Yoga for Cancer
Yoga is a great physical as well as mental science that serves not only the purpose to provide strength to the body but also to the brain. It has powers as healing particularly due to the property that it reinforces the immune system. For individual suffering from cancer yoga can be a real source of empowerment as it is practiced by yourself. In yoga physical postures are regularly practiced in for of asanas. That not only stimulates but also brings a balance in all the systems in the body may it be respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, digestive, nervous, endocrine, muscular, and urogenital. When something goes out of balance a number of asanas can be practiced regularly to bring back the balance.
Yoga practice is always patient specific, depending on what part is affected and on patients own abilities. These physical exercises or the asanas work on the internal organs and the systems of the body in a number of ways. These even include the joints, ligaments and muscles.
Yoga has also been discovered to help cancer patients out of the trauma that accompanies the diagnosis. Any individual suffering from cancer suffers a severe mental shock and depression etc. and according to yoga the effortless breathing techniques, relaxations, and meditation techniques can help a patient to deal with it. This is also helpful in dealing with the anxiety of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Also yoga is a holistic healing system creating a harmony and balance in the levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit. Yoga encourages the development of inner resources in dealing with life changing illness to the self awareness and resilient stable pathways in your mind, body and soul.
Cancer is a very broad and complex illness which results in the weakening of the immune system that cannot cope up with the proliferation of the damaged cells. Therefore yoga is not a cure for cancer but strengthens the immune system and encourages the inner healing forces in various ways as following:
- Through relaxation as it calms down the nervous system decreasing the stress and anxiety which resulted in lowering of immune functioning and hindering healing. But when yoga is practiced all these obstacles are removed.
- Through breathing exercise by improving the respiration rate releasing ouit the tension and restoring the balance and calmness.
- Through meditation as it helps to develop detachment and clarity of thoughts that enables you to acknowledge and accept the reality and cope up with your fears.
- Through physical postures as it helps to clear out the toxins, increasing the energy levels enhancing the functioning of our internal organs and systems.
Thus although there is no clear evidence that yoga can cure or prevent any type of cancer but studies have revealed that it might help people with cancer to sleep better and cope up with anxiety.