Women And Stress Research

By James H. Humphrey
Published by Nova Science Pub Inc, 2005


Stress has increasingly become associated with greater susceptibility to various illnesses. The condition is also costly from an economic and financial perspective, but such costs hardly reflect the human costs of emotional trauma and physical suffering that result from the illness. Women today are in a situation where both the monetary and human effects of stress take their toll as women face unprecedented pressures in accommodating the demands of home and career and personal family stresses that often result. In addition to this, while women are prone to the same stressors as men, they are confronted with potentially unique physical and psychological stressors of their own. They may also become stress “carriers” as in the abusive husband and unfair boss relationship. Ironically, despite these differences women live longer than men, although collectively they are reported to have more symptoms, illnesses, intake of drugs and doctor-hospital visits. This outstanding new book by a pioneer in stress research presents an essential analysis of this increasingly relevant subject.

Q1: Why should women consider yoga as an integral part of their daily work?
A1: Women should practice yoga to keep themselves fit and fine keeping in mind their physique, age and physical activities. Daily practice will help them to improve on their figure, impart energy and prevent various uterine and ovarian disorders during pregnancy and childbirth.

Q2: Can women practice all yoga poses?
A2: Yes, women can practice most of the yoga pose. However, it is advised that she avoids difficult asanas like Mayurasana, Poorna Matsyendrasana, etc.

Q3: Can women continue with their yoga practice during their menses?
A3: A woman must avoid rigorous practice during her menses till the time it stops. It is best to relax at his point of time for which Savasana is especially recommended. Certain postures such as inversions (headstands, shoulder stands, etc.) are best avoided during menstruation–especially during heavy flow days. Practice during this period can lead to extensive bleeding and inverted postures can disrupt the menstrual flow.

Q4: What yoga asanas can help cure menstrual disorders?
A4: There are some asanas that help in curing the menstrual disorder and restore the regular pattern. They are Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimotanasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Badha Konasana, Janusirasana, Bhadrasana, Pavana Muktasana, Naukasana, Bhujangasana. However, it should be kept in mind that they shouldn’t be tried during the menstrual or extreme cases of distress.

Q5: Can yoga help ease my PMS?
A5: Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS is characterized by uncomfortable mental and physical symptoms that can occur up to two weeks prior to the onset of menstruation. It also helps your mind and body adapt to stress, anxiety and depression making you feel relaxed and calm, and enabling you to cope with psychological symptoms of PMS.

Q6: Regular practice of which yoga poses can cure menstrual problems?
A6: There are certain set of asanas, which, on doing regularly do not create any menstrual problems. They are Ushtrasana, Viparita Karani, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Padahastasana, Supta Vajrasana, Uddiyana, Nauli, Moola Bandha, Trikonasana, Utkatasana and in addition to it Savasana will be helpful to reduce tension.

Q7: Can yoga relieve me of Menopause symptoms?
A7: Yoga balances the endocrine system which controls your body’s production of hormones and it calms the nervous system, reducing stress and aggravation of hot flashes. Yoga is a weight-bearing exercise that strengthens your bones and prevents osteoporosis. It can massage the reproductive organs, relieve pelvic congestion and headaches, boost the immune system, reduce fatigue, and even out mood swings.

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