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Yoga For Leukemia (Blood Cancer): Yoga For Bone Marrow And Immune System

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Yoga For Leukemia (Blood Cancer): Yoga For Bone Marrow And Immune System: Yoga Poses, Cues, Steps, and Breathing instructions

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  • 1.

    RESTORATIVE POSES POST CHEMOTHERAPY/RADIATION

    A. The given yoga poses are done with the support of either the chair or wall.
    B. These poses are encouraged post chemotherapy or radiation, to help the body recover faster.
    C. The practice of these poses should be done really slow and easy.
    D. The practice of no pose should be continued if there is any kind of discomfort or pain.
    E. Every pose should be done equally on both sides of the body.




  • Standing Side Bend Pose Wall
    A. Begin with standing close to the wall. Stand with 2 feet distance from the wall. Stand with the right sides of the body facing the wall.
    B. From Mountain Pose:
    Inhale - raise the right hand over the shoulder
    Exhale - push the hips out and press the right hip against the wall
    Inhale - loosen the body
    Exhale - stretch further with the hands pretending to walk the fingers in the air.
    Inhale/Exhale - to stay in Standing Side Bend Pose Wall
    Inhale/Exhale - to stay here for about FOUR breaths.
    Inhale - release and relax
    Inhale/Exhale - repeat facing the left side towards the wall and stay for FOUR breaths.
    Inhale - release and stand back in Mountain Pose.

    C. A great way to release the heaviness in the upper body, at the chest and the shoulders mainly. The stretching of the sides of the back helps to work on the muscles that support the spine starting with the base of the spine.

    D. Go slow with the stretch and make sure the distance between the wall and your feet are comfortable. Placing a CHAIR close to the you to get the extra support for the other hand is advisable.

  • Revolved Triangle Pose Against Wall (Parivrtta Trikonasana Against Wall)
    A. Standing close to the wall, stand with the back touching the wall, from Mountain Pose close to the wall:
    Inhale - stand with the feet wide apart with the back of the heels touching the wall.
    Exhale - turn the left foot outwards and the right foot a bit inwards, flexing the knee.
    Inhale - slowly twist the torso towards the left side and face the wall with your head and chest.
    Exhale - bring the right hand down on the floor close to the right foot.
    Inhale - raise the left hand up and stretch the shoulders and the chest.
    Inhale/Exhale - flexing the hips and stay in Revolved Triangle Pose Against Wall.
    Inhale/Exhale - stay for THREE breaths.
    Inhale/Exhale - loosen the body and as you exhale stretch the torso in a twist.
    Inhale - release from the pose and relax.
    Inhale/Exhale - repeat with the other side to stay for THREE breaths.
    Inhale - relax and stand in Mountain Pose.

    B. Twisting the toros brings a deeper stretch to the muscles at the lower back. When these muscles stretch, it helps to support with the functioning of the bone marrow at the spine, hips, shoulders and ribs.

    C. While in a twist learn to connect to the body and the CELLS as you make a sweet conversation with them with a SMILE on your face.

    D. Practicing this after a bone marrow TRANSPLANT will help ease the stiffness at the hips, shoulders, and lower back.

    E. Using a YOGA BLOCK to place the hand down for extra support is advisable. The idea is not to overstretch and become too flexible , but to enjoy the stretch with deep breathing keeping the body comfort level in mind.
  • Seated Pelvic Tilt Tuck
    A. Come to sit on a chair relaxed as you support the thighs on the chair completely. Feet firmly grounded on the floor, sit up extending the spine. From Mountain Pose Chair:
    Inhale - raise the chest up engaging the upper abdominal muscles. As the spine extends upwards, an arch will be formed at the base of the spine causing the tailbone to move outwards.
    Exhale - relax the chest and watch the tailbone move inwards.
    Inhale/Exhale - repeating this process of moving the TAILBONE inwards and outwards in Seated Pelvic Tilt Tuck.
    Inhale/Exhale - to continue with this practice of about 8 times with EIGHT breaths.
    Inhale - release and relax.

    B. A great practice to increase the prana flow from the base of the spine, encouraging a calm mind. Engage the lower back and abdomen while in the tilt. You could also remain in this tilt for a few rounds.

    C. As the spine has the maximum cells and in this case dead cells, this practice will help to release the pain and stiffness at the spine and the hips.

    D. Go slow with this practice as feeling and connecting to the movement of the tailbone is very essential.

    E. Placing a CUSHION to sit on is advisable to support the lower back and reduce discomfort while in practice with Seated Pelvic Tilt Tuck.
  • Revolved Chair Pose On Chair (Parivrtta Utkatasana Chair)
    A. From Mountain Pose Chair:
    Inhale - twist the torso towards the right side
    Exhale - bend forward while in twist and bring the left hand on the floor
    Inhale - raise the right hand above and gaze at the hand
    Exhale - twist deeper turning the chest and shoulders.
    Inhale/Exhale - stay in Revolved Chair Pose On Chair
    Inhale/Exhale - to stay for about THREE breaths.
    Inhale - release and relax.
    Inhale/Exhale - to repeat with the other side and stay for THREE breaths
    Inhale - release and relax

    B. Twisting is a great way to work on the base of the spine (mainly the bone marrow) allowing the free flow of Prana and lymphocytes (produced in the bone marrow).

    C. A great way to release the tightness and pain caused at the joints and the bones of the upper back, neck, sternum and ribcage.

    D. Placing a YOGA BLOCK to support the hand on the floor while in a twist is a great alternative.
  • Extended Side Angle Pose Variation Elbow Arm Chair (Utthita Parsvakonasana Variation Elbow Arm Chair)
    A. From Mountain Pose Chair:
    Inhale - sit sideways resting the left thighs on the chair while bringing the other leg out
    Exhale - stretch the right leg out and place the right foot on the floor with toes facing in front
    Inhale - adjust the left foot turning it outwards and rest the left hand on the left thigh as you raise the right hand up
    Exhale - twist the head and neck to look up
    Inhale/Exhale - stay in Extended Side Angle Pose Variation Elbow Arm Chair
    Inhale/Exhale - remain for THREE breaths.
    Inhale - release and relax
    Inhale/Exhale - to repeat with the other side and stay for THREE breaths
    Inhale - release and relax to sit back in Mountain Pose Chair.

    B. A great way to work on the side back muscles especially the chest and the upper back. Typically a lot of pain at the upper back, the chest and the ribcage is seen with patients with Leukemia or even after chemotherapy or radiation, and the practice of this pose helps to release the tightness at these joints and bones.

    C. Relax the body while you are in the posture, as the idea is to feel the stretch and not overdo the stretch. Take the body to the level of discomfort it can take and never overdo it.

    D. Breathing and following the body movement is very critical for the healing process, hence stay always connected to the breathing process.
  • Bridge Pose With Chair (Setubandha Sarvangasana With Chair)
    A. Come to sit on the floor close to a chair. Resting the shins against the chair, settle the spine comfortably on the floor.

    B. From here:
    Inhale - lift the legs and place them on the chair.
    Exhale - adjust the shoulders and the upper body to feel comfortable with the distance
    Inhale - raise the hips and shoulders off the floor
    Exhale - place the feet firmly on the chair and bring the hands to rest on the floor besides you.
    Inhale/Exhale - stay in Bridge Pose With Chair.
    Inhale /Exhale - stay for about 4 breaths
    Inhale - release and relax.
    Inhale/Exhale - REPEAT if required

    C. An inversion is always good to practice to help allow the easy flow of the prana that further helps with the functioning of the lymphatic system that keeps the immune system in control.

    D. Using a support of the shoulder and the neck with a BLANKET is advisable to help go deeper into the posture.

    E. This pose also helps to reduce neck and throat congestions and allow for the free functioning and flow of the lymphatic system. It also helps to reduce the swelling of the legs and the feet when they are raised above the heart level.
  • Half Plough Pose Feet On Chair And Bolster (Ardha Halasana Feet On Chair And Bolster)
    A. Lying down on the floor close to a chair, bring the head close to the chair while you're legs are away from the chair.

    B. From here:
    Inhale - bend the knees and place the hands above your head and shoulders.
    Exhale - holding the legs of the chair, raise the hips off the floor
    Inhale - lift the legs and come to balance on the shoulders
    Exhale - place the legs on the chair as you bring the chest in contact with your chin.
    Inhale/Exhale - to stay in Half Plough Pose Feet On Chair And Bolster.
    Inhale/Exhale - to stay here for about THREE breaths.
    Inhale - release and relax.
    Inhale/Exhale - repeat again to go for THREE breaths.
    Inhale - relax and rest in Savasana.

    C. An inversion is always encouraged to help the body fight with infections, to help keep the body strong with the easy flow of lymphatic system, to release the aches and pain at the upper body and neck, to improve the flow of Prana moving towards the brain.

    D. A great practice that may help to avoid the SPREADING of leukemia to the BRAIN.
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