The authors Ingrid Kollak, RN, PhD, (Yoga proponent and Therapeutic Nursing expert) and Isabell Utz-Billing, MD from Germany have written this book as a resource for women with breast cancer who are undergoing therapy, recovering from their illness, or interested in further prevention. Medical evidence has shown that Yoga and Meditation has therapeutic benefits for breast cancer patients - from reducing mood disturbance, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, and confusion, and to improve sleep quality, cancer related distress, and cancer related symptoms. Significant reduction in nausea, vomiting and fatigue during chemotherapy was also observed in patients participating in Yoga programs.
This book is a great introduction to Yoga and Meditation for those who are determined to beat the odds and stay positive in the face of a new diagnosis, or at risk for breast cancer, or undergoing therapy, or want to support a loved one ailing from breast cancer or therapy. The language is simple and straightforward, hence the Yoga routines are easy to understand and follow. These routines, if followed, can help a cancer patient relax and focus. Although there is a section for Meditation, one needs to understand that all Yoga routines can be practiced meditatively and are for releasing tension.
I can say, a patient going through aggressive chemo or radiation therapy will rarely have the energy to start anew with Yoga. But, nothing can stand in front of the indomitable will of a human being. And, nothing can prevent a caring relative or friend or healthcare professional who wants to help or support a suffering cancer patient. Many routines such as eye, stretching and breathing exercises can be done while in bed with or under supervision. This book can be a great resource for someone who wants to help a suffering loved one get started on Yoga. The photos are realistic so the reader can understand that cancer therapy is not cake walk.
Yoga and Meditation can help anyone with mere Life and Living... I recommend this book for anyone at risk for or dealing with breast cancer including care-givers such as Nurses and Physicians, to focus on Healing and Health or for palliative care. Yoga and Meditation can help prevent breast cancer in combination with other preventive measures.