If you are dealing premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms like abdominal pain, cramping, headaches, mood swings, fatigue, irritability and depression then, you need to know that yoga can help.
The deep breathing that we focus on in our yoga practice can help oxygen circulate around the body and get into your muscles. Since a main factor of menstrual cramping is a lack of oxygen in your uterine muscles yoga may help to improve the cramping associated with having your period.
Deep breathing and meditation practices can help promote relaxation, relieve anxiety, stress, tension and mood swings.
Below are three poses that you can practice during your period to help you deal with any symptoms that you might be having.
This pose allows you to relax and is said to help with many symptoms including exhaustion, anxiety and headaches. The stomach muscles relax when you lean back into the pose which can help with relieving cramps.
Legs up the Wall Pose
This pose is said to help improve blood circulation and metabolism, decrease blood pressure and calm the nervous system. It can also help to relieve back pain and tension in the neck.
Child’s Pose offers many benefits including relaxing your back muscles, releasing tension in your pelvis and potentially stimulating your digestive system and relieving constipation. The pose is also said to calm the nervous system, promote relaxation and better sleep and reduce pain.