The healing power of yoga is known to help both cancer patients and cancer survivors. Yoga provides a gentle whole-body exercise that strengthens the body, boosts the immune system and can help restore motion and flexibility. It is known to clear out toxins accrued during cancer treatment and stimulates the body’s natural anti-cancer defenses.
Yoga stimulates not just muscles, but also increases blood flow, balances the glands and enhances the lymphatic flow in the body, all of which enhances the body’s internal purification processes. The deep, relaxing breathing also increases the current of oxygen-rich blood to the cells, delivering vital nutrients to tired cells and further clearing out toxins.
Yoga and meditation also provide an internal anchor of calm, a sense of health and vitality and a greater consciousness. They can help dissipate tension and anxiety and boost immune function. This may be one of the reasons that there is evidence that people who practice yoga for cancer have greater recovery rates.