Power in health: Why yoga works for women

Ladies, there are enough compelling reasons to love your yoga.

From increased strength and flexibility to better heart health, this age-old wellness practice has been a steady ally in women’s health. Through centuries, females around the world have been rolling the mat and reaping the benefits, such as improved posture, spine protection, better bone health, and increased blood flow. Here are some of the benefits of yoga that relate to physical and mental power.

Regulates adrenal glands

Yoga lowers cortisol, secreted by the adrenal glands in response to stress and crisis. If cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can harm the immune system and lead to permanent changes in the brain. Excess cortisol has also been linked to major depression, osteoporosis, hypertension, and insulin resistance.

Eases various forms of pain

Yoga is a surefire natural painkiller. Studies show how asana, meditation, or a combination of the two slashed pain in people suffering from back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Once pain is relieved, your mood elevates and you’re more inclined to be active and tackle the painful sensations naturally and without as much need for medication.

Increases focus

In a harried world where there are mounting pressures to excel and stay connected, yoga offers renewed focus and concentration. In studies, regular practitioners demonstrated better coordination, reaction, memory, and IQ scores.

Enhances fertility

Yoga can very well address and cushion the effects of stress, with classes such as prenatal and restorative yoga bringing the body a fresh supply of oxygen and calming the mind. It enhances hormones of fertility and conception, as well as helps maintain a healthy pregnancy.

Assists during menopause

Different yoga poses and inversions can help menopausal women cope with the different symptoms of menopause, such as increasing circulation and preventing bone loss. If you’ve been having hot flashes all night and you’re deeply exhausted, it can be a restorative practice the next day.

Promotes sisterhood

While relaxation and meditation are commonly associated with yoga, many black women in the United States had the opposite experience when visiting many Western-style studios for the first time. This is how an independently own practice has started helping people of color discover yoga’s amazing benefits, especially in locations where they are a minority.

This is one of the main perks of doing yoga: taking the power back and finding support from others, where the sangha or community is supposedly free from the pressures of everyday life and women support instead of compete with each other.

Fosters happiness

Sitting in Lotus, rising up into a backbend, or soaring into the awesome King Dancer Pose – yoga has a wealth of offerings to help improve depression and significantly increase serotonin levels. In research, the left prefrontal cortex showed heightened activity among meditators, a finding that correlated with higher levels of happiness and better immunity.

Tell us: how has yoga helped you take your own physical or mental prowess back?

Sara Bishop started working at age 14 and has worked numerous administration, research, and advisory positions. Today she helps lead multiple companies, including a sales and marketing firm. She is based in Queensland along with her husband Luke and their three children. She is an advocate for young girls and enjoys hobbies such as snowboarding and spending time at the beach. She is the force behind Perfect Timing, a women’s wellness service that delivers customised parcels filled with feminine products to transform THAT time of the month into THE time of the month. Learn more on this page.

Posted November 9th at 4:10am