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

Why?

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.

Why Yoga?

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:why yoga?

  • Several studies have shown that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and 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 PMS and 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, Baddhkonasana and 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.surya namaskar

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.  

Chaitanya is Senior Yoga Coach at HealthifyMe. Reach out to Chaitanya and other coaches via the HealthifyMe app, available FREE on Android and iOS. Call 180030023184 to book a FREE consultation with a HealthifyMe coach

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Written by Pragya Bhatt

Pragya Bhatt

For Pragya, yoga isn’t just exercise. It’s a way of life, one by which a person can attain a flexible and supple body and mind.
With a B.Tech in computer science & engineering from Punjab Technical University, Pragya’s decision to teach yoga grew from a personal goal to deepen her own practice. She quit her day job to take her learnings to others. She believes that practicing yoga has brought balance to her life, and she wants HealthifyMe users to experience the same. How can she help accomplish that? By being creative, says Pragya.
Of the opinion a balanced lifestyle equals healthy living, Pragya recommends you work out first thing in the morning and meditate right before going to sleep. And while self-motivation can pose a challenge for most yoga practitioners, Pragya assures she will be watching your every move.

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