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Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Yoga for Managing Fibroid Symptoms

July 13, 2023

In this post, let’s look at yoga for managing fibroid symptoms and its potential health benefits.

Yoga for managing fibroid symptoms - black lady in childs pose

Some of the most distressing and daily fibroid symptoms are pelvic pain, leg and back pain, painful periods, bloating and constipation. 

In addition to these and other physical symptoms, you may experience anxiety, depression and other mental distress related to the fibroid symptoms, your diagnosis and treatment. 

Can You Use Yoga for Managing Fibroid Symptoms?

Yoga is a natural option that not only provides overall health benefits but, according to studies, women with fibroids report some benefits to their symptoms.

Yoga involves physical activity and positions you may not be familiar with. Before you start, please check in with your healthcare provider to ensure they suit you, especially if you have other medical conditions.

So here are eight yoga poses that can be beneficial for managing symptoms related to fibroids, along with their mental and physical benefits specifically related to managing fibroid symptoms:

Yoga for managing fibroids - Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)

  1. Lie on your back, bend your knees, and bring them towards your chest.
  2. Extend your arms out to the sides in a T-shape.
  3. Slowly drop both knees to one side while keeping your shoulders grounded.
  4. Turn your head in the opposite direction.
  5. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side.

This pose calms the mind and reduces stress and anxiety. It also massages the abdominal area, stimulates digestion, improves circulation, relieves lower back tension, and stretches the spine.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place a folded blanket or bolster under your sacrum for support.
  3. Gently lift your hips and place a block under the sacrum for added elevation.
  4. Relax and breathe deeply in this supported position for several minutes.  

Setu Bandhasana is an excellent example technique of yoga for managing fibroid symptoms. It promotes relaxation, reduces fatigue, and helps alleviate stress. For physical benefits, it opens the chest, stretches the hip flexors, and promotes hormonal balance. This will improve blood circulation to the reproductive organs, relieving some of the congestion from fibroids and relieving lower back pain.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

  1. Begin on your hands and knees.
  2. Bring your hips back towards your heels, allowing your forehead to rest on the mat.
  3. Extend your arms forward or alongside your body.
  4. Breathe deeply and relax in this comforting pose.
  • This pose relieves back, shoulders, and neck tension, gently massages the abdominal area, and helps alleviate menstrual cramps. It encourages deep relaxation, soothes the nervous system, and promotes a sense of peace and well-being.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Lie on your back and bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to open out to the sides. 

You can support your thighs with blocks or bolsters. Rest your arms alongside your body or place your hands on your abdomen. Stay in this restorative pose for several minutes. 

Supta Baddha Konasana induces deep relaxation, reduces anxiety, and enhances feelings of inner calm. In addition, it opens the hips and groin, stimulates blood flow to the pelvic region, improves digestion, and supports reproductive health. This may be suitable for ladies with bloating and constipation. 

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

  1. Sit with your legs extended in front of you. 
  2. Bend your right knee and place your right foot outside your left thigh. Place your left hand on the floor behind you for support and gently twist towards the right, bringing your right hand to your right knee. 
  3. Hold for a few breaths, then switch sides.
  • This yoga pose energizes the body and mind, relieves stress and tension, and enhances mental clarity. It also stimulates digestion, massages the abdominal area, improves the flexibility of your spine (which can be good for back pain) and increases circulation to the abdominal region.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Supported Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Supported Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

  1. Sit with your legs extended and place a bolster or folded blankets behind you, perpendicular to your spine. 
  2. Slowly lower yourself back onto the prop, supporting your head and upper back. 
  3. Extend your arms alongside your body or rest them on your abdomen. 
  4. Stay in this pose for a few minutes while focusing on deep, relaxed breathing.

The supported fish pose stretches the chest and shoulders, opening the heart area and improving lung capacity. This increases blood flow to the pelvic area. It typically also relieves stress and anxiety, promoting a sense of openness and receptivity and enhancing relaxation.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Legs-Up-The-Wall (Viparita Karani)

Legs-Up-The-Wall (Viparita Karani)

  1. Lie on your back and scoot your hips close to a wall. 
  2. Extend your legs up the wall, keeping them straight or with a slight bend in the knees. 
  3. Place your arms by your sides or on your abdomen. 
  4. Relax and breathe deeply as you enjoy this pose’s gentle inversion and restorative benefits.
  • Another example of yoga for managing fibroid symptoms, this pose calms the nervous system and reduces anxiety and fatigue. It also promotes a sense of grounding and relaxation. It also relieves leg fatigue and swelling, improves circulation, reduces pelvic congestion, and supports hormonal balance.

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Yoga for managing fibroids - Supported Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)

Supported Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend (Upavistha Konasana)

  1. Sit with your legs spread wide in a “V” shape. 
  2. Place a bolster or folded blankets in front of you, lengthwise. 
  3. Fold forward from your hips and rest your torso and forehead on the bolster. 
  4. Adjust the height of the prop as needed. 
  5. Breathe deeply and allow your body to release tension in this gentle forward bend.
  • In addition to relieving stress and tension, this pose promotes introspection and emotional release. Your feelings of calm and peace are also enhanced. On the physical side, it stretches the inner thighs and groin, stimulates abdominal organs, improves digestion, and helps alleviate lower back pain.

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Considerations

These are just a few techniques from yoga for managing fibroid symptoms that may provide you with relief and support.

Consulting with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and guidance is essential. 

Remember to listen to your body and modify these poses as needed.

It’s always a good idea to consult with a yoga teacher or healthcare professional to ensure the poses suit your condition.

I know you’ve found this helpful. Let us know in the comments section what other yoga techniques you’ve personally found useful for fibroids.

Or you might want to read about the challenges of getting pregnant with a bent/tilted womb.

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All AskAwayHealth articles are written by practising  Medical Practitioners to help promote quality healthcare. The advice in our material is not meant to replace a qualified healthcare practitioner’s management of your specific condition.
Please get in touch with a health practitioner to discuss your condition, or reach us directly here.

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