25 Apr Yoga and Ovarian Cancer
Yoga is a way of life, which is accepted by masses as preventive. In varied scenarios Yoga also has many therapeutic benefits. With the limited research in the field of cancer, it is believed that Yoga has helped to improve the lifestyles of people suffering from it. While it may not able to cure cancer 100% but it has definitely turned around the lives of people. By combining modern medicine and Yoga, cancer can be fully cured, and prevented from recurring.
People may not understand the plight of a person having cancer but Yoga understands them well. Yoga befriends them and brings confidence in the patients to deal with it.
Ovarian cancer may be at a physical level, but when different techniques of yoga are put into practice, it relaxes the patient, which in turn helps in managing cancer well.
While we are on this topic we should always keep one thing in mind, Yoga not only brings discipline and steadiness in life, but it helps in releasing happy hormones in the body which will be a savior for cancer patients. Another important thing that needs to be taken care of is to consider cancer like any other illness and not to make a big deal out of it. This attitude itself will reduce the harsh effect of cancer on the body.
Yoga always believes that more than the physical it is the state of mind that makes or breaks you. The first line of action is to make the mind & will power strong. And for that one needs to do is Tapa of sitting in Sukhasana for little more than what one can usually sit and concentrate on the breath, progress in increasing the time.
Practice very light yoga asana for 15 to 20 min every day, especially on the days where one feels sad or demotivated. Some of the asanas listed below are the best to do during a rough patch.
- Bhadrasana (butterfly pose): This will improve the blood circulation in the pelvic region. It is also a meditative asana calming the mind.
- Yog Mudra (do not stretch beyond your limit): It will bring a feeling of letting go of pain, suffering, sorrow, and dullness.
- Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose): This will improve the blood circulation in the pelvic region. It also flexes the spine and relaxes it.
- Bring spine flexibility with the cat and cow pose either by sitting in Sukhasana or by kneeling on all four limbs.
Meditation is not advisable for patients, patients suffering from cancer are already confined to self. So instead of bringing stability, it might take them into the dark side. The best way to improve is with will power so one focuses on the breath. Counting backward in your mind or by using the kriya called ‘Trataka’ or ‘Nishpanda’ Bhava also helps.
These Yoga techniques will definitely help manage ovarian cancer in a much better way than anything else. And if one starts living in the moment, one might end up fighting against it.
Yoga will definitely hold your hand to win this battle but efforts need to be marked by you. Consider yourself as Arjuna waiting to fight the battle and let Yoga be your Shri Krishna. Keep your get worries at bay because, in the end, it is only you who can make the difference.