Home Practices for Patients & Survivors
Browse the free restorative home practice, video series, blog posts and testimonials resources for those managing cancer on the tabs below. Feel free to share these practices with others who might find them helpful.
Restorative Practice with Mudras
Research Protocol Practice
The healing benefits of restorative yoga are one of the many tools of self care that can be used at home for anyone who is undergoing treatment for cancer. There is no need to purchase expensive yoga props, there are many things around your home that you can use to support your body in the postures contained in this sequence are listed below. Several Mudras, or hand gestures, are also explained that create a direct link to the energetic system in the body to increase immunity and alleviate anxiety.
Props that you will need:
Props that you will need:
- 3 Yoga Bolsters (or bed pillows, couch cushions, rolled up blankets)
- 2 Blankets (choose military wool or Mexican style blankets that can be folded easily)
- 2 Yoga Blocks (or thick paperback books or telephone books)
- Eyebag (or scarf to cover the eyes)
- Yoga Mat or rug for padding under the body
Welcome to the Healing Yoga for Cancer video series, eight sessions of yoga to help reduce common cancer treatment side effects. Please use the links below to view the handouts, audio and video recordings for each week.
Recordings made at the Cancer Support Community of the East Bay on September 25, 2013 with Cheryl Fenner Brown, E-RYT 500
Week 2: Yoga for Fatigue
Recordings made at the Cancer Support Community of the East Bay on October 2, 2013 with Cheryl Fenner Brown, E-RYT 500
Week 5: Yoga for Digestion
Audio recordings made at the Cancer Support Community of the East Bay on October 23, 2013 and video recording made at Piedmont Yoga on October 24, 2013 with Cheryl Fenner Brown, E-RYT 500
Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship Research Protocol Practice
Yoga U Online Wellness Blog
A series of articles I wrote for Yoga U Online highlighting how yoga can help with different treatment side-effects.
- Cancer & Insomnia: Short Relaxing Sequence to Put You on the Path to Sleep, February 2018
- Deep Rest: Healing Yoga for Cancer-Related Fatigue, December 2018
- Healing Yoga for Cancer: Pain Relief, November 2018
Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship Protocols, 2014
Welcome to Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship, a gentle yoga program specifically designed to build breath and body awareness, increase energy, circulation and lymphatic drainage, reduce anxiety, fatigue, sleeplessness, constipation and pain for those going through cancer treatment. The sequences provides instruction on intention setting that is done at the beginning of the session; simple sound practices to focus your attention and bring you more closely into contact with your center; mudra or hand gestures to calm the mind and emotions; breathing techniques to increase prana, the vital force in your body that is helpful for healing; and a progression of yoga postures from a reclining position to sitting to kneeling to standing that will move all the joints in the body. The following sequences highlight the yoga protocol used as an intervention in the Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship feasibility study conducted at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, CA in 2014.
Healing Yoga for Cancer Survey, 2013
Sequences highlighting the yoga protocols used as interventions for the Healing Yoga for Cancer survey conducted at the Cancer Support Community in Walnut Creek, CA in 2013.