Yoga Challenge Day 2: Seated Side Bend

My mother has lived with metastatic breast cancer for 22 years. Over the years, as I have tuned into the ebb and flow of her life and moods, the pattern of relapse always came immediately on the heels of a time of great stress or trauma. Yoga can help us to learn to ride the waves of life with balance and equanimity, using our practice to support ourselves in times of stress, and to celebrate ourselves and our connection to the earth in times of joy. In yoga, the neck is considered a bridge between the mind and the body. Use this pose to really strengthen that connection, breathing through and clearing blockages that impede our capacity to laugh, live and love fully in the moment.

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Comment by jes on April 13, 2010 at 8:46am
I love these gentle ways of stretching the side waist and chest, anterior upper chest and neck. I would have liked some comments about maintaining chest position as you change arm positions. I liked that mentioned where one should feel the stretch.
Comment by mara cary on April 13, 2010 at 8:45am
I got bad news about my cancer yesterday. But now I feel so much better. I get this sense of being in the right place alive, doing this stretch and breath.
Comment by Jenny Rohan on April 13, 2010 at 8:03am
From the view point of a yoga teacher, this is a very well done video. I like the explanations linked to the physiology/pathophysiology of a breast cancer yogi. These are important energetic focus. Thanks for great video #2.
Comment by joy daunis on April 13, 2010 at 7:59am
Even before my last surgery I've been limited to chair yoga. This is a wonderful re-entry to strengthen and open my body in full practice. Thank you for this challenge.
Comment by Veronica Rottman on April 13, 2010 at 7:55am
I love how much more space I can find in the ribs and side body, giving more room for the lungs as well!
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 13, 2010 at 7:44am
How very relaxing. I so need this. Thank-you yoga bear for helping me to understand the importance of yoga in today's world of stress. I truly appreciate it.
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 13, 2010 at 7:34am
So much is being done here simply with breath and extension. Truly special.
Comment by Karin Tang on April 13, 2010 at 7:29am
Good pose for opening the shoulders after a day spend hunched over the computer in the office. Using the breath helps to increase the intensity of the stretch as well as create awareness. Thanks!
Comment by Liz Lawler on April 13, 2010 at 6:18am
this is a great one! I rarely do this much focused work on the shoulder girdle. Thanks!

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