Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Finding New Life After Cancer

Written by Guest Contributor Melanie Bowen

Our favorite Good Morning America host Robin Roberts can testify to the fact that getting diagnosed with cancer is one of the most difficult events in a person’s life. It not only entails an emotional roller coaster but an arduous ordeal of chemotherapy or radiation and the resulting fatigue that goes with it, as well.
Yoga can help you move on from a cancer battle.
 As technology and research has advanced, there are now many recommendations for ways to improve how a patient copes with treatment. One effective supplement to cancer treatment is yoga. Although it does not cure cancer, it has been found to improve the lives of cancer patients by improving their sleep, energy levels, and moods.

Why yoga?

Yoga is a physical and mental practice for health that has origins dating back to ancient Africa and India. In recent years it has gained widespread popularity in the West because of its many health benefits. The goal of yoga practice is to unite mind and body through a succession of postures or poses.

There are many forms of yoga, and some are not terribly demanding physically, and therefore they can helpful to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Yoga can help you respond better to treatment and more quickly recover your energy levels and mood following treatment. This is true whether you are fighting leukemia, or a rare cancer like mesothelioma, or any other type.


Yoga is very effective at treating depression, something not uncommon with cancer patients. The demands of cancer treatments, financial burdens, and other problems lead many into feeling depressed and anxious. Studies have found that practicing yoga can be as effective as prescription antidepressants for many people.

Yoga causes the release of endorphins. These chemicals in the brain, can help raise your spirits and alleviate any feelings of depression you might be experiencing. They can also have a potent pain-killing effect that can last for hours after a yoga session. Some patients have even found that they are able to reduce their reliance on pain medications as well.

Many cancer patients find themselves becoming moody and irritable when undergoing treatment. And who can blame them? When we do not feel good, it is much harder to be positive and optimistic. It turns out that yoga helps here also. The very same endorphins being released during a yoga session can help improve feelings of irritability too and increase relaxation.


Improved sleep is another benefit often reported by those who practice yoga. The physical exertion releases energy and toxins form the body, resulting in longer and deeper sleep. Many cancer patients are reporting that they feel less tired during the day and are able to sleep better at night.

Finding New Life

Yoga is a great way to carve a new pathway to life after cancer. Now you can move on and find a renewed motivation through a yoga practice. Yoga reminds us that beating cancer isn't only about surviving, the victory lies in learning to thrive in this new life!

Resources for Yogis Thriving after Cancer
American Cancer Society on Yoga

Yoga Bear

African American Women's Breast Cancer Alliance

1 comment:

Prakriti Yoga said...

I´ve been good results in my schools to chalenge depression.