Did you know that the prostate is a small walnut sized gland that is part of both the urinary and reproductive system? It’s found at the base of the bladder, most men never give it a second thought until it starts acting up, however you should be aware of symptoms and seek advice from a doctor if you notice any of the following!
. Difficulty in passing urine, you may have to strain or wait a while until you are able to go.
. A weak flow of urine which starts, then stops. The stream is narrower and less powerful.
. Even after passing urine, you are still left with the feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder.
. Blood in the urine
. Involuntary leakage – you may develop a tendency to dribble urine.
. Once you start to urinate, you may find it hard to stop.
. There could be a mild pain in the lower back, hips and legs and occasional impotency.
. You visit the bathroom more often – a frequent need or urge to urinate 2-3 times a day and night.
Any of these sound familiar?
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, and rates are on the rise. By 2030 there’ll be 1.7 million men living with prostate cancer. It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects.
However, yoga can have many health benefits, it enhances blood quality, respiratory function and regulates hormone production and flow as well as digestions and elimination. Poor circulation can exacerbate prostate problems, and regular yoga can improve blood flow, strengthen muscles as well as improve agility and stamina.
Certain yoga poses are even said to improve prostate health, try for yourself with these 2 beginners poses:
Biparitkarani Mudra (Shoulder Stand)
Biparitkarani Mudra helps improve your prostate gland by stimulating the nerves and muscles of the sexual glands.
. Lie down on the ground, with your hands to your sides. Your head should on the ground too and not on a pillow.
. Slowly lifter your legs into the air, reaching higher until your buttocks is off the ground using the palms of your hands to hold yourself up.
. Your legs should be at 90 degrees to the ground, only your head and shoulders should touch the ground.
. Try to hold this position for 2 minutes. Don’t worry if you can’t, practice makes perfect.
Janusirasana (Head to Knee Pose)
The yoga posture helps the abdomen but it also aids in the removal of toxins from the prostate gland and increases blood flow to it.
. Sit with your legs stretched in front of you, slowly fold your left leg so your left heel is touching the area in-between your legs – preferably your right thigh.
. Look at your right toes and slowly bend your body forward, reaching out with both hands towards your right toes while breathing out.
. Bend as far as you go, in time you will be able to bend so that your head touches your right knee. Hold the position for 5-7 seconds and repeat 3-4 times.
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Yoga takes practice to improve, just like in any sport so don’t be disheartened if you can’t hold a position for the required time, eventually your stamina and agility will improve and as it does you will see the improvements in your overall health, including your prostate gland. If you experience any of the symptoms previously mentioned go to your doctor and never substitute yoga for doctor’s advice.
Annu is best known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion centered self-love practices. She is instrumental in weaving ancient wisdom teachings of yoga into a modern day practice aimed at serving people at all levels. Annu is dynamic in teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Power Yoga and Meditation. She is committed to finding key approaches to encourage the growth of the physical and spiritual self; helping others inspire thoughts into action in creating a life you deserve.