Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common occurrence today in women at a reproductive age. At least 5 to 10% of the young women (as suggested by the National Institutes of Health research) are diagnosed with this condition. And many have started acknowledging the role of yoga as a safe treatment option.
As Dr.Pratima Malik, Gynaecologist, Apollo Hospitals, states, "The highly ambitious, stressed-out working woman of today is likely to be more prone to Polycystic ovary syndrome".
How to find out if you have Polycystic ovary syndrome?
Irregular or no menstrual cycles at all
Frequent hair loss and heavy hair growth on the face, back, stomach, arms and legs
Frequent mood swings
Although it is impossible to eliminate stress completely from our day-to-day life, we can surely build up our capacity to deal with it. This is where yoga and meditation help.
What role does yoga play in PCOS?
The science of yoga works at levels much more subtler and deeper than just the physical body level. Yoga helps release deeply stored stress in the system, which can help improve PCOS symptoms.
Asanas (yoga postures) designed for PCOS help open up the pelvic area and promote relaxation and pranayamas (breathing exercises) are powerful techniques that help calm the mind. Coupled with these are some soothing meditations that work at a very deep level and help de-toxify and de-stress the entire system.
Yoga Exercises to Improve PCOS:
Butterfly Pose can be very helpful in PCOS. Don't flap your legs too much; instead try holding the posture for long.
Even more helpful is SuptaBadhakonasana (Reclining Butterfly Pose), which works just like the Butterfly Pose, this time lying down. This is what makes it extremely relaxing. To enhance the experience, play some soft music and place cushions under your hip. For beginners, it is a good idea to use cushion support while doing this posture.
Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja's Twist) is a seated spinal twist that helps PCOS patients.
Chakki Chalanasana (moving the grinding wheel) is a very simple exercise with several benefits. It helps massage the liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus and the reproductive organs.
Shavasana (Corpse Pose) is another useful posture to try. In PCOS, the more you relax, the better you feel and this posture will help you completely relax at the end of your yoga session.
Padma Sadhana practice is also considered very effective for PCOS patients.
(Inputs :Dr. Sejal Shah, Sri Sri Yoga teacher, The Art of living)
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Yoga can help Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)