Dr. Kavita Kholgade
The present research is a comparative study that aims to study the effect of yoga on the physiological health issues of menopausal women. The research consisted of 30 participants with an equal number of menopause yoga and non-yoga participants between the age group of 35-60 years. It was found out that yoga practitioners experienced low to very mild severity of menopausal symptoms like reduced vaginal dryness, exhaustion, joint pains, and nearly no stress, anxiety, etc. Whereas those who did not practice yoga or any other kind of physical activity experienced moderate to severe levels of menopausal symptoms like increased hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, stress, and depression. It was also found that both yoga and non-yoga participants changed their lifestyle in some or the other way after entering the menopausal phase. Non-yoga participants started with medication to either relieve menopausal symptoms or to relieve their body pains. It was further found that those who benefitted from yoga, practiced asanas like suryanamaskar, halasana, savasana, bhadrasana etc. along with pranayama like anulom vilom, kapalbhati, omkar chanting, etc. on a daily basis. The study concluded that Yoga practice is best for a healthy lifestyle and scientific and convenient method of practice reduces the symptoms of menopause and enhances the quality of life.
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