Yoga for Men vs. Women

Should the practice of yoga for women and men be different? Are there specific yoga postures for women that they should or should not do?

Traditionally, Sadhguru explains, most yogic practices were created with the male body in mind, which is why women should be careful about what they practice and when they practice. He looks at how certain practices being taught around the world today are not suitable for women as they may cause physical damage and injury.

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Shambhavi Mahamudra Alleviates Menstrual Disorders

The benefits of yoga in relieving ailments suffered by women have been under much study in recent years. 75% of women are thought to experience problems related to menstruation, which has a huge physical, psychological, social and economic impact on their life. The primary means of treatment for such issues are known to offer less than satisfactory relief, even when patients choose surgery as a last resort.

A team from the Poole Hospitals NHS Trust, UK, and the Indiana University School of Medicine conducted a survey female practitioners of the Shambhavi Mahamudra, a yogic kriya practice offered in Isha Yoga programs. Results showed significant decreases in dysmenorrhea, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, heaviness of menstrual flow, irregularity of menstrual cycle, the need for medical or surgical intervention for disorders, and the impairment of work during the menstrual period. The authors conclude that the kriya “can be considered as an adjunct therapy for menstrual disorders given the improved symptoms in all the parameters.”

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Yoga for Pregnant Women

Yoga for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy can be a significant part of many women’s lives. Sadhguru explains that, traditionally, pregnant women were treated with great care and wisdom in Indian culture. On every level, from conception to all aspects,” he says, “care was taken so that life happens in the best possible way right from day one.”

Although not all types of yogic practices are advisable during this time, the practice of yoga for pregnant women is very important and even crucial in making an expectant mother’s experience of pregnancy, child birth and parenthood as wonderful as it can be.

Isha offers several initiatives that make pregnancy a joy, and ensure a healthy mother and child. “Isha Thaimai” is an initiative specially designed for pregnant mothers to bring more awareness about the pregnancy period and teach them how to keep their body, mind, and emotion in a pleasant way, in order to experience a joyful pregnancy.

Note: Pregnant women should not consume neem. Read more here.

Learn more about yoga for pregnant women.