and youth. His classes are offered through numerous agencies including adult schools, recovery programs, continuation schools and other community programs.

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