While many people associate yoga with getting hot and bendy, sweating out toxins, and sculpting a better body, surprisingly, a restorative and gentle approach to yoga is highly effective in dealing with real Zoomer problems such as prostate issues.
November is prostate awareness month, and according to the American Cancer Society after skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during later life. In fact 60% of cases are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and there are many younger men who suffer with some form of prostatitis.
How Can Yoga Help?
A slower, gentle, healing yoga practice, adapted to each person’s unique needs, is an ideal complementary practice for anyone who wants to optimize prostate health, and is very effective for helping manage prostate issues. In fact, promising research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine recently found that yoga can help improve side-effects of cancer treatment and improve quality of life. Also, for men dealing with chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome, stress is a major factor in prostate health.
Yoga helps because the practice engages the parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest aspect of the nervous system), which is critical for helping to manage stress. A gentle yoga practice keeps our stress hormones in check as fear and uncertainty are natural human responses through a diagnosis and treatment.
Five Best Poses for Prostate
In a Healing Yoga practice for prostate issues, we aim to stimulate circulation of the pelvic and abdominal organs as well as the lower extremities, relax the spine and core, and rest deeply to reduce chronic arousal of the nervous system.
- Butterfly Pose with Mula Bandha
This pose activates the pelvic floor, lower abdominals, and all the reproductive and digestive organs. This yoga “root lock” activates the muscles of the pelvic floor as well as the yogic energy centres associated with reproductive and creative energies.
Siting in chairs for long periods of time can cause prostate problems. Set a timer and move off the chair every 15 minutes. Just standing and taking a few sun breaths, or doing a few squats, can make all the difference for the lower extremities and the pelvic organs.
- Childs Pose
Extending the spine and breathing diaphragmatically in this pose helps reduce anxiety and improves circulation in the abdominal and pelvic organs.
- Supported Twist
This soothing pose helps to release tension in the spine and all of the back muscles, stimulating the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system) and wrings out the abdominal and pelvic organs gently.
The tranquility pose at the end of the practice is one of the most important, as it allows time for the body to soak in all the feel-good hormones we’ve released, like serotonin and dopamine. Spending time in a supported resting pose yields incredible benefits, not just for the body, but for the mind, by elevating our moods, and the spirit, cultivating hopefulness and optimism about health outcomes.
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