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5 Yoga Poses to Relieve Period Cramps and PMS

Period cramps and PMS can be a real pain. But did you know that yoga can help? Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that can help to relieve pain, improve circulation, and reduce stress. In this blog post, we will discuss five yoga poses that are specifically helpful for period cramps and PMS.

Cat-Cow Pose :

This pose is a gentle way to warm up your body and stretch your spine. It can also help to relieve back pain and menstrual cramps. To do Cat-Cow Pose, start on your hands and knees with your back flat. As you inhale, arch your back like a cat, bringing your spine towards the ceiling and tucking your tailbone down while simultaneously, tucking your chin to your chest. As you exhale, let your  belly relax dropping towards the floor and letting your back look like a cow, lifting  your head towards the ceiling. Repeat this movement 5-10 times.

Child’s Pose :

This pose is a relaxing way to release tension in your lower back and hips. It can also help to calm your mind and reduce stress. To do Child’s Pose, start on your hands and knees. Then, sit back on your heels and bring your forehead to the floor. Rest your arms alongside your body, palms facing up. Stay in this pose for 5-10 breaths.

Reclined Bound Angle Pose :

This pose is a hip-opening pose that can help to relieve menstrual cramps and bloating. To do Reclined Bound Angle Pose, start lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Bring the soles of your feet together and clasp your hands around your shins. Gently draw your heels up towards your groin and let your knees splay off in opposite directions. Your legs will look like a diamond.  Stay in this pose for 5-10 breaths.

Pigeon Pose :

This pose is a deeper hip opener that can be helpful for menstrual cramps and back pain. To do Pigeon Pose, start on your hands and knees. Then, step your right foot forward and place it between your hands. Bend your right knee and let it rest on the floor just in front of the right wrist. Next, lower your hips towards the floor. Bring your left knee back and rest it on the floor behind you. Stay in this pose for 5-10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Corpse Pose : This pose is a resting pose that can help to relax your body and mind. It can be especially helpful for reducing stress and anxiety. To do Corpse Pose, lie on your back with your legs extended and arms at your sides. Close your eyes and relax your entire body. Stay in this pose for 5-10 minutes.

Conclusion:

These are just a few of the many yoga poses that can help to relieve period cramps and PMS. If you are experiencing these symptoms, I encourage you to try some of these poses. You may be surprised at how much relief they can provide.

In addition to yoga, there are other things you can do to relieve period cramps and PMS, such as:

Getting regular exercise,

Eating a healthy diet,

Getting enough sleep,

Managing stress, and

Taking over-the-counter pain medication

If you are experiencing period cramps or PMS, I encourage you to try these yoga poses. You may be surprised at how much relief they can provide. You can also book a session at Thrive Yoga and Wellness Studio, where our experienced instructors can help you safely and effectively practice yoga for your specific needs.

To book a session, please visit our website or call us atΒ +1 423-290-2326

We look forward to helping you feel your best!