Get Rid Of Your Midol With Yoga!
Yoga has so many benefits. From meditation to mindfulness, flexibility to exercise, yoga presents an opportunity to enrich yourself. Muscles can be toned with yoga. Your metabolism can be boosted with some simple asanas, and you might even find those last pesky five pounds just drop right off.
If you’re already on your yogi path, you’ll know that there are certain poses that are especially helpful for certain ailments. From headaches to tendinitis, there’s an asana to ease your pain. You better believe there’s a yoga pose for PMS, too.
Say Goodbye to Ibuprofen and Midol
There are so many reasons to do yoga, and banishing the symptoms of PMS is definitely one of them. Because yoga boosts circulation, you might be able to calm your bloating. You might even be able to beat your cramps. The deep breathing associated with yoga will bring more oxygen to tissues that cause cramping. The focus on the postures and deep breathing will even relieve some of the irritation (face it, we all feel it!) associated with PMS.
Ease your aches, pains, and beat the preperiod nasties with these poses.
Yoga Poses to Try
Why: This staple pose helps to relieve menstrual discomfort, and it eases lower back pain. It’s kind of a 2-for-1 with this pose, especially because for some of us, cramps mean lower back pain too.
Why: The intense stretch of the Dancer pose will help stretch your belly, and open your hips. It will help stretch your groin, too. Any tightness you feel from cramps and bloating can be eliminated pretty effectively with a deep Dancer.
Why: This pose will help increase and improve your circulation. Any associated stomach aches can be calmed with the Half-Moon. Relieve your stress and pre-period Hulk feelings with this pose.
Why: For those of us who experience some blues before mother nature thwarts us, this pose is great. It calms the mind, and central nervous system. Those butterflies in your stomach? They can be calmed with a simple Bridge.
Why: This pose will encourage your raging insides to calm themselves. By stimulating the internal organs, Pigeon pose will take away some of the pressure cramps provide. It’s a hip-opener too, meaning that any joint discomfort you have in your hips can be alleviated.
Gentle Spinal Twist
Why: Tone your belly and banish digestive issues associated with PMS at the same time. A Gentle Spinal Twist will help massage your inner organs too, encouraging them to behave.
Seated Forward Bend
Why: This calming posture will help ease your mind, and relieve the minor depression that trots along behind PMS. It stimulates the ovaries, uterus, and digestive system to help them work a little more in harmony.
Why: Release the tension in your hips with this pose. Knees-to-Chest will help you release the stress you might be carrying in your hips and uterus during this time of the month.
Why: Relaxing and rejuvenating, Child’s Pose calms the body’s front muscles. Try this pose at the end of your stretching or yoga routine, and reap the nourishing benefits. It’ll also open up your hips, nudge your digestive system into compliance, and help you rest!