Category: yoga therapy for breast cancer

Get on your mat! Yoga to ease the symptoms of menopause

I came across this article about the benefits of yoga for peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women.  I just had to share! The study was done by researchers in Germany,  and examined groups of women in the USA, India, Brazil, China, South Korea and Germany.  What is really interesting about the breadth of the study groups is Read More

Best Diet To Prevent Cancer? Paleo? Ketogenic? Vegan? — Breast Cancer Authority

What is the best diet for preventing cancer? Does the paleo diet stop cancer? What about the ketogenic diet and cancer? Can a wholefood plant based diet prevent cancer? Can we be healthy if we don’t eat meat? Do we need meat to be healthy and cancer free? What about free range, organic, grass fed […] Read More

PMPS: Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome

Introduction   Among breast cancer patients, a common complaint is numbness or tingling in the upper-inner arm.  This is called neuropathy and is often down to damage to one particular nerve:  the intercostobrachial nerve. ICBN The intercostobrachial nerve (ICBN) is connected to the brachial plexus and innervates the axilla, medial arm and anterior chest wall. Read More

Yoga therapy for the pericardium

Radiation therapy (RT) has improved life expectancy for many cancer patients.   However, it is well known that RT has long-lasting side effects that can range from mild to severe. Breast cancer patients treated with RT are at risk of damage to any of the structures near to the breast.  This includes the heart, lungs, Read More

Let your yoga sing

Why practise? It is well and good to analyse the physiological and anatomical reasons for practising hatha yoga.  It is well and good to tell you why you ought to practise and what you ought to do. Yet, there is another way to saying the same thing and it is much simpler.   Dear reader, happened Read More

Yoga and BC in the news

Just a quick post today, I’m afraid. A couple of events in the past few days: Ontario, Canada: http://www.chch.com/breast-cancer-yoga/ Philadelphia, USA: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sportsdoc/Yoga-On-The-Steps-Your-Love-Story.html Peace and love. Read More

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