Yoga For Fibroids
fibroids are the most common benign tumors in the female reproductive tract
whose exact cause is unknown, but it is known that fibroids are fed by hormones
and blood. They can be as small as a millet seed or large enough to fill the
entire abdominal cavity. Symptoms of fibroids rarely appear before age 30 but
may include painful menstruation, excessive bleeding, and abnormal mucous
discharge. Tumors that press on the bladder can cause a need to urinate
Practicing yoga asanas
during your menstrual period might put more blood into the uterus and accelerate
fibroid growth. In any case, practicing yoga asanas during your menstrual period
can cause heavier blood flow into the uterus, dilation of uterine blood vessels,
and heavier bleeding.
Note: Do not practice yoga asanas during the first three days of your period or
at any time in which you are experiencing a heavy blood flow.
Twists such as Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja's Twist) and
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
(Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose) can be beneficial, because they allow the abdominal
area to be in an open position. As fibroids grow, one's yoga practice should be
changed to accommodate them. Women with large, heavy fibroids should approach
yoga as if they were pregnant. For them, supported poses like
(Reclining Hero Pose),
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), and
Salamba Setu Bandha
Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose) can be of great benefit.
Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja's Twist)
in Vajrasana. Slide partly off your heels to the left so that your left
buttock is on the floor and your right buttock is on your left foot. Let the
top of your left foot rest on the arch of your right foot. Place your left
hand on the floor to the side and a little behind your left hip. Place your
right hand on the outside of your left thigh.
Inhale and lengthen your spine upward. Exhale and twist to the left,
keeping the extension of your spine. Repeat the actions with another
inhalation and exhalation.
Throughout the pose, keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Keep your
eyes, jaw, throat, and neck muscles relaxed. Breathe comfortably through
your nose. Repeat to the right side.
a seated position extend the right leg out 45 degrees towards the corner of
the room. Bring the left foot in close to the hips.
Extend the right arm over the right leg with the right palm facing up.
Inhale reach the left fingers up towards the ceiling, lifting out of the
Exhale and arch over to the right, reaching the left fingers towards the
right foot, bringing the left arm directly over the left ear.
Keep the left shoulder pressing back, allowing the chest to stay open
and facing forward. Keep the chin off the chest, looking forward or up at
Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.
To release: inhale and reach the left fingers up towards the ceiling,
exhale release the arm down.
Repeat on other side.
Virasana. Kneel with your knees together and near the front of
the mat. The tops of the feet should be hip width apart on the mat and
parallel to each other. In Virasana, you sit between your feet rather than
on the feet as in the Vajrasana pose.
To descend, press your palms into the floor as you bend the elbows and
gradually extend back toward your prop or the floor. The knees extend in one
direction away from the pelvis and down towards the floor as you also extend
the upper torso in the opposite direction away from the pelvis and lower the
shoulders to or towards the floor.
To protect your lower back in this pose, it is important to avoid
over-arching it during the descent. This is done by tilting your pelvis so
that your coccyx moves upwards between your legs towards your pubic bone as
you also move the ribcage up from the hips towards your head. This creates
space between the vertebrae in your lower back. Keep performing this
protective maneuver as you also maintain the descent of the buttocks towards
the earth beneath you. Keep your knees together and firmly on the floor.
Remember to focus on lowering your shoulders rather than arching the
neck and lowering your head. Your chest is expanded by lifting your sternum
upward and away from your pubic bone. The lengthening of the torso that
happens when you lift the sternum creates deep space to facilitate breath.
Extend the neck with a relaxed throat. The neck should be in a neutral
position, not overly arched. Relax the thighs and abdomen. The thighs have a
tendency to fall inward. Revolve the thighs outward so that they face the
Stay in the pose for a minute, and in the future you can practice so
that you can stay in the pose for 5-10 minutes.
To come out of the pose, push yourself up with your hands and return to
kneeling in Virasana. Come up to your knees, crossing your legs behind
coming into Sukhasana (seated cross-legged pose). Now extend your legs in
front of you to stretch them out.
Come to lie on your back with the knees bent and the soles of your feet flat on
the floor. Have a yoga block handy.
You should be able to barely touch the backs of your heels with your fingertips
when the arms are lying on the floor.
The feet should be parallel and stay that way through the duration of the pose.
Press down into the soles of the feet as you lift the hips off the floor.
Slide your yoga block under your back directly under the sacrum. Let your sacrum
rest on the block. Let the arms rest alongside the body.
This should be a comfortable resting position. You may wish to stay here several
To come out, press down into your feet and lift the hips again. Remove the block
and gently lower your back to the floor.
It is a good idea to start with the block on the lowest level . If this feels
comfortable, you can try turning it to a higher level. Since this is a
restorative pose, choose the level that gives you the most ease. If you feel any
pain, come out.
Try lifting one leg at at time off the floor, keeping the block in place. You
may also lift both legs at the same time in a supported version of
Reducing stress and exercising can help relieve the symptoms of fibroids. A
fiber, is recommended.
Some foods to eliminate from the diet are dairy products, which increase
estrogen; animal proteins, which are high in
saturated fats; and alcohol,
caffeine, sugar and salt, which deplete
B-complex vitamins that are
needed to regulate muscle tension.