Yoga's Benefits for Premenstrual Symptoms

Here are some absolutely wonderful findings on the effects of yoga on premenstrual symptoms.

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Here are some absolutely wonderful findings on the effects of yoga on premenstrual symptoms. If you dread 'that time of the month' you will love the results of this Taiwanese study.

The researchers investigated the effects of 12 weeks' yoga on premenstrual symptoms in menstruating females in Taiwan. Sixty-four subjects completed the yoga intervention, and before and after the intervention filled out a structured self-report question...naire about their demographics, personal lifestyle, menstrual status, baseline menstrual pain scores, premenstrual symptoms, and health-related quality of life. Of 64 subjects, a massive 90.6% reported experiencing menstrual pain during menstruation.

After the yoga intervention, participants reported decreased use of analgesics during menstruation and decreased moderate or severe effects of menstrual pain on work. The yoga intervention was associated with the improvement of the scale of physical function and bodily pain, and significantly decreased abdominal swelling, breast tenderness, abdominal cramps, and cold sweats. A reduction in menstrual pain after yoga correlated with improvement in physical function, bodily pain, general health perception, vitality/energy, social function, mental health. If you have personal experience of yoga's effects on premenstrual and menstrual symptoms ladies, please share them!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS