Practice of the Month


GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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18 Apr 2024


Yoga & Women’s Health

Yoga & Women’s Health 

by Smt Meetal Koticha Shah
Joint Executive Trustee – Project ‘Life’ & Vice Chairperson, IYA Gujarat Chapter

Contemporary lifestyle, social, economic & professional responsibilities and lack of self-care resulting in stressful existence have created multiple health concerns for women, calling for greater awareness, attention and pragmatic solutions.

Young lady in hat walking through wheat field and raised hands up. Gender equality and independence.

Yoga, the ancient discipline of self-rejuvenation, practiced over thousands of years is the articulate blend of body postures, breathing exercises and meditation that benefits mind, body and soul in a holistic approach to health & wellbeing.
Having claimed its rightful place in health and wellness spectrum as a viable option to enhance healthy living, Yoga can greatly help women to effectively deal with their complex and diverse issues, offering several women specific health solutions.

Research has demonstrated that Yoga can benefit in:

Stress Reduction: Yoga effectively reduces stress levels in women. Women often take greater stress on account of societal pressures and responsibilities. Yoga offers holistic stress management to help women live a balanced life through monitored focus on the present and reduce anxiety levels.

Menstrual Health: Yoga can also help alleviate menstrual discomfort and symptoms. Specific exercises can relieve cramps, bloating, and mood swings and regulate menstrual cycle by improving circulation and reducing stress.

Pregnancy and Childbirth: Prenatal yoga has become increasingly popular for pregnant women. Common pregnancy symptoms – back pain, fatigue, and swelling – reduce significantly and support a happy outlook through the trimesters. Prenatal Yoga further enables women for stress-free childbirth by strengthening pelvic muscles and improving breathing pattern.

Postpartum Recovery: Yoga greatly helps postpartum recovery by restoring pelvic floor muscles, which may have weakened during pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally Yoga alleviates postpartum depression and anxiety by reducing stress levels and stimulating relaxation.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): PCOS, a hormonal disorder that can lead to irregular cycles, acne and weight gain, is effectively remedied by Yoga through normalization of hormonal balance and reduction in stress levels.

Menopause: Yoga helps women cope with the physical and emotional changes during menopause, alleviating hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia. Furthermore, Yoga improves bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
Overall Health: Yoga significantly enhances overall health, reducing risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It improves flexibility, balance, and strength, reducing risk of falls and injuries.

Integrating Yoga in life’s routine can be increasingly beneficial for women. Yogic exercises are low impact in nature, easily practicable and offer a great approach to attaining a better, healthier, stress free and relaxed life.

A powerful tool for women’s health, Yoga remains an ideal choice to upscale physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Let’s all resolve today to adapt to and adopt Yoga in our life. The time starts now!!

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