It is the day and age of the multitalented and multifaceted women, who handle their professional and personal lives with utmost finesse. However, the constantly changing lifestyle and stressful environments have brought about serious health issues that are affecting them.
Across the world, women suffer from cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD), osteoporosis and depression. That’s not all. Incidences of stroke, obesity, hypertension and diabetes are also common.
PCOD, complicated pregnancies, and weight gain can be blamed on hormonal imbalances in the endocrine system while cardiovascular diseases and osteoporosis are caused by sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits in women.
What can you do?
All this may sound alarming, but can be worked around.
Steer clear of unhealthy eating and drinking habits, get ample physical exercise and adequate sleep. All this along with the manna from heaven – yoga – will help women get their health problems under control.
Yoga, better known as a body and mind cleanser, has umpteen benefits. Regular practice of it helps women maintain better physical and mental health, energy levels and self-esteem. It can also help with several medical conditions:
- Several studies have shown that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesteroland lower the risk of heart disease.
- It helps in pain management – back pain, joint pain caused due to arthritis, and carpal passage disorder.
- It helps tackle stress
- It helps cope with depression naturally
- It helps deal with PMSand all its symptoms, be it insomnia, irritability, discomfort, depression or headaches.
- It boosts metabolism, helps manage weight better, tones the body and improves sleep cycle.
- Research has shown that women who habitually practice yoga tend to have better sex lives.
- Women who practice yoga during or after breast cancer treatment experience less pain and discomfort.
- Regular yoga massages the internal organs improves the immune system and the body’s ability to prevent and fight diseases.
Make a beginning
It’s never too late for a woman to start practicing yoga. Start with Surya Namaskar and practice forward bends such as Janu Shirshasana, Paschimatthanasana, Baddhkonasanaand twists such as Bharadvajasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana. Also include inversions (not to be practiced during menstruation) such as Sarvangasana and Halasana and a few backward extensions such as Bhujangasana, Dhanursana, and Ustrasana. Don’t forget to end it all with the relaxing Shavasana. Practicing these asanas for 30-40 minutes a day, five days a week will show tremendous results.
A word of caution: if you aren’t careful, yoga can do you more harm than good. If you’ve decided to practice on your own, seek instruction and guidance from a qualified yoga instructor to prevent the occurrence of new injuries and aggravate existing ones.