Yoga is undoubtedly to mankind. Every condition the human body can go through, yoga will have or the other solution. And these don’t just have to be physical in nature; yoga can also treat your mind and soul. And so, it comes as no surprise that yoga can help relieve the pain that every woman goes through once a month – periods or menstruation. Namita Piparaiya, Yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle Specialist, Founder – Yoganama, is here to show you some yoga poses that can help relieve the cramps, muscle soreness and back pain. Check it out:
6 Yoga Poses That Can Help Relieve Period Pain
1. Child’s Pose
One of the most familiar yoga poses, the child’s pose flexes your reproductive organs, while also releasing tension in your back, neck and shoulders. Just sit in a wide knee position, walk your hands forward and breathe, after bringing the forehead down to the ground. Stretch your arms as per your comfort level.
2. Sphinx Pose
Next, Namita asks us to switch to the sphinx position by sliding out of the child’s pose. You can do so by placing your elbows underneath your shoulder and lifting your torso. Breathing slowly with eyes closed, stretch your back as per your comfort level. This yoga pose targets your back, thighs and abdominal pain and cramps. Be mindful of your breath as it is the secret to easing the cramps.
3. Low Cobra Pose
This post is almost identical to the sphinx, with the only difference that your elbows are lifted and your chest is closer to the ground. It helps treat severe cramping in the lower abdomen as well as your pelvis and thigh regions. Hold this pose for 20-30 seconds.
4. Downward Facing Dog
Once you have completed the low cobra pose, let’s move on to the downward facing dog. This one is extremely popular and helps strengthen as well as calm your mind while relieving period pain. calms the mind while relieving menstrual cramps. Keep your knees and elbows straight, while raising your hips up and keeping your neck straight. Hold this pose as per your comfort level. It tackles the pain in your thighs, shoulders and pelvic area.
This full-forward bend encourages blood circulation and alleviates pain through stretching. Pay attention to the direction of breathing as it goes from your nostrils to the lungs and vice versa for the exhaling. Hold your feet with your hands and then begin to straighten your knees. While doing so, begin bending forward as much as you can. After practice, you will be able to touch your head to your knees.
6. Seated Twist
Transition into this mild twist by bending one knee and touching it to your chest. Now twist your entire upper body and hold the pose for 10-15 seconds. This helps relieve pain in the abdomen, lower back and pelvic area.
7. Supta Baddha Konasana
Now, lie on your back and with the back straightened against the ground. Bringing your feet together, drop your knees to the ground while breathing slowly. Also, called the ‘Reclining Goddess’ pose, this asana is extremely useful for those who suffer from severe cramping in their thighs and pelvic area during their periods.
It’s now time to end this yoga session with everybody’s favourite, the savasana. With palms facing upwards and legs apart, lie on the ground and simply concentrate on your breathing. If you can meditate, this is the optimal time to do so. Lie there until your breath normalises.
Watch the video for a guided 5-minute session with Namita Piparaiya. We’re sure you’ll come out feeling at least a little better.
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