It is known in India and around the world that yoga is great exercise for many and is a cure for various types of ailments. Yoga has helped people improve flexibility, boost female and male fertility, reduce thyroid, improve body endurance, reduce stress and anxiety, improve eyesight, etc. Yoga has so many different poses which are a very holistic form of exercise and are extremely beneficial not only for children but even for adults and the elderly. By practicing yoga daily, one can even improve hormonal imbalances in one’s body. We know that when stress and anxiety levels increase or even change a little, the body’s hormonal balance changes and how yoga helps balance stress, in turn, helps balance hormones in the body. When one practices yoga, the endocrine system is invigorated and many types of hormones are released through breathing exercises and other poses. So, Dr Kritika Bolia, Consultant Physiotherapist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharadi, Pune, talks about the benefits of some yoga asanas which are best for improving hormonal imbalances.
Bhujang Aasana (cobra pose)
When one is in this pose, it improves circulation in the pelvic area. It is excellent for the reproductive organs and increases blood circulation. It also stretches the spine and back muscles and helps prevent any kind of back injury or sprain.
Baal Aasana (child pose)
This pose, in general, is a very relaxing pose, but it has had great benefits in improving hormonal imbalances. It mainly influences the nervous system and in turn lowers stress levels in the body which also helps in balancing hormones in the body. This pose or exercise helps circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body and improves conditions such as PCOS / PCOS or irregular cycles.
Nauka Aasana (Boat pose)
When you look at this pose, you see that it mainly focuses on core and leg strength. When practicing this pose, it mainly increases the endurance of the muscles of the core, legs, neck and even the muscles of the spine. There is increased circulation in the pelvic area. This pose improves the reproductive system and helps reduce stress and anxiety levels. It also helps with their thyroid, which is a condition that contributes to irregular periods, PCOS, or other hormone related issues.
This is basically done in a squatting position. It stretches the lower region with full coverage of the thighs, groin, pelvic muscles and torso. This asana improves balance, indigestion (which could be the reason for their hormonal imbalances) and increases libido or libido.
Cat and cow pose
It is a very relaxing exercise that helps stretch the muscles in the spine and neck. It also helps regulate stress levels and breathing at very distinct intervals helps hormonal imbalances in the body return to normal.
Baddha Kon Aasana (Butterfly Pose)
In this pose, the muscles of the genitals, hip and inner thighs are stretched and strengthened. It increases the circulation of blood and oxygen in the pelvic area and helps improve hormonal imbalances, thereby improving fertility.
This is also called the pose of the bow. This asana increases blood flow to the reproductive organs and increases libido. It is known to help improve fertility and regulate the menstrual cycle.
This is also called a bridge pose. It has several advantages: it stretches the chest, neck, spine and hips; strengthens the back, buttocks, spine and hips; improves blood circulation and relieves stress and mild depression; calms the brain and central nervous system; stimulates the lungs, thyroid glands and abdominal organs; improves digestion and helps relieve symptoms of menopause. Apart from that, it also reduces back pain, headache, relieves symptoms of asthma, high blood pressure, and is very therapeutic for hypertension, osteoporosis, and sinusitis.
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