Yoga in general

Yoga is primarily an age-old set of activities that include exercise, meditation, emotional and breathing regulation, and breathing control. Yoga is being researched as a means to help cancer patients with their sleep issues and reduce stress.
A yoga technique called oncology yoga was developed to address the unique physical and mental needs left behind by cancer and cancer treatments. It is based on scientific research. It is an active practice that combines breathing with movement to lessen the short- and long-term side effects that cancer patients and survivors experience, including bone loss, lymphedema, scar tissue, constipation, neuropathy, exhaustion, and anxiety.

Benefits of yoga while on cancer treatment

  • Reduced tiredness
    Yoga has been associated in several studies with lessened weariness in cancer patients. Three research revealed that patients’ weariness decreased the more yoga sessions they participated in each week, and several studies have found a significant reduction in fatigue with the usage of yoga.
  • Reduced tension
    Fighting a terminal illness is demanding on the body, the mind, and the emotions. This part of cancer might also be helped by yoga. According to one study, engaging in a seven-week yoga practice can cut the risk of experiencing “mood disturbance” by as much as 65%.
  • Enhances physical performance
    Cancer impacts your ability to move in addition to all that’s on your mind. The body can become stiff and sore after being sick or being in the hospital, which makes it harder to carry out daily chores.
  • Improved sleep
    Sleeping might be challenging when you are under physical and mental stress, but your body needs enough sleep to repair it. Cancer patients who practice yoga report feeling more relaxed at night and having less trouble sleeping.
  • Lower possibility of recurrence
    Managing your risks is crucial even after a cancer diagnosis and recovery because obesity is a risk factor for the disease. Yoga is merely one method of avoiding the risk through regular exercise.

Precautions while performing yoga

  • Before someone with a weakened immune system utilizes the space you use, as well as the mats and props, make sure they are clean.
  • Cancer patients’ immunological function can change dramatically from week to week, so avoid anyone with signs of a cold, fever, flu, or any other active infectious infection.
  • Props and ties that put direct pressure on the skin should be avoided because they may induce bleeding based on the way they are used.
  • Cancer patients may have a port or a central line. Some doctors urge their patients to avoid lowering their heads beneath their hearts with no inversions, standing forward bends, or downward-facing dog posture, for example.

Schedule of yoga

Yoga can be practiced if you can breathe. It all begins with self-compassion. Make some time in your day, even if it’s only 5 minutes.

To assist create consistency, try the following everyday practices:

  • Taking some deeper belly breaths.
  • Keeping a thankfulness journal on a daily basis. Keep a journal and just write something you are grateful for when you wake up and when you go to bed.
  • Close your eyes and place a period between your ideas. This is useful for interrupting a continuous stream of nervous thoughts.
  • Reading uplifting poems or passages.
  • Making delicate, directed motions.
  • Getting in touch with nature. Take a brief walk outside or simply sit outside and breathe in the fresh air.

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