Yoga For Cancer Patients & Its Importance To Health & Wellness

Modern research is discovering the positive effects that a yoga practice offers those who are undergoing cancer treatments or are cancer survivors

While this ancient modality is not a cure for cancer, yoga for cancer patients and its importance to health and wellness are numerous.

With today’s technology and superior level of healthcare in the United States you may be asking why you should incorporate the principles of a yogic lifestyle while undergoing cancer treatments. And why is health and wellness so important while on your journey.

Boosting your level of physical and mental fitness will help you overcome life’s daily struggles while battling cancer. Research has shown that yoga can help improve recovery and general quality of life for cancer survivors by addressing toxicities resulting from cancer and its treatments. It has the potential to enhance a patients’ physical fitness, peace of mind, and spiritual well-being; helping to restore the overall quality of life as part of recovery.

And while most people think of health and wellness as being synonymous, they actually have entirely different meanings. So, how are health and wellness different?

  • Health focuses on the physical and mental body being free from illness, injury or disease. Health is a goal you work to achieve.

You may be saying your plate is already full. That you’ve got enough going on with doctor’s appointments and treatments; that you’re too busy to add one more event to your growing list of things to-do. I would argue that you’ve got too much going on not to!

Your body is your greatest asset. The bigger the burdens that cancer causes you to bear, the more important it is to focus on staying the healthiest version of you.

  • Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is the spirited process of change and growth that lasts for a lifetime.

Wellness addresses a broader spectrum of your body; encompassing the long-range balance of your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It speaks to the way you handle the obstacles you must overcome that occur in your everyday life.

It is not an end to be achieved, rather it is a lifestyle that you adopt.

It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily life and spend much of it battling the challenges laid before you. How you live your day-to-day life, what you think about most of the time, and what you say to yourself matters.

In order to live life to its fullest while facing down cancer, you must strive to maintain an optimal level of health and wellness. The emotional impact of hearing those three little words, “you have cancer” will change your life forever. The fear of its consequences is far reaching. Not only do you have to worry about your health, but with the diagnosis often comes the loss of income, mounting medical bills, family concerns, and so much more.

Take a positive approach to life by adopting these simple yoga practices for healthy living.

  • Achieve peace and harmony by having faith in what will be. Yoga asks you to look at things from a different perspective. It offers you to the tools necessary to help you cultivate a more positive relationship with your body on a physical and emotional level.

The combination of yoga’s gentle movements, deep breathing and mindfulness techniques introduces you to an elevated state of awareness.

While you can’t always control what is happening to you, you can control how you react to it. How yoga changes your body will thrill you.

  • Expand your consciousness by living in the present moment. Adopting a yogic lifestyle means committing to living a meaningful life and interacting with the world around you more mindfully.

Yoga fosters living your life to the fullest and encourages being content with where you are, not where you think you should be. Let go of what you had planned; realize that all too often things occur in a different order than the one you had in mind.

  • Live with purpose and intention; don’t let the fear of the unknown paralyze you. Encouraging you to take time to pause and reflect, yoga will help you develop mental fortitude and tenacity.

Your level of inner peace deepens because of the chemical reactions in your body. Yoga triggers the release of the essential hormone oxytocin, which floods your body with feelings of satisfaction and well-being. A never-ending journey, yoga continuously inspires and elevates your spirit, making your inner strength unshakeable.

 

Navigating a cancer diagnosis and the treatments that follow can be an isolating experience. The American Institute for Cancer research reports that yoga is among the recommended activities to improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment.

And although not a cure, decades of research show that yoga for cancer patients and its importance to health and wellness can reduce the emotional and physical fatigue brought on by cancer treatments.

Begin today to have a deeper sense of well-being, live with greater consciousness, and appreciate day-to-day activities more fully by incorporating yoga into your life.

I am an E-RYT 200 master yoga instructor, a member of Yoga Alliance, and a  yoga4cancer trained and certified teacher. Contact me to learn more about how yoga can improve health and wellness for cancer patients and survivors.

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