Certain hatha yoga poses are known to relax tension in the abdomen and pelvis and increase blood flow to the region. The restful and mindful dimensions of yoga can also help with healing.
That’s why Casie Danenhauer, a pelvic-pain therapist and doctor of physical therapy who is also a registered yoga instructor, recommends a yoga practice to women with endometriosis, pelvic pain, or even uncomfortable menstrual cramps.
“Aspects of the endometriosis experience cause a woman’s nervous and immune system to be on attack all the time,” says Danenhauer, who has a private practice in Santa Monica, California. These include physical traumas, like surgery and tissue damage, and emotional traumas, such as having to miss work or having your pain dismissed by your doctor. “The body heals best when it is not in this stressed, fight-or-flight state,” she says, which yoga is ideal for soothing.
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