Yoga Moves To Ease Menstrual Cramps
When it’s that time of the month, the last thing you want to think about is exercising. Throbbing pains in the abdomen and an aching back make it challenging to walk around the house, let alone put your running shoes on.
But we all know that exercise releases endorphins – a feel-good chemical and natural pain suppressant. So don’t let mother nature ruin your gym dedication.
Exercises For Period Pains
Yoga relaxes you and relieves any body tension you may have. So here are some effective yoga moves to combat period pains.
- Head-To-Knee Forward Bend: This is a great pre-workout stretch as it elongates the spine and hamstrings. This position is renowned for releasing tension and anxiety.
- Camel Pose: This is considered an advanced move, because it requires a flexible back. If you experience back ache during your menstrual cycle, this will elevate twinges and help relax your muscles.
Yoga Moves For Menstrual Cramps
- Crocodile Pose: Lying on your mat face down, lift your upper body to bring your chest and stomach off the floor. With your eyes facing down to not put pressure on your back, you will feel this stretching the lower back.
- Fish Pose: Lie down on the mat and bring your legs into your chest, arch your back and look up to the ceiling with your head on the mat. This will reduce tension and anxiety which has built up in your body.
- Corpse Pose: This move is great for beginners and those with serious menstrual cramps. Lie on your back on the mat, with your arms either side of your body. Close your eyes to relax the mind and body. Stretch the toes and fingers.
- Buddha Squat: The majority of the tension is built up around the abdomen and lower back region; even the legs might feel heavy. Point your toes outward and lower into a squat – without the knees coming over the toes. Use the elbows to stretch the inner thighs. This will relax the cramping pains.
When it’s that time of the month, don’t skip the gym, but do take it easy for one day. Your body deserves to be looked after, so take 15-30 minutes to perform these moves and ease your menstrual cramps.