How To Begin A Yoga Practice For Breast Cancer

Although Diana passed away and I shared her tribute in my blog, this is a posting of Diana’s wonderful work in the importance of yoga in recovering from breast cancer treatment and life beyond.

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Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery BookAuthor: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Posted By:Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Where do I start?   What do I need to know to begin a yoga practice? One day at a time is where you start so not to set yourself up for failure. Start simple and small so a positive tone for each day is encouraged and then re-enforced. Find a reputable yoga teacher that specializes in breast cancer recovery or some great well recommended DVDs.

Now let’s begin:

  • Set a specific time each day (preferably mornings)  Begin with consistency.
  • Brush and floss your teeth, empty your bladder, and begin on an empty stomach
  • Find a quiet and well ventilated space. This space will become your sacred space for healing.
  • Dress comfortably; no belts and tight jeans
  • Play music that is soothing or maintain silence
  • Adjust the lighting to be soft or enjoy the natural sunlight
  • Create a…

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15 Simple Journal Exercises to Help Breast Cancer Survivors Focus on What They Want

Helpful journal exercise to stay positive and to clarify your goals for an empowering journey.

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journal Exercises For Breast CancerDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer and a licensed psychologist.

Yes, is perhaps the most dynamic three- letter word in the universe. Saying YES to life is what every breast cancer survivor and those around them must do everyday. Breast Cancer can be a wake-up call, screaming to each individual, “there is more to life, get up and live it.” Breast Cancer, in all of its ugliness can be used as a gift or a curse and the only difference between the two is how you choose to view it. Breast cancer has the power to make you a victim, shaming you by telling you awful, horrible lies like, “See you did this to yourself. Or you deserve this.” It can wield you into a pile of pathetic “why-me?” Or you can tame those voices like Pi tamed…

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#1 Anticancer Vegetable

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#1 Anti-Cancer VegetableBy: Dr. Michael Greger, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

But anyway, back to beans. In terms of nutrient density, nutrients per calorie: are beans the most nutritious class of whole foods? Or is it fruit, nuts and seeds, vegetables, or whole grains? What should go on the base of a healthy eating pyramid? Beans, fruits, nuts, veggies, or grains?

Definitely vegetables, but which are the healthiest ones? A major advance was made this year ranking vegetables. Graphs like this that I’ve shared over the years that compare the antioxidant power of foods were all based on very primitive methods—basically just measuring how much a food slows down an oxidation reaction between two chemicals in a machine. That was the best we had, but it required a leap of faith that what was happening in the test tube could be extrapolated…

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Vitamin D And Cancer

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Learn About Vitamin D and CancerBy: Rachel Pappas, Breast Cancer Survivor, Founder of www.1UpOnCancer.com and the Author of Hopping Roller Coasters.

If your Vitamin D level is at least 30 ng/ml at the time of your cancer diagnosis, you double your chance for long-term survival, according to a Canadian study, and other studies have similar findings.

But even if your blood level was lower, or you don’t know what it was when you first learned you had this illness, ensuring optimal Vitamin D moving forward will only help you;  it’s been shown to promote cancer cell death.

“If you have cancer, your Vitamin D should be at least 30 ng/ml, but I recommend no less than 60 to increase your chance for long-term survival,” said Cedric Garland, PhD, a professor at the University of  California School of Medicine, San Diego, and the first researcher to link Vitamin D and cancer. His studies date…

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Reiki And Cancer Treatment

As always, Breast Cancer Authority shares valuable information.

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Reiki For Breast Cancer HealingBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff, Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Reiki is being used at a growing number of top progressive hospitals across the US, and in many other hospitals throughout the world. Reiki is used to augment conventional therapy and to help reduce the cancer patients’ time in the hospital and the need for medication (especially pain-relieving medication). Reiki is better accepted by conventional doctors and hospitals if it is explained in conventional terms, such as promoting relaxation and healing, rather than in metaphysical terms.

“Reiki is the primal energy of the universe being guided by the highest wisdom of the universe.”

Reiki beneficial for radiation treatment and chemotherapy

It is at its simplest, a relaxation technique which relaxes the body, mind, and spirit, all of which are beneficial to healing any condition. There have not been any known cases of Reiki interacting with…

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Going Within

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe blog post from Breast Cancer Authority by Jean DiCarlo-Wagner, The Ultimate Journey In Life is Going Within, provided options on journeying within to find your truth (reblogged in my previous blog post).  But it also reminded me of an article I read from the Chopra Center by Bhava Ram. The article is called 8 Steps Into Health, Healing, and Higher Consciousness.  As in the Breast Cancer Authority<em blog it reminds us that “healing” does not always mean physical healing. Spiritual healing is  important in finding inner peace, especially when difficult life-changing decisions need to be made.  Going within can be a formal practice or it can be communing with Mother Nature, it can be prayer, or a combination of all of the above.  It is a very personal decision how one journeys inside to find their  truth.
Bhava Ram explains the 8 Steps to Higher Consciousness

1. Close your Eyes: This simple act is a transition from externalized to internal awareness. Notice what it feels like inside of you.

2. Connect With Your Breath: Breathe more deeply and fully as you cultivate a sense of awe at the miracle of your breath. See every in-breath as an empowerment and affirmation, every out-breath as a healing release.

3. Feel Your Body: Experience your body as the temple of your spirit, a sacred vessel always seeking to support you. Send your breath to all the outer edges, and flood all the inner space of you.

4. Notice Mother Earth: Notice how Mother Earth fully supports you as you sit in this meditation. Feel her in every cell of your body. Have profound gratitude for all the abundance she brings into your life.

5. Still Your Mind: Begin to silently chant the mantra I Am. This is like a yoga pose for the busy mind.  Allow it to still the turbid waters of your thoughts.  I Am.

6. Enter Your Heart: Visualize your awareness flowing down from the mind to your heart center, as if there is a golden flame there that illuminates you. Breath into that light, feeling more radiant in every breath.

7. Be Fully Present: Slip fully into the present moment: In your body, in your breath, in the palms of Mother Earth, in the light of your heart. I Am.

8. Remember Who You Are: Remember that you are fully connected, indigenous wherever you go, and that you always have been…and always will be…one with all that is. I Am.

Go to this place of inner awareness whenever you feel the need. Ask your deeper self for guidance in facing challenges and making decision. Listen to your inner “guru” as you own your power and live your truth. I Am.

Thank you Bhava Ram and the Chopra Center for this wisdom.

Ms. DiCarlo-Wagner’s mother had an innate sense of what she needed to “go within” and find her truth. She was happy to sit in her easy chair focusing on her flowers and the hummingbirds. In this way, she was able to journey within. Meditating does not always have to be a formal process. As Ms. DiCarlo-Wagner’s blog entry tells us, sitting in front of a beloved part of Mother Nature, focusing on the beautiful abundance provided by Mother Earth, helps to bring a peace that enables many to “go inside” and become aware of what living one’s truth means to them. When I was faced with my second breast surgery in the same month I went outside and sat looking out at a tributary of water that ran along my backyard. It was teeming with life in all forms, both in the water and in the reeds, even in the muddy banks that lined the shore. I breathed deeply and “went inside” to find my inner peace. I meditated with Mother Nature and I prayed, and although I was still afraid, I was less anxious and more at peace with what the future would bring. I Am now and always will be “one with all that is.” Blessings

The Ultimate Journey in Life is Going Within

Beautiful, thought provoking, poignant.

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Hummingbird in Memory of Jean Di Carlo-Wagner's Mother A Hummingbird in Memory of Jean Di Carlo-Wagner’s Mother

By: Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, Owner of Yoga Being.

The diagnosis of cancer pierces the dense illusionary promises of ‘tomorrow’. In a moment, we stand naked with ourselves, vulnerable and raw. We have immediate decisions to make. What will be my path? What will be my outcome?

Just two days ago, an acquaintance I have known through friends and through music making, was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer. “Jean, I’m thinking of going to Mexico for alternative types of low-dose chemotherapy. I’m thinking that I need more time to make a decision. I am afraid the chemotherapy will kill me. And that it will kill my immune system. Will I be able to play the piano if I get neuropathy? Playing the piano is my life.”

No one has answers for anyone else. I can share my experience and what…

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