When it’s that time of the month and you’re suffering from cramps, yoga can really help. I know that putting on workout clothes and actually moving at all won’t sound that appealing, but trying these poses will provide you with the relief you’ve been wanting and will leave you toned and relaxed at the same time. So next month, drag out the mat and twist it up. You’ll be surprised at how wonderful you feel during and afterward. Of course, if the pain is really bad and you can’t find any relief, talk to your doctor to rule out a more serious issue.
1. Janu Sirsasana
Also known as a head to knee forward bend, this pose can relax your nervous system and ease the lower back pain that often comes with your period. To do the pose, sit on your mat with your legs extended out in front of you. Bring your right foot into your right thigh, forming a 90-degree angle. Grasp your foot and lean your body over your left leg. Breathe through the pose for 1 to 3 minutes, then switch and repeat on the other side.