After Surgery Yoga Poses For Breast Cancer

By Patricia | April 30, 2009
Yoga For Breast Cancer

What is benefits of yoga in breast cancer

After surgery in breast cancer, you normally resume your yoga practices with poses that free up your shoulder area. Try to bring as much balance and freedom of movement to your collarbones, shoulder blades, and humerus as possible; this is the head of your arm bone. Learn to move your shoulder girdle through its complete range of movement. This would involve:

  • Depression – In this you lower your shoulders downward and away from your ears.
  • Elevation – Shrug your shoulders upward, toward your ears.
  • Abduction (this is also called protraction) – For this, you reach forward like you were about to grab something. In so doing, your shoulder blades will move, automatically, away from your spine.
  • Adduction (this is also called retraction) – To do this, you will have to squeeze your shoulder blades together behind your back.

It would also help you to learn all the arm movements. These include:

  • Flexion – Here, raise your arms above your head and stretch.
  • Extension – In this, you sweep your arms back behind your back, arms stretched straight out.
  • Medial rotation – Here you rotate your arm internally.
  • Lateral rotation – In this you rotate your arm externally.
  • Arm adduction – Take both arms in front of you and toward each other.
  • Arm abduction- Raise your arms away from your body at shoulder height.

Try to do some of the arm variations of the following poses, in a comfortable sitting position, as well:

  1. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Salute) – Remember to keep your arms shoulder width apart and push your shoulder blades away from each other.
  2. Urdhva Namaskarasana (Upward Prayer Position) – This pose will give a better elevation to your shoulder girdle and an external rotation to your upper arm.
  3. Paschima Namaskarasana (Prayer Position behind your back) – This pose will help with internal rotation of your arm.
  4. 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 each other.
  5. 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 Virabhadrasana 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.

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