Yoga for Shin Splints | Yoga Therapy

Last year, I ran my first ever charity event (City To Surf).  After that run, my hip flexors and inside of my right lower leg hurt for about 5 days.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I started feeling it 10km into the run.  I must have developed my shin splint then and didn’t even realise I was suffering from shin splints for months after.  I would continue to go to the gym twice a week, getting on the elliptical for 5km each.  Months later, I accepted the charity run had more long lasting effects than the feeling of success for completing the 14km run.  I realised the shin splints had to be dealt with.  I’ve personally found the flow below quite helpful in relieving the pain and ensuring I can continue to exercise at the gym regularly.
SPECIFIC ISSUE
Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome / Tibial Periostitis)

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THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
The primary cause of shin splints are from over stressing the muscles in the lower leg, usually affecting the shin muscles down the front (Anterior Tibialis) of the leg or down the inside of the leg (Posterior Tibialis).  Although the aforementioned are the common sites of pain, sufferer of shin splints may complain of pain or tenderness in any surrounding area along the ‘shin’ down to the medial side of ankle and/or stretching down the Archilles tendon.
In general, the common term ‘shin splints’ can cover a broad area of the front of the lower leg down to the ankles. Occasionally, there may be redness or swelling of the affected area.
Shin splints occur when the attachment of the muscles originating from the tibia become irritated or inflamed.  It is commonly a result of an increase in distance or intensity of exercise using the lower legs and often combined with over-pronation of the foot (rolling in or a ‘flat foot’).
Shin splints are common in athletes or for those with sudden challenge to reach a goal (marathon or training schedule).  They can re-occur if left untreated or deteriorate over time, if not given sufficient level of rest.
The physical aspects of yoga are beneficial for shin splints to:
  1. help stretch out and increase flexibility of tight calf and shin muscles, which may have resulted from shin splints
  2. stretch out tight IT bands and calf muscles pulling on the back of the ankle to assist in flexion of the foot in walking/running, relieving the stress on the shin muscles, to minimise re-occurence of shin splints
  3. assist in correction of ‘flat feet’ or over-pronation of the feet to minimise re-occurence of shin splints
  4. strengthen and the muscles that can help with stability and prevent shin splints, such as the hip flexors, the shin muscles themselves.
Breath work in yoga always helps with carrying oxygen around the body, which aids in all forms of inflammation.
Lastly, the Scriptural intention in GxS Yoga Therapy is pivotal in the healing and prevention of shin splints, as with other dysfunctions; particularly for athletes or those who struggle to drop the ‘addiction’ to their training/workout schedule by allowing them to find identity in Christ and dispel any fear in having to stop their training/schedule to allow for rest.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If professional medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. During the inflammation stage of a shin splint, when the joints are inflamed and affected, do not START a yoga practise. Follow R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). It’s best to use yoga as a preventative treatment than a symptomatic treatment.
3. If diagnosed with stress fracture or even tiny muscle tears, seek medical advice on any therapy program, including yoga.

 

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Hero and Victorious Breathing (10 breaths)
2. Bound angle
3. Seated forward fold, using strap or hands to wrap around the ball of feet to flex the feet
4. (Left side first) Half Splits, first with foot flexed and toes pointing up and then foot is flat on the ground
5. Half Pigeon -> transition to King Pigeon if it’s available or use a strap to get into the pose to help stretch the quad
—*Repeat 4 & 5 on the right side*—
6. Downward dog
7. 3 legged dog (Left & Right)
8. Pyramid pose (Left & Right)
9. Mountain (2 deep breaths)  *Notice any tightness around hips, quads, calves, shins
10. Forward fold
11. Downward Dog
12. Toe Squat (Kneeling with toes tucked under and let body weight sink into the heels, walk knees forward a few steps)
13  Frog pose (Breathe and allow the opening of the hips and inner hamstrings)
14. Childs Pose * Seek God and His power of healing
15. Legs up the wall *Final resting pose (10 breaths)

 

These suggestions offered in the Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.  It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.

The suggestions and educational resource offered by Grace x Strength with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

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Yoga for Shin Splints | Holy Yoga Therapy

Last year, I ran my first ever charity event (City To Surf).  After that run, my hip flexors and inside of my right lower leg hurt for about 5 days.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I started feeling it 10km into the run.  I must have developed my shin splint then and didn’t even realise I was suffering from shin splints for months after.  I would continue to go to the gym twice a week, getting on the elliptical for 5km each.  Months later, I accepted the charity run had more long lasting effects than the feeling of success for completing the 14km run.  I realised the shin splints had to be dealt with.  I’ve personally found the flow below quite helpful in relieving the pain and ensuring I can continue to exercise at the gym regularly.
SPECIFIC ISSUE
Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome / Tibial Periostitis)

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THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
The primary cause of shin splints are from over stressing the muscles in the lower leg, usually affecting the shin muscles down the front (Anterior Tibialis) of the leg or down the inside of the leg (Posterior Tibialis).  Although the aforementioned are the common sites of pain, sufferer of shin splints may complain of pain or tenderness in any surrounding area along the ‘shin’ down to the medial side of ankle and/or stretching down the Archilles tendon.
In general, the common term ‘shin splints’ can cover a broad area of the front of the lower leg down to the ankles. Occasionally, there may be redness or swelling of the affected area.
Shin splints occur when the attachment of the muscles originating from the tibia become irritated or inflamed.  It is commonly a result of an increase in distance or intensity of exercise using the lower legs and often combined with over-pronation of the foot (rolling in or a ‘flat foot’).
Shin splints are common in athletes or for those with sudden challenge to reach a goal (marathon or training schedule).  They can re-occur if left untreated or deteriorate over time, if not given sufficient level of rest.
The physical aspects of yoga are beneficial for shin splints to:
  1. help stretch out and increase flexibility of tight calf and shin muscles, which may have resulted from shin splints
  2. stretch out tight IT bands and calf muscles pulling on the back of the ankle to assist in flexion of the foot in walking/running, relieving the stress on the shin muscles, to minimise re-occurence of shin splints
  3. assist in correction of ‘flat feet’ or over-pronation of the feet to minimise re-occurence of shin splints
  4. strengthen and the muscles that can help with stability and prevent shin splints, such as the hip flexors, the shin muscles themselves.
Breath work in yoga always helps with carrying oxygen around the body, which aids in all forms of inflammation.
Lastly, the ‘holy’ in Holy Yoga is pivotal in the healing and prevention of shin splints, as with other dysfunctions; particularly for athletes or those who struggle to drop the ‘addiction’ to their training/workout schedule by allowing them to find identity in Christ and dispel any fear in having to stop their training/schedule to allow for rest.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If professional medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. During the inflammation stage of a shin splint, when the joints are inflamed and affected, do not START a yoga practise. Follow R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). It’s best to use yoga as a preventative treatment than a symptomatic treatment.
3. If diagnosed with stress fracture or even tiny muscle tears, seek medical advice on any therapy program, including yoga.

 

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Hero and Victorious Breathing (10 breaths)
2. Bound angle
3. Seated forward fold, using strap or hands to wrap around the ball of feet to flex the feet
4. (Left side first) Half Splits, first with foot flexed and toes pointing up and then foot is flat on the ground
5. Half Pigeon -> transition to King Pigeon if it’s available or use a strap to get into the pose to help stretch the quad
—*Repeat 4 & 5 on the right side*—
6. Downward dog
7. 3 legged dog (Left & Right)
8. Pyramid pose (Left & Right)
9. Mountain (2 deep breaths)  *Notice any tightness around hips, quads, calves, shins
10. Forward fold
11. Downward Dog
12. Toe Squat (Kneeling with toes tucked under and let body weight sink into the heels, walk knees forward a few steps)
13  Frog pose (Breathe and allow the opening of the hips and inner hamstrings)
14. Childs Pose * Seek God and His power of healing
15. Legs up the wall *Final resting pose (10 breaths)

 

These suggestions offered in the Holy Yoga With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.  It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.

The suggestions and educational resource offered by Holy Yoga with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

Yoga for Gout | Yoga Therapy

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My husband suffers from gout.  I’ve seen it first hand, how horrible these attacks can be. I used to laugh at him and tell him it’s an ‘old man’s disease’ but it’s not.  It’s commonly known as the ‘rich man’s disease’ and if only this disease really lived up to its reputation!  Whatever the case, it’s not pleasant and not just for the sufferer but the people who have to care for them.   So, let’s see whether this mini-program helps! Leave me a comment if it does 🙂

 

SPECIFIC ISSUE

Gout

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
The traditional yogic lifestyle brings focus to a balanced diet that nourishes the body and treats it with due respect.  In GxS Yoga, this lifestyle is also necessary as stated in the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  Therefore, diet and nutrition plays a key role in our Christian walk.
  1. Gout can be most noticeably improved with dietary changes in the body, firstly by avoiding foods that are generally classed as unhealthy such as, food that are oily and high in fats, animal fats, coffee and foods that are high in purine content.
  2. Yoga poses can be highly effective in the prevention of gout using poses that stimulate the kidneys and eliminating uric acid in the body.  Kidneys help in the clearance of uric acid, which is expelled out of the body through urine.  Specific yoga poses compress the kidneys and aid in the filtering process of purine.  The yoga postures can increase flexibility of the affected joint areas and mobilise the deposit of uric acid crystals from the affected joint areas.  The stretching, in general, can increase the blood circulation and prevent accumulation of uric aside crystals in the joint areas.
  3. Breath work and meditation has been proven to reduce blood pressure levels and reduce anxiety, which in turn helps in the treatment of gout.  These two modalities of yoga also help with pain management.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If professional medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. Dehydration can exacerbate gout attacks and symptoms.  If dehydrated, do not exercise excessively or engage in yoga if it causes sweating.
3. Those with lower back pain or lower back injuries will need to take caution. Many of the gout treatment yoga poses involve back bending exercises to place pressure/increase compression on the kidneys.
4. During a gout attack, when the joints are inflamed and affected, do not START a yoga practise.  It’s best to use yoga as a preventative treatment than a symptomatic treatment.  However, it’s fine to continue your practise during a gout attack if you have been practising yoga for gout prevention and under the guidance and supervision of a trained yoga professional.

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Easy Seated and Victorious Breathing (10 breaths)
2. Hero (5 breaths)
3. Staff pose -> Sage pose (Left & Right)
4. Seated forward fold
5. Lying on back -> Knees to Chest
6. Lying extended leg (Left & Right)
7. Plow pose
8. Mountain pose
9. Triangle pose (Left & Right)
10. Lying on belly -> Cobra x 2
11. Crocodile (5 breaths)
12. Bow Pose

13. Childs Pose

REFERENCES:

1. http://www.yogawiz.com/askquestion/305/yoga-for-reducing-uric-acid-my-uric-acid-levels-ar.html
2. http://curativestudies.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/uric-acid-levelssymptoms-causes.html
3. http://www.thegoutremedies.com/yoga-for-treating-gout/
4. http://www.a2zyoga.com/blog/yoga-for-gout/

*Disclaimer:

These suggestions offered in the Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.

It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional. The suggestions and educational resource offered by Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

Yoga for Gout | Holy Yoga Therapy

explained-got-disease
My husband suffers from gout.  I’ve seen it first hand, how horrible these attacks can be. I used to laugh at him and tell him it’s an ‘old man’s disease’ but it’s not.  It’s commonly known as the ‘rich man’s disease’ and if only this disease really lived up to its reputation!  Whatever the case, it’s not pleasant and not just for the sufferer but the people who have to care for them.   So, let’s see whether this mini-program helps! Leave me a comment if it does 🙂

 

SPECIFIC ISSUE
Gout

 

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
The traditional yogic lifestyle brings focus to a balanced diet that nourishes the body and treats it with due respect.  In Holy Yoga, this lifestyle is also necessary as stated in the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  Therefore, diet and nutrition plays a key role in our Christian walk.

 

  1. Gout can be most noticeably improved with dietary changes in the body, firstly by avoiding foods that are generally classed as unhealthy such as, food that are oily and high in fats, animal fats, coffee and foods that are high in purine content.
  1. Yoga poses can be highly effective in the prevention of gout using poses that stimulate the kidneys and eliminating uric acid in the body.  Kidneys help in the clearance of uric acid, which is expelled out of the body through urine.  Specific yoga poses compress the kidneys and aid in the filtering process of purine.  The yoga postures can increase flexibility of the affected joint areas and mobilise the deposit of uric acid crystals from the affected joint areas.  The stretching, in general, can increase the blood circulation and prevent accumulation of uric aside crystals in the joint areas.
  1. Breath work and meditation has been proven to reduce blood pressure levels and reduce anxiety, which in turn helps in the treatment of gout.  These two modalities of yoga also help with pain management.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If professional medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. Dehydration can exacerbate gout attacks and symptoms.  If dehydrated, do not exercise excessively or engage in yoga if it causes sweating.
3. Those with lower back pain or lower back injuries will need to take caution. Many of the gout treatment yoga poses involve back bending exercises to place pressure/increase compression on the kidneys.
4. During a gout attack, when the joints are inflamed and affected, do not START a yoga practise.  It’s best to use yoga as a preventative treatment than a symptomatic treatment.  However, it’s fine to continue your practise during a gout attack if you have been practising yoga for gout prevention and under the guidance and supervision of a trained yoga professional.

 

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Easy Seated and Victorious Breathing (10 breaths)
2. Hero (5 breaths)
3. Staff pose -> Sage pose (Left & Right)
4. Seated forward fold
5. Lying on back -> Knees to Chest
6. Lying extended leg (Left & Right)
7. Plow pose
8. Mountain pose
9. Triangle pose (Left & Right)
10. Lying on belly -> Cobra x 2
11. Crocodile (5 breaths)
12. Bow Pose
13. Childs Pose

 

REFERENCES:

1. http://www.yogawiz.com/askquestion/305/yoga-for-reducing-uric-acid-my-uric-acid-levels-ar.html
2. http://curativestudies.blogspot.com.au/2011/09/uric-acid-levelssymptoms-causes.html
3. http://www.thegoutremedies.com/yoga-for-treating-gout/
4. http://www.a2zyoga.com/blog/yoga-for-gout/

*Disclaimer:

These suggestions offered in the Holy Yoga With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.

It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.

The suggestions and educational resource offered by Holy Yoga with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

 

Yoga for Breast Cancer | Yoga Therapy

img_0095I’ve had the honour of teaching breast cancer survivors and provide care to those who are suffering from this disease.  More often than not, the emotional benefits of GxS Yoga Therapy is the most prevalent.  Studies show that by combining a physical program (like yoga), healing is more effective than isolating the therapy to the mental aspect. [Don’t ask me for the source, I do ALOT of reading in my study and training and this is one that was most likely quoted by my educators.  Believe it or not.]

 


SPECIFIC ISSUE
Breast Cancer

 

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
In helping breast cancer patients, yoga has multiple benefits:
1.  Allowing cancer patients to incorporate gentle exercise into their already taxing treatment process by doing yoga at different lengths, times, styles and cycles that is complementary to their circumstance.
2. Yoga can alleviate the side effects (e.g. nausea and dizziness) from breast cancer treatments (e.g. chemotherapy) through deep breathing and relaxing of the mind and muscles in poses targeted to relief of those side effects.
3. By alleviating side effects of cancer treatments, cancer patients can sleep better.  With improved sleep or relief from fatigue and insomnia, patients can relax more and further improve their healing and recovery progress.
4. For some, adopting a yoga practise teaches a new way to breathe and trains the mind to deal with better pain management through meditation techniques.  These new skills can help with pain management throughout the cancer treatment.

5.  GxS Yoga programs, specifically, combines the Word of God and salvation message to those who may be faced with terminal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.  This gives them hope and offers a chance for repentance, salvation and a sense of peace as they continue to live out the last of their time here on earth.

In helping breast cancer survivors, yoga has multiple benefits:
1.  For cancer survivors, yoga does not target ‘pain relief’ and easing of the side-effects caused by the treatment.  Instead, yoga can help survivors with rebuilding their life.  Firstly, with breathing techniques that can help survivors adapt to any fearful situations or ‘traumatic effects’ as a result of having to face cancer.
2.  With a well-designed program, the yoga poses can help breast cancer patients with the healing of scar tissue in areas which may have required the tumour(s) to be surgically removed, or even the breast.
3.  Through the deep breathing and circulating oxygen effectively into the cells, the cells are replenished and increases the cells natural way of functioning to balance homeostasis. The meditation, too, plays a part in the brains production of healthy chemicals to stimulate homeostasis.
4. According to the study published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, relaxation therapy as described in The System ‘Yoga in Daily Life’ help to improve self-esteem in breast cancer patients.
5. Post-surgery patient notice changes in own body image either due to removal of breast part or due to implantation of new one. Quite often surgery leads to limitation in upper-body movements. This leads to self-consciousness and physical limitations.in such cases yoga, changes body image and improves physical fitness.
6.  Aside from the physical benefits, GxS Yoga therapy is a way for cancer survivors to participate as a way to find Christ and accept salvation, or for Believers alike, to connect closer with God and share their experience to be a lamp to the feet of non-Believers going through the same thing.

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. Extreme fatigue then don’t ‘push through’
3. Not straight after any surgical procedures.

4. Do not stop any medication/required medical procedures advised by medical professionals.

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Alternate Nostril Breathing in Easy Seated Pose
2. Seated Twist (Left & Right)
3. Eagle Arms in Easy Seated Pose (Left & Right)
4. Cow Face (Left & Right)
5. Cat/Cow (5 Sets)
6. Extended Childs Pose
7. Bow Pose (with strap)
8. Seated Forward Fold
9. Seated Wide A Fold
10. Bound Angle Pose
11. Supported Reclined Bound Angle (create a cross with rolled blanket placed horizontally and bolster placed on top of the rolled blanket horizontally, reclining with the thoracic spine on the intersection of the cross)
REFERENCES:

1. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/features/for-breast-cancer-survivors-life-is-better-with-yoga
2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/yoga-exercises-that-help-with-breast-cancer-recovery
3. http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/diana-ross-uses-restorative-yoga-heal-breast-cancer-patients
4. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/poses-for-breast-cancer-survivors/

*Disclaimer:
These suggestions offered in the Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.

It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional. The suggestions and educational resource offered by Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

 

Yoga for Breast Cancer | Holy Yoga Therapy

img_0095I’ve had the honour of teaching breast cancer survivors and provide care to those who are suffering from this disease.  More often than not, the emotional benefits of Holy Yoga Therapy is the most prevalent.  Studies show that by combining a physical program (like yoga), healing is more effective than isolating the therapy to the mental aspect. [Don’t ask me for the source, I do ALOT of reading in my study and training and this is one that was most likely quoted by my educators.  Believe it or not.]

 

SPECIFIC ISSUE
Breast Cancer

 

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)
In helping breast cancer patients, yoga has multiple benefits:
1.  Allowing cancer patients to incorporate gentle exercise into their already taxing treatment process by doing yoga at different lengths, times, styles and cycles that is complementary to their circumstance.
2. Yoga can alleviate the side effects (e.g. nausea and dizziness) from breast cancer treatments (e.g. chemotherapy) through deep breathing and relaxing of the mind and muscles in poses targeted to relief of those side effects.
3. By alleviating side effects of cancer treatments, cancer patients can sleep better.  With improved sleep or relief from fatigue and insomnia, patients can relax more and further improve their healing and recovery progress.
4. For some, adopting a yoga practise teaches a new way to breathe and trains the mind to deal with better pain management through meditation techniques.  These new skills can help with pain management throughout the cancer treatment.
5.  Holy Yoga, specifically, combines the Word of God and salvation message to those who may be faced with terminal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.  This gives them hope and offers a chance for repentance, salvation and a sense of peace as they continue to live out the last of their time here on earth.

 

In helping breast cancer survivors, yoga has multiple benefits:
1.  For cancer survivors, yoga does not target ‘pain relief’ and easing of the side-effects caused by the treatment.  Instead, yoga can help survivors with rebuilding their life.  Firstly, with breathing techniques that can help survivors adapt to any fearful situations or ‘traumatic effects’ as a result of having to face cancer.
2.  With a well-designed program, the yoga poses can help breast cancer patients with the healing of scar tissue in areas which may have required the tumour(s) to be surgically removed, or even the breast.
3.  Through the deep breathing and circulating oxygen effectively into the cells, the cells are replenished and increases the cells natural way of functioning to balance homeostasis. The meditation, too, plays a part in the brains production of healthy chemicals to stimulate homeostasis.
4. According to the study published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, relaxation therapy as described in The System ‘Yoga in Daily Life’ help to improve self-esteem in breast cancer patients.
5. Post-surgery patient notice changes in own body image either due to removal of breast part or due to implantation of new one. Quite often surgery leads to limitation in upper-body movements. This leads to self-consciousness and physical limitations.in such cases yoga, changes body image and improves physical fitness.
6.  Aside from the physical benefits, Holy Yoga is a way for cancer survivors to participate as a way to find Christ and accept salvation, or for Believers alike, to connect closer with God and share their experience to be a lamp to the feet of non-Believers going through the same thing.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
1. If medical practitioner has advised against yoga
2. Extreme fatigue then don’t ‘push through’
3. Not straight after any surgical procedures.
4. Do not stop any medication/required medical procedures advised by medical professionals.

 

15-30 MINUTE FLOW
1. Alternate Nostril Breathing in Easy Seated Pose
2. Seated Twist (Left & Right)
3. Eagle Arms in Easy Seated Pose (Left & Right)
4. Cow Face (Left & Right)
5. Cat/Cow (5 Sets)
6. Extended Childs Pose
7. Bow Pose (with strap)
8. Seated Forward Fold
9. Seated Wide A Fold
10. Bound Angle Pose
11. Supported Reclined Bound Angle (create a cross with rolled blanket placed horizontally and bolster placed on top of the rolled blanket horizontally, reclining with the thoracic spine on the intersection of the cross)

 

REFERENCES:

1. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/features/for-breast-cancer-survivors-life-is-better-with-yoga
2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/yoga-exercises-that-help-with-breast-cancer-recovery
3. http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/diana-ross-uses-restorative-yoga-heal-breast-cancer-patients
4. http://www.yogajournal.com/article/practice-section/poses-for-breast-cancer-survivors/

*Disclaimer:

These suggestions offered in the Holy Yoga With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.

It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.

The suggestions and educational resource offered by Holy Yoga with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.

 

Yoga for Migraines (Traditional Chinese Medicine) | Yoga Therapy

img_0268I’m a chronic migraine sufferer and I know what debilitating headaches feel like and how they can impact lives.  Needless to say, I’ve done massive amounts of research on this subject, using myself as the guinea pig.  Yoga therapy has not cured this but none of my yoga programs claim to cure anything.  Yoga has certainly helped relieve the symptoms and with pain management.  I am a big believer in Chinese Traditional Medicine.  I’ve found acupuncture to be the most effective in relieving and preventing my migraine attacks.  Below is something you could find helpful.  I certainly have!

SPECIFIC ISSUE
Migraines (Specifically Tension/Stress Triggered Migraines)

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR THIS ISSUE (SYMPTOM CONTROL)

In relieving migraines with TCM principles using yoga, the benefits are that:
1. The breathing techniques in yoga helps to release tension and stress in the body, opening up the flow of chi’.
2. By practising yoga poses that put pressure onto the corresponding stagnant meridians, it can affect the ‘chi’ in a positive way.
3. Yoga gives the individual an opportunity to slow down and relax, relieving any tension that can cause muscles to tense up and cause stagnation of  chi’ which cause tension headaches/migraines.
4. Yoga also improves blood circulation throughout the body. Anytime you improve circulation (or ‘ chi’ through harmonising the ‘jing’ and ’shen’ properties of the body), that improves pain and stress.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

1. Pregnancy
2. Blood pressure issues
3. On medication
4. On medical advice against yoga or certain forms of physical activity

15-30 MINUTE FLOW

1. Lateral neck stretches
2. Childs pose
3. Downward Dog
4. Table Top/Cat/Cow
5. Sage
6. Seated Forward Fold
7. Seated Open A Fold
8. Head to knee (Half Open A)
9. Cow Face
10. Lying Knees to Chest
11. Happy Baby
12. Corpse

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*Disclaimer:

These suggestions offered in the Grace x Strength With LoveJosephine yoga classes or therapy programs on www.lovejosephine.com are not intended to replace medical recommendations by your medical practitioners.

It is highly recommended and, in most cases, essential that you stay compliant to the treatment advice given by a western medical professional.

The suggestions and educational resource offered by Grace x Strength with LoveJosephine on www.lovejosephine.com are meant to be observed and used in conjunction with medical treatment. Neither the therapy programs nor yoga classes are designed nor recommended to replace medical treatment.

The resources offered here are intended to complement and support the medical treatment targeting the specified issue, with the goal of enhancing the well-being of the patient.