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 Deborah Sica on April 13, 2010 at 6:11pm
Very enjoyable post after a long day at the computer.
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 13, 2010 at 5:13pm
I moved right into seated side bend after our meditation tonight. In my yoga for breast cancer survivors I have several levels of healing/treatment & was able to modify for all of them. I have one lady w/ severe lymphadema so we placed her extended behind her back so she could still get the benefit of opening the chest. Wonderful video, will use this pose again!
Comment by Snowflake on April 13, 2010 at 4:07pm
The connection to moving in health is so positive with beautiful words and lovely pauses for breath. The direction is inspiring and allows for a wonderful awareness to the focus on body and the breath. I enjoyed it very much!
Comment by C. Love on April 13, 2010 at 1:02pm
Nice side body and chest opener for adhesions from radiation. Lovely language, too.
Comment by Sarah B on April 13, 2010 at 12:44pm
Love what this does for releasing neck tension. I am putting it in my class tonight! :)
Comment by Lea Reinbolt Cornell on April 13, 2010 at 12:42pm
Wonderful alignment and arm extensions. The duration of the posture with the neck held to the side by the shoulder proves challenging, but the side stretch feels fantastic.
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 13, 2010 at 12:00pm
Both of the videos have helped me stop and take some time - outside of my regular yoga practice. Since I work from home it's a great reminder to stop and take a break. Very helpful! Thank you.
Comment by Merrie on April 13, 2010 at 11:15am
i feel the pull of my scars as i do these simple poses. yet another reminder of how live has changed. however, yoga reminds me of the fullness to be regained.
Comment by Trish Martin on April 13, 2010 at 10:25am
Lovely segue from opening side body to chest opener. I needed to come down to forearm on mat in order to stay with the duration of stretches, but visualize my arms getting stronger as I do this more often.
Comment by Jim on April 13, 2010 at 10:14am
relaxing, yet refreshing. thanks

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