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“Research has increasingly shown that breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience many benefits, including increased energy, diminished anxiety, and better overall quality of life” says Jennifer Ligibel, MD, a breast cancer oncologist. Breast cancer and their treatments can cause many symptoms such as lymphedema, nausea, fatigue, and pain. The practice of yoga improves one’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems. As well as improvements in blood flow and bone health. Thus, making breast cancer treatments a little more comfortable. Our mission at UBCF is to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. We hope this article helps you or a loved one during treatments.

 

Yogic Stretches

 

Neck/Shoulder Stretch

  • Take your right hand over your head and place middle finger on left ear. Inhale through the nose as your stomach rises, and exhale through the nose as your stomach contracts and you gently draw your head to your right shoulder. Hold for 1-2 breaths. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side.

 

Neck Rotation

  • Take your right hand and place it in front of the left shoulder. Inhale through your nose as you feel your stomach expand, then exhale and rotate head toward the left. Hold for 1-2 breaths. Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

 

Shoulder Rolls

  • Inhale through your nose and raise your shoulders up toward your ears as your stomach expands. As you exhale, roll your shoulders back and down in circular motion. Repeat 3-4 times and switch directions.

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