How Yoga Can Support Cancer Victims

Fighting Cancer through Yoga

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single person whose life hasn’t been impacted in some way by cancer. And, at Yoga On Tap, we’ve worked, helping to raise awareness and funds, for a variety of national and local Charlotte organizations that are leading the fight against various types of cancers.

We’re passionate about finding a cure and supporting victims. We want to do everything we can to help.

Yoga has physical, emotional, and mental benefits for everyone but yoga can also have a huge impact on those suffering from cancer. So, we want to explore the benefits of yoga for those suffering from cancer. Details can be found on the Huffington Post, but we’ll give you a brief rundown!  

1. Yoga can help manage depression, fear, and anxiety.

Depression, fear, and anxiety can permeate the lives of those with a cancer diagnosis. The treatments they undergo and the unknown associated with a diagnosis can have a huge impact on their lives.

Research has shown that “Yogic breathing, defined as a manipulation of breath movement, has been shown to positively affect immune function, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological or stress-related disorders.” Guided breathing can help to calm both mind and body.

2. The “Mood Boost” effect associated with yoga.

Think about the last time you practiced yoga or any exercise for that matter. How did you feel afterward? You probably felt great!

Exercise releases endorphins which can improve your mood.

3. Yoga can help manage physical pain.

Victims of cancer suffer pain from the treatments they receive. Moderate activity can help in managing physical pain from treatments.

4. Yoga provides community support.

At the core of any yoga practice is community. Individuals with cancer or even those in remission rely on community to support their mental and physical health. It’s hard to fight cancer alone and yoga is a great outlet for support.

Cancer sucks. Plain and simple.

Let’s work together to support those who are suffering. Let’s work to put an end to this awful disease. To get involved, learn more about how Yoga On Tap supports causes like cancer research and awareness.