Yoga and Breast Cancer

” Yoga has become a popular subject of medical inquiry and is now being studied by many clinicians. Know for its therapeutic benefits, yoga is now offered as a complementary therapy at many major treatment centers, and is often practiced independently by patients who hear how effective it is.

For women with breast cancer, yoga has been shown to reduce mood disturbances, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and confusion, and to improve sleep quality, cancer related distress, and cancer related symptoms. Women participating in yoga programs during treatment reported improvements in their quality of life – for example, there was a significant reduction in nausea, vomiting, and fatigue during chemotherapy.”

From Yoga and Breast Cancer, A Journey to Health and Healing by Ingrid Kollack, and Isabell Utz-Billing

Susan Whitaker About Susan Whitaker

Susan is the owner of Canyon Spirit Yoga Center in Auburn, Ca. and primary yoga instructor at Wellness Within. She has Yoga teaching certifications from Kripalu Center and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Susan continues to teach and study in the areas of yoga therapy, creating individual practices, and yoga as a healing art.


  1. In the UK, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) officially recognises that based on 10 clinical trials performed – yoga could help to reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress for some patients.

    Yoga for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors has been created exclusively for breast cancer survivors. Theinspirational DVD was created by Kate, in dedication to her mother, Priscilla Kinney who battled 23 years against metastatic breast cancer.

    The yoga poses were chosen not only for their stress reducing and energizing properties, but also to address the unique needs of breast cancer battlers.

    £10 per DVD purchased will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Centres.

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