A restorative practice is commonly recommended in which props are used in many innovative ways. The props allow for the main movements of the pose and the subtle adjustments of the body to assist in improving blood flow. The breath expands to open the chest, benefiting oxygen exchange and ridding the lungs of their residual stale air volume. The deepened breath physically brings increased circulation and lymphatic drainage; moreover it also has mental and emotional benefits such as decreasing anxiety, fear, and depression. The parasympathetic "rest and digest" functions are activated, down-regulating the habitual responses of the sympathetic nervous system which flood the body with stress hormones and create emotional states of panic and fear.
Using Props for Breast Cancer Yoga
It is important that there is a clear understanding of the use of yoga props. One may want to study with a teacher who has extensive knowledge of Restorative Yoga and prop usage. If a trained teacher is not available refer to our slideshows. Yoga props or simple household props will work too, i.e., chairs, pillows, blankets, ottomans, belts or ties will work.
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