Yoga & Cancer

Many studies suggest that yoga can help people with cancer cope with symptoms and side effects, making yoga a great complimentary therapy for cancer patients.  Simply put yoga can help improve their quality of life while undergoing treatments and recovering from surgeries.

Some cancer patients, who have chosen to practice yoga while undergoing treatments and surgeries, will tell you about how yoga helps them calm their minds, while others say it helped to reduce the pain, tiredness, or depression they had felt prior to trying yoga.  By choosing one of the gentler styles of yoga, cancer patients can find relief and possibly even help speed up their recovery.

So, with that general introduction, here are some of the benefits yoga has been shown to have for cancer patients as determined from numerous surveys and studies that have been done:

  1. Lower fatigue
  2. Reduced stress
  3. Improved physical functioning
  4. Better sleep
  5. Lower risk of recurrence

And not only is yoga beneficial for those recovering from cancer treatments or surgeries, but it can also aid in the prevention of cancer as well.  Studies have shown that yoga helps with the following when it comes to the prevention of cancer:

  1. Strengthens the immune system
  2. Detoxifies the body
  3. Builds bones
  4. Reduces stress
  5. Helps with weight management

To those of you who already practice yoga on a regular basis, this information is no doubt to be expected.  Yoga offers benefits to everyone.  If you practice yoga often, you already know that from personal experience.  But with that said, when you are looking to prevent certain illnesses or diseases or are recovering from something such as cancer treatments or surgeries, it is reassuring to know exactly how yoga can help you on your journey back to health. Namaste.

Please note: As always, it is important to consult with your doctor to make sure you are choosing the best style of yoga for your recovery or prevention journey. 

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