Guest Post by Krista Peterson: Yoga as a Complementary Cancer Treatment

As hospitals become more and more specialized, patients generally are placed with multiple physicians in an incredibly fast paced hospital environment. For many of these patients the opportunity to slow down is a welcomed one. The need for a period of relaxation and peace of mind, not to mention the physical aspects of the disease, yoga is quickly becoming a major option for complementary treatment therapy for cancer patients.
New studies show that not only is yoga a good viable exercise, but also a great tool in calming the nervous system. Combining poses, breathing techniques as well as meditation, yoga can be used to relieve symptoms for those suffering from illnesses like leukemia, and even mesothelioma cancer. Yoga unfortunately cannot cure the disease, but the stretching and breathing techniques can help to improve issues with sleep, thus reducing the dependency on sleep aids and sedatives, and also relieve many muscle pains associated with the onset of the disease.
Exploring the five basic characteristics of a cancerous body, one can see where yoga can aid in cancer treatments. A cancerous body is highly “acidic,” lacks oxygen, is full of a slew of toxic substances, has poor immunity, and is disconnected from the “CPU” so to speak.
 Yoga can be used in the reduction of harmful bodily acids using particular poses that stretch muscles, release lactic acids. The practice of yoga is also able to minimize acid flow working the vagus nerve itself, and again stretching muscles through the use of Asanas, as well as the permeation of acids through the skin, and the release of acid by process through the kidneys. These processes cause both the metabolism and heart rate to increase, and allow the body to allow the body to become re-oxygenated through heavy breathing, and push out both the unwanted acids, as well as unwanted toxins built up in the body.
A heavy contributor to the development of cancer is a deficiency in the immune system. Many poses that help to twist and compress organs can help to rejuvenate immune organs and channels by stimulating the digestive system and allowing vitamins and nutrients to be carried throughout the body.
While performing all of these functions, yoga also creates a strong feeling of self control, and can help cancer patients to feel much more in touch with themselves. This can develop what many refer to as the connection of mind, body, and spirit, and can go a long way in not only helping develop the connection with the emotions, but also the ability to release them.
Sample yoga practice for cancer management.
Krista Peterson is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer. As a health and safety advocate, she shares a strong passion for the wellness of others in her community. Krista has been practicing yoga for 3 years and loves to encourage others to do so as well. Through her writings, she helps to spread awareness of such issues as cancer and chronic illness.
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One day only....The 30 Day Yoga Journey is FREE

Spring clean your body, mind and heart with The 30 Day Yoga Journey!

You've heard about it, you may know someone who's taken it, but now it's your chance to experience the journey for free.  One day only (now until 3 pm EST Tuesday, March 15) - enter the password "vinyasa_krama" here and begin for free.  Absolutely no strings, just enjoy and if you like it tell your friends.

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Oh, and where in the world have I been? I went back to corporate work, ramped up our charity, Florian's Causes and got approved for tax-exempt status, had a baby girl (Coralina) and just this week left corporate work to be a full time mom....lots to write about in the weeks and months to come and I'm happy to be back here!
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Feeling Overwhelmed? Guest Post by Susan White

How to Integrate Yoga into Your Stressful Life by Susan White

There are many ways to stay fit and healthy, but one that is becoming more and more popular with each passing day is yoga. This ancient art from the Eastern world is now taking the entire globe by storm with its reputation for being an efficient workout option and reliable stress buster. From stay at home moms who have to cope with the hassles of running a home and looking after their kids to the high powered executive who runs from one meeting to another, yoga is a powerful tool that helps you stay healthy and fit.

Many people however, find that it’s hard to fit in yoga into their busy lives even though they know of its virtues and advantages. I didn’t take to yoga until my life became so stressful that I just had to find a way to relax and rejuvenate myself before I was committed to a mental asylum. A close friend had just been diagnosed with cancer and was not expected to live for long; my brother chose to get engaged and married within the span of a month; I was going through a painful separation from my boyfriend of five years; and deadlines were becoming too difficult to meet with all these issues jostling for space in my mind. I was going nuts trying to deal with all of this when a friend introduced me to yoga. I insisted that I had no time for exercise, but after just one session with my instructor, I was a firm believer.

The key to fitting yoga into your busy life is to identify its important benefits and focus on them. I found out that:
  • Slow breathing helps: Yoga is all about using your body’s own energy to rejuvenate itself. Sometimes, when I’m really stressed out and frustrated beyond explanation, I just sit cross legged and close my eyes. I free my mind of everything, work, family, problems and even myself. I think of nothing, and take slow, deep breaths. When I breathe in and out from the depth of my stomach for five minutes, I find a remarkable difference in my disposition. If you’re a beginner, freeing your mind of all your thoughts could be difficult, but the more you try to focus, the more you get the hang of it.  
  • Taking small yoga breaks was a genius idea: Just as I take bathroom breaks and coffee breaks, I began to include a few yoga breaks during each day. All you need is 10 minutes, at least twice or three times a day. A few simple asanas or postures and I would feel my energy surging back no matter how drained or tired I was. Even a few simple stretches as you get up from your desk helps your posture and prevents chronic ailments like slipped discs and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Starting and ending my day with yoga boosted my confidence and energy levels: My hectic schedule often left me with hardly any time for yoga, so I would wake up 30 minutes earlier and spend time alone with just my yoga mat for company, going through my breathing and other routines. I also make it a point to spend 15 minutes before I go to bed, unwinding using yoga. When you start and end the day with yoga, you feel more energetic during the day and more relaxed at night.
I hate to use clich├ęs, but there’s one that fits this occasion like a glove – where there’s a will, there’s a way; so find the will to fit yoga into your busy life, and the way will soon follow.

This post is written by Susan White, who writes on the topic of Becoming a Radiologist Technician . She welcomes your comments at her email id: .
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