Yoga

Cancer is a disease that can cause strain not only to the body but also the state of mind. Emotions such as anger, tension and even regrets can trigger negative effects to the body. One potential negative effect can result to the blood being acidic. This means that there is less oxygen in the blood which in turn makes it suitable for the growth of cancer cells.

When one gets excited or angry, we can usually see that he or she will tend to take shorter breath which in turn can cause acidosis. When this happens, it leads to excess acid accumulating in the organs. The body will not be able to get rid of enough carbon dioxide and therefore, there may not be enough oxygen to nourish the body.

By choosing the practice of yoga, cancer patients will begin a healing journey. The practice can bring about a sense of calmness, acceptance, psychological harmony and serenity to optimize the different systems in the body which is a definite benefit to all.

Benefits of Yoga for cancer patients

According to many Yoga experts and practitioners, there are 5 basic Yoga principles and they are as follows:

1: Beneficial form of exercise

Yoga routines can provide a full cardiac workout and increase one’s aerobic stamina. The different moves and positions can provide patients with a workout that is varied enough to be considered as a proper exercise.

Yoga can help with the following:

  • massage the internal organs
  • stretching and toning the muscles and ligaments
  • enhancing the flexibility of the spine and joints
  • improving blood circulation

In addition, different Yoga postures can be practice safely for people of different physical abilities.

2: Correct breathing

Great importance is also placed on proper breathing techniques because a Yoga practitioner belief that it is a bridge that links the mind and body. Correct breathing in yoga means that one needs to breathe fully and rhythmically, actively employing the entire lung capacity to optimize oxygen to nourish the body. In addition, proper breathing can also influence the mental state plus can help one to achieve a calmer and more focused mind.

3: Complete relaxation

Practicing Yoga can help one distinguish between physical, mental and spiritual relaxation. Each of which may be accomplished in a different way. For example, physical relaxation uses movements to loosen and disperse areas of tension created by negative energies. Relaxation steps focus on problem areas, this is done by applying pressure and massaging them to release tension which is similar to acupressure.

4: Balanced diet

The ideology of a balance diet is normally about healthy eating. However, Yoga teachings advocate a diet of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy products and nuts. Great importance is emphasized on the way one eats as the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients depends on it. The general rules are:

  • eat in moderation
  • taking time to chew food
  • eating at set times daily
  • minimizing drinks while having meals
  • appreciate the food

5: Positive thinking

The practice of Yoga also emphasizes the importance on positive thinking. Yoga uses meditation and relaxation techniques to consciously clear the mind of any form of negativity. Having put the negativities aside, thinking and emotions on another side, one will then be able to focus on his or her own real strengths and weaknesses. Studies have shown that the outcome is nothing short of positiveness.

Conclusion

By choosing the practice of yoga, cancer patients will begin a healing journey. The practice can bring about a sense of calmness, acceptance, psychological harmony and serenity to optimize the different systems in the body which is a definite benefit to all.

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