Can Yoga Props Help in Nurturing Emotional Support?

Breast Cancer Recovery With Yoga Props By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Yoga props aid in several therapeutic functions which includes emotional support. They offer a nurturing emotional support to the entire body and/or areas that need to be specifically nurtured, and are in need of rest. Often, the poses most beneficial for a particular condition may not be attainable due to physical limitations. However, these poses can become possible with props, while still allowing for any limitations or lack of strength. Consequently, without the use of props the speed of recovery would not be as apparent. In a therapeutic setting, the sequence of the poses and the amount of time each pose is held is as important as the pose itself. The supportive nature of props enable a person to remain longer in the pose comfortably, than without their support.

Another benefit of using yoga props is that they facilitate a person’s ability to overcome emotions such as fear, stress and anxiety. Without props, there may be a fear of falling, being unbalanced or there may be muscle contractions. Fear can stop the progress of healing and reinforce negative emotions which may impede recovery. It is not unusual due to fear, anxiety, or physical discomfort to hold the breath or contract muscles; muscles that should be relaxed during a pose, frequently the source of an imbalance. When a misalignment in the body occurs, it makes the body more susceptible to injury or delayed healing.

Props can create an innate, balanced, kinesthetic awareness of the correct structural alignment of the body. This is when props are strategically placed, correcting the body’s misalignment. This coming into a natural alignment will promote an emotional state of well being and nurturance. The use of different props may also facilitate an experience into a deeper sense of wellness that lies within the physical body. It is here when we can come into the moment, and allow ourselves to enjoy all the support and nurturing of yoga props. It is a wonderful gift.

 

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 Relaxation & Stress Reduction With Yoga Props

Reduce Breast Cancer Stress With Yoga PropsDiana Ross, E-RYT500Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga

For relaxation and stress reduction while in breast cancer recovery, a restorative practice is commonly recommended in which props are used in many innovative ways. The props allow the main components of the pose and the subtle adjustments of the body while healing to encourage relaxation and to assist in improving blood and lymph flow. Using props can open the chest, and expand the breath. This benefits oxygen exchange and rid the lungs of residual stale air volume. The deepened breath brought about by using the right props will physically bring increased lymphatic circulation and drainage. Moreover when props are used to support both the mind and the body they also offer mental and emotional benefits, which help decrease anxiety, fear, and depression which are common feelings when dealing with breast cancer diagnosis.

When emotional fears and anxieties are reduced, the Autonomic Nervous System which consist of the parasympathetic system “rest and digest” functions are made active, down-regulating the habitual responses of the sympathetic nervous system “fright or fear” which floods the body with stress hormones and creates emotional states of panic and fear. A great stress reducer is learning how to breathe deeply and with awareness.

It is important that there is a clear understanding of the use of yoga props as well as learning how to breathe properly to receive all the health benefits for stress reduction.   One may want to study with a teacher who has extensive knowledge in restorative yoga, breast cancer recovery and prop usage.   If one cannot be found  “Just be creative” !

 

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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