Yoga is known as an “Expression of life”, it is more than just bending and twisting your body while holding your breath. It allows one to enter a condition where they see and feel reality exactly as it is. Their sensory body expands when they allow their energies to become exuberant and ecstatic.
For women, Menstruation, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause are the few life changes that they go through. Along with this, the breasts, which are directly linked to a woman’s health, have a significant relationship with these physical passages. According to research, one in every eight women gets diagnosed with breast cancer in her life span. However, there is a lack of information and advice regarding breast health. The good news is that yoga can be effective for healthy breasts.
Yoga poses and practises, according to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga, reduce stress and increase immunity. Some studies have found a link between the stress response and breast cancer, especially in cases of recurrence or relapse, as well as the relaxation response and survival rates.
According to Bobby Clennell, Iyengar Yoga teacher and author of Yoga For Breast Care: What Every Woman Needs to Know, “a well-rounded yoga practice will improve the breasts.” Although the evidence is equivocal, some studies suggest that tight or ill-fitting bras may increase the risk of breast cancer by restricting circulation and impeding lymph flow. Asana can also help with the postural difficulties that contemporary electronics cause, such as hunching, tightness, and sealing off of the chest.
Here are some of the yoga poses that are recommended to improve and reach optimal breast health:
Namaskara- Begin by standing or sitting and bowing to the feminine divine presence manifested in your breasts by placing your hands in namaskar at your breastbone, the energetic seat of the heart. Inhale deeply and imagine yourself surrounded by love and health. As the confluence of numerous energetic pathways and the source of compassion and love, pay attention to this place.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)- Kneel on your mat or carpet and lean forward over your legs, bringing your hips to your heels and your tummy over your thighs. Allow your forehead to rest on the floor, or construct a small cushion with a soft layer of padding, such as a thinly folded blanket, to support the curve of your cervical spine.
Reclining Supine Seat- Lie down on your back with your legs bent to your chest. Twist the knees to the opposite side of the top knee by crossing one over the other. Increase lymphatic drainage by extending your arms out from the middle of your chest or in “cactus arms.” Allow your shoulders to fall to the floor as you inhale deeply. Your eyes should be directed in the opposite direction of the knees.
Fish Pose- Arc your back by raising from the center of your sternum while lying on your back. Bend your elbows and place your forearms and the backs of your hands on the floor. Breathe through the side body and point the toes.
Heart Meditation- Take a seat in a comfortable cross-legged position. Lie in Supta Baddha Konasana, Reclining Goddess Pose, for a more restorative variant. One hand should be on your low tummy and the other on your heart. Feel the expansion in the middle of your chest as you breathe from your low abdomen to your heart centre. Imagine the energetic heart receiving healing, and taking a four-count to inhale before gently releasing the breath through the nose.
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