‘Natural Flu Protection’
(This is not medical advice. Please check in with a Health Practitioner if on medications.)
Optimal nutrition with seasonal whole foods including free range / wild sourced protein, healthy fats and complex carbs go a long way to boost overall immune health at any time. Consider eating multiple different colored organic vegetables and some seasonal fruit daily to assimilate a variety of protective anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. With toxic cancer treatments, the body has a higher need for food-based anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Wide Angle Stretch Yoga Pose
Practicing smooth flowing movements combined with proper breathing techniques helps improve posture and creates a deep sense of peace . This is important in recuperating from the side effects of breast cancer treatments. For this month I decided to introduce a deep stretching yoga pose. This pose is demonstrated by Breast Cancer Yoga's beautiful yoga model Angela Strynkowski, RYT 500 and owner of A Jewel In The Lotus yoga studio.
* Deepens breath with each flowing movement
* Stretches hamstrings opens inner thighs and calfs
* Allows the spine to relax and lengthen
* Creates a deep sense of peace
* Stimulates parasympathetic relaxation response
* Relieves anxiety
* Reduces circulating stress hormones
* Has a twisting and cleansing effect on liver and internal organs
* Stretches side body ribs/lattismus dorsi
* Develops shoulder flexibility
1) Begin in seated pose with legs out wide apart in V with flex feet -- toes extend up 90 degrees. Sit on pillow or blanket for comfort.
2) INHALE, lengthen spine.
3) EXHALE, twist right over leg and bring hand toward left foot or on the out and inside of leg.
4) INHALE, lift back up and turn to center.
5) EXHALE, twist left over leg and bring hand to right foot or on the out and inside of leg.
6) INHALE, lift back up and twist back to center.
7) Continue to flow back and forth slowly balancing the flow of movement with your breath.
* Place your hand behind to balance if necessary.
* Continue for at least 3 -5 minutes. Enjoy this wonderful flow.
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.
Where do I start? What do I need to know to begin a yoga practice? One day at a time is where you start so not to set yourself up for failure. Start simple and small so a positive tone for each day is encouraged and then re-enforced. Find a reputable yoga teacher that specializes in breast cancer recovery or we recommend our Gentle Restorative Yoga DVD.
Now let’s begin:
Set a specific time each day (preferably mornings) Begin with consistency.
Brush and floss your teeth, empty your bladder, and begin on an empty stomach
Find a quiet and well ventilated space. This space will become your sacred space for healing
Dress comfortably; no belts and tight jeans
Play music that is soothing or maintain silence
Adjust the lighting to be soft or enjoy the natural sunlight
Create a room decor as uplifting as possible
If possible have a mat, blocks and other props for support
Start small, maybe 5 minutes at first and then gradually add onto your time
The benefits of relaxing the body while giving time for the mind to consciously rest often induce deep relaxation. The deeper the tensions of mind and body the greater overall detrimental effect on the mind and body. Yoga props will assist in allowing for this relaxation to occur.
Good thoughts produce good reactions and negative thoughts drain the energy right out due to the excess tension. Be open to experience yoga and the positive flow of life energy that comes through the practice.
By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500
Founder: Breast Cancer Yoga