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    Yoga Asanas for Breast Cancer Survivors-2

    January 1st, 2014

    We have already discussed how cancer patients and survivors can benefit from the practice of yoga. Yoga is a humbling experience in a way that as humans we learn from other beings whom we have always considered to be lesser than us. We try to embody trees, flowers, animals and birds. Along with a physical exercise the idea is to try and acquire the specific characteristics of the thing that we are trying to embody.  We have discussed basic stretches of the shoulders in our first article. In part II of the article we try to learn something from these much happier beings.

    1.      Cow Face Arms (Gomukhasana)



    Sit comfortably on the edge of a chair or on your asana. You can also practice the asana by sitting on your feet. With bent knees the top of your feet will touch the ground and your buttocks will rest on the heels.  Outstretch your right arm in the upward direction. Take your hand as far as possible. Bend your right arm from the elbow allowing your hand to drop between your shoulder blades. Slide your left hand towards the back and place your left hand in the fingers of the right hand. Let the pull created by your left hand pull your right arm. Take care to avoid any pressure on the neck or hunching forward. Hold the pose for five breaths before practicing it on the other side.

     2.      The Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

    The pose can be practiced while standing. It requires one to have a good balance. Beginners can practice a variation of the pose while sitting without entwining the legs.

    In a standing position, bring your right knee to the chest. Bend your left knee


    Garudasana (The Eagle Pose)

    a little and cross the right leg over it. You will have to hook the right foot with the left leg. The next step is to wrap the right arm under the left arm. Place the fingers of your right hand on your left palm. Sit as low as possible and try to raise the arms as high as possible. Hold the pose for 5 breaths. Unwind and repeat the pose on the other side.  I feel like a contortionist while doing the pose.

    3.      The Dolphin Pose

    Dolphin Pose

    The Dolphin Pose

    Another fun pose that you will enjoy is the Dolphin pose. While facing a wall come on your hands and knees. Place your elbows on the floor at shoulder distance. To get shoulder distance just hold your elbows with opposite hands. Place your forearms parallel to each other on the floor. Once settled in the pose, raise your hips high and drop your head to reach your chest through the arms. Gaze at your feet and push the floor away with your forearms so that the shoulders and the hips away from the elbows. Straighten your legs and try to touch your heels on the floor. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths to begin with and take it upto 15 breaths. To come out of the pose exhale and place your knees on the mat and sit back. Practice the pose and feel as happy as a dolphin.

    I can personally vouch for the poses discussed in both the articles. Practicing the poses discussed in part I and part II have not only help me deal with the persistent pain in my neck, right shoulder (the operated side) and the right elbow but also helped to restore the range of my arm. Holding the dolphin pose for 15 breaths means a lot to me and the pleasure of touching the fingers on the floor in thread the needle pose puts me in a state of exhilaration. It has taken a few months of practice but trust me it is worth the effort.

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    Prostrate Cancer And Yoga

    December 11th, 2013

    When dealing with prostate cancer, yoga has been known to provide much relief in the form of alternative cancer cure. While it can help prevent occurrence of prostate cancer, if God forbid someone has developed, the spread can be checked by incorporating a small yoga regimen. In this article we look at how yoga can be used for countering prostate cancer.

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    Yoga For Cancer Patients And Survivors

    July 27th, 2013

    Yoga for cancer patients and survivors is a topic that was often discussed in our teacher training sessions but it was not until one of my students Read the rest of this entry “

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