Health

Yoga for Hormone Balance

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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that leads to higher production of male hormones than normal. That type of imbalance can wreak havoc on your health and the way of life in general, which is why it’s essential that you find a way to bring your hormones back on track. Yoga is one of the practices known to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and help with hormone imbalance. If you haven’t practiced it so far, it’s the right time to grab your gym wear and join a class to take care of your health.

Alternate nostril breathing

Your mind will need to learn to stay calm in order for your body to find balance. Nadi Shodhana will also help in digestion and improve hormonal balance by channeling energy properly. Sit in a comfortable posture or kneel down so that your hips are resting on your heels. After placing your thumb on a right nostril, breathe in. Hold your breath for a few seconds before releasing it from the right nostril. Do the same with the other nostril and practice this asana for three minutes.

Bow pose

Bow pose will also relieve menstrual discomfort, which is an often side-effect of polycystic ovaries syndrome, and Dhanurasana is wonderful at easing that discomfort. Lie down on your stomach and grab your ankles. Try to lift your body as a stretched bow. Lifting yourself up, try to inhale and maintain that pose for half a minute. Breathe out once you’re back in the resting position. This asana will be challenging at first, but the longer you practice it, the easier it’ll become to do it.

Cobra pose

Bhujangasana i.e. Cobra pose will do you good no matter how old you are. Thanks to this pose, your ovaries will work much better. For this asana, you’ll need to lie on your stomach. Once you’re down, lift your upper half of the body, and look upwards supporting your body with your hands. Your shoulders need to be straight and your toes touch the ground. Stay in the pose for 30 seconds max and then lay down. You can repeat it up to five times to make the most of it.

Prasarita asana

To release stress from hips and lower back, while also increasing blood flow in the ovaries, practice Prasarita asana. Put on your comfortable gym wear and start your asana by standing up. Open your feet wide so they are parallel. Bend forward as you bend your knees slightly, and keep your back flat. Your upper body weight should rest on your arms as you lower your hands to the floor. In case of flexibility issues, feel free to bend your knees even further. Do that pose five times for the best results.

Butterfly pose

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Even if you are not diagnosed with hormone imbalance, you could practice this pose as a preventive measure. By relaxing the pelvic region, this asana will alleviate stress and help you find inner calm. Sit on the floor in an erect posture and join your feet near the pelvis. After bringing your heels to the genital region, flap your legs like a butterfly, putting a little stress on thighs and legs. Do the pose for a minute, then rest and repeat it two more times.

Boat pose

When it comes to battling polycystic ovaries syndrome, Naukasana, i.e. boat pose, is the most effective one, and it will be beneficial for women of all ages. If you’ve been having trouble getting rid of the stubborn belly fat, Naukasana will also help burn the calories from your abdominal region. Lie on the floor and keep the shoulders and arms straight. You should inhale while raising your feet, arms and head to create a boat-like arc. It would be best if you held that pose for half a minute. If it seems difficult at first, try to hold as long as possible, and release before reaching 30 seconds. You’ll be able to hold the pose for a longer time as you do it daily.

Final thoughts

Hormone balance is vital for good health, so if you’ve been diagnosed with polycystic ovaries syndrome or some other type of hormonal imbalance, practicing yoga will bring those hormones back on track. Not only will yoga benefit your reproductive health, but it’ll also keep stress levels at bay and make sure you can find your inner peace and prevent further hormone imbalance.

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Lauren is a health and wellness writer with a passion for natural solutions and sustainable living.

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