What are the Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Cancer
Research into the therapeutic benefits of yoga for cancer survivors has shown that yoga is a safe and effective way for those with cancer to improve their quality of life and health. A study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2014) looked at Yoga’s impact on inflammation, mood, and fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial reported less fatigue and more vitality in the participants who practiced yoga twice weekly for 12 weeks. The group also showed decreased inflammation.
We all know how cancer treatments widely used like radiation, chemotherapy, and medications have a negative effect despite their benefits to conquer cancer cells. They can decrease muscle and bone strength and the class will include weight-bearing poses so that muscle and bone-density build. Even 90 seconds standing on one leg (clean your teeth on one foot!) can help. Twelve minutes of daily yoga increases bone density too.
Don’t worry if you come to class with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy which is that numbness, tingling or burning sensations in the feet and/or hands as yoga can help this too. Yoga has postures and movements that bring circulation and lubrication to hands and feet, fingers, and toes and gentle inversions to help balance the nervous system.
Finally, our class focuses on helping students with the over-thinking side-effects of cancer; worry, foggy brain, rumination, and fear. We work with breath, mindfulness, and meditations and know that this is a big part of the class role, to empower you with tools you can take off the mat to do at home. Another aspect of the class is that you are in a community where you all know what having a cancer diagnosis is like. The connection is vital at this time and even if you turn up to class and lie on a mat that day as that is all you feel you can do that day; you will still be welcome.
Yoga for Cancer class is held on Tuesdays 1.30-2.30pm at YogaSpace Yorkshire – check timetable as this class may not be EVERY week.
You may bring a friend/family to do the class with you if you feel you cannot attend alone on some days.