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Yoga therapy for menstrual disorders.

Dysmenorrhea, or the menstrual cycle disorder, is the problem that every woman faces. The most common dysmenorrhea forms are amenorrhea (menses cessation or its absence for a long period) and algomenorrhea (painful periods, usually accompanied by severe premenstrual syndrome).

The menstrual cycle disorders happen due to many reasons. It can be psycho emotional causes, climate change, intestinal infections, high level and inadequacy of physical effort, excessive accumulation or absence of adipose tissue, which, leads to hormonal disbalance.

This article is useful for every woman. It reveals the yoga therapy practice peculiarities aimed to improve and completely restore the menstrual cycle, to normalize the hormonal background, to strengthen the genital function and prolongate the fertile period.

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The yoga therapy practice for dysmenorrhea normalizes body weight, restores the necessary percentage of fat tissue and stabilizes the hormonal background.

The inverted asanas with twistings are very useful in this case. They activate the blood flow of the small pelvis. This eliminates stagnant phenomena, which causes chronic inflammation of the genitourinary system and the menstrual cycle’s irregularity.

Such asanas include the Viparita-Karani Mudra (picture 1), Sarvangasana with various twists (picture 2, variation), and Adho-Mukha Shvanasana, that are responsible for blood supply redistribution in the pelvic organs.

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Viparita Karani-mudra

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Sarvangasana, variation

It is also worth to mention Halasana, which stimulates the work of the liver, thereby lowering the production of the hormone oestrogen. This is important to do in the second phase of the menstrual cycle, because during this period the increased oestrogen prevents the normal menstruation occurrence.
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At the beginning of practice yoga therapists recommend doing light variations of Halasana with adding various preparatory exercises. This helps to avoid possible damages in the cervical and lumbosacral zones (such as case of degenerative spine changes or improper techniques results). In some cases I would recommend doing this also in the future.  The effect of the practice is the same, but the risk is much less. The photo below shows a safe preparatory variation for Halasana.

The active vyayamas for opening the hip joints and increasing blood flow in the pelvic organs will be very useful.

Such exercises include Baddha-Konasana,  performed in dynamics (photo 4, photo 5), Gomukhasana, Virasana.

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It is useful to combine these asanas into dynamic complexes, performed daily for several repetitions of each asana.

We went over simple and affordable yoga therapy techniques that will help restore and strengthen women’s health!

Wish you good practice!

Maria

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