Practicing yoga may improve mood and reduce pain in women affected by menstrual distress, associated with physical and psychological symptoms, says a recent study.
For the study, researchers carried out a systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders. Yoga helps enhance mood, reduces pain, increases well-being, and shows heightened relaxation response, the women who participated in the yoga intervention reported, the findings revealed.
The study revealed the effects of yoga on problems such as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
For the study, a range of yoga interventions were used, which included a combination of asana and pranayama and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques. All the studies which was evaluated, showed beneficial effects and reduced symptoms.
Following yoga intervention, all studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress.
Practicing yoga is one of the ways of rectifying menstrual disorders. Bhujangasana, Matsyasana, Dhanurasana, Halasana, and Sarvangasana are few excellent postures for treating menstrual disorders.
Yoga includes relaxation of body and mind, and is the only activity which is beautifully designed so that there is no stress on the body, as everything is done at the individuals own pace. Being positive in life, can add to your spiritual well-being with practice of yoga, which uses your natural ability to become more flexible in your ability to balance and harmonize all happenings in life.