Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to assist us and our own physical and mental well-being. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a complementary therapy for all kinds of conditions including cancer.

Therapeutic yoga, in particular, has been shown to be an effective tool for improving the physical and emotional well-being of those affected by cancer, cancer survivors. In this article, I will explore how therapeutic yoga can benefit cancer survivors backed by scientific research that support these claims.

Therapeutic yoga is a form of yoga that is tailored to the personal needs of the individual. It focuses on healing and rehabilitation, and is often used to address specific health conditions, including cancer.

"Research has shown that therapeutic yoga can improve cancer survivors' physical functioning, reduce pain, and improve quality of life." (Bower et al., 2011)

One of the key benefits of therapeutic yoga for those affected by cancer is its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress in an affordable and sustainable way. Cancer treatment can be extremely stressful, both physically and financially, and many survivors experience ongoing anxiety and fear of recurrence. Yoga’s emphasis on deep breathing and relaxation can help survivors manage these feelings and reduce their impact on their overall well-being. Therapeutic yoga is also an affordable modality to maintain quality of life (QOL) and physical strength and flexibility, which can be compromised by cancer treatment.

Another important benefit of therapeutic yoga for cancer survivors is its ability to promote a sense of personal connection and community. Yoga classes provide a supportive and inclusive environment where survivors can connect with others who have had similar experiences. This can be especially valuable for survivors who may feel isolated or disconnected from others as a result of their cancer diagnosis.

"It can also reduce anxiety and depression, which are common psychological side effects of cancer treatment." (Lengacher et al., 2009).

You can see how passionate I am about this affordable, movement modality. Therapeutic yoga has been proven to offer valuable tools for cancer survivors looking to maintain and improve their physical and emotional well-being. Its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and build physical strength and flexibility makes it an effective and accessible complementary therapy for cancer treatment. Additionally, the sense of community and connection provided by yoga classes can be a valuable source of support for survivors.

Om Shanti
(May you go in peace)



  1. Bower, J. E., et al. (2011). Yoga for persistent fatigue in breast cancer survivors: A randomized controlled trial. Cancer, 117(16), 1-10.
  2. Lengacher, C. A., et al. (2009). Mind-body interventions for the management of pain in breast cancer survivors. The Breast Journal, 15(6), 1-6.



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