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Twist into These Yoga Poses to Relieve Period Pain ...

By Eliza

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

Janu SirsasanaAlso 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.

2 Camel Pose

Camel PoseNot sure where the name comes from here, but the camel pose is great for counteracting menstrual fatigue and cramps. To do the pose, kneel on your mat with your knees positioned at hip width. Press your feet and shins into the mat and turn your thighs slightly inward. Place your hands on your heels and arch your back. Hold the pose for 30 to 60 seconds.

3 Reclining Big Toe Pose

Reclining Big Toe PoseThis pose is another one that is perfect for easing back pain and cramping that often come with your time of the month. Lie down on your back, arms at your sides and legs extended. Grab your right big toe with your right fingers, bending your knee to reach. Hold your left leg down with your left hand. Now, straighten your right leg as far as you can without letting go of your toe. Hold the pose for 1 to 3 minutes, then repeat with the left toe.

4 Noose Pose

Noose PoseIf you suffer from digestive disturbances during your time of the month, this pose is the one for you. It can ease that discomfort as well as easing stomach cramps and back pain. Squat with your heels touching the floor. Swing your knees to the left as you move your torso to the right. Wrap your left arm around your right leg and grasp your right hand with it. Hold the pose for 30 to 60 seconds.

5 Arching Pigeon

Arching PigeonTo do this pose, sit on your mat with your left leg behind you and your right leg bent in front of you. Put your hands on your hips and arch your back. You can also raise your arms straight up and arch your back. Hold the pose for at least five breaths, then switch sides. The pose is good for easing cramping and helping you feel more relaxed.

6 Wide Child’s Pose

Wide Child’s PoseChild’s pose is one of my favorites because it soothes and relaxes you, but it also twists your body into a position that is great for easing pain in the lower abdomen and helping you relieve back pain at the same time. To do child’s pose, place your knees, slightly widened on the mat. Lean forward, extending your arms out in front of you and placing your forehead on the mat. Hold the pose for at least five breaths.

7 Reclining Twist

Reclining TwistMuch like the other poses, the twisting motion of this one helps ease uterine cramps and provide period relief. To do the pose, lie down on your back and bring your right knee over the left side of your body. Extend your arms out to the sides and look to the left. Hold, then repeat on the other side.

Do you think yoga can help your period pain? Which pose will you try first?

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