There are more and more articles being written about the positive effects of yoga for those battling cancer. Although yoga may not be able to cure cancer, it can definitely help us heal. As a registered yoga instructor and cancer survivor I can’t stress enough the importance of my practice during my own affliction. Due to the extreme fatigue I experienced from undergoing a complete hysterectomy with debulking, then being subjected to the highest dose of chemotherapy two weeks post surgery, my physical practice of yoga, through asanas was greatly diminished. I was however able to focus on my breath and my mind. Through pranayama and meditation, I was able to maintain a fighting spirit to overcome this disease. Having walked this path, I know the importance of our mental state in being able to fight back against this disease. There were times for me the mental “mind chatter” was more debilitating than the disease itself.
Facing Cancer with Courage by Carol Krucoff is a wonderfully written article about the many ways yoga has helped others in the fight against cancer. (To read the full article, go to http://www.yogajournal.com)
Carol Krucoff, a registered yoga therapist, is co-author (with her husband, Mitchell Krucoff) of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve, and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.