Yoga and Breast Cancer

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Yoga and Breast Cancer

A Journey to Health and Healing

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Yoga and Breast Cancer is a practical how to guide to using yoga to manage stress, relieve pain, and gain the strength necesary to make it through this illness. It follows the authors' own research in the subject that has shown a proven correlation between yoga practice and better health and outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis. More than simply an exercise guide, the book is a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and physical activity that is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility both during and following cancer treatments.

It is intended to support women during the critical phases of their disease as well as during times of secondary prevention and rehabilitation. It shows how yoga ameliorates difficulties after breast cancer therapy, improves a womans awareness of her body, thoughts and feelings, and guides towards leading a healthier life."

Product Details

  • Publication Date September 29, 2010
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603910

Editorial Review(s)

“Nurse and author Kollak (Yoga for Nurses) and physician Utz-Billing have studied yoga practice specifically with breast cancer patients and consider yoga a significant addition to a recovery protocol. They outline the dynamics of yoga and how the poses—asanas—can be customized for every woman, no matter her physical limitations or length of time postsurgery. The photos clearly illustrate the postures; 'Quick Look' boxes summarize the moves for each chapter. For all patient health collections.”—Library Journal

“A good practice text and a worthy adjunct for Yoga teachers to accompany their class instruction for students in active breast cancer treatment.”—Yoga Therapy Today

"Like a barely perceptibly rising inclined plane, the book very gently lifts the breast cancer and post-breast cancer patient toward a realistic sense of well-being and inevitable joy with the improved health that accompanies it... [the] elegant pictures, simple contraindications, and thoughtful directions bear witness to the unassuming confidence and serenity with which the book was written, and that may be quite contagious."— Loren M. Fishman, MD, author of Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis: A Journey to Health and Healing

"Yoga and Breast Cancer is a wonderful healing resource for breast cancer survivors.  The core of this book is a series of yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations specifically sequenced and designed to help heal and nurture women’s bodies post surgery. Based on the authors’ medical study, these yogic techniques are proven to increase flexibility and strength, reduce anxiety and pain, and to improve one’s overall mental well-being. The writing is friendly, practical and is full of informed advice and gentle encouragement.  This well thought out yoga program will be a huge gift to anyone recovering from breast cancer."—Timothy Burgin,

"... information that is easy to read and understand. The authors encourage patients to become active immediately after surgery, stress consciousness of body changes upon movement, and therefore provide a means to cope with body stresses and support healing.... This book will benefit breast cancer patients of all ages."—Cindy Howell MS RN CNOR CMLSO, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Texas

"This is a valuable resource for patients who are looking for help in gaining strength physically and mentally."—Doody's Reviews

About The Author(s)

Dr. Ingrid Kollak PhD, RN

Ingrid Kollak holds a doctorate in literature and is a registered nurse. Currently she is Professor, Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences (ASFH), in Berlin, and since 1995, has acted as chair Division of Health and Nursing Management there, with previous teaching in the Bachelors and Master programs. She is well noted in the US for her work in the conceptual bases for nursing theories and in the EU for her work on intercultural perspectives at play in health care. She is editor of three books in the field of nursing, and is the author of Springer Publishing Company's title Yoga for Nurses. Dr. Kollak authors a monthly yoga column in the German journal Health Professions.

Dr. Isabell Utz-Billing MD

Isabell Utz-Billing is a medical doctor in the department of gynecology and obstetrics of the German Red Cross Hospital Westend in Berlin. During her residency she specialized in diagnosis and therapy of breast cancer patients. Her interest lies on the topics of psychosocial support of patients with breast cancer.

Utz-Billing and her Yoga and Breast Cancer co-author Ingrid Kollak cooperated in the randomized clinical study The Effects of Yoga on Patients with Mammacancer (2008-2009) funded by the German Statutory Health Insurance (AOK).

Table of Contents

I: Yoga for Women with Breast Cancer
1. How Yoga Works
2. A Short History of Yoga
3. Self-help and Yoga
4. Rehabilitative and Supportive Yoga
5. On Your Way with Yoga
6. Exercises for Everyday Life
7. Yoga Exercises with Continuous Effects
8. Beyond Exercising
II: About the Disease
9. Types of Breast Cancer and Their Origins
10. State-of-the-art Methods of Surgery
11. Therapies, Effects, Side Effects, and Helpful Means
12. Body Image and Intimacy
III:Further Reading
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