The Benefits of a Yoga Practice for Women

Geeta, daughter of BKS Iyengar, revolutionized teaching and practice of yoga particularly for women. She developed new ways to sequence and practice poses to honor women’s cycles and stages of their lives. A teacher to all, she shared her wisdom of yoga and its healing potentials to restore health and balance.

Yoga for Pelvic Floor

Pelvic floor muscles can be overly loose or even too tight. The stress of childbirth, changes that occur with menopause, and health or sexual history have an effect on these important, yet little known muscles and their ligaments.

Pelvic floor imbalances can manifest as back, hip or sacroiliac issues, painful intercourse, incontinence and digestive complaints. Because the pelvis is an area associated with intimacy, it can also be a region where many people hold emotions. A toned and balanced pelvic floor nurtures hormonal wellness, allows for healthy function of reproductive and excretory organs, and provides postural support.

Osteoporosis

Yoga provides a positive stress that stimulates bone remodeling and improves the absorption of calcium. Intelligent practice of a variety of weight bearing poses (standing poses, inversions, arm balancing) strengthens your whole spine, arms, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles and feet, while encouraging a full range of motion.

For women, yoga gives us a means to move through each stage of life with awareness; from beginning of menstruation, through childbearing years and career development to changes in midlife during perimenopause and onwards to wisdom of older years.

Reproductive Health

Each month a woman’s body undergoes a transformation in preparation for the possibility of pregnancy. Poses that relax the abdomen and open the pelvis can be beneficial and support reproductive health. Supported forward bends can alleviate cramps and calm the nerves. Inversions are a boon to hormonal balance.

Yoga can support a healthy pregnancy and address symptoms that many women undergo at this time; such as high blood pressure, nausea, back ache, sciatica. Asanas also prepare you physically and emotionally for delivery and motherhood.

Menopause

As women enter their 40’s and 50’s they begin the transition to menopause.  Like many transitions, the changes that occur during this time can be unsettling.  Your practice of yoga can be a support that eases this process by stabilizing hormones, nurturing your nervous system and cultivating a relationship with your inner self.  

Scoliosis

Women are eight times more likely to have a scoliosis curve that progresses to a degree that requires treatment.  Given that the curvature often increases during adolescence, pregnancy, and menopause a hormonal component is indicated.