PCOS affects 12% of women during their childbearing years. This incurable syndrome can affect many aspects of a womens day to day life as well as their mental health. Yoga can help to take some of the pressure away mentally and physically. While there is no cure, the symptoms can be mangable with lifestyle changes such as effective diet and exercise routines.
PCOS is a hormonal disorder which causes the ovaries to be enlarged & small cyst to appear on the outer parts of the ovaries. This syndrome can cause issues with menstruation and fertility.
Missed periods, irregular periods, or very light periods.
Ovaries that are large or have many cysts.
Excess body hair, including the chest, stomach, and back (hirsutism)
Weight gain, especially around the belly (abdomen)
Acne or oily skin.
Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair.
For women who suffer from weight gain with PCOS, mind-body exercises can help burn calories & reduce stress. Exercise like pilates and yoga are a great choice for the following reasons!
1. Reduce Anxiety
Mood swings, cravings and unbalanced emotions are very common with PCOS. Yoga can help to manage these symptoms by reducing stress and anxiety by reducing testosterone levels and balancing your blood sugar.
2. Balance Hormones
Yoga is known to balance your endocrine system which will help to regulate your hormones internally. A regular yoga practice can help improve your period cycle and symptoms as well as stimulate your metabolism. Have you ever tried a hormone balancing yoga class? Try our class with Gomati for free with our two week trial!
3. Reduce Pain
Yoga is known to reduce chronic pain in those with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.When you’re experiencing pain from your symptoms, try these asanas to ease the pain.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) - Bridge pose reduces stress and anxiety while also stretching the lower back.
Reclined Butterfly Pose (Supta Baddha Konasan) - Helps reduce cramping.
Child's Pose (Balasana) - Child's pose will help to open the hips and bring the body back to a natural state.
Boat Pose (Naukasana) - Boat pose reduces body fat and improves blood flow.
Lotus Pose (Padmasana) - Resets hormones and reduces period discomfort.
Here’s an example schedule:
6:00 am morning workout.
9:00 am breakfast.
12:00 pm lunch.
3:00 pm snack.
6:00 pm dinner
9:00 pm night time meditation before bed.
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