In Yoga for Breast Care, senior yoga teacher Bobby Clennell offers a comprehensive program of asana (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) designed to support breast health. The book begins with a description of breast development and structure, as well as the lymphatic and hormonal systems. After an examination into breast conditions including pain, fibrocystic breasts, dense breasts, and more, Yoga for Breast Care presents a variety of asana and pranayama divided into categories according to the position the body assumes: standing, sitting, twisting, inverting, bending forward or backward, and lying down. Also included are active and restorative sequences for immunity, energy, cyclic and noncyclic breast pain, cysts, and for pregnancy and nursing mothers. Practices for breast cancer survivors include sequences for those who have recently undergone breast-cancer surgery and are receiving intensive chemotherapy or radiation treatment and for those with decreased mobility and numbness in the arm, shoulder, and chest. Whether readers have experienced problems with their breasts or not, this book provides positive and practical methods for raising awareness and regaining confidence in the body.
About Yoga for Breast Care
Breast health is a sensitive subject, and breast problems can leave women feeling vulnerable on many levels. In Yoga for Breast Care, senior Iyengar yoga teacher Bobby Clennell offers a comprehensive program of asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) to support breast health. Divided into five parts, this book is designed for beginning and seasoned practioners:
Part 1: About the Breasts discusses breast development and structure and lymphatic and hormonal systems, and gives an ovreview of yoga poses and how they affect breast health.
Part 2: Breast Problems describes various breast conditions, including pain, fibrocystic breasts, dense breasts, PMS, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and breast cancer.
Part 3: Yoga Poses for Breast Care outlines a variety of asana and pranayama to help women care for their breasts. Yoga poses are divided into categories: standing, sitting, twisting, inverting, bending forward or backward, and lying down.
Part 4: Practicing Yoga answers FAQ and offers active and restorative sequences for immunity, energy, PMS and noncyclic breast pain, cysts, pregnancy, nursing mothers, and breast cancer.
Part 5: Everyday Breast Care makes lifestyle suggestions.
Whether readers have experienced problems with their breasts or not, this book provides positive and practical methods for raising awareness and regaining confidence in the body.
Bobby Clennell has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over thirty years. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and teaches workshops throughout the United States and around the world.
Bobby began practicing yoga in London in the early 1970s while working as a costume designer and animator. In 1976, Bobby (along with husband, Lindsey, and sons, Miles and Jake) made her first trip to study with B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India. She has returned every two years to continue her study. She earned an Iyengar Yoga teaching certificate in 1977.
In the 1980s, Bobby’s interest in women’s issues was sparked by her studies with Mr. Iyengar’s daughter, Geeta Iyengar. While Mr. Iyengar was teaching the main class, the women who were menstruating were sent to the back of the room to work more quietly with Geeta. This experience awakened Bobby to the need for a woman’s yoga practice.
She is the creator of a short film, entitled Yantra, based on the movements of B. K. S. Iyengar during his own asana practice. Bobby Clennell lives in New York City.