• How many folks on the site practice yoga? And does it help you stay calm and limber you up?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Friday, March 15, 2013

    How many folks on the site practice yoga? And does it help you stay calm and limber you up?

    For those of you who do practice, please don't bother to answer if you don't practice (I'm not tryiing to take a survey and count how many do and don't) I want to find out if yoga helps cancer patients with keeping calm and carrying on...;) and being limber. Thanks for your replies!...;)

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've also been practicing yoga for several years but I do it strictly for physical reasons. Since cancer treatment, a lot of poses that were a piece of cake before are pretty challenging again because I lost so much flexibility while in cancer treatment and I still have some balance issues from CIPN.

      over 3 years ago
    • Barron's Avatar


      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I take yoga as one of the classes in the Livestrong program at my Local YMCA. The instructor is great with working what ails you which I always seem to have something sore from either cramps from my period that restarted sporadically after chemo or shoveling snow or just sore muscles.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      I had been in very good shape "prior" to DX but after a year of treatment I am trying so hard to get back in shape and its not been easy. I can do an incredible amount of treadmill work but the problem is I cannot walk the next day. I am all sore and uncomfortable and stiff. I have been on Same-e for about 15 days..no improvement yet
      I have done yoga for years and can only now do the a few positions. The joint discomfort and stiffness since treatment is O.K. if I don't exercise but its awful if I do more than 30-45 minutes even with warm up and downs.

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Thanks for your question. I'm about to embark on a gentle yoga course (also a gentle pilates) given at a local cancer support group. I did a tiny bit of yoga years ago when I was young and more flexible, but lately have done mostly cardio. I'm not almost back up to my pre Dx level on the elliptical. But I definitely plan to pursue the other courses available to me.

      over 3 years ago
    • barbaraanne's Avatar

      I have several yoga DVD's that I use. Most are actually a combination of Yoga & Pilates. I find it very helpful. I am someone who's been working out for years. I recently was able to work out 5-6 days a week, adding cardio w/light weights. I find any kind of physical activity makes you feel better and more energized.. granted now I can't work out as much or as hard, and I do get much more achy, but I know I am also strengthen my body along w/my mind. Yoga breathing also helps me when the anxiety kicks in, while waiting for test results or actually doing tests, like MRI..:) Namaste..

      over 3 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      I do, and yes. I think it has been a great help through healing and waiting for pathology results, etc. I have excellent range of motion and I don't take it gentle. But I didn't have radiation, either. Mostly, I'm kind of a hard charger. I kayak surf and need lots of upper body strength and flexibility to have fun at that. And I didn't want to give any of it up because of Bilat mast. Yoga is one of the activities that helps me with "calm." Body, mind and spirit.... awesome stuff.

      over 3 years ago
    • nanc's Avatar

      Just started and can already tell it is helping with flexibility and balance, both of which have been gravely impaired with all of the prior cancer treatment. A friend loaned me a "basic yoga" DVD and it is good at going slow enough to hear the different positions and then showing how each is done. After the first try, I was worn out, but felt very good physically and mentally.

      over 3 years ago
    • grammy's Avatar

      I took yoga through all of my chemo and radiation and found it was a great help in getting through all of the treatment. It helped keep me flexible and just feeling good. And the people in my class were just great. The breathing and meditation helped not just during classes but also whenever I faced something during treatment. I cannot recommend yoga and meditation highly enough. That and walking every day made a huge difference in my outlook and physical well being. Good luck.

      over 3 years ago

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