Yoga therapy is one such fitness technique that will help cancer patients in boosting their overall fitness, mental health and energy levels. The following yoga movements should be practised post consultation from a physician and under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher. Ensure that you are using a yoga mat, are gentle on your body and practising the movements mindfully by keeping your focus on your breath. You may hold each pose for 15 to 20 seconds and repeat each movement 2 to 3 times.
1. Vrikshasana – Tree Pose
You may start your yoga practice with Vrikshasana or tree pose. This posture can bring calmness and relaxation to the mind and body.
Begin by standing tall with your feet together. Lift up and place your right foot on your left inner thigh. Then, maintain balance in this position and slowly bring your palms together to fold (Pranam Mudra). Lift up your folded palms, stretching your arms and focus looking straight ahead. Repeat the movement with the alternate leg.
Start by gently kneeling down to come in a tabletop position. Then, align your palms under your shoulders and place your knees directly under the hips. Finish it off by keeping your knees hip-width apart and turn your toes outwards.
3. Vajrasana – Thunderbolt pose
Kneel down and place your pelvis on your heels pointing your toes outward. Then, keeping your heels slightly apart from each other, place your palms on your knees facing upward. Finish it off by straightening your back and looking forward.