Yoga is more than just striking poses; it’s like a lifelong friend that walks with women through every stage of life. Whether it’s managing daily roles or facing life’s changes, yoga offers a helping hand.
One amazing thing about yoga is how it helps with balancing your hormones. Women go through ups and downs with their hormones because of periods, pregnancy, and menopause. Simple yoga poses like the cobra or Bhujangasana and bridge or Setu Bandhasana can ease period cramps, make you feel less stressed, and lift your mood. They also help keep hormones in check.
Every stage of a woman’s life can be positively touched by yoga. During childhood, yoga should be simple and engaging. Postures like the child’s pose or Balasana, cat-cow or Marjariasana, and downward dog or Adho Mukho Shvanasana can be introduced. These poses help improve flexibility and also give children a fondness for relaxing and stretching.
Adolescence is a trying time, especially for young girls experiencing the effects of puberty. Yoga during this stage can help girls feel more comfortable in their bodies and ease their discomforts. Basic yoga poses like bridge pose strengthen the pelvic region and relax menstrual cramps. Bhujangasana can also help with abdominal pain, while poses like Balasana can reduce muscle tightness in the back and abdomen.
In early adulthood, women often face busy and stressful lives. This is regardless of whether they are homemakers, business women, labourers, or young mothers. Yoga practices that focus on reducing stress, like Pranayama, Shavasana and Yoga Nidra, can be very beneficial. Poses like Bhujangasana, Setu Bandhasana, and butterfly or Baddha Konasana continue to improve physical health, and meditative practices can bring clarity and peace of mind.
Being a middle aged woman can bring new challenges like hormonal changes and increased responsibilities, be it at a workplace or with children. Yoga poses that emphasize relaxation and hormonal balance, such as the triangle pose or Trikonasana, camel pose or Ushtrasana, and fish pose or Matsyasana, can really help a woman navigate the middle years of life.
If you’re dealing with period cramps, try the pigeon pose or Kapotasana. It’s great for relaxing your hips and easing the pain. Additionally, poses like Baddha Konasana and Marjariasana can also help pregnant women alleviate their discomfort, strengthen and stretch their pelvic muscles.
Even in our golden years, yoga stays at our side, always reaching out a helping hand. Older women can practice various poses to maintain joint health and mobility. Chair yoga, gentle stretches, and seated meditation are ideal. Poses like the mountain pose or Parvatasana and legs-up-the-wall pose or Viparita Karani can improve their blood circulation, flexibility, and mental health. In these years, women can find yoga to be a welcome relief from complications around their physical and mental health.
Some yoga poses are like secret weapons for women’s health. Various poses improve the health of the reproductive organs and ease period cramps. Other poses boost blood flow, and make our bones stronger. Certain poses are even good for your hair!
You don’t have to be a yoga expert to reap its benefits. Even just a few minutes of simple yoga every day can make a big difference. Yoga helps women balance their bodies and minds, no matter what stage of life they’re in. It can become your steady friend for life, always there to guide you to better health and wellbeing. We have specially designed SakhyaM, for women keeping the wellbeing of all women in mind.