Hatha Yoga

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date: August 2008 Duration: 01:53

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Marisse Farnos, Ph.D.:

Hatha yoga is a very old practice where the main thing is you're trying to align the breath with movements. And the idea is that by aligning the breath and the movements you get to some sort of inner peace.

Basically, it's about the postures.

And it's very specific which postures help with releasing of toxins from the body. Which postures help releasing emotions from the body, and also which postures can help you get a higher state of meditation.

It also, physically, it opens the body, and it stretches some areas, especially after like breast surgery that the chest is tight and the facia. And it helps sort of stretch that area and release some of the tension and also some of the toxins that have accumulated in different parts of the body.

But what I enjoy the most about teaching yoga patients is that they feel so good afterwards. You have a smile on their faces, and several times people have come up to me afterwards and said, 'You know something. This class helped me go through my chemo. This class helped me go through my radiation because when I would come here I would feel so at peace. I would relax, and I learned some things that I can carry on into my life.' So, it's a very rewarding experience.

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