How yoga benefits women
Regular yoga practice brings many positive health benefits for both sexes. It can, however, be especially beneficial for women as it eases the impact of the hormonal shifts and it helps to ease the stress that often impacts women more than men.
Here are some areas where yoga has proven to have a positive health impact on women.
It eases the menstrual discomfort
One of the most common, as well as the most intense physical symptom. is a menstrual cramp in the lower abdomen or in the back.
Other physical symptoms that can occur in connection with the period is low energy, bloating, breast tenderness, nausea, sweating, dizziness, headaches and diarrhea or constipation.
Some of the emotional symptoms are mood swings, irritability, anger, aggression, anxiety, and depressed mood.
A regular yoga practice can help to ease the discomfort by relaxing the body and mind. When the body and the muscles relax the cramps subside and when the mind calms down the emotional turmoil subsides.
It eases the menopause symptoms
The most common symptoms that women can experience during perimenopause and menopause are an irregular period, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, dry skin, vaginal dryness, less sex drive, increased urination, pain in muscles and joints, increased PMS fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and depression. Yoga can help to mitigate the physical and emotional discomfort experienced during the hormonal shift. Regular yoga practice relaxes the body and mind, lowers stress, helps regulate the hormones, eases the pain, decreases hot flashes, increases flexibility, and it’s great for the joints.
It reduces anxiety and stress level
Several studies have proven that women are much more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than men. Results from one research where 48 studies were gathered to describe the global distribution of anxiety disorders show that women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety.
Women are also more exposed to discrimination such as unequal pay and not being valued or promoted as well as harassment such as workplace sexism. And women are often expected to take more family responsibilities, such as caring for children and the household and at the same time perform a full-time job.
Regular yoga praxis relaxes the body and the mind, it stimulates feel-good brain chemicals, it can help to change thought patterns and it eases the stress response.
It helps to lose weight
You might not think of yoga as a way to lose weight, maybe you see it more as a relaxing exercise where you enter a meditative state of mind. But there are many different yoga types and yoga can, in fact, be as effective as any cardio workout and help you to burn calories and lose weight.
Yoga also helps to reduce stress. Women are more prone to stress than men. Stress can lead to weight gain as the production of the stress hormone cortisol increases and causes the body to store fat. Yoga helps the mind to relax and release stress which lowers the cortisol level.