Yoga Helps Overcome Obstacles During Breast Cancer Recovery

Breast Cancer Yoga Over Comes Recovery ObsticlesRestorative yoga is a specific exercise practice that targets those that suffer from physical and emotional fatigue.  Breast Cancer Yoga addresses and assist in breast cancer recovery from pain and fatigue, resulting in a positive sense of wellbeing. Through increased oxygen consumption by breathing deeply into each pose the results will be renewed vitality.

When you begin slowly building a yoga practice you will begin notice positive energy, increased flexibility, decreased pain, stimulation of the organs and glands, increased blood flow, and more. It is important not to over due at first but to gradually implement a daily yoga practice. It is also important to maintain a positive attitude and know through time and practice there will be improvement to fatigue by: improved sleep, decreased joint pain, increased energy, mental calm, increase range of motion, strength, increased resistance, low stress hormone and the psychological benefits.

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.

We recommend first that you speak with your health care provider before starting any exercise program. Visit Breast Cancer Yoga’s YouTube Channel for FREE yoga for breast cancer videos. Here is one we suggest to get you started:

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.

Hip Side Twist Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Recovery

Btreast Cancer Yoga's Hip Side Twist Pose

Yoga Model: Andrea Garvey, Publisher of Creations Magazine

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

Twists can boost energy when feeling tired or fatigued. When we twist, we literally squeeze tension and toxins out from the body. In twisting poses, our muscles have an opportunity to squeeze and relax, and once finished, the area that released will then experience a rush of blood and nutrients.

Hip Side Twist – Post surgical benefits in the reduction of fibrous adhesions and scar tissue is a benefit to this twist. It also fosters relaxation and restful breathing.

Benefits

  • Assists movement and refines diaphragm awareness and control to upper ribs
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Fosters relaxation and restful breathing
  • Opens hips and relieves iliopsoas contractions (inner abdomen)
  • Increases circulation to lumbar region
  • Hip opener that relieves sciatica
  • Improves mobility and alignment of spine
  • Increases circulation and fluid dynamics of spinal discs
  • Creates an openness to lymph area for increased circulation
  • Lengthens side body
  • Improves shoulder flexibility

Hip Side Twist Yoga Pose From Breast Cancer YogaInstructions

  1. Begin on back, INHALE, arms out into “T”, place small pillow or folded blanket under head.
  2. Bend right knee, press into right foot – lift left hip and tuck underneath.
  3. Bring right leg over to left side, place right foot behind left knee.
  4. EXHALE, into twist to left.
  5. If right shoulder lifts off ground, place prop under right knee or sandbag over upper knee.
  6. Make sure shoulders remain parallel to the ground.
  7. Stay and breath for at least 10 breaths. Allow the exhales to length so as to deepen into into the twist.
  8. INHALE, return to center.

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.

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher Training

Breast Cancer Yoga Teacher TrainingBreast Cancer Yoga 16 hour Training Intensive at A Jewel in the Lotus/Islip, New York June 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: June 12-14, 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. 

Side Body Stretch and Twist – Extended

Side Body Stretch Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

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

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery relaxation poses are intended to awaken positive emotions, build self-confidence and diminish depression. Relaxed yoga poses have been determined to be beneficial for cancer patients and post-treatment survivors by the medical and cancer research communities. Relaxed yoga poses such as Side Body Stretch provides relief from the associated fatigue and depression for women going through treatments for breast cancer.

Benefits

  • Arm extension stimulates healthy blood flow to chest
  • Increased circulation promotes healing and lessens fibrosis
  • Facilitates lymphatic drainage of breasts
  • Stretches biceps and pectoral muscles.
  • Improves range of motion
  • Stimulates blood flow to shoulder girdle
  • Breaks up muscle tension and stress

Contraindications

  • Shoulder injury or rotator cuff injury.

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Instructions

  1. Begin on right side, legs straight with feet stacked on top of each other
  2. Lower right arm is straight with palm facing up
    upper arm is resting on side body
  3. Exhale, bring left arm and hand over towards right hand
  4. Inhale, arm returns
  5. Continue flowing the arm up and over for 10 times
  6. If arm ‘s ROM is limited bring arm up to a comfortable place
  7. Now bring arm behind back, and upper knee bends forward
  8. If comfortable, stay and breath into the twist

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.

Easy Twist Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Easy Twist Yoga Pose For Breast CancerAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Easy Twist yoga pose will teach you how to relax your shoulders, lengthen the side body, reduce resistance by deepening the twist and open the hip flexors. Twists are valuable for supporting breast cancer recovery and for the repairing of breast tissue. Lateral movements that are inherent with twists encourage the lymph fluid away from the tissues toward lymph nodes which then circulate the fluid to functioning lymph vessels. If the lymph system cannot effectively drain, lymphedema may result.

Benefits

  • Gentle wringing out of organs
  • Lifts and opens chest and ribs
  • Gently stretches pectoral tissues
  • Separates ribs to allow for deeper breathing by spreading intercostals
  • Strengthens oblique abdominal muscles
  • Massages internal organs
  • Soft quad stretch


Instructions

  1. INHALE, bring both legs to the left
    with knees bent and right foot/ankle
    resting inside the arch of the left foot.
  2. EXHALE, turning to the left as far as possible bringing the left arm back and the right hand forward in front of left knee – stay for 5 full breaths
  3. Keep your shoulders soft and down.
  4. Breath into your lower ribs.
  5. Allow the collar bone to be wide.
  6. Relax left hip down so the twist can deepen.
  7. INHALE, return to center.
  8. Repeat on other side.
  9. EXHALE twist, INHALE, return to center.

Practicing flowing restorative yoga movements, along with even pacing of the breath will restore strength and increase both energy and flexibility. Twisting Yoga Poses 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.

Breast Cancer Yoga – Two Legged Twist

Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged TwistAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Twists are so necessary for whole body health. It is not a normal position for us to do in our daily life but is it wonderful. Too often the hips and spine suffer from never rotating. Absolutely squeezes out toxins from the internal organs, as well as allows the breath to be focused at a particular space. A great example is twisting to the right. This allows the left lung to be open to expand fully and open the rib cage. When you sustain the pose you can then soften everywhere, and let go.

Benefits:

  • Restores equilibrium in the nervous system
  • Release tension in the spine
  • Bent knees more to the chest can relieve sciatica
  • Massages the stomach and cures gastritis
  • Gentle wringing out of organs
  • Stretches the tensor fascia lata muscle, waist and spine
  • Post surgical benefits of reducing fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Improves breathing and soothes frazzled nerves
  • Eases neck strain, back tension and stretches spine
  • Opens chest, shoulders and back
  • Relieves muscle spasm in back
  • Creates space in the intercostals muscles for a deeper breath
  • Encourages relaxation and calms anxiety
  • Relieves depression

Contra-indications:

If you have shoulder issues (such as rotator cuff injuries) or are prone to tingling in the hands when you extend your arms overhead, you may not want to raise your arm to rest beside the ear or to let it float.

Two Legged Twist Directions:

1.   Lying on your back, bend your knees. Open your arms to the side into a T and relax the knees to the right side. By directing the knees lower, or higher, will effect where in the spine the stretch is felt. If the knees are higher, this moves the twist to the upper back; lowering the knees moves the twist more to the lumbar/sacrum.Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist

2.   If the opposite shoulder lifts (keep the shoulder blades flat on the earth) place a bolster under the bent knee(s) or in between knees, or both. Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist

3.   Experiment with the head turning your head to either side and notice how the sensations change.

 Breast Cancer Yoga - Two Legged Twist Option: Extending the top leg straight out to the side applies the most stretch, which helps to keep the hips fully turned. For some, it’s less of a twist and more of a stretch to the outside of the leg and hip: great for the IT band. The deepest version of this option is to hold the foot with the opposite hand.

Coming Out of the Two Legged Twist Pose: Release the straight leg, Inhale and slowly roll onto your back and hug the knees into the chest to release the sacrum and lumbar.

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.

Specialized Restorative Yoga Therapy For Breast Cancer Recovery Book

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery Book By: Dawn Bradford-Lange, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery Gentle Flowing Yoga For Breast Health, Breast Cancer Related Fatigue & Lymphedema Management is a restorative yoga book created for a therapeutic breast cancer healing experience while being affordable to allRestorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery is a unique restorative yoga therapy book for you or a loved one who has been recently diagnosed, is in treatment, or in recovery.

 

 

Book Includes:

      • 275+ Yoga Poses Images
      • 70+ Easy To Learn Yoga Poses
      • Illustrated Step By Step Instructions
      • Benefits Included For Each Pose
      • Use of Yoga Props Introduced
      • Breath Instructions For Each Pose
      • Valuable Tool For Yoga Teachers
      • Great For Beginners

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery BookBook Description:
This is a unique restorative yoga therapy book for breast health, lymphedema management and breast cancer recovery. This book contains a wide variety of supported restorative yoga poses that use different yoga props. The breath is also introduced with each flowing pose so that the mind as well as the muscles “let go” and relax allowing for the healing to begin and then to grow. Yoga poses are done either in a relaxed, reclined, seated, twisting and standing position.

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery:

  1. A great beginning to build a yoga practice for strength and flexibility.
  2. Includes yoga poses for aiding in lymphedema management.
  3. With 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.
  4. Explore the invaluable knowledge for maintaining breast health, reducing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and managing lymphedema.
  5. If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed, is in treatment or in recovery, this yoga is the perfect place to start.
  6. Discover how a consistent practice of Restorative Yoga can provide inner peace and healing for your mind, body and spirit.

About the Author
Diana loves sharing her knowledge on the empowering benefits of restorative yoga flow. Her credentials as a yoga therapist are:

  • E-RYT 500 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher)
  • CYT (Certified Yoga Therapist)
  • Certified KaliRayTriYoga

Her Restorative Yoga Flow teachings are designed and focused for women in recovery, either from breast cancer or from injury and illness.

She also loves sharing her excitement for native american plants and their usefulness as complementary herbal medicines. Diana credentials in herbal medicines are: Certificates of Completion in: Therapeutic Botanicals in Medicinal Herbalism, Native American Herbs, Herbalism 5 Phase Theory, Medicine Making in Native American Herbs, and TCM-Traditional Chinese Medicines. The knowledge of Native American plants is expressed on her website, authority blog and to her students.

Book Details
Like Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 book? You can have one, too! Find Diana’s book at  Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery: Gentle Flowing Yoga For Breast Health, Breast Cancer Related Fatigue & Lymphedema Management ($35.95 value). Follow us on our Breast Cancer Authority Blog and on our Breast Cancer Yoga Facebook page.

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.Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery Book

Restorative Yoga Pose “High Cobra” For Breast Cancer Survivors

High Cobra With Andrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Andrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

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

High Cobra yoga pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere. This flowing yoga pose benefits women recovering from breast cancer because they can tone the pectoral muscles which lie underneath the breasts. Strong pectoral muscles provide a strong surface for breast tissue to sit on. This exercises also work the triceps, the muscles at the backs of the arms, which is an area a lot of women struggle with.

Benefits

  • Rejuvenate spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Great for lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed discs
  • Strengthens spine and reduces low back pain
  • Lungs gain elasticity
  • Increases blood circulation to pelvic region & digestive tract
  • Relieves gas, bloating and cramping

Contraindications

  • Disc displacement or sharp back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abdominal surgery and inflammation
High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

Instructions

  1. Begin on the belly with hands under shoulders, elbows in.
  2. INHALE, root down and engage buttocks and legs, lift head and chest, continue to
    lengthen out through the legs.
  3. Press into arms and hands right after you lift through LOW COBRA (elbows stay bent)
    with pelvis on the ground.
  4. Do not straighten arms if the pelvis lifts off the ground.
  5. Repeat 5 times if comfortable.
  6. INHALE, and sustain HIGH COBRA for 3 breath.
  7. EXHALE, lift hips and come back into Child’s Pose.

Please note that all chest and spine openers, as well as backbends should be modified if you are experiencing lymphedema or had surgery.

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.

Breast Cancer Patients Improve Quality of Life With Yoga

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By Michelle Whitmer, Medical Writer & Editor For The Mesothelioma Center.

To anyone coping with breast cancer, the promise of better health, a quieter mind and finding greater meaning in the cancer experience could sound like a miracle. And it certainly felt like a miracle to the women who reported such benefits after participating in scientific studies that tracked the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients.

Though the benefits of yoga are widely reported by its practitioners, scientific studies on the ancient system are infrequently funded. Because doctors seldom hear about the clinical benefits of yoga for cancer patients, some are reluctant to recommend yoga as a complementary therapy.

Though few scientific studies were conducted on yoga in the past, they are starting to receive more funding and are becoming more common. Several studies have examined the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients, and more are in the pipeline. Progress in clinical research may be slow, but the results confirm what practitioners have touted for ages: Yoga improves mental, emotional and physical health.

Yoga Calms the Mind and Eases Symptoms
A yoga study conducted at the Integrative Medicine Center at MD Anderson’s Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, included 59 women with stage I through III breast cancer who underwent treatment less than a year prior to enrollment.

The yoga program the women participated in consisted of four components: breathing exercises, meditation, sitting yogic postures, and movement-oriented yogic postures. All techniques were learned either sitting in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. The women attended an hour-long class once a week for seven weeks, and were given printed material and audiotapes to take home that reviewed what they learned during class. They were encouraged to practice daily at home and to continue practicing after the seven-week course finished.

The women completed questionnaires one week after the last class, and at one and three months, to evaluate and score physical and psychological effects. Results showed a decrease in cancer-related symptoms and cancer-related intrusive thoughts; which means that the yoga program not only eased the symptoms, it also improved their peace of mind.

Yoga Improves Physical Functioning & Overall Health Perception
Another yoga study at the same center included 61 women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. The yoga course greatly resembled the program of the former study, but the women attended hour-long classes twice a week for the duration of their radiation therapy. Participants were also given materials that reviewed the techniques to enhance their home practice.

The women filled out questionnaires before the program began, one week after their last radiation therapy session, and at one and three months. One week after radiation therapy, women reported an improved overall perception of health and better physical functioning scores.

An interesting positive correlation appeared at one- and three-month markers that piqued the interest of the researchers. One month after radiation therapy was completed, women reported greater amounts of cancer-related intrusive thoughts. Three months after therapy, the same women reported greater “finding meaning” scores, which refer to the ability to discover meaning in their cancer experience.

The correlation suggested to researchers that women who observed more intrusive thoughts also found more meaning in the experience. In a sense, the yoga practice may have helped the thoughts rise to the surface of the participants’ consciousness, allowing the women to acknowledge the obtrusive thoughts, and may have helped them process the thoughts into a greater meaning.

The same researchers received a $2.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in 2009 to study the effects of yoga on breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. The study is currently underway at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and is actively recruiting women. Research completed in April 2014, and the participants have more miracles to report.

Michelle WhitmerAuthor bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic medicine for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20388445?dopt=Citation
http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01202851
http://psychcentral.com/news/archives/2006-05/uotm-lng051206.html
http://faculty.mdanderson.org/Lorenzo_Cohen/
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High Cobra Restorative Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer Survivors

High Cobra With Adrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Adrea Garvey, of Creations Magazine

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

High Cobra yoga pose uses your own body weight along with gravity to tone and condition muscles. An easy exercises that can be done almost anywhere. This flowing yoga pose benefits women recovering from breast cancer because they can tone the pectoral muscles which lie underneath the breasts. Strong pectoral muscles provide a strong surface for breast tissue to sit on. This exercises also work the triceps, the muscles at the backs of the arms, which is an area a lot of women struggle with.

Benefits

  • Rejuvenate spine and relieves back stiffness
  • Great for lumbago, sciatica and prolapsed discs
  • Strengthens spine and reduces low back pain
  • Lungs gain elasticity
  • Increases blood circulation to pelvic region & digestive tract
  • Relieves gas, bloating and cramping

Contraindications

  • Disc displacement or sharp back pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Abdominal surgery and inflammation
High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

High Cobra With Yoga Model Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine

 

Instructions

  1. Begin on the belly with hands under shoulders, elbows in.
  2. INHALE, root down and engage buttocks and legs, lift head and chest, continue to
    lengthen out through the legs.
  3. Press into arms and hands right after you lift through LOW COBRA (elbows stay bent)
    with pelvis on the ground.
  4. Do not straighten arms if the pelvis lifts off the ground.
  5. Repeat 5 times if comfortable.
  6. INHALE, and sustain HIGH COBRA for 3 breath.
  7. EXHALE, lift hips and come back into Child’s Pose.

Please note that all chest and spine openers, as well as backbends should be modified if you are experiencing lymphedema or had surgery.

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.

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