People who endure the long, grueling process of chemotherapy are often depleted of energy, strength, and overall well being. For cancer patients, yoga techniques have been found to be extremely beneficial in increasing an individual’s sense of well being, decreasing anxiety levels, and prompting a better “mind-body” connection, which is extremely helpful when fighting cancer.
The core of yogic methodology focuses on meditative practices, which are essential for the effective practice of this ancient and evolving tradition. Meditative practices associated with yoga training have the tendency to induce an extremely calming response to participants. Meditative practice can, in turn, prompt the brain to release endorphins and chemicals in order to promote a long lasting sense of well being.
Chemotherapy is extremely draining for individuals who have to undergo this unforgiving cancer treatment. The use of restorative yoga methods, in conjunction with traditional chemotherapy and cancer treatments, is a great way to incorporate holistic methods which focus on the mind body connection, in order to improve a patient’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
It is important for everyone to understand that anyone can get cancer. If you don’t have it, thank your luck stars for your good health every day. Good people, who eat right, treat people nice, don’t have addictions, and make wise health decisions are diagnosed with cancer every day. Yes, some lifestyles can lead to a higher risk of cancer, but no amount of self-righteousness will protect us from the reality that cancer can attack anyone, including innocent babies. This is the lottery that no person wants to win!
With cancer, it is often difficult to focus on the present, with so much uncertainty in regards to the future. Additionally, some people tend to second guess their past decisions and engage in self-blame. Thinking about what might have been the cause can’t solve the present. This cycle tends to drag one’s spirits down. Yoga also focuses on the use of pranayama (slow and controlled breathing) and asana (the physical postures and moves associated with yoga methods) practices in order to bring the body into a more congruent state. When an individual utilizes the breathing methods associated with yoga training, he or she is focused on the here and now. Pranayama practice has the power to bring into effect positive changes within one’s mental focus and well being. It becomes easier to take each day moment by moment, while focusing on the present, and not on the future or past. It is imperative for individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy to learn how to not let themselves become overrun with worries and fears in regards to the future.
Many cancer treatments are now incorporating the use of restorative yoga to promote a great sense of overall well being, mental health, and higher quality of life among cancer patients. Cancer is an uncertain disease, with unclear outcomes, which often has an extremely negative effect on families and the patient’s psychological well being. A person who is recovering from chemotherapy often feels betrayed by their body and angry with themselves for things which they cannot control. Yoga has the power to help cancer patients learn how to regain a sense of power over their mental well being, as well as develop an appreciation for what their bodies are still able to accomplish.
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