How Yoga Can Benefit Cancer Survivors ← Back to Wellness


Yoga offers many different benefits for various kinds of people. For example, the practice can be incredibly helpful for cancer survivors. Consider a recent article for Star News Online titled “Yoga has surprising benefits for cancer survivors.”

Melissa Erickson of Star News Online writes, “‘Yoga can improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients in several ways,’ said Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Kiecolt-Glaser was the lead author of a recent study that found that yoga can lower fatigue and inflammation in breast cancer survivors. The women in the study were less fatigued than women not practicing yoga, and the more women in the study practiced yoga, the better their results. ‘Fatigue is a really important quality of life marker for breast cancer patients because it has such a pronounced effect on daily life. The fatigue is not like being short of sleep but rather the kind of fatigue that can permeate the day and the ability to do many daily activities,’ Kiecolt-Glaser said. It’s estimated that perhaps 30 to 40 percent of longer-term breast cancer survivors have debilitating fatigue after treatment, Kiecolt-Glaser said. Women stressed with fatigue are often so tired that they’re less likely to exercise.”

For cancer survivors looking to start their yoga practice, consider a recent article for the Duluth News Tribune titled “Yoga basics: How to pick the right mat, clothing.” Wade Rupard of the Duluth News Tribune writes, “With yoga, someone could walk up and down the aisles of a sporting goods store and have no idea what items are essential to practicing good yoga and what items are unnecessary. Marissa Mihelich, a certified yoga instructor at New Love Yoga in Grand Forks, said that if people are just starting out, there really isn’t much they need. For clothing, Mihelich suggested people dress comfortably in form-fitting, comfortable clothing. A too-loose shirt can show parts of the body that aren’t meant to be shown, and if it’s too tight, it may be too restrictive for yoga. Mihelich also said to try to wear clothes with a breathable fabric such as cotton. Yoga has become so mainstream that yoga clothing can be bought just about everywhere, including department stores. Along with that, Mihelich said the yoga mat is just as essential as the clothing. Those also can be purchased nearly everywhere, she said.”

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