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Yoga is a fantastic exercise for breast cancer patients and survivors alike. Besides being good for your body by increasing your strength, flexibility, and balance it’s excellent for your mental well-being as well.
Yoga is known to reduce stress, and the less stress you’re under, the better your body performs. It also reduces fatigue and promotes better sleep — anyone undergoing chemo and radiation know how physically and mentally exhausting it is.
Best of all, studies have shown that yoga has benefits specifically for women with breast cancer:
“At the 2003 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), results were reported from a yoga study involving 126 women recently diagnosed with Stage I or II breast cancer. The women were about to receive chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. Some of the women were assigned to yoga classes over a 3-month period. The women taking yoga had a 12% improvement in fatigue, physical functioning, and quality of life compared with those in the program who did not take the yoga classes.” SOURCE
Not to mention that yoga, while physically demanding, is innately “calmer” than many other forms of exercise. Most sports are loud. Lifting weights is usually accompanied by upbeat music and grunts. But yoga brings peace to your mind while simultaneously requiring new levels of fitness from your body.
While in-studio yoga classes are amazing, they’re considerably more expensive (the cheapest I found around me were $15 per class), and they require the time, effort and gas money to get to the studio. Which doesn’t always sound good after a long day battling for your life.
YogaDownload: The Perfect Solution
That’s why I signed up for YogaDownload. It gives me access to tons of yoga classes that I can stream online, and with certain memberships I can download classes to watch even if I don’t have internet access.
YogaDownload has specific programs for all breast cancer patients’ and survivors’ needs: Yoga for runners, prenatal yoga, yoga for back pain, beginner’s yoga. And it also features yoga challenges to keep things interesting.
The app has new classes added every week, and you’ll find classes for every level from beginner to advanced.
Need reminders? With the YogaDownload app you’ll get customized reminders telling you it’s time to hit the mat.
For just $18/month, you have access to YogaDownload’s entire library of classes and programs, plus you can download as many as you’d like. If you want the best value, pay for a year up front and get it all for $120.
The two-week trial is just $1 to get started, so you can see if you enjoy doing online yoga from the comfort of your own home before committing.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up here.