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Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients: New Study Explores Appropriate Home Practices

By: Christine Malossi, RYT 200

Cancer treatment is an arduous process. Patients may experience a range of debilitating side effects both during and after treatment. Yoga may help with these side effects, but is it possible for people undergoing cancer treatment, who may be suffering from fatigue, nausea, psychological distress, and cognitive issues, to stick to a yoga routine?

A recent study set out to determine just this. Researchers at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, investigated whether a self-directed yoga program was feasible for breast cancer patients who experience cognitive issues during chemotherapy.

Of the 17 women, aged 33-58 years, who participated in the study, 86% practiced yoga at home throughout the entire four-week duration of the study. Ninety-four percent of the participants practiced the home yoga program more than twice a week. When surveyed about the yoga program, all participants answered “Agree” or “Strongly Agree” for all survey questions; hence the acceptability rate of the program was 96.5%.

The yoga program offered three 15-minute courses varying in intensity: warm-up, low intensity, and high intensity. Participants preferred the warm-up and low-intensity offerings (stable sedentary poses, breathing and stretching exercises) to the higher intensity standing poses. They also preferred to gradually increase the intensity of the exercises within each session.

In their analysis of the data, the study’s authors indicated that the high retention, adherence, and acceptability rates were a result of allowing the participants to tailor their own yoga practice based on their preferences and whatever physical and psychological issues were coming up that day. Also, the fact that the participants practiced yoga at home gave them the flexibility to incorporate the routine into their day at a time that was convenient for them.

Below is a sequence inspired by the researchers’ recommendations for low-intensity, stable, sedentary poses and breathing exercises. The postures and exercises were chosen based upon those offered to participants in the study. Mix and match, or do the sequence from start to finish. But most importantly, let your body, breath, mind, and heart guide you to determine what feels right for you from moment to moment.

Sama Vritti (Equal Breathing)      

  1. Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
  2. Become aware of your breath. Notice that you’re breathing in, and notice that you’re breathing out.
  3. Little by little, begin to breathe more deeply.
  4. Let your breath gradually settle into a smooth, even rhythm. Breathe in for the same amount of time that you breathe out, matching the length of your inhalation with the length of your exhalation. It might help to count as you breathe: inhaling for a count of five then exhaling for five. Find a length of breath that feels deep but comfortable.
  5. Spend anywhere from one to several minutes breathing in this way.
  6. When you’re finished, let go of the equal breath and let your breath resume its natural pace and rhythm.

Half-Knees-to-Chest Pose (Ardha Apanasana)          

  1. Lie on your back with knees bent and soles of feet on the floor.
  2. Gently draw your right knee towards your chest. Maintain a neutral pelvis and natural lumbar curve. If your low back presses into the ground as you bring your right knee in, move the knee slightly forward.
  3. Slowly walk your left foot forward, away from the buttock. As the leg gradually straightens, bring your awareness to the front of your left hip. If you feel tension there, pause and focus on releasing that tension.
  4. Stay for 5 to 10 breaths.
  5. Bend the left knee and return the sole of the left foot to the ground, then lower the right foot.
  6. Do the same on the second side. (a variation is featured in photo above)

Hand-to-Foot Pose A (Supta Padangusthasana A)         

Required prop: yoga strap

  1. Lie on your back with knees bent and soles of feet on the floor.
  2. Draw your right knee towards your chest, flex the foot, and loop a strap around the ball of the foot.
  3. Holding onto one end of the strap in each hand, press your right heel towards the sky as you gradually straighten your right leg. Either keep the left leg as is or straighten it along the ground. If the left leg is straight, flex the foot and ground down through the back of the leg.
  4. Release the backs of your shoulders toward the mat, so your chest feels spacious and your neck muscles relax.
  5. Notice if one side of your sacrum is pressing down more than the other. If so, spread your weight evenly through the right and left halves of the back of your pelvis.
  6. Stay for 5 to10 breaths.
  7. Bend both knees and release your right foot from the strap.
  8. Do the same on the second side.

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)         

Optional prop: blanket

  1. Come onto your hands and knees, facing down towards the ground. If your knees are sensitive, place a blanket underneath them.
  2. Step your right foot forward, aligning the ankle directly below the knee.
  3. Stack your hands on top of your right thigh and press firmly down into the thigh to create a lift through the core of your body.
  4. Hands may stay here, or sweep your arms out and up overhead.
  5. Stay for 5 to 10 breaths.
  6. Bring your hands back down to the ground and step the right knee to the floor beside the left knee.
  7. Do the same on the other side.

Supported Child’s Pose (Salamba Balasana)      

Required props: blanket, bolster

  1. Kneel on a blanket and place a bolster lengthwise in front of you.
  2. Separate your knees wide apart, placing your knees on either side of the bolster while keeping your feet close together and your hips resting on your heels.
  3. Inhale as you lengthen your spine, then exhale and lay your torso over the bolster, turning your head to one side and resting your hands on either side of the bolster. If you’re not comfortable turning your head, place one hand on top of the other on the bolster and rest your forehead on your hands. If you feel the support under your torso needs to be higher, stack one or more folded blankets on the bolster until you find a height that allows your body to relax.
  4. Stay for 1-2 minutes with your head turned one way, then the same amount of time with it turned in the opposite direction.
  5. Slide your hands under your shoulders and press them into the floor. Keeping your head heavy, roll up to a sitting position, one vertebra at a time, and allow your head to arrive last.

Jathara Parivartanasana (Supine Spinal Twist Pose)     

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor.
  2. Pressing down into your feet, lift your hips, shift them slightly to the right and place them back down.
  3. Draw your knees toward your chest and lower them to the left.
  4. Spread your arms into a T-shape on the floor.
  5. If it feels good, turn your head to look past your right fingers. If that strains your neck, look up at the ceiling instead.
  6. Take several breaths here before returning your knees and hips to center.
  7. Do the same on the other side.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)—With or Without Support         

Optional props: bolster, blanket

  1. Sit on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor.
  2. Place a folded blanket behind you, approximating where your head will rest when you lie down.
  3. Place a bolster or rolled blanket horizontally under your knees.
  4. Tuck your chin toward your chest and support yourself with your hands on the floor behind you as you lie back.
  5. Rest your head and neck on the folded blanket, or make a small roll to support the curve of your neck. If would you feel more comfortable with nothing underneath your head, remove the blanket and rest your head on the floor.
  6. Separate your feet and legs a comfortable distance apart. If you would be more comfortable without the bolster or blanket under the knees, remove the prop and allow your legs to settle onto the ground.
  7. Stay as long as you’d like.

Would you like to study the many benefits of yoga for cancer?  Study with Tari Prinster and YogaUOnline-Introduction to Yoga for Cancer: Tapping into the Body’s Inherit Healing Wisdom.

Or read another article on this topic by YogaUOnline and writer, Jennifer Williams-Fields: Navigating Cancer Treatment-How Yoga Can Help.

Christine Malossi, RYT 200 is based in New York City, where she offers a mindful, alignment-focused Vinyasa practice that cultivates balance, awareness and equanimity. In addition to teaching private clients and group classes at studios throughout Manhattan, she also teaches at the Spencer Cox Center for Health at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Institute for Advanced Medicine where she designs a practice specifically tailored to patients diagnosed with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Christine is honored to be teaching yoga and to have the opportunity to pass on to others the joy and freedom that she has found in her own practice. Find her at www.christinemalossi.com

Resources

Komatsu H., Yagasaki K., Yamauchi H., Yamauchi T., and Takebayashi T. (2016) “A self‐directed home yoga programme for women with breast cancer during chemotherapy: A feasibility study. “ International Journal of Nursing Practice, 22: 258–266. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12419.

 

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An exclusive yoga session will be held at our facility this Saturday, June 16 at 1:30pm with guest facilitator Katherine. Visit our website, email, or call us to RSVP as space is limited for a FREE yoga session with goodies for everyone, let us know if you need a yoga mat. 404-483-8503, Contact@IWillSurviveInc.org www.IWIllSurviveInc.org
Close to I-85N and 285-E in Atlanta/Doraville.

I Will Survive, Inc. Receives 2017 Best of Doraville Award

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

I Will Survive, Inc. Receives 2017 Best of Doraville Award

Doraville Award Program Honors the Achievement

DORAVILLE July 5, 2017 — I Will Survive, Inc. has been selected for the 2017 Best of Doraville Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Doraville Award Program.

Each year, the Doraville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Doraville area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Doraville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Doraville Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Doraville Award Program

The Doraville Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Doraville area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Doraville Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Doraville Award Program

CONTACT:
Doraville Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@thebestawards.org
URL: http://www.thebestawards.org

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Community Partnership to “Support the Fighters” …

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 Connect with our incredible Community Project Partner: My Style Matters, LLC. or email them directly! mystylematters1912@gmail.com

Our goal for 2017 is to give incredible toxic FREE Cancer Care Kits to 40 individuals in the Atlanta area who are currently battling cancer (men and women).
BUT we can’t do it alone. We need your help.

Sponsors

    

  

 

FDHA

Tax Deductible Donations can be made as follows:

Check or Via our Website for Cards

I Will Survive, Inc.

5879 New Peachtree Rd. Suite D,

Doraville GA 30340

http://www.IWillSurviveInc.org

(You can also walk into our office during business hours and drop off checks, cash donations, swipe on-site, in-kind donations from corporations)

Contact Us for more questions:

​Contact@IWillSurviveInc.org

404-483-8503

http://www.IWillSurviveInc.org

Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 10am-2pm

Additional Sponsors – We Thank YOU!

     
        

 

Make a donation or sponsor a patient!

Sponsorship per patient is $60, however, any donated amount will help us to achieve our goal.

With your sponsorship, each patient will receive over non-toxic 10 items, as well as supplements, vouchers for hair cuts, non-GMO and organic meal vouchers, cleaning services, photo shoot, a personalized card from the donor and much more.
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Company with monetary or in-kind donations worth $150 or more will have their company logo’s placed on our website and Social Media Pages.

We will start providing care packages in July and will continue throughout the year.

Be in a MOVIE for a cause!

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Come Join Us On Set Wednesday, June 29th

Be in a movie and volunteer for a non-profit at the same time.

Sign up!

Hey everyone! Please share!
On June 29th, join a handful of nonprofits on the set of ‘Step Sisters’ to volunteer as a background artist! Production will donate $10 to a nonprofit for every person that attends!!!

When: Wednesday, June 29th @ 9AM for a few hours (Stay as long as you like!)
Where: Morehouse College (Parking TBD)
All Ages, Ethnicities are welcome – yes even kids!
Click on the website below to see our current list of participating nonprofits and to sign up for Wednesday!
http://catrettandassociatescasting.com

Please support @IWillSurviveInc by connecting with us on IG and Facebook to share with friends.

 

Donating time is important as well as money. Here is a list of other important donation items. We are always accepting items for care packages for clients in our programs affected by breast caner.

1. Aloe Vera Gel (Natural healing after radiation)

2. Alkaline Water (PH of 8 or above with BPA free plastic)

3. Deodorant (No parabens, colors, or aluminum)

4. Headscarves and Natural Hair Care Items (Natural Shampoo’s after Chemo, Organic Coconut Oil)

5. Gas card/ Marta cards (traveling to health care facilities)

6. Essential Oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh)

7. Organic ginger, turmeric, vitamin D, vitamin C, probiotics

8. Stress relief items (movie passes/spa gift cards/event tickets)

9. Motivational Reading Material (Books/Poems/Magazines)

10. Motivational Music and Movies (Work Out Videos/Yoga/Stretching)

11. Educational Materials (Holistic/Organic)

12. Kindles, Laptops, Cell Phones (to get our survivors jobs from home after treatments)

13. All Inclusive Vacation Tickets (Survivors stress relief after treatments/surgery)

14. Healthy Food Prep made easy (Juicer, Blender, BPA Free Containers, Nutri-Bullet, etc.)

15. Detox program with Living Foods Institution (10 day voucher)

 

Thank you from all of us,

~Team Survive

Green Brings Cancer Fighting Laser to Morehouse School of Medicine

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MSM Gains Multi-disciplinary Physicist that Specializes in Nanobiophotonics and Targeted Cancer Therapeutics, Using Lasers, Nanoparticles and Antibodies

Contact:
Ronna Charles Nu’Man
rnuman@msm.edu
404-752-1717
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2016 – ATLANTA – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) welcomes Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Ph.D. as assistant professor in the department of physiology. In addition to her faculty role, Green will continue work that developed from patent-pending technologies, including a 3-in-1 system for early detection, targeting, a selective treatment of malignant tumors, and a nanoparticle-enabled 10-minute laser treatment that induces 100% tumor regression. She was recently awarded a $1.1 million HBCU-Research Scientist Training Program Career Development Award from the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service of the VA Office of Research and Development. Green will start at MSM on April 4, 2016.

“Dr. Green’s ground-breaking research is developing revolutionary technologies that could result in life-saving alternatives for people fighting cancer,” Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., vice president and executive dean or research and academic administration. “We welcome her diversity of thought to not only help in the education of the next generation of providers, but to partner with our community of researchers in the advancement of health equity.”

Green comes to MSM from Tuskegee University, where she served as an assistant professor in the department of physics with adjunct appointments in the departments of biological sciences and materials science engineering.  She is a multi-disciplinary physicist who specializes in nanobiophotonics and targeted cancer therapeutics, using lasers, nanoparticles, and antibodies to develop biomarker-specific platforms to target, image, and treat malignant tumors including head and neck and women’s cancers.

Green completed her bachelor of science in physics with a concentration in optics and minor in mathematics from Alabama A&M University in 1999. She received her master of science in physics with a concentration in Nanobiophotonics in 2009 and her Ph.D. in physics in 2012 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). As a student, she received $300,000 in scholarships and fellowships, including the National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship, National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, David and Lucille Packard Foundation Fellowship and AAMU Presidential Scholarship.
About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)

Founded in 1975, MSM is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians and was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 as the top institution in the first study of U.S. medical schools for our social mission based on our production of primary care physicians, training of underrepresented minority doctors and placement of doctors practicing in underserved communities. Our faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.

Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award doctorate and master degrees. For more information, please visit www.msm.edu

IWS Health Education Workshop Series

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Pink Ribbon

IWS

Presents the 2016

Health Education Workshop Series

2nd Friday of every Month

5:00pm – 6:00pm

 at I Will Survive, Inc.

5879- D New Peachtree Rd. Doraville, GA 30340

Free with RSVP

www.IWillSurviveInc.org

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 Feb 12, 2016 – Breast Health: “Health & Wealth of it all”

Bra fitting with Livi Rea Lingerie, food, watch a Pink Ribbons clip from the documentary, goody bags, and survivor network

Mar 11, 2016 – Health & Beauty: “Pretty” in Pink

Massages, food, wheat grass shots, goody bags, and survivor network

April 8, 2016 – Love Self: “Expressions: The Soul of a Survivor”

Spoken word therapy, laughter, food, goody bags, and survivor network

Serve as a Fellow with I Will Survive, Inc.

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Military

Through the Mission Continues’ Fellowship Program, selected veterans volunteer part-time for six months with I Will Survive, Inc. In return, Fellows receive a living stipend, complete a leadership development curriculum and develop new skills and networks. The Fellowship Program is ideal for veterans looking to start a new career, gain practical work experience while attending school or for a new way to serve at home. Find out more at www.MissionContinues.org (open to post-9/11 veterans)

Need: Honorable Discharge, DD214, Clean Criminal Record, and signed Memorandum of Understanding.

  • Attend a three-day fellowship orientation (coming up in Atlanta).
  • Gain additional leadership skills as a civilian.
  • Transfer military skills to the civilian workforce.
  • Gain public speaking skills.
  • Obtain networks for future careers after the fellowship.
  • Become active citizens in the community.
  • Gain mentorship and coaching from a Certified Professional Life Coach free of charge.
  • Work directly with the Executive Director of I Will Survive, Inc., who is also a veteran who served two tours in Iraq, obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and will obtain a Masters in Public Administration.

Please visit the host organization at www.IWillSurviveInc.org to gain more information. Email contact@iwillsurviveinc.org if you are interested to serve again!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

I Will Survive, Inc. 5879 New Peachtree Rd., Suite D., Atlanta, GA 30340

Phone 404.483.8503 Fax 800.880.1586