Living with Cancer is a challenging journey. However, many people have found respite in yoga and spiritual healing. You may be recently diagnosed or is in the middle of treatment. Or maybe you’ve reached the end of your treatment after beating cancer and are looking for ways to put your life back together. Yoga and spiritual healing can be advantageous regardless of where you are on your journey.
It’s important to remember that yoga and spiritual healing will not heal you from cancer, nor will these practices prevent you from contracting it. If you are diagnosed recently, strictly follow the advice of your doctor and incorporate yoga and spiritual healing to make your transition a little easier.
Yoga for Cancer Patients
Many cancer patients turn to yoga to cope with the disease. Since yoga is an exercise that focuses on the mind, body, and soul, it has many benefits. Yoga combines stretches, poses, meditation, and breathing techniques that help calm your mind, improve flexibility, and reduce stress.
Yoga is considered a complementary therapy. It can be used alongside medical treatment such as medicare cancer treatment.
Given the severity of Cancer, many patients suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression. Practicing yoga helps patients to relax and reduces feelings of depression and anxiety by uplifting their moods and helping them to take charge of their healing journey. It also helps patients face the reality of their situation.
Side effects of cancer and cancer treatments usually include pain, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. However, patients practicing yoga often experience a significant decrease in fatigue and pain, helping them sleep better.
Lastly, many cancer patients have improved mobility post-surgery when practicing yoga. Patients who do yoga are better able to function and move around more easily.
There are various types of yoga, and while there isn’t a particular type of yoga or pose beneficial for cancer patients, it is best to choose a gentle kind, like Hatha yoga. Then, as you become stronger, you can incorporate more strenuous poses into your routine.
Crystals and Yoga for Healing
To further enhance your yoga session, you can use crystals for their healing properties.
Think about what you’d like to get out of your yoga session, and then choose a crystal that offers those benefits. For instance, if your goal is to feel calm and relaxed, select an Amethyst, which is also great for healing. On the other hand, if you’re feeling depressed, choose a Smokey Quartz, which will help elevate your mood. You can wear a crystal as a piece of jewelry, hold it in your hand, or place it on your yoga mat.
Yoga is exceptionally safe, but if it’s your first time doing it, especially as a cancer patient, avoid doing it alone. At least for the first few times, practice yoga with a qualified instructor who will guide you and watch your form to ensure you don’t hurt yourself.
Let your instructor know if you feel pain doing a pose. It may be that you are doing the pose incorrectly, or the posture puts strain on your muscles. Either way, an instructor can correct you or offer alternatives.
The Role of Spiritual Healing for Cancer Patients
Like practicing yoga, spiritual healing will not cure you of Cancer, but it will help you manage the symptoms, provide a source of strength, and offer hope to deal with the road ahead.
Ideally, it would help if you used spiritual healing with conventional medicine or treatment. Typically, traditional medicine works on curing the body of Cancer while spiritual healing heals the mind and soul. There are several types of spiritual healing, each with merits, so choose the ones that work best for you and are aligned with your beliefs.
As a type of energy healing, Reiki aims to balance and move the energy within your body and remove any energy blocks. A qualified practitioner performs this type of healing who gently places their hands on your body or a few inches above it. Instead of massage, the practitioner will move their hands over your body, focusing on particular areas.
This type of energy healing can be performed fully clothed, either lying down or sitting up. Cancer patients can benefit from Reiki as it helps to feel relaxed and at peace and reduces tension and stress.
Spiritual cleansing is a means of removing negative energy, toxins, and blockages. For example, it’s normal for cancer patients to feel depressed. But, these negative thoughts can become trapped in their minds and impact their healing process.
When negative thoughts fester, it becomes more difficult to snap out of them, which causes patients to sink further into depression. Spiritual healing rids the body, mind, and soul of this negativity so that it can heal better.
Several types of spiritual cleansing include sound healing and crystal healing.
Therapeutic Touch Therapy
Therapeutic touch is also a form of energy healing. It performed by a practitioner who either touches or runs their hands over a patient’s body. The aim is to remove harmful, negative energy from the patient’s body and replace it with positive energy. This type of healing helps reduce cancer patients’ stress and anxiety. It also helps them to feel relaxed and sleep better.
Conventional medicine used to treat cancer patients can have awful side effects. Cancer patients usually suffer from depression and anxiety and may struggle to cope with the enormity of the disease. Yoga and spiritual healing are excellent when combined with conventional cancer treatments to help patients manage pain, fatigue, stress, and anxiety.
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