Try These Great Tips For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery BookRestorative Yoga therapy can effectively help restore physical movement and aide in post surgical recovery. One of the essential tools for recovery is effectively dealing with stress and depression. Pain and worry affects the body, creating stress hormone release. When the body becomes stressed, the breath becomes shallow, which in turn tenses the muscles. Some may even find themselves unconsciously holding the breath.  Here are a restorative yoga poses we have created specifically for post surgical breast cancer recovery:Restorative Yoga For Post Surgical Recovery

Try Let It Rise Yoga Pose To Restore Movement For Breast Cancer Post Surgical Recovery

Restorative Yoga therapy addresses the emotional and physical causes of stress, fear, anxiety and depression. This marks the beginning of recovery and allows a state of clarity and relaxation to be experienced. These states of calmness produce their own associated neurohormones which promote the healing process to begin. We have created a step by step instructions so you can learn how to do specialized breathing techniques during breast cancer treatment and for post surgical recovery.

Breathing Guidelines & Techniques For Breast CancerStart A Breathing Exercise Routine To Manage Stress, Fear And Anxiety

Long-term health benefits of yoga breathing exercise is potentially significant, but short-term increase in energy, focus, peace and brain power you gain from just a five minute yoga breathing technique is incredibly strong in your general well – availability, productivity and happiness.

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.

Extended Child’s Pose 2 For Breast Cancer

Extended Child's Pose 2Another amazing new pose for everyone to stretch-out into. This pose is especially useful for breast cancer patients and survivors. Find some props and give it a try but make sure your knees and ankles are comfortable!

“Extended Child 2 is an amazing opening yoga pose for the chest, spine and mind. It will immediately release tightness and tension held in the mind and the body. Plus, it will create great inner quiet and calm. Your breath will fully want to expand into the entire back region. It’s one of those yoga poses that simply allow you to let go.” – Diana Ross

Benefits:

  1. Increases lymph circulation to pectoral region
  2. Stretches ROM (range of motion) in shoulder girdle and trains them to be on the back body
  3. Draws breath towards the back body
  4. Allows for lymphatic drainage
  5. Lengthens spine into a natural alignment by broadening sacrum and lumbar regions
  6. Stretches breast tissue and relaxes shoulders and arms
  7. Lengthens collar bone while stretching the deltoids
  8. Quiets the parasympathetic nervous system
  9. Calming, especially if there is a focus on the breath
  10. Major stretch to lattisima dorse (major back muscles)
  11. Quiets the mind quickly, relieves anxiety
  12. Supports thoracic kyphosis

Caution: Shoulder injuries/rotator cuff.

ExtendedChildsPose2-BreastCancerYoga-PosesInstructions:

  1. Begin seated on heels in (Natural Seat) or seated on bolster/blankets with yoga block in front to support head.  Place blanket under knees/ankles to insure comfort.
  2. INHALE, lengthen spine and lower hands to earth.
  3. EXHALE, interlace hands, lower elbows and forearms to earth. Begin to extend arms out straight in front to deepen the stretch to arms and chest. If tightness is felt in mid or lower spine come up onto forearms until you begin to feel a release in the spine.
  4. Close your eyes. Stay and breathe into the entire spine. Enjoy the release and lengthening.
  5. Take a moment to bring arms back to rest fully.
  6. INHALE, come back up. Bring legs back to stretch out.

The yoga poses and images shared in this feature are copyright of Diana Ross and Breast Cancer Yoga. For more information, visit the Breast Cancer Yoga website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Standing Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Palm Tree Yoga Pose With Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 Owner of A Jewel In The Lotus

Palm Tree Yoga Pose is a great standing pose for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management. This pose helps with stiffness or tightness in the chest area or the armpit (axilla) area that comes after either surgery, radiation therapy and lymphedema flare ups. Depending on the symptoms, your physician will select the best treatment for your condition. There is the possibility that lymphedema can be prevented, controlled or at least managed. For more yoga poses Breast Cancer Yoga offers “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery“.

Palm Tree Benefits

  • Lengthens side body/obliques
  • Relaxes stiffness of shoulders
  • Opens chest and stretches breast tissue and drains lymph system
  • Improves circulation to abdominals/pelvis
  • Improves general digestion
  • Massages internal organs

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Instructions

  1. Begin standing with left side facing the wall, feet hip distant apart.
  2. INHALE, extend arms out to “T” with finger tips touching the wall.
  3. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending right arm overhead towards the wall and flatten palm on wall at the same time the hips (make sure the head does not collapse – turn head to face upper arm).
  4. INHALE, return arms to “T”.
  5. EXHALE, continue flowing back and forth for 5 times.
  6. EXHALE, sustain PALM TREE at the Wall for 3/5 breaths.
  7. INHALE, half turn to the other side with right side facing the wall.
  8. INHALE, arms to “T” with finger tips touching wall.
  9. EXHALE, draw hips away from wall while extending left arm overhead towards the wall. Don’t let the head collapse down creating an unnatural drop.
  10. INHALE, come back to center arms in “T”.
  11. Continue flowing back and forth, then sustain PALM TREE .
  12. INHALE, come back to “T”.
  13. EXHALE, lower arms and shake out.

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.

Supported Side Child Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Supported Side Child Yoga Restorative Pose

During cancer recovery, supported yoga poses will add additional support both emotionally and physically. 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. You will love this Supported Side Child restorative yoga pose for breast cancer.

Benefits

  • a sense of deep relaxation
  • inner calm,and of being grounded
  • promotes relaxation for general health benefits
  • relieves anxiety and promotes well-being
  • facilitates parasympathetic healing response
  • reduces strain on sacroiliac joints

Instructions

  1. Begin on your back, then!roll onto left side, extend left lower arm forward and lower leg down, bend upper right leg and place knee! onto large bolster!or folded blankets. (don’t let foot dangle).
  2. Upper arm can rest either on side body, a raised bolster behind creating a slight twist or finger tiger tips in front of chest. Head and neck rests on pillow, bolster or blankets and must be level under ear.
  3. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and rest.
  4. Relax and allow the mind to settle down.
  5. Enjoy each breath as it flows in and out.
  6. When ready come to center and repeat on left 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.

Try Breast Cancer Yoga’s extra gentle yoga DVD for breast cancer recovery and lymphedema management.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

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 Pose For Breast Cancer: Modified Staff Pose – Forward Bend

This pose release deep tension in the back and shoulders, rejuvenates the spinal nerves. Draws the breath to the back body creating space in the spine. This pose releases muscle, emotional tension and enhances a feeling of openness on many levels. The more there is a commitment to develop a yoga/breathing practice, the more we can create a deeper relaxation response, healing the trauma of worry, anxiety and fear associated with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Benefits

  • Relieves menstrual cramps and stomach pains
  • Helps ovaries function regularity
  • Stimulates liver, spleen and kidneys
  • Lessens depression and quiets the mind
  • Rejuvenates spinal nerves
  • Draws the breath to the back body creating space in the spine
  • Stretches hamstrings and sacrum
  • May reduce headache
  • Blood flows circulation to pelvis and back benefiting ovarian function
  • Relieves sciatic pain stretches groin
  • Adds relief for vericose veins.

Instructions

  1. Begin with legs extended forward and feet flexed, arms along side body palms down.
  2. Sit at edge of blanket or small pillow so pelvis tilts forward.
  3. INHALE, lift and lengthen spine upwards by pressing down into hands (can use yoga blocks under hands if it deepens the lengthening

Forward Bend

  1. EXHALE come forward with a flat back
  2. You can also place strap around ball mound of feet and again lengthen spine and EXHALE, forward. You can walk your hands down the belt as long as you do not round your back.
  3. You can also use blocks along side legs to support arms or forearms.
  4. Release belt and place an appropriate props.
  5. Stay and breathe into the pose.
  6. When settled into the pose release open shoulders out to side.
  7. Now you can release belly and chest onto props and breathe into the back belly.
  8. Rest and enjoy the deep opening into the back of the legs and 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.

October 2015 Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training Event

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher TrainingBreast Cancer Yoga 16 hour Training Intensive at A Jewel in the Lotus/Islip, New York October 2015.

Do you want to be able to support this special cancer community with the best and safest yoga classes? What your students can or cannot do will make all the difference in their ability to make a speedy and meaningful recovery. Breast Cancer Yoga at a A Jewel in the Lotus is offering a 16 hour certification training to ensure that you feel confident in your teachings to keep everyone safe, happy and connected to the process of healing.

Breast Cancer Yoga is a family owned and run company that focuses on the healing and well-being of women in breast cancer recovery. Diana Ross, who was a survivor herself, had committed her restorative yoga flow practice to assist in the comfortable and safe transition to wellness through supported poses. The poses are supported by props so that each pose offers safety first and then provides the opportunity to let go of the ongoing tensions and tightness related to the cancer itself, or the treatments (chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.)

This program is designed to offer therapeutic applications to each teacher, student or provider with the safe knowledge based on the person’s stage of cancer, level of physical capability and specific breast reconstruction considerations, pain level, emotional status, cancer-related fatigue, treatment stage, type of surgery, and other risk considerations such as lymphedema. There will be an explanation of any special exercise requirements and precautions according to the type of treatment received.

How To Use and Understand Teacher Training Manual

Teaching Modules
What is included:
1. The Complete Comprehensive Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training Handbook from “START TO FINISH” that covers the following –

  • What is Breast Cancer?
  • Statistics for Breast Cancer
  • Types of Breast Cancer
  • Anatomy of the Breast
  • Lymphatic System
  • Lymphedema
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Stages of Breast Cancer
  • Types of Reconstructive Surgery
  • Types of Surgery/Treatments
  • Drug Treatment & Side Effects
  • Breast Cancer Symptoms
  • Pain Management and Breathing Benefits
  • Physiology of Stress and Chemical Changes in the Body
  • Alignment with Proper Prop Usage
  • Breathing Exercise/Pranayama
  • Restorative Yoga Recovery Classes
  • Mudras
  • Relaxation Techniques

2. The newly published book by Diana Ross, Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery: Gentle Flowing Yoga For Breast Health, Breast Cancer Related Fatigue & Lymphedema Management. It is a unique restorative yoga therapy book with 277 colorful illustrations, benefits and clear directions. This book outlines a variety of easy to learn restorative yoga poses which can emotionally and physically improve the recovery process from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It is also invaluable in maintaining breast health, reducing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and managing lymphedema.
3. Breathing CD entitled BREATHING EXERCISES FOR BREAST CANCER RECOVERY cover 6 breathing exercises for breast cancer recovery, stress management and cancer related fatigue. Each CD is 60 minutes in length with an introduction, explanation of benefits and six breathing exercises. This collection of therapeutic breathing exercises was created specifically for breast cancer recovery management.
4. The training will include two Practice classes followed with a time to address specific questions and answers.

About the Training
This very special breast cancer restorative yoga program is fresh and innovative. Its primary focus is to understand compassionately what goes on emotionally and physically with someone effected by breast cancer during their recovery. Our yoga instructors have the necessary training as well as the intuitive skills to safely adapt these specialized and unique yoga poses for breast cancer survivors. This population has special, varying needs and precautions according to the type of treatments received–-from lumpectomy, mastectomy and lymph node dissection to radiation, chemotherapy, and the varied breast reconstructions.

This training examines the complex collection of physical, mental, and emotional challenges that any survivor faces. Part medical discourse, and even part spiritual inquiry, you will learn what to ask and what to know to proceed safely.

Everyone will receive numerous resource materials, most especially A Comprehensive Handbook for Yoga Teachers for Breast Cancer. This specific manual offers invaluable, practical information for instructors, students and caregivers.

Unique restorative yoga flows offer amazing and effective teaching options, as developed by Diana Ross and her years as a Kali Ray TriYoga teacher. Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT500 will lead all therapeutic movement and recovery yoga classes. This teaching experience in the Practicum provides a strong infrastructure for supporting confidence, knowledge, and skills.

Certificate of Completion • 35 Yoga Alliance CECS: Contact/Practicum
Registered in National Breast Cancer Yoga Registry

Fee: including all instruction manuals and supplies
DATES: October 30 – November 1, 2015
FRIDAY: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
SATURDAY: 12:00 noon – 6:00pm
SUNDAY: 12:00 noon – 5:00pm
INSTRUCTOR: Angela Strynkowski
LOCATION: A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Studio, 560 Main St, Islip, NY 11751
PHONE: (631) 316-9871
FEE: $450.00

Location of Teacher Training:
A Jewel in the Lotus
560 Main St, Islip, New York

Additional Copies of Resource Materials are available at the following costs:
$17.99 Breathing CD
$29.99 Recovery Book
$54.00 Training Manual

Registration: Contact Angela Strynkowski at info@ajewelinthelotus.com or Dawn Bradford at info@breastcanceryoga.com
Off-site: For additional trainings at your studio or facility, fee is negotiable. 

Downward-Facing Dog Flow With A Chair For Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Yoga Pose Down Dog Flow PoseUp/Down Dog Flow pose is a great way to discover every aspect of yourself because every part is involved in the flow of the pose. Meaning, when flowing back and forth there is an awakening in the arms, legs, chest and spine. We begin to reconnect to our physical self. Squeezing out tension, toxins and reopening a new flow of energy is the ultimate goal. A definite for breast cancer recovery because of the total body exposure. Our beautiful yoga model is Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner A Jewel In The Lotus  yoga studio.

Benefits

  • Reduces post surgical fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Promotes axillary lymphatic fluid drainage which decreases blockages of lymph nodes
  • Stimulates cardiovascular system (aerobic exercise)
  • Strengthens quads, legs, shoulders and wrists
  • Softens stiff shoulders and frozen shoulder
  • Heightens a flow of energy for the body
  • Increases circulation to hips, feet, knees and ankles
  • Create balance and inner strength
  • Lengthens hamstrings

Instructions

  1. Begin standing with feet hip distance apart, place hands onto table or chair. Step back 2 fee bring head to neutral and feet flat.
  2. EXHALE, draw hips back, begin to lengthen spine and open chest region. Try to keep the spine straight, tone abdominals and allow soft knees.
  3. INHALE, bring chest forward with chest open and head lifted. The heels may lift up.
  4. EXHALE, draw the hips back, straighten legs.
  5. INHALE, bring the shoulders forward over wrist. Feel your shoulders onto the back body.
  6. Continue up to 10 times, then rest. When finished, come back to standing position.

Begin a yoga practice, slowly, and before long you will begin to experience positive energy, increased flexibility, and less pain.

Studies show that breast cancer survivors who practice restorative yoga poses regularly, sleep better, have less joint pain, more energy, mental clarity, increased range of motion (ROM), strength, increased resistance, and lower stress.

Exercising to gain energy and strength can be a catch all; it’s hard to exercise if you’re tired and weak but what’s nice about yoga, particularly restorative yoga, is that it doesn’t take the strength and stamina required to go out for a run or bike ride. Restorative poses can be done either in a reclined position or a supported seated position.

Technique and pacing are important.Please don’t over do it, especially when you get started. Rather, gradually implement a daily yoga practice. Work to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice you will see improvement. You will actually find that recovery can be a positive, “feel good” experience. Please speak to your health care provider before starting an exercise program of any kind. For more on restorative yoga and to see more poses demonstrated, visit http://www.breastcanceryoga.com/

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 – Swinging Arms

Swinging Arms What a great pose to “let go” in.  Swinging our arms brings you back when you were free to play. Yes, it is a playful pose and it does wonder for a healthy outlook. Our beautiful yoga model is Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner A Jewel In The Lotus  yoga studio.

Swinging Arms is a soft and spunky lateral twisting pose. It does so much for the squeezing out of impurities inside the internal organs. It helps to circulate and stimulate blood flow and lymph for the entire chest, shoulder and arm areas. Perfection. And, yes, it is so much fun. It is almost a trace state pose. Being able to go slow or fast creates so much vibration which enhances and boosts our energy.

Instructions:

1. Begin standing with feet hip distant or greater apart for stability. Let your arms relax down along side your body.

2. Want you to have a sense of freedom so that when you begin to move the arms freely from side to side that your body will join in.

3. Use you breath fully, and slowly so hat relaxation will deepen.

4. If it feels right pick up the pace. You can even slap yourself and engage in moving your hips too.

5. Continue for at least 3 minutes. Rest and feel the stimulation in the arms and body.

6. Repeat one more time.

Advantages:

*   Increases blood & lymph circulation to arms, shoulder girdle and breast region.

*   Expands ribs to allow for deeper fuller breathing.

*   Flowing arm movements and conscious breathing activates lymphatic system.

*   Promotes lymphatic drainage and increase circulation of overall blood flow

*   Stretches muscle tissue to pectoral region.

*   Increases range of motion (ROM) to shoulders.

*  Twisting motion for massaging internal organs.

*   Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle, waist and spine

*   Swinging back and forth induces sense of internal calmness and a sense of freedom.

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

How to Use Yoga Nidra For Relaxation During Breast Cancer Treatments & Recovery

How To Use Yoga Nidra For Breast Cancer Treatments and Recovery

Yoga Model Angela Strynkowski, E-RYT 500, Founder of A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Center

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

It shouldn’t be a surprise to know that most of us are tense, and it doesn’t take much to get there. Now throw in an illness or other especially difficult stressor, and that tension is compounded, and we begin to hold it.  Research shows tension held in the mind and body can have devastating health consequences. Getting that tension to subside and go is the challenge. And it’s one worth taking on, because the benefits of relaxing the body while allowing the mind to rest can help in our recovery.

Typically, we may choose something artificial, like a drug to induce relaxation, but the truth is it is superficial relaxation. This may mask the cause of the tensions, whereas introducing a Yoga Nidra practice can, over time with regularity, release tensions. Learning this relaxation practice will improve quality of life and healing. It is relaxation in action.

What is Yoga Nidra?
Yoga Nidra, commonly known as “deep relaxation,” is an integral part of yoga techniques. It is a set of exercises where you focus on your breathing and body. Ultimately, you are led into a meditative state, which encourages a sense of wellbeing and increases self awareness.

It’s offerings are powerful, as it is a fact that we function fully when we are relaxed. It is here that we feel a clear connection or continuous flow of energy.

The Best Relaxation Response
With Yoga Nidra, things become noticeable and vibrant, like these apple blossoms. By the end of each asana (yoga) class we notice a significant difference.  It is here we begin to have a real relationship with our body, and it is also here where we learn to “let go.” This letting go allows us to feel light and begin to realize the more subtle inner states of consciousness.

When we enter into the subtle realm of our conscious awareness, our body begins to relax, and our mind opens to observe what is actually happening. Things “just are.”

As we continue to detach from the negative thoughts, and the holding of unnecessary tensions, we no longer identify with them. And we begin to find our way into a clearer space. A space where we can release or cleanse ourself from the stresses of our illness, anxieties over treatments, and fear of outcomes. The state of worry will be more manageable. When we relax the body and calm the mind, negative emotions have no place to reside. The mind begins to have more clear thoughts and will move toward healthier action.

You Could Say Yoga Nidra is Conscious Sleep or Sleepless Sleep
Regular practice is key to getting the best results. This leads to freedom from energy-depleting tension, worry and fear. As a friend used to say to me, “The only thing that comes from tension, worry or fear is more tension, worry and fear.”

Start with 10 minutes lying down, wrapped in a blanket in a quiet place, and then focus on your breath. If your mind wanders, bring it back, and just let go. You might want to try our Breathe with Purpose CD to guide you through the process.

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.

 

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