What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Breast Cancer Patients? [Infographic]

 

chair yoga

Yoga instructor Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L, of Dana-Farber’s Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies.

Breast cancer and its treatment may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, decreased range of motion, and weakness. Exercise and other integrative therapies, including yoga, can ease these symptoms, help patients feel better during treatment, and can be scaled to fit each patient’s unique needs and abilities.

“Yoga has many physical and emotional benefits for all cancer patients,” says Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L, yoga instructor in Dana-Farber’s Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, where she teaches chair yoga, Hatha yoga, Pilates, yogalates (yoga and Pilates fusion), and foot fitness classes. For breast cancer patients, who might experience lymphedema following surgery or radiation, Turo says yoga can help restore range of motion in the arms and improve strength and mobility. Yoga can also reduce stress and anxiety, which in turn can lower heart rate and blood pressure.

“Research has increasingly shown that breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience many benefits, including increased energy, diminished anxiety, and better overall quality of life,” says Jennifer Ligibel, MD, a breast oncologist in Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and director of the Zakim Center. “The mission of the Zakim Center is to provide patients access to integrative therapies with proven benefits, such as yoga, to help support healing during and after cancer treatment.

Specific benefits of regular yoga practice include increased body awareness; improved cardiovascular, respiratory, and bone health; better blood flow; and enhanced mood, sleep, and concentration, which are often compromised during treatment.

“Yoga is a feel good exercise,” adds Turo. “And it’s a tool you can use anywhere – in bed, sitting on a chair, or on a mat.”

Turo recommends easing into a yoga routine, and some of her favorite poses can be done in a chair or at a desk. View the infographic below for a step-by-step guide to stretches that will help increase range of motion and body awareness following breast cancer treatment.

Check the Zakim Center’s program calendar to learn more about Turo’s classes and other group programming at Dana-Farber.

Yoga for cancer patients infographic

 

Comments Sort By Newest

One thought on “What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Breast Cancer Patients? [Infographic]

  1. Nice post. Its really interesting in doing these kind of yoga while seating on chair. You can do this yoga pose in office, home anywhere.

  2. Nice post. Its really interesting in doing these kind of yoga while seating on chair. You can do this yoga pose in office, home anywhere.

Comments are closed.

Make An Appointment

For adults: 877-960-1562

Quick access: Appointments as soon as the next day for new adult patients

For children: 888-733-4662

All content in these blogs is provided by independent writers and does not represent the opinions or advice of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or its partners.

Latest Tweets

Dana-Farber @danafarber
1 in 5 Americans will develop #skincancer at some point in their lifetime. Do you know the signs?… https://t.co/mxk7JwxEPF
Dana-Farber @danafarber
After breast cancer, #pilates helped Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L, regain her strength and independence.… https://t.co/5DLbQr0IWN
Dana-Farber @danafarber
6 months after Connie found out she had brain cancer, her son Trevor, 23, was diagnosed too. Read more:… https://t.co/NtNHCpE8P2

Republish our posts on your blog

Interested in sharing one of our stories on your blog? Feel free to republish this content! We just ask that you credit Dana-Farber, link to the original article, and refrain from making edits that change the original context. Questions? Email the editors at insight_blog@dfci.harvard.edu.