Healing with Yoga: How yoga can help rejuvenate your body post cancer treatment – Asanas to practice  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
New Delhi: The human psyche and morale gets positively affected the minute you hear any good news. Therefore in a situation where a patient receives news of his or her progress and recovery, this in itself makes them feel uplifted. From this point on you need to ensure that your food intake, nutrition, rest, and exercise are properly taken care of. The process of treatment and recovery in cancer can feel like quite the battle and now post-cancer treatment the journey becomes about how well you look after your body.
Yoga is an ancient science for one’s self-development, well-being, and alignment of body and mind. Your post-treatment and recovery should definitely include a number of yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. Yoga is a 360-degree tool that provides complete healing and rejuvenation for the mind and body. Postures such as Downward Dog, Boat Pose, and Camel Pose can bring strength. Pranayama or breathing exercises that you can include in your regular routine are Anulom vilom and Kapalbhati.
Yoga asanas to practice post-cancer treatments
Adho Mukhi Svanasana – Downward Dog
From tabletop position, lift the hips up, straighten the knees and elbows. Keep your hands shoulder-width apart. Try to bring your heels to the floor. Keep your eye focused on your big toes
Vasishtasana – Side Plank Pose
Begin in Santholanasan (Plank). With your left palm firmly on the ground, turn to face the right side and lift your right leg off the floor and place it over your left leg. Raise your right arm. Keep both your knees, heels and feet in contact. Ensure the arms and shoulders are aligned. Repeat the same on the left side.
Sit down with your legs forward and lift your legs 45° off the floor. Lean back gently so your upper body is also at the same angle. Balance your body weight keeping knees straight or bent. Extend hands to the side. Engage your abdominal muscles and straighten your back.
Stand up straight in Samasthithi. Lift your right leg and place your right foot on your lift inner thigh as close to your groin as possible. Balance your body weight on your left leg. If this is hard, you can support your balance by holding the foot or ankle with your palms. Join your palms in Pranam Mudra at your heart chakra and raise it upwards. Repeat with the alternate leg.
To practice pranayama techniques, sit in any comfortable position (Sukhasana, Ardha Padmasana, Vajrasana or Poorna Padmasana). Keep your back straight, shoulders relaxed and close your eyes. Place your palms on your knees in Prapthi Mudra
Anulom Vilom – Alternate nostril breathing
Gently close your right nostril with your thumb, inhale into your left nostril and close it, letting the breath out through the right nostril. Then inhale through your right, closing it to exhale only through your left. This makes one cycle.
Inhale normally and focus on exhaling with a short, rhythmic and forceful breath. Use your stomach to forcefully expel all the air from the diaphragm and lungs by compressing it. Inhalation should happen automatically while you decompress your stomach
It is vital that you continue to build your energies upwards by practicing meditation techniques such as Urdhvagati Dhyan and build positive vibrations in your body and mind with the meditation practice known as Bhavigatha Dhyan.
Grand Master Akshar is a guest contributor. Views expressed are personal.