An integrative system that combines measured breathing with movement, yoga is a discipline that began more than 5,000 years ago. In its modern incarnation yoga is prized for its therapeutic qualities. Although the health benefits of yoga are still being measured by scientists, it’s the teachers and students of the craft who laud its curative and comforting significance. Women in particular appreciate yoga poses that soothe and minimize the discomfort of cramps and other so-called “female problems” like ovarian cysts. Yoga poses for ovarian cysts are gentle and restorative.
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Cat and Cow Pose
Get onto your hands and knees on a mat. Place your hands directly under your shoulders and knees directly under your hips. Let the tops of your feet rest on the floor or alternatively curl your toes under, whichever feels more comfortable. On exhale, round your back into cat position, while pulling your abdomen in toward your spine. Let your head hang between your arms. On inhale, lift your head and focus your gaze on the ceiling while simultaneously caving your back and letting your belly hang toward the floor, mimicking a cow. Breathe slowly and evenly as you alternate between cat and cow.
Seated Forward Bend
Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you and your toes flexed toward the ceiling. Lifting your right and left buttock in turn, move the fleshy part away from your sitting bones so that you’re more directly connected to the floor. Pull your spine up straight from your tailbone and settle your shoulder blades down your back instead of hunched up around your ears. Inhale, then on an exhale slowly bend forward from your waist, sliding your hands along your legs toward your feet. Keep your back straight and your head up and in line with your back. Only reach as far as you can and breathe normally as you hold the pose for up to a minute.
Lie on your back on the floor using a yoga mat or rug for comfort. Stretch your legs out fully and point your toes. Slide your hands palm down underneath your lower back. Keep your forearms on the floor and your elbows hugged close to your body. On an inhale press your elbows into the mat and lift your chest and head off the floor. Tip your head back and then lower your head to rest lightly against the floor. Stay in the pose for up to 30 seconds, breathing normally throughout. To come out of the pose lift your head first before lowering your upper body to the floor.
Approach all yoga poses with respect for their power. Never push yourself to go farther than you are able at your present level of fitness and health. Yoga poses for ovarian cysts are not a cure but a balm. If you experience any discomfort seek medical advice.