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5 Yoga Poses to Combat Prostate Cancer

Dealing with chronic pain from prostate cancer can be frustrating on a number of different levels. With prostate cancer being the second most common cancer in men, prostate cancer treatment options are a primary focus of the urology medical community.

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Everything from advanced technological practices like High Intensity Focused Ultrasounds (HIFU) to more natural approaches, like meditation and yoga, are being used to give patients the relief they need. While the HIFU procedures are proving to be incredibly effective, patients also appreciate alternative methods to relieve some of their discomforts. Many people think of yoga being a high-intensity stretch class that increases flexibility and strength. However, yoga has been around for centuries and different postures, or asanas as the yogis call them, have been used to treat pain, stress, anxiety, and sleep disorders for years. That’s why medical doctors treating prostate cancer patients have begun to promote at-home yoga poses to help ease the pain. Certain yoga poses will not only ease pressure, but it can also strengthen the pelvic floor, which can lead to improved bladder and bowel control. Below are five yoga poses to use to combat prostate cancer.

1. Head-to-Knee Pose (Janusirsasana)

This is a seated posture that can relieve tension in your pelvic floor and your lower back.

  • Sit on the floor with the left leg extended while the right leg bends with the knee facing out and the bottom of your foot facing/touching the inside of your left thigh
  • On an inhale, stretch your arms up toward the ceiling
  • On an exhale, fold forward reaching your arms down your extended leg
  • Hold for five deep breaths
  • Repeat on the other side

2. Cobbler Pose (Baddha Konasana)

This is another seated posture that stretches the muscles around your pelvic floor.

  • Sit down on the floor and slowly bring both feet into facing one another
  • The bottoms of your feet should be touching, but feel free to extend your legs out to relieve pressure in your knees
  • Wrap your hands around your feet
  • On an inhale, open your chest and raise your gaze to the ceiling
  • On an exhale, tuck your chin to your chest
  • Rest here for five breaths

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3. Hero Pose (Virasana)

This is a beginners’ seated posture. Be mindful if you’ve suffered from knee injuries.

  • Kneel with both knees about hip width apart
  • Slowly lower down so you’re sitting between your two feet, which are facing towards the back of the room
  • Keep your hands on your thighs and your spine straight
  • Breathe here for 5 minutes

4. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

This can be a more difficult posture but offers an intense stretch to your core.

  • Lay on your stomach with your arms on each side
  • Bring your heels up towards the back of your knees
  • Hold your head up and reach for your ankles
  • While holding your ankles, keep your gaze upwards
  • Hold for five seconds and release

5. Standing Outstretched Forward Bend (Prasarita Padonttanasana A)

This is a beginners’ standing posture that relieves tension in your core and lower back.

  • Stand with your legs a little more than hip width apart
  • Keep your hands on your hips and take a deep inhale
  • As you exhale, fold forward and reach your hands to the ground
  • Keep your elbows bent and your fingers facing forward
  • Hold for five breaths

Contact the team at Prostate Cancer Institute for more helpful tips!