Simple Yoga Backbend For Breast Cancer Physical Therapy

This simple and therapeutic yoga pose offers many benefits to breast cancer patients in treatment and recovery. The main benefits of this pose are that it elevates the chest, deepens the breath, promotes lymphatic drainage of breasts and widens the pectoral muscles.

Benefits

  • 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

Instructions
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.

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Linda Scheele RYT 200, has been studying Ana Forrest style yoga for over 5 years. Linda has the ability to connect with her students, inspire self-confidence regardless of one’s age or yoga experience. Linda is registered with Yoga Alliance and certified as a Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher. Available products from Linda for download are Chair Yoga and Yoga Nidra .

Supported Bridge For Sleep Management

Breast cancer Yoga For Sleep Management

By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

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.

Yoga 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, Supported Legs Up The Wall, Supported Child’s Pose are a few of the best poses for producing a restful state.

Yoga 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.

Physical Benefits of Reclined Yoga Pose Supported Bridge
This specific, reclined, supported, yoga pose combined with deep breaths is intended to support recovery from breast cancer and assist in managing lymphedema. This yoga pose is a mild inversion that calms the nervous system and quiets the mind. Excellent chest opener which will free the breath.

Benefits

  • Strengthens buttocks, quads and hamstrings
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Opens chest and ribs, massages spine, frees the breath Opens front of body and pelvis
  • Raises hips above heart to reduce heart rate Alleviates stress and mild depression
  • Helps relieve symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, and sinusitis.

Instructions

  1. Begin on your back. Make sure head is in a natural alignment.
  2. Your back can rest on folded blanket so that your back body/kidneys feel soft and supported.
  3. Knees remain bent with ankles underneath. Place a block in between feet to help with alignment of knees and ankles.
  4. Arms relax along side body, palms facing up.
  5. Notice your breath and focus completely on relaxing your body starting with the crown of your head to the tips of your toes.
  6. Stay in this pose as long as comfortable. If uncomfortable start with a smaller bolster or blankets.
  7. You have the option of arms extended over.
  8. Stay for 10 full breaths/or more.
  9. When finished roll on to side off of the bolster(bolsters).

Note: If the bridge is too high adjust to lower bolster or folded blankets.

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.

Side Child & Side Child Twist Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Yoga's Side Child Yoga Pose

Side Child Yoga Pose

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

You will love this Side Child and Side Child Twist yoga pose for breast cancer.  Deep relaxation is a definite result of these well supported poses. It relieves anxiety and promotes well-being while balancing the healing response of the autonomic nervous system.

Benefits

  • Promotes supported relaxation for general health benefits.
  • Relieves anxiety and promotes well-being
  • Facilitates parasympathetic healing response
  • Reduces strain on sacroiliac joints

Instructions – Side Child

  1. Begin on back and roll onto right side with hips parallel to knees
  2. Bend upper knee and place support under upper knee/inner thighs, and keep lower leg extended. Make sure leg is level with hip.
  3. Upper arm should be resting on bolster or blankets. Make sure that shoulder arm and hand are level. Lower arm extends straight out by side. A blanket is place under torso for warmth and comfort.
  4. Head and neck aligned with pillow under ear. Don’t let the head dip down. It should feel very comfortable
  5. Close eyes and just rest.
  6. Prepare for the twist.
Side Child Twist Yoga Pose

Side Child Twist

Instruction – Side Child Twist

  1. When ready to deepen draw the left shoulder back onto prop.
  2. Head is facing upwards.
  3. Relax deeply and allow the mind to settle down.
  4. Enjoy each breath.
  5. Stay in this pose for at least 5/10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy the deep letting go that happens in this pose.
  7. Repeat both poses on other side.

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.

Bali Seal Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Bali Seal Yoga Pose

Breast Cancer Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT

Diana Ross, E-RYT 500
Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

It is summer and the perfect time to build strength. Bali Seal is the pose that helps create this strength from within.  Take it slow if you are starting out. After a few lifts and releases you will begin to feel the energy charge through you, giving you the internal as well as the external lift you need. Let us know how it felt. Namaste’

Benefits

  • Stretches spine and opens chest for increased spinal mobility
  • Increased shoulder ROM, and stretches breast tissues
  • Stimulates cervical and axillary lymphatic drainage
  • Strengthens and stretches quadriceps and core  muscles
  • opens rib cage
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Great for opening lungs
  • strengthens lower back and squeezes kidneys

Contraindications

  • Knee injury

Bali Seal Yoga PoseBali Seal Yoga Pose

Instructions

  1. Begin seated on an appropriate size prop in between legs, ankles should  be comfortable.
  2. INHALE, bring arms in front, interlace hands in COMPLETION MUDRA (hands interlaced with thumbs and forefingers straight) and rise up  bringing arms overhead or to a comfortable place to lift up.
  3. EXHALE, lower arms and seat back down on heels, or a supporting prop simultaneously.
  4. Continue to INHALE, and lift up.
  5. EXHALE, and lower down.
  6. Coordinate the breath with the movement.
  7. Continue to flow up and down bringing a gentle attitude to each movement.
  8. Breathe deeply and allow your body to feel energized and rejuvenated.

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Diana RossDiana Ross, E-RYT 500 founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is a restorative yoga teacher; and a survivor that cares about making a difference in your recovery process. Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products were designed to support you emotionally and physically from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. 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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