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Choosing a Yoga Class that Will Complement Your Cancer Treatment

If you have suffered from cancer, whether it is breast cancer, colon cancer, or rare diseases like mesothelioma that is triggered from asbestos exposure, you may benefit from adding a yoga practice to your treatments. Even though all of these cancers are very different in regards to where you may be feeling sources of pain, all types of cancer treatments may benefit from the breathing techniques (pranayama) and the focus and tranquility that is gained from the practice.

Some patients have even reported that even though it was hard for them to sit up and watch a movie for over an hour of time without feeling exhausted that many of the different yoga poses left them feeling invigorated and energized.

Why Choose Yoga for Complementary Treatment with Cancer?

At this point, it is important to point out that we are not suggesting that yoga could be used as an alternative treatment to the traditional medicines of cancer, but that it would help increase your chances of recovery from cancers like mesothelioma and their prognosis, leukemia, breast cancer, and other types of cancer.

According to the National Institute of Health in their Yoga for Health: An Introduction article in the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine section, research shows that at the very least yoga is helpful in reducing stress. The reduction of stress is crucial in the functioning of a healthy immune system. If you are going through cancer treatment or recovering from a difficult journey through cancer, the benefits of reducing stress could also reduce your chances of recovery due to a healthier immune system.

What Type of Yoga Should I Take in Conjunction with My Cancer Treatment?

As yoga has infiltrated Western culture, many new schools have emerged. Some of them are designed to increase the heart rate such as power yoga or ashtanga yoga with movements in conjunction with each breath while others will concentrate more on holding a pose such as Anusara yoga. These different types of classes are usually classified under a hatha yoga class. If you are considering any of these, it is most important to find an instructor that will help you listen to your body and never overlook any points of discomfort or pain.

In some larger metro areas, there are even classes designed for recovering cancer patients. If you are looking for a class that focuses more on breathing exercises and stress reduction, you might want to try a meditation and yoga class, which will concentrate more on breathing and visualization in order to focus the mind and reduce stress.

About Jillian

Jillian McKee is a yoga enthusiast and cancer activist. She works as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Her time is spent mostly on outreach efforts and spreading information on complementary and alternative medicine use in cancer treatment. You can contact her at jilliansmckee@gmail.com and check out the Cancer Alliance on Twitter and Facebook.