Cancer survivors who are not yet able to practice the physical portion of yoga find benefit in pranayama. It helps them to feel more energized and less fatigued. Fatigue was described by breast cancer survivors as being “debilitating”(2) Studies showed that levels of depression dropped among participants who practiced conscious breathing exercises. There is evidence to show that breathing exercises can lead to control of physical functions such as blood pressure, heart rate and relief from disease symptoms (3). Sleep disturbance and insomnia are also residual effects of cancer treatment. It has been shown that yogic breathing practice minimizes or eliminates sleep problems in lymphoma survivors (3,2).
Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 5002017-01-17T19:11:46-04:00Categories: Cancer|Tags: breathing exercises can lead to control, common complaints with cancer survivors, essential part of asana practice, gentle yoga poses with props, research in the effect of yoga practice, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, the benefits of meditation, yoga has no side effects, yoga practice and the side effects of cancer treatments, yoga practice improved their perception|2 Comments