YOGA FOR RELIEF FROM PCOD AND HORMONAL IMBALANCE
PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease) and hormonal imbalance is a common health problem in today’s hectic and stressful lifestyle. The most common symptoms include, weight gain, irregular menses, acne, excessive hair growth under chin etc.
The few YOGA asanas recommended are:
SALAMBHA SARVANG ASANA: This is an inverted posture asana, also known as the supported shoulder pose. Inverted posture are hugely therapeutic, however must be performed with utmost precaution.
Getting into the asana:Lie flat on your back. Slowly lift your legs up and raise your lower body, keeping the weight on your shoulders. Support your body with your hands and elbows resting on the floor. Stay in the posture for a few seconds (till comfortable) and then slowly bring your body down to normal posture. Remember; The shoulders remain on the floor and you are using them to balance. Make sure that your shoulder blades are tucked in underneath you and that your elbows are close together.
BHUJANG ASANA: This asana is also known as the ‘Cobra’ pose, as the final posture resembles that of a cobra. It is a backward bending asana. Do not perform this asana if you have hernia, stomach ulcer, heart ailments including high blood pressure etc.
Getting into the asana: Lie flat on the ground on your stomach and toes pointed out. Place the palms next to your chest. Simply inhale and lift your upper body, such that the spine is curved. Look upwards. Breathe normally and hold the asana for a few seconds. Gently release the asana.
DHANUR ASANA: The name of this posture is derived from ‘Dhanu’ meaning bow, as the final posture resemble a bow. It is a backward bending asana. This asana should not be performed, if you have colitis, hernis, high blood pressure etc.
Getting into asana: Lie flat on the ground, on your stomach. Slowly fold your knees, such that the heels reach near the hips. Now, reach for the right foot with the right hand and similarly on the left. Once the feet are well held, Inhale and raise the upper and lower body, with the stomach area on the ground. Breathe normally and hold this posture for a few seconds. Gently release the asana.
PASCHIM UTTAN ASANA: Paschim means ‘West’ and uttan means ‘intense stretch’. The back has been attributed with the direction west. Hence it is a forward bending asana involving intense stretch of the back. Do not perform this asana if you have hernia, stomach ulcer, heart ailments including high blood pressure etc.
Getting into asana: Sit in dandasana. Inhale and raise your arms straight up. Now exhale, bend forward and slowly reach for your toes. Try to touch your forehead to the knees. Breathe normally. Inhale to rise and gently release the asana.
ARDHA SALAMBHA ASANA: Yet another extremely beneficial asana to bring relief from pcod and hormonal imbalance when practiced regularly.
Getting into asana: Lie flat on your stomach. Place your hands straight under your thighs and get your chin to touch the ground. Slowly inhale and raise your legs up, as high as comfortable without lifting your upper body. Make sure the toes are pointing downward. Breathe normally and hold the asana for a few seconds. Inhale and exhale to slowly bring your legs down, your hands to the sides and release the asana.
Follow the link for the YouTube Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=126CZ-ZHjRg
Suggested beneficial FOOD ingredients:
Green leafy vegetables
Organic lean meat
Low Glycaemic index carbohydrates
*Note: The asanas suggested are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any medical condition or to replace your healthcare provider and/or do not constitute medical advice. The above information has been shared as a recommendation only. Please consult a physician before practicing the above and should be done under expert guidance.