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Finding the Cure: Strengthening Your Yoga Practice

As we welcomed October, we also welcomed Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To honor the month, we’re spreading knowledge about how women around the world can challenge breast cancer with a little help from our friend named yoga.

Breast cancer has seen a steady increase in recent years, making it the most common cancer among women. Currently, the average risk of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime is around 13%, or 1 in 8 women. 

With an estimate of 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2019, now is the time we all should begin incorporating yoga into our daily routine to not only help fight cancer, but enhance and improve our lives.

Now’s the time you might be wondering, why yoga? 

For starters, studies show that yoga helps with lymphatic flow, the breakdown of scar tissue and increasing energy levels, ultimately enhancing patients physical and emotional wellness. So, why are the above points important to curing cancer and where does yoga fit in?

  • Lymphatic Flow: The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the tissues in our bodies. When our lymphatic system fails to drain properly, this allows toxins and cellular waste products to accumulate in the body. With yoga, the vigorous flows, twists and inversions have been found to be particularly effective when fighting lymphatic congestion.

  • Scar Tissue: Scarring can bring back difficult memories. Luckily, many studies are now showing that the most effective way to break down scar tissue in order for it to realign more functionally is to stretch it. Enter yoga – but be aware that you may feel an emotional release as well when loosening your scar tissue.

  • Energy Levels: It’s to no one’s surprise that cancer changes the body in ways that causes different feelings of fatigue, but how are patients supposed to fight it? When engaging in active yoga poses that stimulates blood flow throughout the body – particularly poses that stretch the spine – can help combat fatigue and boost feelings of vitality.

While yoga is no cure for cancer, there is no doubt that adding a yoga practice to your daily or weekly routine can be extremely beneficial when strengthening your physical and mental wellbeing. To get started, begin by attending yoga classes in your area. Better yet, if your apartment complex provides residential classes, such as Power Life For Fitnesses offerings, be sure to take a class with an industry expert. Let them guide you through the poses to enhance your health and overall wellness goals.

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