Yoga for PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a condition caused through a hormonal imbalance, where androgens (hormones) are increased and progesterone (female hormone) is lowered. The increase in androgens leads to an increase in testosterone produced in the body.

Because the condition changes the balance of your hormones, it effects the ovaries and their egg production – resulting in reduced or absent ovulation, irregular or ceased periods and small, benign cysts on the ovaries. PCOS also causes higher levels of insulin in the body, which often causes the increase in androgens. This condition affects 7-10% of women and is a very common menstrual disorder. It can make it hard to maintain weight and increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and premature hair loss.

Because your ovaries are not producing eggs, it can also make it very difficult to become pregnant.

One of the best ways to combat PCOS is to reduce your weight. This can be done with dietary changes; reducing or eliminating sugar and eating wholegrain foods. Yoga is also excellent. Yoga rebalances the hormone levels in the body and can normalise insulin production, therefore reducing the androgens and encouraging egg production. Great poses includes backbends, inversions and sun salutations.

I have included here a sun salutation for weight loss, based on Astanga Yoga- which is excellent for the cardiovascular system.(Be aware I originally uploaded this for new mums and baby weight).

Take it easy if you’re new to yoga, its quite a dynamic sequence. Over the next couple of months I will upload a more comprehensive yoga video specifically for PCOS. In the meantime, enjoy!

Namaste,
Allannah

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    • Hari says:

      Getting cysts means you occasionally get cysts for no clear resaon. Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS) is a specific syndrome that entails a lot of problems, of which the cysts are one symptom. Those with PCOS have insulin insensitivity (a pre-diabetic condition) and also they have too much testosterone and not enough estrogen. This causes other problems like obesity, hairiness, skin darkening in certain areas, infertility, etc. The cysts they get have a particular “chain of pearls” appearance because the cysts of PCOS are caused by a particular combination of factors. But if you just have cysts on your ovaries, you have none of these other factors.References :

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  • Sergey says:

    hello I’ve been reading ur blog for a while now and I llaery admire how brave u r and I think ur totally sweetwell thiz iz my first comment ever, I felt like I had 2 share the info that I have abt PCOS.At first u’ll get scared and u’ll panic coz itz not well known and they still dont know the reason y would a woman get PCOS. Im telling you dont worry and it’s quite normal itz just a hormonal disorder it iz caused by an increase in the insulin level that would increase the testosterone level and that would cause the irregular period the weight gain and abnormal hair growth and many other things.I tried pills that regulate the hormonez but those sucked and didnt help and I think it made my case worse however now im on metaformin and it’s great! I can c a rapid weight loss and hair loss and I feel better already.what I truly recommend is 2 cut down on dairy products, carbohydrates and all types of sugar, do vigorous exercise.. sometimes just these thingz would b great and u dont have 2 go on any medicationsorry for the long comment.. if u have any question plz feel free 2 email me..I have so much info abt this that I cant put them in words and in order hehehe hopefully u’ll feel better soon

  • Allannah says:

    Hi Sergey,

    I hope you do feel better soon. Let me know if the yoga affords you any relief. namaste

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