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What is PCOS?

PCOS, the abbreviation for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is a health problem that affects women during their childbearing years (ages 15 to 44). PCOS affects the ovaries, the reproductive organs that produce oestrogen and progesterone. As a result, ovulation is often deranged and results in an inability to conceive a child.

Research shows that 2.2 – 26.7 % of women in this age group (age 15 – 44) have PCOS

What happens in PCOS?

  • Multiple cysts in the ovaries
  • Excessive male hormones in circulation
  • Skipped or irregular menstruation

What are the common causes of PCOS?

  • Excessive intake of food high in calories or fast food
  • Sedentary lifestyle with minimal physical activity
  • Increased inflammation in the body
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Genetic predisposition

What are the measures I can take to improve PCOS?

  • Exercise – aerobic exercise helps to regulate the weight
  • Yoga – Keeps PCOS symptoms under control
  • Pranayama – Helps to regulate the production of hormones
  • Ayurveda massage – helps improve lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation
  • Diet – Increase fruit, salad and vegetable intake while minimising the intake of refined sugar

Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

How can yoga help?

Regular practice of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation helps to tackle and in fact reverse the effects of PCOS.

  • Yoga asanas targeted at the reproductive region help stimulate blood circulation in the pelvic region. It relieves congestion in the uterus while enhancing relaxation and allowing uterine wall breakdown efficiently. This helps to deal with irregular menstruation.
  • Enhancement of circulation in the whole body through surya namaskar and other inverted poses promotes restoration of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis by resetting the hormonal balance.
  • Yoga asanas generally tone the body muscles up to optimum levels encouraging a gradual weight loss. It also decreases insulin resistance portrayed by PCOS sufferers.
  • Pranayama helps to restore the female-male hormonal ratio in a steady manner encouraging normal ovulation, better skin texture and improved hair growth.
  • Meditation tackles issues related to self-esteem. It helps women with PCOS overcome anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

Client Testimonial

I signed up for MAYI WELLNESS weight Loss programme recently. I had a knee injury two years ago. As a result, I gained weight, and it affected my menstrual flow. To my despair, I was diagnosed with PCOS and symptoms have become worse ever since. My physician suggested I do yoga and that’s why I am here at MAYI. To my amazement, just after some simple, breath regulated yoga poses in my first session, I had my menses flow! What usually seemed scanty and irregular is now normal. This is indeed very rewarding and I am looking forward to continue my programme – Loginy

Join us in our Wellness Yoga Workshop #NoMorePCOS now!!
Date: 17th November 2018
Venue: MAYI YOGA Taipan, Subang
Content: Practical session on how to sequence yoga poses to help manage PCOS