A woman’s body has a complex mechanism that needs constant maintenance. While being delicate, a female body is a powerful instrument in charge of bringing a new life into this world. This puts additional pressure on our beings. We have a complex hormonal cycle, which if not taken care of can lead to complications. Ovulation and menstrual cycles always hang in a delicate balance, which if not maintained can cause problems.
With the stress of a fast life, managing work and home congruously is challenging. This brings with it strain that can affect our mental as well as physical health. Cases of disturbed menstrual cycles, insulin resistance, and PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome are widely prevalent today. The stresses of our regular life wreck havoc with our hormones and in turn adversely affect our health. This hormonal imbalance leads to these various diseases and health conditions. It also, in turn, gives rise to a large number of fertility problems prevalent today.
Yoga and meditation if practiced regularly can cause a world of improvement in this respect. Meditating or twenty minutes every day will relax and mind and ease any stress you have been carrying around. Overthinking problems never solves them. Meditating will help flush out these negative thoughts from your system.
Yoga is an ancient art of exercise, perfected by centuries of repetitive practice. It is accurate in its stead and poses no harm or side effects. If practiced with proper technique, you will find perfect harmony interwoven in the sequence of its various exercises. Every pose has a counter pose. Use correct breathing to complement the postures, and the benefits would be immense.
The Asanas work on the four important glands that govern the hormones in the female body. The ovaries are located in the pelvic region and produce female hormones. The adrenal glands produce female sex hormones and are located above the kidneys. The thyroid gland controls our body’s sensitivity towards other hormones and also regulates metabolism. It is based on the collar bone. The Pituitary gland is the master gland that controls all other glands. Located behind the eyebrow, it is in charge of reproductive function and sexual development.
Regular practice of Yoga stimulates all these four glands and helps them function in harmonious synergy. Balances asanas like the firefly pose, the tree pose, the triangle pose and the warrior pose stimulate the pituitary gland. Sasangasana or the rabbit pose involves kneeling forward and bending the head on the floor to stretch the spine. This and the Ustrasana or the camel pose stimulate the thyroid gland. Sukasana and titaliasana are good for the adrenal gland. Janushirshasana, Bhujangasana and the Marjariasana focus on the lower spine and strengthen the pelvic area.
Women recovering from abdominal surgeries or those who are pregnant should abstain from Yoga. Other than that every woman should mandatorily practice it routinely for maximum health benefits.