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Lymphedema After Mastectomy Breathing Exercises & Restorative Yoga

It is not unusual for a woman to develop lymphedema after a mastectomy. Lymphedema is a sometimes-painful swelling in the soft tissues.  This can be due to the removal of lymph nodes, scar tissue, strictures, and other factors.

Manual lymph drainage massage is the usual recommended technique to treat this swelling.  It may be surprising to know that another therapy that benefits lymphedema is yoga, especially restorative yoga. When the lymphatic system is at its optimum, it is like a free flowing river, running without obstacles.  However, when the lymph nodes are removed or damaged, that same river meets obstacles and begins to slow down and this creates a pooling of fluids.  This build up in the tissues can cause swelling and inflammation and reduce oxygen in the lymphatic tissues. The white blood cells, or immune soldiers of the body, can be impaired in their function in this situation.  This may increase the risk of infection and create a possible permanent disability.  Edema is often found in the arms and legs, but can be found in other parts of the body.

Knowing how important it is to keep this fluid running like a free flowing river, we need to foster relaxation and gentle movements that encourage its increased flow.  This is especially important after breast surgery or removal of nodes, when it is paramount to undertake new activities to increase impaired lymphatic function.

The need to develop a deeper state of relaxation to counter the mental and physical stress of illness and its treatment is critically important to our health and well-being.

Practicing yoga, especially Restorative Yoga which targets the pectoral area, keeps the fluid moving through the body rather than slowing down and creating a back up.  This benefits the breasts by promoting drainage and healing and creating a sense of safety when expanding the chest.

Practicing Restorative Yoga daily will undo the harmful effects of too much sitting or inactivity.  Starting yoga practice with a knowledgeable Restorative Yoga teacher is as important as wearing a bandage or support garment.

An important thing to understand in your practice of Restorative Yoga is that you must to slow down enough to listen to what your body is telling you.  Any time you overwork your muscles or strain your healing tissues,  you run the risk of fluid build up.

Let this be the yoga practice of self-understanding.

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.

Lymphedema After Mastectomy Breathing Exercises & Restorative Yoga

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Yoga , Breast Cancer , good stuff

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Rochelle Roll Back Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer

Rochelle Roll Back Yoga Pose For Breast CancerAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

In Breast Cancer Yoga, the use of props are essential for a person to feel safe, supported and nurtured. These specific, reclined, supported, yoga poses combined with deep breaths are intended to support recovery from breast cancer and assist in managing lymphedema and cancer-related fatigue. In our book, “Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery” everyone will learn the importance of elongating the spine while opening the chest region using props for support . The mild inversions are used to create an anti-gravitational force in the pose which will renew energy, promote positive thoughts and enhance self esteem.

“Importantly, when props are used correctly, they allow the body to come into a natural and balanced state of alignment. When the body is aligned, the mind feels balanced as well. Once the body and the mind unite, the breath too becomes aligned and brings a deeper, internal state of peace.”

Diana Ross

Benefits:

  • Reduces respiratory & heart rates
  • Increases cervical and axillary lymphatic drainage
  • Aids flexibility of rib cage and thoracic spine and expands pectoral muscles
  • Relaxes the muscles of the chest, allowing blood to flow freely to the heart and lungs
  • Massages the thymus gland which stimulates the immune function
  • Boosts the nervous system, building heat and stimulating metabolism
  • Facilitates lymphatic drainage of breasts
  • Stretches groin, quadriceps and hip flexors
  • Promotes deep breathing by widening the chest
  • Facilitates an inner quiet and calmness

Instructions:

    1. Begin seated with one or two bolsters/blocks behind. Bring right knee out to side with right foot resting on left inner knee (adjust hips to be equal.) Place top of left foot down to stretch ankle.
    2. Lengthen spine, recline back, rest elbows to bolster first. Stay until a release is felt in the thigh muscles.
    3. To expand the chest, drape your back over the bolsters and place head on block/bolster or where it feels good. The arms can go out to “T” position in between bolsters.
    4. If you wish to go even deeper you can remove second bolster/block and release crown of head to earth, and stretch arms over head, elbows soft.
    5. Stay in pose for 5 minutes or longer if it feels amazing.
    6. When finished, come back up, extend both legs forward.
    7. Place cylinder bolster on lap and drape torso over bolster in ROCHELLE ROLL FORWARD.
    8. When done – INHALE, return to STAFF POSE and enjoy ANKLE ROTATIONS.

To experience the benefits of yoga for breast cancer, it is essential that you begin with simple, gentle yoga movements. You should also consult a doctor before you begin practicing yoga. It is also necessary that you follow a yogic diet that consists of a mainly vegetarian diet to enhance the benefits of yoga.

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 Yogatherapeutic 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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Yoga Pose For Breast Cancer & Lymphedema

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Yoga For Lymphedema – Shining Warrior Pose (Flow)

Diana Ross Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

Yoga and Lymphedema Management:
Practicing continuous flowing movements significantly improves the lymphatic system. When lymph fluid is disrupted because of breast cancer surgery, trauma or infection, excessive lymph fluid builds up. This stagnant fluid can play havoc on the tissues and create swelling. There also can be a reduction of the oxygen absorption in the lymphatic system which increases the chance for infection. Practicing a flowing yoga pumps the lymphatic fluid throughout the body’s channels, rather than allowing it to accumulate or back up. It is great for maintaining healthy breast tissue. To keep this fluid moving, we need to also foster relaxation. It will facilitate renewed or restored strength and flexibility.

Shining Warrior Pose (Flow) For Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Management:
Shining Warrior Pose increases circulation to arms, shoulders and breast region by opening the ribcage and expanding the chest. These arm movements and conscious breathing activate lymphatic system.

Benefits:

  • Opens and expands pectoral muscles
  • Reduces postsurgical fibrous adhesions and scar tissue
  • Promotes axillary lymphatic fluid drainage which decreases blockages of lymph nodes
  • Softens stiff shoulders and/or frozen shoulders,
  • Aids flexibility of the rib cage and thoracic spine
  • Frees the breath and opens the chest
  • Improves leg strength and flexibility of quadriceps and calf muscles
  • Encourages balance while strengthening ankles
  • Calms the body by  harmonizing the breath to the movement
  • Increases ROM (range of motion) for arms and shoulders

Instructions:

  1. Begin standing. Bring right foot forward, 1 to 3 feet apart, toes and hips facing forward with back foot slightly turned out ( for balance). INHALE , bring hands in front of chest. Come into PRAYER MUDRA with shoulders relaxed.
  2. EXHALE, lift rib cage and lift chest up bringing arms out to side with elbows softly bent ( shoulders remain relaxed). Bend the front knee over the ankle (your front knee should be aligned above the ankle).
  3. INHALE, arms return and hands come back into PRAYER while the front leg straightens.
  4. Continue 5/10 more rounds and then repeat on left side.
  5. INHALE, bring hands in front into PRAYER MUDRA (palms together.)
  6. EXHALE, arms flow out while bending left knee.
  7. Continue 5/10 more rounds.

.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 Yogatherapeutic 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.

Breath – Blood – Lymph Flow

Breast Cancer Yoga Savasana

By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Breathing Exercises And The Lymphatic System For Breast Cancer Lymphedema Management:The flow of lymph, which is rich in immune cells, improves with proper breathing. Furthermore, the expansion of the lungs air pockets increases the flow of both blood and lymph. This flow reduces infection in the lungs and other tissues. Breathing properly improves the functioning of the body’s organs stimulating digestion, assimilation and elimination.

Another benefit of the breath is how it supports the functioning of the body’s organs such as the improvement of the peristalsis movement which stimulates the liver so the release of bile will activate the detoxification process. By maintaining a large supply of oxygen in the lungs, many organs function better, including the brain.

The most important function of all is the stimulation of the “relaxation response” that results in lower tension and an overall improved sense of well being.

If we can build a regular asana practice with conscious breathing; we will release muscular tension, and consequently the nerves will relax. Here is where restorative poses are most helpful. Supported Bridge, Savasana, Supported Legs Up The Wall, Supported Child’s Pose are a few that are very restorative. When the breath is brought under control is improves the physical such that there is an efficient absorption of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide. This will result in an improved mental and emotional state of mind.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn 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.