The Top 3 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Period Cramps
Discover the best yoga poses for the period cramps and forget about the pain while you feel amazing.
Cramps. Period. (no pun intended). You know what we’re talking about... Those sharp pains that can range from little to severe, and leave you down throughout your period. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll want to move enough on the couch to switch sides and catch the latest episode of your favourite TV Show on Netflix. But according to recent medical publications, you may just be better off laying the mat on the living room floor for a relaxing, yet uplifting session of yoga.
In fact, yoga has been shown to offer numerous benefits for menstrual-related symptoms, reducing stress and pain whilst increasing overall well-being.
So for the inexperienced and experienced yogi practitioners, today we’ve selected our 3 favourite yoga poses from The Yoga Journal, that will bring a little bit of zen (and relief) to you on a monthly basis.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
This asana stretches the upper & inner thighs, abdomen and hips, ideal to relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. It also stimulates the reproductive organs, and improves the digestion and blood circulation.
Place a cushion or folded/rolled blanket beneath each of your outer thighs for the best relaxation results. This will help support your legs, create more space in the abdomen through a soft curve and open your organs.
- Stimulates and opens up abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder and kidneys
- Improves general circulation
- Stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees
- Offers slight relief for mild depression, anxiety and fatigue
- Soothes menstrual pain and sciatica
- Lessens menopause symptoms
In order to deepen your pose, raise your heels off the floor and guide your tailbone upwards. Once in the pose, lift your heels off the floor and push your tailbone up. Then from the lift of the tail, bring your heels back to the floor.
- Stretches the chest, neck and spine
- Relaxes the brain and aids in stress and mild depression relief
- Stimulates and opens up abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid
- Rejuvenates tired legs
- Aids in digestion
- Helps relieve menopause symptoms
- Soothes menstrual discomfort when practiced supported
- Minimises anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache and insomnia
Extended Side Angle Pose
AURA recommends…For those of you who suffer from neck problems, do not move your look towards your top arm. Feel free to look either down at the floor or straight ahead with the sides of the neck lengthened evenly.
- Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees and ankles
- Stretches the groins, spine, waist, chest and lungs, and shoulders
- Stimulates and opens up abdominal organs
- Increases stamina
- Provides relief for menstrual symptoms and osteoporosis
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