Yoga & PMS

One of the most puzzling questions about PMS is why some women have mild symptoms and others take a monthly nosedive. "The answer is not entirely clear, but probably relates to hypothalamic maturity, exercise and body, says Jerilynn C. Prior, professor of endocrinology at the University of British Columbia. "PMS occurs in the third and fourth decades of life, occurs more in sedentary women and more in populations whose food intake tends to be generous."


Yoga by definition means “union,” the integral part of yoga is the union of breath and movement. In the dynamic stillness created by the total wholehearted, uninhibited participation in the yoga movements and breath, the body responds by completely relaxing


A yoga practice can offer a PMS-relieving affect as some yoga poses (asanas) improve circulation in the groin area. Generally, inverted poses (downward dog or bridge pose); lying on your back poses; seated or standing twists, or supported forward and back bend positions will stimulate tired adrenals, reproductive organs and digestion. Additionally, as stress can make PMS symptoms worse, yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress by offering poses that focus on reducing overall tension.


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