Yoga and Cancer Studies
Other research, including a 2013 study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed that cancer participants had overall improved sleep, as well as the the need for less sleep while undergoing the study. It also eliminated the need to take sleep medication for the majority of the participants. More than 400 cancer survivors in the study took part in a program called Yoga for Cancer Survivors, which aimed to help them eliminate stress and sleep issues.
- Stress reduction
- An increase in vigor
- Better quality of life
- Pain reduction
- Reduced fatigue
- An increase in vigor
- Better fitness level
- Heightened self-reflection
Are You Ready for Yoga?
Varying Results Times
The following activities can give you a good idea if you’re ready for yoga. To start with most basic form of yoga, you should be able to:
Keep in mind that once you start yoga, you’ll typically begin slowly, and over time, your endurance and strength will build up, which will eventually provide you with an array of positive health benefits to help you fight against mesothelioma by keeping your body health and fit and your stress and anxiety at bay.
Mesothelioma patients who’ve never participated in yoga, generally start off with beginner moves such as the Chair Pose, Tree Pose, and Crescent Pose. Most beginner poses are gently, but you’ll like use your knees, hips, ankles, and arms.
If you ever need to stop, do not hesitate, even if others in your class seem to be handling the poses with ease. Remember that as a mesothelioma patient, you need to listen to your body carefully and progress naturally. With the right yoga instructor, you will get there, and the results will follow.
It’s important to remember that mesothelioma patients are all unique. While one person may be struggling with one particular symptom, another may not. In turn, each person may have varying results after starting and continuing on with a yoga program.
Some people may see instant results with better breathing and stress reduction, while it may take weeks for others. Some mesothelioma patients will need to go at a much slower pace than others, which may cause a delay in reaching the benefits needed. Work with a professional yoga instructor to find your own personal level, and take into account what feels right for your particular needs.
It goes without saying, but mesothelioma patients should always consult with a physician before starting any kind of exercise program. Most mesothelioma patients undergo aggressive treatment options, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and may need to wait until their doctors gives them a “go ahead” to start complementary healing techniques.