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We get that thinking of working out is the last thing on mind when going through excruciating menstrual cramps, but trust us when we say that yoga asanas are super effective in relieving menstrual pain. And guess what? It turns out, if you practice them regularly, you can reduce the intensity of menstrual pain. And you can also perform easy 
asanas at home when PMSing which don’t require any equipments. 

The areas where you typically experience cramps are your abdomen, hips, lower back, and pelvis and these are the areas targeted in most yoga asanas. Practising yoga not only helps you to ease out physical pain, but also help reduce mood swings. 

Give these asanas a try to relieve yourself from the monthly ordeal! 

Child’s Pose Or Balasana

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Try this asana to help ease your back pain and calm your mind too. To perform this, sit on your knees and widen your knees to aid in pain relief. Now, extend your arms forwards and bend down as far as you can comfortably reach. Make sure to touch your forehead to the ground and your belly must touch your things. 

Reclining Twist or Supta Matsyendrasana

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Supta Matsyendrasana stretches your spine. Practising the asana can ease the nerves during menstruation, which can help you relieve the pain. Start by lying down on your back. Stretch your arms outwards alongside your body. Now bend one leg across your body and slightly bend your knee to avoid muscle tension. Keep your body slightly lean towards the bent leg while keeping your arm stretched out in the same position. Look towards your arms opposite the bent leg. 

Legs Up the wall or Viparita Karani

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Viparita Karani helps calm and relax the body. It improves blood circulation and helps reduce swelling in the lower portion of the body by directing the flow of fluids from the lower part of the body to the upper portion. 

Sit on the floor while facing a wall and then lie down. Then stretch your legs up the wall, and keep your feet at hip-distance apart. Rest your arms with palms turned up and relax your shoulders.

Goddess Pose Or Supta Baddha Konasana

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Supta Baddha Konasana is an amazing posture for stretching the hip and groin region. It is effective in getting rid of menstrual discomfort and menopause symptoms. Start by lying on your back with your legs extended and hands by your sides. Now, bend your knees and bring the soles of both legs together at the centre. The edges of the feet should be resting on the ground. Stretch your hand outward and take deep breaths. Hold the position for a while, and then relax.

Corpse Pose or Savasana

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It is instrumental in practising mindfulness while you are on your period. Generally practised after performing all the asanassavasana is less about stretching the body and more about relaxing your mind. Just lie flat on your back, and relax the palms of your hands facing up. Slowly relax your body, starting with the top of your head, then your neck, shoulders, spine, arms and hands, thighs, calves, ankles, and finally, your feet.

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