How does Yogasana benefit reproductive health?

 
 

Yogasana is widely known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting an overall sense of relaxation. This sense of relaxation is achieved by accessing the response of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS) known as ‘rest and digest’. During ‘rest and digest’, pelvic circulation increases so that the reproductive glands of the Endocrine system are regulated and nourished with fresh, oxygenated blood for energy and waste removal. Increased circulation also helps to flush the fallopian tubes and uterus and release dormant sexuality by stimulating the reproductive organs.

Yogic postures stretch and tone the muscles of the body to release tension. Specifically, hip opening asana help to open the pelvic region in both men and women and alleviate tight muscles and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. Yogasana can also help to soften the abdominal organs to remove tension surrounding the ovaries, fallopian tubes or uterus.

Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle pose) increases the energy flow of the Sacral chakra - our second chakra - which is concerned with creation and governs your reproductive organs. Forward bends are beneficial for male and female reproductive organs by massaging the organs in the lower abdomen and reducing tension, menstrual tension and PCOS discomfort. Seated forward bends boost relaxation, reduce fatigue and abdominal bloating.

Some asana stimulate the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) which is also very beneficial for stress release. Backbends have the capacity to release very strong emotions; boost energy; increase blood flow to the reproductive organs for healthy anatomy and physiology; stimulate GAMA release from the pituitary gland (related to fear based responses) to positively re-calibrate the individual’s reaction to stressful situations; and to get the adrenaline moving in highly stressed students so that they can more fully enjoy the benefits of the relaxing forward folding asana.

Mula bandha (root lock) - incorporated throughout an entire yogasana practice - engages the pelvic floor and allows it to be strengthened for pregnancy and childbirth. It also promotes blood flow to the reproductive organs and increases body awareness in the pelvic and abdominal areas.

Body awareness is further created through opening and closing asana like Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined bound angle pose) or Savasana (corpse pose) where students are encouraged to scan the body for any tension and instructed to release any tightness. Once again activating the PSNS response and balancing the Endocrine system for reproductive hormone regulation and health.

Asana requires unity of body, mind and breath whilst partaking in movement to maintain overall physical health. This is facilitated by using the Ujjayi (victorious) breath throughout asana practice to remain calm and focused. This can help with conception, as the stress of trying to create a new life can take you away from the joy of the present moment.

 

By Alyssa McLeod

 

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