Our Guide to Understanding Yoga and Breast Cancer discusses the health and wellness benefits of yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice gaining popularity in the U.S. Research shows that practicing yoga regularly can provide women with tools to cope with side effects of breast cancer treatment such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia or fatigue. Yoga programs designed specifically for women with breast cancer may also aid in the recovery from breast cancer surgery, by helping women rebuild mobility, strength and flexibility.
This guide explains the common styles of yoga offered in many studios and cancer or community centers, as well as some of the poses you will likely encounter during your first yoga classes. Learn about how yoga may benefit you as a woman with breast cancer, how to avoid injury, and ways to adapt the practice if you are in treatment, recently had surgery, or have lymphedema or metastatic disease. Find out what questions are important to ask your instructor, where to find classes near you, and what kind of yoga fits your needs.