Month: April 2015

Yoga vs Pilates: What's the difference?

“Should I do yoga or Pilates?” I hear this question a lot.  As a yoga teacher, I am naturally inclined to say yoga.  However, I recognise the usefulness and appropriateness of both systems, depending on the person and their circumstances.  Let’s explore the similarities and differences between Yoga and Pilates. Fundamentals Yoga is an ancient Read More

Child's pose modifications for Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer

We usually think of child’s pose, sometimes known as bheki, as a relaxation pose.  It figures in yin yoga and restorative sequences and is generally used as a counter-pose after more strenuous work.  However, what seems an easy pose actually represents certain challenges to the breast cancer patient.   Firstly, the classic arm positions in Read More

Twists in Yoga Therapy for Breast Cancer

At the beginning of the term last autumn, I decided to teach some twists.  Using the concept of vinyasa-krama, that is, work slowly into the postures, I taught some light standing, sitting and lying twists.  In general, if you keep the arm work light, the twist moves more into the lumbar spine.  Still, I was Read More

Muscles most affected by breast cancer and its treatment.

The skeletal muscles most affected by breast cancer and its treatment are: pectoralis major: serratus anterior coraco-brachialis trapezius. (Don’t forget that chemo and radio-therapy affect the heart (cardiac) muscle. ) Why? and What to look for? Pectoralis major:  The pec major suffers a lot.  Even conservative surgery leaves scars.  During wound healing, a protective arm Read More

Yoga for breast cancer

My path until here, from here on… Weaving the strings of our lives together into a coherent pattern, our unique tissue, might be the best objective we can strive for in this life. I am a Gemini.  I have a lot of interests.  At times, it seemed as if they might pull me to pieces.  Yoga. Read More