Follow THESE 5 yoga asanas to reduce the risk of breast cancer

Updated on Mar 11, 2021 05:22 PM IST  |  287K
Follow THESE 5 yoga asanas to reduce the risk of breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the top three most common types of cancer prevalent in the world. According to reports published by the world health organisation, there are about 1.38 million cases of cancer each year. In India alone, one out of every 20 urban women gets diagnosed with breast cancer and there is a confirmed diagnosis every four minutes. Recent studies have shown that there is an increase in the number of cases of breast cancer and this is mainly attributed to the pandemic. Apart from this the other reasons for this increase in cases are changes in lifestyle patterns, reproductive preferences, and hormonal imbalance.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has declared Covid-19 as the cause for increased risk and complications for those suffering from cancer. In order to prevent cancer or to manage the symptoms and support treatment, yoga can work as a holistic solution. Yoga comprises postures, breathing exercises known as pranayama, meditation techniques, mudras, chanting and more. Yoga postures work on the body while the breath helps regulate emotions and uplifts the mood. Yoga works on connecting the mind and body for mindful living. 

Yoga Therapy

Practice these following postures after consulting your medical physician. Please ensure that you perform these exercises under the guidance or supervision of a trained yoga teacher.

Naukasana or boat pose

Sit on your mat with your legs stretched forward and keep your back straight. Inhale and lift both legs upholding them at a degree of 30 to 45 degrees. Try not to hunch your back and balance on your sitting bones.

Sukhasana variation

Sit in a cross legged position with your back straight. Inhale and lift up your lower body placing your arms on your knees. The balance on your sit bones and gaze ahead.


Lie down on your stomach and interlock your fingers behind your back. With an inhalation lift your upper body upwards and stretch your interlocked hands behind you. Do not let your feet lift off the floor.

Shalabasana Variation

Lie on your stomach with palms under your shoulders. Keep your feet together, and toes outwards. Inhale and lift up the right hand, and left leg behind. Keep your knees straight, as you lift your head and chest up. Exhale as you bring your torso down and repeat on the other side. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds.

Ashwasanchalan Variation

Start in Samasthiti standing with your feet together and keep your shoulders relaxed. From here step back with your right foot and place the right knee down. Keep your back straight ensuring that your left knee and ankle are aligned at 90°. Join your palms at your heart chakra and look ahead. Repeat on the other side.

Yoga and spirituality can bring a whole host of benefits to the mind, body and spirit. Spiritual practices such as Siddhohum Kriya, meditation techniques like Bhavigatha Dhyan and Namho Himalaya mantra generate positive energies. These practices build up vibrations and help to speed up the recovery and treatment process in those suffering from breast cancer.

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