Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal problem that affects millions of women globally. However, did you know that yoga is a great way to treat PCOS and facilitate the holistic healing of individuals?
Studies say practising yoga may help decrease testosterone levels and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression in women with PCOS. It helps to open up the pelvic area and also release deeply stored stress and promote relaxation of the mind and body. Yoga has a wide breadth of practice and there are certain asanas, which if practised regularly, can de-stress and facilitate detoxification of the body.
Tezpur-based yoga trainer Sanjeev Bhattacharjee says, “The benefits of Yoga are uncountable. It helps to maintain all-around body development both physically and mentally. Nowadays people are becoming lazier and they tend to rest all the time which is not good for their health. By practising yoga, your mind gets relaxed and it also helps to reduce weight. Yoga eases you from the stress of weight gain which in turn helps in regularizing your monthly cycles. It is important in PCOS to give sufficient time every day to yoga and meditation. There are various benefits of yoga in treating several ailments and PCOS is one of the many”.
Bhattacharjee recommended five asanas to practice to stay away from stress and helps in treating PCOS.
Anulom vilom pranayama
Sit down with your eyes closed, and let your hands rest on your knees. Block your right nose with your right thumb, and then slowly inhale through the left nostril. Gradually remove your thumb from your right nostril and then exhale. While exhaling, block your left nostril and then inhale with your right nostril.
Lie down on your back and try to relax. Pull your legs close together in a butterfly position. Hold your feet in place together with your hands, and try to pull them as close to your body. You can add a cushion under your hip to help support your posture during the asana.
Lie down flat on your back. Place both your hands on either side of your body with palms facing up. Close your eyes and lie still. Breathe slowly and as deeply as possible through your nostrils. Try to lie in that position for at least 10 minutes.
Lie down on your chest with your elbows close to your body, palms facing down. On an inhalation, slowly straighten your arms to lift your chest off the floor and keep reclining back. Your navel should be touching the floor. Hold the posture for 15-30 seconds and then gradually exhale and come back down.
Face the morning sun while standing in a prayer pose. Slowly stretch your folded hands backwards in a reclining posture and inhale. Now exhale and bring your hands forward, bend your knees and place your hands on your feet. Bend your right knee and stretch the right leg behind while placing your left leg forward in an athlete position. Look up. Exhale and raise your hip and tailbone in the air to make an inverted V with your body. Breathe in and get in position to launch into the cobra pose by placing your hands near your shoulders and raising your buttock. Launch into the cobra pose by lifting your chest and bending backwards. Slowly now rewind your steps and come back to the position you started in. Repeat 5 times.
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