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Yoga Treatment for Hormonal Imbalance in Women
Hormonal imbalance can have an effect on women of all ages, predominantly between teenage years and menopause. Imbalance of hormones can be caused by poor diet, toxins, environmental pollution, stress, and pills. However the major cause of this hormonal imbalance is the imbalance between the progesterone and estrogen hormones. This imbalance results in symptoms for instance weight-gain, allergies, endometriosis, PCOS, excessive facial hair, osteoporosis, and infertility.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
The symptoms include excessive facial hair, difficulty in losing weight, abnormal weight gain, acne, irregular menstrual periods, and infertility.
Pranayama or Breathing Exercises:
Abdomen and stomach related breathing assist in improving gynecological and ovarian functions efficiently. Whereas Anulom-Vilom and Nadishodhana invigorate the whole soul, Pranayamas such as Kapaalabhaati particularly strengthens the reproductive organs.
Uttaanapaadaasan or Raised Leg Position:
Stretch out flat on your backside and fold your hands under your head, or lay them at the side of your body. Now raise both legs to 90 degrees, wait for about 15-20 seconds and drop down your legs slowly. After that lift them to 50 degrees and come down. In the same way lift them to 30 degrees and come down. Watch the pressure on your stomach as you reduce the height. Reiterate the poses at least 3 times.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
Hypothyroidism occurs due to inadequate thyroid hormone production. Besides abnormal menstrual cycle, weight-gain, depression, and hair-loss, other symptoms include decreased libido, weakness, irritability, and constipation. On the contrary Hyperthyroidism occurs due to excess thyroid hormone production. The symptoms include breathlessness, unexplained weight-loss, hair loss, weak muscles, and light or no menstrual periods.
Sarvaangasaana or Inverted Postures:
Stretch out on your back and stretch your hands above your head. Pull your hands backward and forward 3-4 times, breathing in when taking them back, and breathing out when bringing them in front.
Now with one back and forth move take your legs reverse all along with your whole body, and have a rest simply on the shoulders, giving support to you back with your palms. Wait for a minute in this position and then gradually go back to rest on your back.
Matsyaasana or Fish Pose:
Be positioned on your back rest your palms below your buttocks. Now gradually breathe in and lean your head back. Keep holding your breath for about 10 seconds in that position. Return slowly to your original position. Do this at least 3 times.