Yoga seems to be the healer of every ache you have! From soul and heart aches to bone and period cramps aches, yoga is the best medicine in the world, and the only side effect is has is intense happiness! Personally, I would love to be infected with health and happiness, and I’m sure you would love that, too.
Every woman has to understand that bleeding once a month is something that she owns and is part of her femininity! Period must be embraced, not hated!
Practicing yoga before and during your period will ease period cramps, instead of sending you to bed with a heating pad on your belly and painkillers.
Since I started practicing yoga, I must recognize that I’m in a complete balance with my body and soul, and period cramps are just a bad dream. As a secret, I’m not taking pills for a long time!
For starters, the following yoga poses will help a lot in relieving period cramps by practicing them with 5 days before and during the period.
1. Child’s Pose
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How-to: Kneel on the ground, butt on heels, top of feet against the floor, big toes touching, and knees wider than hip-width apart. Slowly bring chest to the mat, allowing your body to come between legs. Extend arms overhead, touching forehead to mat. Or lay arms alongside body with palms facing up if that feels more comfortable.
2. Garland Pose
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How-to: Start standing with feet just wider than hip width. Spin heels inward and toes out, then sink hips down into a deep squat. Place elbows on inner thighs and press palms together to draw heart forward.
3. Bridge Pose
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How-to: Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and arms at sides. Keep feet parallel and hip-width apart, heels stacked under knees. Roll upper arms open to expand chest. Ground through outer upper arms, root down into heels, and reach knees forward to lift the hips off the floor. Shimmy your shoulders under your chest and interlace your fingers. (Hold onto the sides of your yoga mat to create more space if your shoulders are tight.)
4. Camel Pose
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How-to: Kneel with shins hip-distance apart. Rest hands on the back of your pelvis. Press down strongly into shins and reach up through the torso. Lift chest up as you stretch arms back to reach hands to heels. (To modify, curl toes under so you don’t have to reach as far.)
5. Bow Pose
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How-to: Lie facedown, then lift chest, arms, and legs off the floor. Bend knees and reach back to grab outer ankles. Lift toes and inner thighs toward the ceiling, and lengthen tailbone toward the backs of your knees. Spread and lift chest.
6. Reclined Twists
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How-to: Lie down on back, knees bent, feet flat on floor, arms extended out in a “T” formation, palms facing up. Inhale, lengthening tailbone toward the ground. As you exhale, slowly lower both knees to the right, gaze to the left. Keep knees and feet together and press shoulder blades into the mat. Stay for a few breaths, inhale and come back to center. Exhale and slowly lower both knees to the left, gaze to the right.
7. Seated Twists
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How-to: Sit with both legs extended in front of you. Lift right leg, bend knee, and cross over left leg, placing foot on the ground next to left thigh. Bend left knee, bringing foot toward glutes on right side. Place right hand on the ground behind you, to use as a guide. Reach up with left arm, elongating the spine and sitting as tall as you can. Twist torso to the right, placing left arm and shoulder in front of right knee.
8. Bound Angle Pose
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How-to: From sitting, bend knees and bring soles of feet together with heels drawn close to pelvis. Grab hold of your big toes with your thumb and index fingers, and press elbows into inner thighs to draw head to floor and belly to feet while pressing your sit bones into the mat. Try not to round spine as you fold forward.
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