I have blogged about the benefits of yoga when one is living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Another recent article from Dana Farber Cancer Institute identifies specific poses to practice.
After breast surgery, often there is tightness in the breast area, as well as under the arms. I particularly like the camel pose which helps to open the chest as shown in the diagram.
Stress is unfortunately all too common when one is living with cancer. It manifests both emotionally and physically with anxiety, fatigue, and depression to name a few of the symptoms. Quality of life certainly takes a major hit as one endures treatment. What can one do to lessen the burden – begin a yoga class.
The ancient practice is not new. It has long been studied with cancer patients, resulting in enormous benefits. The practice of yoga can improve one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. The following is a study from the University of Rochester where it reported an improved quality of life, reduced fatigue and improved sleep.