PCOS or Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome is a condition that 1 in 15 women experience. To put it briefly PCOS effects a woman’s mensturation cycle, her weight, her moods and her ability to have children. If left untreated it can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, acne, hair loss, depression. Here are a few reasons why yoga can help with PCOS:
1. Most yoga classes incorporate strengthening poses that need to be held for long periods of time. This helps in building muscle and increased muscle mass helps in decreasing insulin resistance.
2. Most power yoga and Ashtanga yoga classes will have you increasing your heart rate and building up a sweat. This helps in burning fat and getting you back into shape.
3. Most yoga classes have a combination of pranayama and meditation techniques and this helps in calming down the body and ensuring the cortisol is in check.
4. A regular yoga practice helps to build a positive self image and acceptance of your body. This helps you to live in harmony and fortifies you to deal with whatever emotional and physical problems may come your way.
To derive benefits from yoga it’s imperative that you cultivate a wholesome daily practice. Poses such as the Butterfly Pose, Badhakonasana, Suptabadhakonasana, Bhardvajasana etc can help in treating the symptoms of PCOS. Along with these, the SuryaNamaskar provides a great way to build up a sweat and burn fat. However, when you look for a yoga class make sure that it incorporates elements of the Surya Namaskar and asanas so that you get a holistic workout daily. This will ensure steady progress and long lasting results.