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Yoga Sequence for PCOS – Boosting Agni

Beth Heller, M.S.
PCOS shows itself in different ways in different women.  For this reason, therapeutic yoga can be very helpful because it is individualized.  This simple sequence of poses help women with PCOS by stimulating the digestive fire as well as stretching tight muscles in the hips and low back, potentially enhancing the flow of life energy and blood to the region of the ovaries.   The pose is called Prasarita Padottanasana and we’ve added a twist to stimulate the abdomen.  Stimulating agni, the digestive fire, does not necessarily mean the stimulation of appetite.  Agni is responsible for the proper digestion and metabolism of food and, from the yoga perspective, greatly aid in maintaining a healthy body weight and deriving optimal nutrition from our diet.

In step one, we take a wide-leg stance on our yoga mat and fold forward to place our hands on a block or the floor.  The back is flat and the legs are as straight as possible without forcing.  Take  10-20 breaths here before moving deeper.  As you breathe, work to lengthen your spine from tail bone to the crown of the head.

In step two, reach the right hand up, twisting open to the right.  Keep lengthening through the spine and you twist.  Hold for 10-20 breaths as you revolve.  If it’s uncomfortable to look up at the right hand, turn your eyes to the horizon or just look down.  Release back to position 1.  Step three, reach the left hand high and hold for 10-20 breaths.  Release and rest.  To come up, heel-toe your feet in and come up to standing.

If you are interested in learning more about the ways therapeutic yoga can support PCOS, join us for our PCOS Action Plan seminar on June 5 from 1-3:30 p.m. in Chicago.   Learn more here.

Step 1 Prasarita Padottanasana

Step 2: Right hand reaches up

Step 3 Left hand reaches up