Yoga for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder that affects women of reproductive age. The number of young women from as young as 25 affected by this disorder has been growing steadily with lifestyle changes and increased stress levels that cause hormonal imbalance. Common symptoms of this disorder are irregular periods, physical signs such as excess body hair, weight gain and acne caused by excess androgens, and enlarged ovaries containing numerous small fluid-filled sacs which surround the eggs. If not addressed early, PCOS could lead to infertility and even depression.

Yoga can help to release deeply stored stress through pranayamas and asanas that open up the pelvic area and promote relaxation. Examples of asanas that are helpful for PCOS include:

  • Butterfly pose – hold the posture for at least 10 breaths
  • Supta Badhakonasana (Reclining Butterfly Pose) – beginners can place a cushion under their hip for support
  • Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist) – seated spinal twist
  • Surya Namaskar

These asanas also help with weight loss which in turn helps to regulate the monthly menstrual cycle and naturally relieve stress.

Daily pranayama practice such as Nadi shodana (alternate nostril breathing with retention) and Bhramri (bee) also help to relax the body and mind.

Finally, lifestyle changes such as including more fresh organic food into one’s diet, drinking lots of water and regular exercise can help to improve overall well-being and help us on the speedy path to recovery!

Natalie Lee