August 15, 2017
For those enduring chemotherapy and radiation, yoga provides a means to strengthen the body, boost the immune system, and produce a much sought after feeling of well-being. For those recovering from surgery, such as that for breast cancer, yoga can help restore motion and flexibility in a gentle, balanced manner. Team UBCF hopes you try out these yoga poses. Check out part 1 of this article for more poses.
The Mountain Pose begins by standing with your feet side by side and slightly touching. Clasp your hands at your heart. Stand tall and try to lift your shoulders higher to the ceiling. Focus on allowing the energy to course through your body from your feet to your hands. You can also try this pose with your hands pointing towards the ceiling as well.
The Cow Pose is performed with cat pose (on all fours).Your hands should be shoulder width apart, and your knees should be hip width apart.Gaze down at the floor and arch your back as you exhale. Focus on pushing your butt out behind you.
The Child’s pose is a restorative pose in yoga. Begin in a kneeling position with the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Sit lightly on your feet but with your heels turned outward just a bit. Lean forward so that your arms are outstretched on the ground in front of you and your forehead is touching the ground.This pose can be about resting or meditation. The point is to let the body completely relax. You should return to this position any time throughout your practice that you feel you need a break or to rest your muscles.
* We end our yoga session with the Child’s Pose because this pose completely relaxes your body.*
Yoga for cancer survivors and patients also provides an internal anchor of calm. Many practicing yoga therapy have discovered an interesting, subtle benefit, an increased awareness of a great, internal stillness and sense of unity. They’ve found, at the most fundamental level of their own consciousness, a sense of true health and vitality that spills over into other aspects of life. The United Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Therefor we hope these articles helps you or a loved one.
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