Yoga and Breast Cancer Management
A yoga research on 126 women
revealed that, the ladies taking
yoga exercise experienced a 12% betterment in physical weakness, physical
functioning, and quality of living unlike those in the program who didn't take
the yoga classes. Yoga lessons had been shown to enhance the
stress degrees and sense
of well-being of breast
Benefits of yoga for breast cancer patients
Yoga, without a doubt, is helpful to patients coping with breast cancer,
particularly in fighting side effects from
cancer treatment. It
enables them to handle the lingering unwanted effects of surgical procedures,
chemotherapy and radiation.
After doing yoga exercise, the patients have more energy
Fewer daytime sleepiness
Improved physical functioning
Superior overall quality of life.
On a quality-of-life score, the women in the yoga group improved their
social well-being scores by more than three points on average.
The women feel more relaxed and the
seem to be especially helpful for dealing with nausea.
In a randomized controlled
trial on" Effects of yoga on symptom management in
breast cancer patients" a significant positive correlation was observed
between physical and psychological distress and fatigue, nausea and vomiting,
pain, dyspnea, insomnia,
loss, and constipation. A significant negative correlation was observed between
the activity level and
fatigue, nausea and vomiting, pain, dyspnea, insomnia, and appetite loss.
Yoga for patients:
The use of yoga for breast cancer is not an alternative treatment or solution
to cancer, but it is an
effective complimentary therapy and rehabilitative treatment. A short program of
yoga can offer tremendous effect because of the
meditative practices, breathing exercises, and
The use of a transcendental meditation technique is helpful for breast cancer
patients. It is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes
twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. It's not a
religion, philosophy, or lifestyle. The Transcendental Meditation technique
allows your mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of
thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness, or the
unified field. This is the most silent and peaceful level of consciousness —
your innermost Self. In this state of restful alertness, your brain functions
with significantly greater coherence and your body gains deep rest.
The transcendental meditation technique reduces stress and
improves emotional well-being and mental health in older breast cancer
Women with cancer undergo extreme physical, mental and emotional stress and
this stress weakens the
immune system. In an effort to reduce the toll this takes on their health,
yoga is an effective method to reduce stress by using a series of postures and
controlled breathing exercises.
Yoga for breast cancer survivors
Try to bring as much balance and freedom of movement to your collarbones,
shoulder blades, and humerus as possible; the head of your arm bone. Learn
to move your shoulder girdle through its complete range of movement
Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute) – Remember to keep your arms
shoulder width apart and push your shoulder blades away from each other.
Urdhva Namaskarasana (Upward Prayer Position) – This pose will
give a better elevation to your shoulder girdle and an external rotation to
your upper arm.
Paschima Namaskarasana (Prayer Position behind your back)
– This pose will help with internal rotation of your arm.
Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) – This pose helps in external
rotation, elevation, and internal rotation of your arms. Once you clasp you
hands behind your head, your arm bones, automatically, move or adduct toward
Garudasana (Eagle Pose) – This pose demands that both
your arms move into full adduction and that your shoulder blades go into full
protraction. This will help to open up your shoulder blades.
To build strength in your upper body, pay
attention to the position of your arms in standing poses such as
I, II, and III (Warrior Poses I, II, and III) and
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose). This will call for holding your arms out in
space against the force of gravity.
Wait before doing poses that are weight-bearing on the upper body. Urdhva
Bow Pose), Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two-Legged Inverted Staff Pose), and Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm
Balance) can be problematic until healing occurs and strength returns.
Most importantly, be very gentle. Start on the path of recovery with
slow, aware steps.
Yoga, without a doubt, is helpful to patients coping with
particularly in fighting side effects from cancer treatment. Nevertheless,
whether certain types of yoga or selected poses tend to be more good for breast
cancer patients is an open concern. The results suggest beneficial effects with
yoga intervention in managing cancer- and treatment-related symptoms in breast
Dated 12 October 2011