In India, around 35 per cent of women including young girls, suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), also known as polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD). Studies show that yoga is very helpful in controlling and preventing these symptoms.
PCOS in a nutshell:
Polycystic means multiple or many cysts. These cysts are under-developed follicles in the ovaries. "Syndrome" simply means a set of symptoms like irregular or absence of menses, infertility, high BP, obesity, depression, sleep apnea, insulin resistance and imbalances of other hormones. It is unusual that two women experience the same symptoms. More weight and insulin resistance can lead to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Although, causes of PCOS are unknown, heredity and sedentary lifestyle may be contributing factors.
Yoga aids in weight loss and correcting the digestive system. It cures constipation and helps in better absorption of food. While practicing yoga, you should avoid consuming processed food. Fat intake should ideally be from unsaturated fat. Unhealthy substances like chips, cookies, baked foods, breakfast cereals, and candy are full of trans fats or hydrogenated oil which raise LDL, the bad cholesterol, and lower protective HDL, the good cholesterol. A saatvic yogic diet is recommended ,ides fruits, fiber-rich vegetables and whole grains. Intake of Omega 3 present in walnuts, flaxseed, and soya products is good to control insulin and blood pressure.
Yoga poses like mahamudra stimulates the thyroid gland which regulates metabolism. Sarwangasana or shoulder stand pose corrects uterine displacement, menstrual and urinary disorders. Baddha konasana or bound angle pose strengthens the bladder and uterus. The pituitary and pineal glands are stimulated and toned through matyasana (fish pose). Manjarasana or cat pose tones the female reproductive system. Kapaalbhati (breath purifying) activates the pancreas that generates insulin. Yoga has been found to lower fasting blood sugar in people with diabetes. Depression, anxiety and emotional disorders are corrected by anulom vilom pranayama. Awareness of the self gives a feeling of contentment as a whole and acceptance of the way we are. Meditation makes the mind and body stable and helps a woman conceive and normalize cortisol levels, which are released as response to stress. Although yoga is a risk-free activity, it should be performed under expert guidance to get optimum results in a short time.
Other benefits of yoga:
• Mental and physical well being for all
• Decreased level of stress / anxiety in working professional
• General fitness for housewives and older people
• Better concentration for students