Yoga and Women’s Health
“Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel about ourselves.”
— Michelle Obama.
Women are said to be champions, donning several hats in a single day, that of a mother, a wife, an employee, a daughter and the list goes on. At the same time, she maintains her grace, poise and elegance. But there are times, when her own health goes unattended which is where Yoga can play a vital role.
Yoga is not only about keeping the body supple and fit; it works on different levels of healing for the mind and soul too. It helps immensely in maintaining sanity and calmness while juggling with the day to day activities of life. A woman goes through different phases in her lifetime, from being an adolescent and facing puberty to dealing with motherhood and the related bodily transformations, and finally menopause. Yoga helps deal her deal with this metamorphosis with great ease and enormous power.
How do I accommodate this in my daily routine? Well, to start with, simple breathing techniques can be adopted. The benefits are sure to motivate you to make it a part of your life soon. Below are some Yoga poses that you can then start trying out to beat the stress out of your life:
Shishuasana or Child’s pose – in which you lie down on your knee and keeping the toes together, you bend your body forward. Keep your arms in an extended position and on the floor. This not only stretches your body but also helps you stay focused.
Marjaryasana or cat cow pose – Begin by going down on all fours and while your core is engaged and spine is a neutral position, hold your belly in for a while. Exhale and lift your tailbone and neck up towards the ceiling. This alternating position between the cat and cow helps menstrual pain, improves flexibility and strengthens your spine.
Suryanamaskar or Sun salutation is a proven ancient technique that is basically expressing gratitude to the Sun which is considered the source of life, in a series of 12 poses. With the help of a Yoga instructor, this can be done by all. It improves flexibility and enhances the spine besides giving a boost to your creativity and intuitiveness.