The pain of endometriosis is like a knife in the abdomen. Are you willing to do anything to get rid of it? Natural remedies are simple but effective ways to cope with pain. Specifically, yoga has a simple solution to the problem.Keep reading to find out what endometriosis is and how yoga can treat it.

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic and painful abdominal condition that affects many women around the world. The layer of internal uterine tissue breaks off during menstruation. In someone with endometriosis, the tissue escapes into other body cavities. By its nature, this fabric will also come off cyclically. This causes immense pain, swelling and discomfort. The condition is one of the main causes of infertility in women and is aggravated by stress and anxiety. Endometriosis is inherited or is caused by a defective immune system (1)

Yoga As A Remedy:

Yoga and its structured approach to the body reduce the symptoms of endometriosis while improving the overall functioning of the body. Women who tried yoga to decrease pain also observed that their condition has improved considerably through healing. Controlled breathing exercises decrease anxiety, promoting a general sense of well-being. Yoga relieves menstrual pain, improves fertility and helps hormonal balance.

1. Butterfly Pose:

The butterfly pose, called Baddha Konasana, opens up the hips and pelvic area. It soothes menstrual pain and enhances fertility.
1. Start with your legs extended before you and focus on your breathing.
2. As you exhale, bend the knees and pull them inwards with the heels facing the pelvis.
3. Press the soles of your feet firmly together and let the knees drop to the sides.
4. Hold the toes with your fingers and bring the heels as close to the groin area as possible.
5. Without forcing the knees to the floor, push them down as much as you comfortably can.
6. Hold the pose for 5 minutes and restore the legs to a reclining position.

2. Goddess Pose:

 The goddess pose is one of the best poses for relieving menstrual discomfort. Also called the Supta Baddha Konasana, the pose stimulates the abdominal organs and stretches the groin muscles.
1. Begin by taking the butterfly pose as described earlier.
2. From the butterfly pose, lean backward using your elbows for support.
3. Now, slowly lower yourself all the way towards the floor so that your back is aligned with the ground.
4. Breathe deeply and hold the position for 5 to 10 minutes. To sit up, roll over to the side

3. Reclined Hero Pose:

The reclined hero pose, or Supta Virasana, is good for the digestive and reproductive organs. The pose highly benefits the groin and decreases menstrual pain as well.
1. Kneel down on the floor with feet apart and knees together.
2. Your feet should be placed wider than your hips while the top of each foot is firmly touching the floor.
3. Now, lean back and sit between your feet. Ensure both the bones of the buttocks are evenly supported on the floor.
4. If you cannot support yourself on the floor, you can use a mat to make yourself comfortable.
5. Here, lean on your back and fold your hands and place them above your head.
6. Use the arms for support, exhale and push back towards the floor.
7. Hold the position for at least a minute or more if comfortable.

4. Shoulder Stand:

Shoulder support helps relieve many symptoms associated with endometriosis. It balances the production of thyroid hormone, relieves the nervous system, reduces constipation and helps to sleep peacefully.1. Lie on your back. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, bend your knees and bring them to your chest.

2. Place your hands at your sides, with your elbows close to your body.
3. Using your hands as a support in the lower back, lift your legs towards the ceiling.
4. You can slowly raise one leg followed by the other.
5. Press the elbows on the floor and rest your weight on the shoulders and upper arms.
6. Your toes are now pointing up and aligned on your chest.
7. Continue breathing for 5 minutes while holding the position.

This position is not recommended for women who experience their menstrual period.
5. Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend:

This posture is a full body stretch and is a perfect stimulant for your abdominal organs. It also relaxes and helps relieve stress.

1. Sit on the floor with your back straight and your legs in front.
2. Now, extend your legs as far as possible until you can feel the stretch.
3. Keep the toes pointed up and the legs pressed firmly against the floor.
4. Slowly bend the waist, keeping the upper body straight and aligned.
5. Use your hands to touch either side of the toes and bend as much as you can.
6. Hold the posture for at least one minute.
These are some of the common poses used in the management of endometriosis. There are more for those willing to practice yoga. Do you think the post has helped you? Do let us know with a comment below.

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