Today people are integrating yoga into their fitness exercise routine and gaining more and more benefits. This regimen promotes a sense of well-being, particularly for women with breast cancer (breast cancer types).
For women, the cancer that most commonly affects and leads to death is breast cancer, which forms in the ducts and lobules of the breast.
According to the statistics, breast cancer in women is on the increase and one in eight women is diagnosed with it.
Treatment for each type and stage of breast cancer is available today. Treatment for breast cancer involves surgery,radiation therapy (cancer radiation therapy), chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and biological therapy. Effective as these treatments are, there is no harm in getting extra therapy from yoga.
Yoga is good and effective for breast cancer survivors
Yoga pose refers to the union of body, mind and spirit. Breast cancer survivors who practice yoga regularly can improve their quality of life and health, particularly if they don’t undergo chemotherapy.
According to recent studies, attending specially designed yoga classes (hatha yoga based exercises) can provide major health benefits and enhance your quality of life. It can also relieve your levels of psychological discomfort (anxiety, trauma, stress, depression and anger) and physical symptoms (fatigue, nausea, sleeping problems, and pain) associated with breast cancer.
In addition, recent research has increasingly shown the positive effects of yoga (physical, mental and emotional) on overall health and a range of breast cancer symptoms.
Get a yoga program tailor-made for you with gentle yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditation (benefits of meditation) Besides a reduction in pain and fatigue, such a yoga program will provide you with more energy, relaxation and tolerance. A yoga program will also help to alleviate hot flashes and annoying menopausal symptoms.
Yoga movements for breast cancer survivors
At the beginning of your yoga session, start with poses that loosen up the shoulder area. Get as much freedom of movement as you can to the collarbone, shoulder blade, and humerus (long bone in the arm). To do this, make an effort to move the shoulder girdle with full range of free movement through practicing the following yoga exercises:
Elevation: Raise the shoulders up, on the way to the ears.
Depression: Do this by lowering the shoulders down, away from the ears.
Protraction (also known as abduction): Move forward as if you are going to take hold of something. Keep the shoulder blades away from the spine.
Retraction (also known as adduction): Draw the shoulder blades back together behind you.
Also, practice the movements of the arm bones:
Flexion: Shrug the arms upward, above the head.
Extension: Extend the arms back together behind you, keeping the arms straight.
Adduction: Get the arms toward the body, in front of you.
Abduction: Raise the arms further than the body at shoulder height.
Lateral Rotation: Spin the arm bone outwardly.
Medial rotation: Spin the arm bone internally.
To learn these movements effectively, practice the arm variations of the poses such as Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana), Eagle pose (Garudasana), Cow Face pose (Gomukhasana), Extended Child’s Pose (Extended Balasana), Mountain Pose (Tadasana), and Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).
Be gentle while doing these poses to open the path to recovery.