Published on Monday, March 20, 2023
Written by Frédérique Verdeau, Sabrina Caminade, Amandine Soto
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects approximately 10% of women of childbearing age. Among the complementary alternatives to allopathic medicine or surgery is hormonal yoga GPBALANCE.
Endometriosis is characterized by the presence of endometrial-like tissue (uterine lining) outside the uterus. It is a hormone-dependent disease, meaning that endometriosis cells react to the hormones of the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone, which are often out of balance when you have endometriosis. Endometrial cells will react to the different phases of the menstrual cycle, and bleed during menstruation, creating inflammation of the affected area (even generalized inflammation in some cases). These cells are visible as lesions, referred to as endometriosis lesions, and they can create adhesions between organs causing pain.
Currently, there are no definitive treatments for endometriosis.
Among the complementary alternatives to allopathic medicine or surgery is hormonal yoga GPBALANCE (GPB), a method created by Gustavo Ponce.
GPBALANCE yoga, the link between body and mind
The first thing to note is that this technique is to be considered as a psycho-corporal discipline, that is to say a method which will apprehend the disease in both its psychological and bodily dimension.
The psycho-corporal approach is particularly interesting when talking about a chronic disease like endometriosis, since very often the body-mind link is cut. The body hurts and the strategy of avoidance is naturally favored to avoid painful sensations.
GPBALANCE yoga will allow you to relax both the body and the mind. It puts the body in motion and strengthens muscle mass gently, to better manage pain.
Exploration of posture is sought rather than performance.
For example, having a more balanced and less curled up posture, thanks to breathing exercises that allow you to open your rib cage well, allow you to straighten your back naturally. Indeed, when you have chronic pain, it is common to tense up, to curl up. In endometriosis we will fold around the belly, perhaps in a fetal position with the knees close to the body, the hunched shoulders, the rounded back… In this way the energy is blocked and the short breathing is less fluid. This type of rigid posture will support the adhesions and therefore amplify the pain.
The exercises offered by hormonal yoga, accompanied by the breath that will make the link between the body and the mind, precisely make it possible to release and soften all these tensions.
Breathing, the mainstay of the method
You should know that in GPBALANCE hormonal yoga, breathing is central. The better you breathe, the more the postures are accessible and the more effective they will be.
The point which is also interesting with this method is that, even if we lack flexibility or if the body is not available at that time for certain postures, breathing makes it possible to bridge the gap between our mind and our body, as mentioned above.
The slower and deeper you breathe, the more oxygen circulates freely. By doing this, we allow our body to drain toxins, oxygenate the organs, and thus improve general functioning which ultimately allows us to fight against fatigue.
In endometriosis, chronic fatigue is a symptom that is very often found and which is one of the most difficult to manage (apart from pain of course).
Gentle practice is essential
The whole practice of GP Balance hormonal yoga is accompanied by a specific breath making the postures accessible but nevertheless intense, to be able to work in depth. And when we talk about depth, we are obviously talking about deep muscles, but above all we are also talking here about endometriotic adhesions.
Keeping a posture for several breaths is really interesting to gently loosen these adhesions.
Visualization and meditation
Visualization and meditation are also part of the foundations of the method and they will be essential in the management of the disease.
Our brain is capable of changing through learning. It can just as well create anxiety-provoking connections related to chronic pain, but it can also send new messages to let go and release painful areas.
Thanks to GPBALANCE hormonal yoga, we will send new messages and create new connections between our brain and our body.
When one is subject to chronic pain, the brain has identified the painful moments and “anticipates”, for example the approach of menstruation (sexual intercourse, mixing or defecation…). This leads to anxiety disorders because we know that we are going to live a painful moment, and this reinforces the pain.
All the psycho-corporal work performed with hormonal yoga will make it possible to recreate connections between the brain and the organs on the one hand, and on the other hand to identify thoughts as thoughts and nothing but thoughts, and not realities.
Meditation and visualization will calm the mind, allow you to focus on your body and therefore reduce stress. Anxiety decreases, thus leading to a decrease in the inflammatory state of the person, therefore a decrease in pain.
Another important point is also the connection with the perineum. The work of these muscles is inseparable from practice and essential to reconnect with your intimate sphere.
GPBALANCE hormonal yoga will help us recreate more positive paths to this area. Thanks to the practice, we will be able to connect to it, and learn to contract it but also to release it, which is very important for the pains, and ultimately soothing for the mind.
And the little bonus is that on an energetic level, you will wake up and regain your feminine and sexual energy.
From a mechanical point of view, GPBALANCE yoga works the pelvic floor muscles, deep abdominals, and pelvic decompression through positions and breaths a lot.
Strengthening these muscles will help pelvic statics (therefore posture), and the proposed movements will promote relaxation and mobility of the pelvis. The respiratory massages of this area will also unblock the circulation of this place. Good blood circulation will release pelvic stasis, which will greatly relieve the woman in a context of endometriosis.
The muscular maintenance of the pelvis and abdominals, and their relaxation will promote pelvic decompression, that is to say lighten the area of the pelvis, lower stomach and lower back, which will reduce pain in this area. Indeed, it is a very innervated area and endometrial lesions as well as adhesions (depending on where they are placed) could compress certain nerves, which will create more pain in some women. So the more lightness there is in the pelvis and abdomen, the less pain there will be.
Remember also that physical activity will release endorphins. Endorphins provide a feeling of well-being and they will have an analgesic effect on pain.
A renewed self-confidence
Speaking of feminine energy, there is also in the practice of hormonal yoga the relationship that we have with our body.
When you are an “endogirl,” sport is not necessarily a priority. Chronic fatigue and pain mean that we often have to choose between work, outings, leisure, sports activities… Well-being and sport often come at the very end of our to-do list. When in reality our well-being should come first.
The body softens, contracts, tenses. We are disappointed by our body, we are angry with it, we may also get angry with this body which may have difficulty procreating, which is gaining weight due to hormones, pain during sexual intercourse, this body that we have trouble waking up, that we sometimes drag around because of chronic fatigue, in short, a relationship to the body that is not always obvious, even completely cut off.
Therefore, we can end up hating this body… We end up hating ourselves.
And this is where the practice of GPBALANCE hormonal yoga becomes interesting: thanks to this very gentle and very interior practice, we will learn to enter into ourselves, to feel what is really happening within us. During a session we will really be in an internalization, we will inhabit our body, BE the posture and little by little we will make our body an ally. Rather than considering this body as someone who betrays us, we enter into a process of self-acceptance.
The concrete benefits of the GPB method on my endometriosis
It’s going to get you back on your feet,
it will allow the secretion of endorphin which is an analgesic molecule therefore painkiller,
it will soften the tissues, so work on adhesions,
it will strengthen the muscles, which will allow us to have a better posture to be less tense, less curled up,
it will help to drain toxins which will allow us to better eliminate our hormonal surplus. In addition, draining toxins and the hormonal surplus that goes with it is an important anti-inflammatory activity when we know that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease, it also helps maintain general health, cardio, breathing,
it balances the nervous system which is very important in chronic and neuropathic pain, but also for chronic fatigue,
Finally, this method allows you to breathe correctly and this breathing will naturally reduce stress. Stress which, we remind you here, is the first endocrine disruptor of the menstrual cycle. It is produced in the adrenals (in the form of cortisol), which is also the place where sex hormones (estrogens and progesterone) are produced!
Even if the work around the pelvis and the psoas is privileged, GPBALANCE hormonal yoga will really come to work on the axes which create pain in endometriosis: it will come to work the anti-inflammatory side, the analgesic side, anti- pain, adhesions, stress etc. The entire method is self-complete and acts in synergy on the symptoms of endometriosis: pituitary gland for the production of sex hormones; the hypothalamus for their regulation and everything related to sleep, heart rate, food satiety…; the thyroid for its action on the nervous system; the thymus for strengthening the immune system undermined by the management of the disease but also for its action on moods sometimes amplified by pain and chronic fatigue; the ovaries of course! that regulate the functioning of the menstrual cycle; and finally the adrenals for their action on stress and sex hormones.
GPBALANCE yoga is flexible and complete, that is to say, it can be adapted to everyone’s situation.
It is a yoga that seeks balance: balance of postures, breaths, visualizations and balance of sequences. Through this yoga, the body is balanced and the mind calms down, which will provide general well-being and reduce the inflammatory state of the person.
All postures can be beneficial and there is no contraindication to the practice of GPBALANCE hormonal yoga when you have endometriosis, quite the contrary. The best is still to listen to yourself and practice with kindness to take care of yourself.
Thanks to the psycho-corporal approach we are really in a holistic, spiritual consideration of the disease which allows us to walk better with it.
When you have a chronic disease like endometriosis, it is very important to know the disease, to know its manifestations, and to know what feels good because it is a whole lifestyle that is impacted. GPBALANCE hormonal yoga is one of the tools that can be used without moderation.
Be careful, GPBALANCE hormonal yoga is not a magic pill. It is a discipline that has to be practiced regularly if you want to observe real effects. It must also be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which is very important in the event of endometriosis. But the good thing about this yoga is that thanks to the induced hormonal balance, the hygiene of life settles almost naturally. Sleep, the first natural anti-inflammatory, is better, and appetite is regulated so that cravings for inflammatory foods (such as sugars for example) are less frequent.
Practice GPBALANCE yoga to live better with your endo, tested and approved.