Daily Yoga to Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients (but not for me)

Posted under Cancer, Health Stuff, In the News, Stress Management On By Due Daniels

Daily Yoga to Reduce Stress in Breast Cancer Patients (but not for me)This article was of particular interest to me, because over the weekend, I was at a Health and Wellness seminar, put on by the Amare and Alexis Stoudemire Foundation, and one of Stoudemire’s staff was a licensed yoga instructor. He was teaching the importance of yoga as a stress relief, an exercise, and a body restorator.


Needless to say, I go home to my house and put on a yoga instructor on my TV via youtube and begin my exercises. What you don’t know is that I have a one year old baby boy, who I let out of his chair, and he tip-toed (normally heavier footed), out of the room as I was in the middle of some heavy deep breaths.


I was so relaxed, I turned around to give him assurance I was still with him, only to find he wasn’t with me. He’d left the room! I gets up to see where he went, and I feared one place, and my greatest fears fell upon me.


He was in the bathroom, trying to fix the toilet, or trying to get a drink of water, or washing his hands, or trying to learn the difference from bottle water and toilet water. Well the yoga didn’t work as a stress relief for me, because I still got really angry, yelling at him for not shutting the door to the bathroom.


Daily Yoga to Reduce Stress


I know leaving the bathroom door open is my fault, but I had to put it on him. You know how you are when you’re angry… nothing is your fault. After his second shower of the day, we kept a better eye on him.


Now, I tell this because yoga didn’t reduce my stress that day, but typically it does, especially for women who have breast cancer. A study shows that daily yoga reduces stress in breast cancer patients.

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Well, not to be a prick here, but wouldn’t yoga reduce stress in a doctor, lawyer, teacher, parent, healthy man, sick man, etc.? I suppose, this study was done to see if the same works with cancer patients, who probably carry more stress than the average person in dealing with their health situation.


To conduct the study, 191 women with breast cancer (stage 0-3) were randomised to one of three groups  yoga, simple stretching or no instruction in yoga or stretching.


Participants in the yoga and stretching groups attended sessions specifically tailored to breast cancer patients for one-hour, three days a week throughout their six weeks of radiation treatment.


Women who practiced yoga had the steepest decline in their cortisol levels across the day, indicating that yoga had the ability to help regulate this stress hormone.


I certainly plan to take up yoga, I plan to make it a practice, only I’ll make sure the little guy is participating with me or that all bathroom doors are shut!


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