5 Yoga poses to ease your PMS and period cramps
Turn your owws to omms
It's that time of the month again, says no one ever with such enthusiasm. While there's an important meaning behind this natural cycle, it doesn't mean it has be that torturous. It doesn't mean you have to skip your #FitnessFriday completely, lay in bed and groan with a tub of whatever you might be craving to ease the pain.
Studies have shown that yoga can alleviate aching, crankiness and more as it boosts circulation, relieving fluid buildup that causes bloating. In addition, taking deep, paced breaths increases oxygen flow to tissues, decreasing discomfort induced by cramps. Give it a go as we list down five easy yoga poses to say Namaste to those nasty cramps.
1. Child's Pose
A simple resting pose to gather up your energy, just kneel with your knees slightly apart and stretch your hands forward. Keep your arms straight and allow your forehead to rest on the ground; then, take ten (or more) deep breaths.
2. Seated Forward Fold
Try this pose to open your back, stretch your hamstrings and massage the cramps in your lower abs. Sit with your back straight and legs stretched out in front of you. Stretch your arms up over your head then slowly bring your hands down to meet your legs; reach as far as you can towards your toes. Inhale and then exhale as you try to stretch forward even deeper.
3. Torso Rotation
The perfect pose to relieve lower backaches and reduce cramping begins in a seated position with your legs extended. Cross left leg over right, and left foot flat next to right knee. Bring the right heel near left hip, and put your left hand on floor by left hip. Inhale, wrap right arm around left knee and twist the torso to the left. Hold for ten to 15 deep breaths before switching sides.
4. Locust Pose
Massage the abdomen and reproductive organs with this pose. Start by lying facedown on the floor with your big toes together. Stretch your arms behind you, interlock your hands, then exhale as you lift your chest and feet off the ground. Take five deep breaths in this pose.
5. Arching Pigeon
This will help open your hips and stretch your lower abdominal region. Begin with a pigeon pose - starting on your right side - stretch your left leg back behind you and bend your right knee out to the right side of your mat. Stable yourself then bring your hands to your hips, and slowly arch your back. To push yourself further, raise your arms overhead and take a few deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.