For the month of April, Diana Ross of Breast Cancer Yoga has shared another amazing new pose for everyone to stretch-out into. This pose is especially useful for breast cancer patients and survivors. Find some props and give it a try but make sure your knees and ankles are comfortable!
“Extended Child 2 is an amazing opening yoga pose for the chest, spine and mind. It will immediately release tightness and tension held in the mind and the body. Plus, it will create great inner quiet and calm. Your breath will fully want to expand into the entire back region. It’s one of those yoga poses that simply allow you to let go.” – Diana Ross
- Increases lymph circulation to pectoral region
- Stretches ROM (range of motion) in shoulder girdle and trains them to be on the back body
- Draws breath towards the back body
- Allows for lymphatic drainage
- Lengthens spine into a natural alignment by broadening sacrum and lumbar regions
- Stretches breast tissue and relaxes shoulders and arms
- Lengthens collar bone while stretching the deltoids
- Quiets the parasympathetic nervous system
- Calming, especially if there is a focus on the breath
- Major stretch to lattisima dorse (major back muscles)
- Quiets the mind quickly, relieves anxiety
- Supports thoracic kyphosis
Caution: Shoulder injuries/rotator cuff.
- Begin seated on heels in (Natural Seat) or seated on bolster/blankets with yoga block in front to support head. Place blanket under knees/ankles to insure comfort.
- INHALE, lengthen spine and lower hands to earth.
- EXHALE, interlace hands, lower elbows and forearms to earth. Begin to extend arms out straight in front to deepen the stretch to arms and chest. If tightness is felt in mid or lower spine come up onto forearms until you begin to feel a release in the spine.
- Close your eyes. Stay and breathe into the entire spine. Enjoy the release and lengthening.
- Take a moment to bring arms back to rest fully.
- INHALE, come back up. Bring legs back to stretch out.
The yoga poses and images shared in this feature are copyright of Diana Ross and Breast Cancer Yoga. For more information, visit the Breast Cancer Yoga website.