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Yoga post mastectomy


Re: Yoga post mastectomy

Hi Annie63

Thanks for posting asking about yoga poses you can do after your mastectomy on 15th June in addition to the exercises given to you by the hospital.

As bookish says you should probably avoid doing yoga poses that puts too much weight on your upper body or involves pushing with your affected arm or shoulder after your surgery.  Your breast care nurse or treatment team will be able to advice how long this is likely to be for.

You may be interested in watching our Instagram Live recording on yoga and breast cancer.

The organisation Future Dreams has further information on exercise that you may find helpful to read and also offer in person and online yoga sessions that you can attend.

 We also offer a range of free supportive services that you might be interested in.

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Re: Yoga post mastectomy

Thank you for the advice and link to the site, I’ll look that up. Xx


Re: Yoga post mastectomy

Not instantly, but you can build up. You probably want to avoid the cat/camel pose and putting too much weight on your left arm for at least 6 weeks I think is the advice.

There is a great Instagram account called yogaforbreastcancer which recommends better alternatives for anything that'll strain your surgery site.

I will add, though, as great as it is to want to keep fit, do give yourself time. Any surgery is a shock to your body and a few weeks off will probably do you more good than not, from experience! As you say, listen to your body.

Best of luck with the op!


Yoga post mastectomy

My left sided mastectomy is booked for Wednesday 15th June. I am determined to do everything I can to look after myself. Apart from the NHS recommended exercises I would like to continue to with yoga at home. I know I have to listen to my body but do you think it would be ok to build these poses into daily exercise too. Thank you Annie