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Lymphedema Management With Flowing Yoga

Posted Apr 09 2011 1:59pm
Flow Yoga With Many Supportive Props

Breast Cancer Yoga is a Flowing Restorative Yoga Therapy

Practicing continuous flowing movements has a positive impact on the lymphatic system, and in particular Lymphedema. When lymph fluid is disrupted through breast cancer surgery, trauma or infection there may be an excessive fluid build up.  This stagnant fluid can play havoc on the tissues and create swelling. There also can be a reduction of the oxygen intake or absorption to the lymphatic system; all of which increases the chance for infection. Practicing a flowing yoga keeps the lymphatic fluid pumping throughout the body’s channels, rather than accumulating or backing up. It is great for maintaining healthy breast tissue.  To keep this fluid moving, we need to also foster relaxation. It will facilitate renewed or restored strength, and flexibility.  Flowing yoga movements develop a supple spine and a strong nervous system so when the nervous system is in balance the parasympathetic and sympathetic system work together creating great calm. When flowing in the practice the poses encourage digestion, assimilation and elimination.  The body’s immune system is stimulated to maintain health. When flowing from a backward bend to a forward bend, the spine will roll vertebra by vertebra, either in an ascending or descending order, while following the natural wave of the spine. Here it will recognize naturally that a backbend (extension) will flow from a forward bend (flexion) and vice versa.

By Diana Ross


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