Cramps? PMS? Yoga Can Help.
Sharp cramps, fatigue, and other frustrating period symptoms can be debilitating for many, often leaving you craving your bed and some binge worthy TV, but what if you tried a few simple yoga poses instead? Don’t worry, you can crawl under that cozy comforter right after… feeling much better!
According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, yoga has been shown to significantly reduce painful period side effects. Specifically, yoga can ease cramp intensity, bloating, breast tenderness, as well as promote relaxation and steady your mood.
So how does the practice of yoga actually help ease these discomforts during menstruation? Research shows that the levels of follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone and prolactin may all be impacted by consistent yoga practice, when these hormones are balanced it can lead to reduced cramping and help regulate your cycle. In addition, by stretching the abdomen and pelvic areas, yoga stimulates blood flow to the abdominal area. On the first day of your cycle, it is common to have lower uterine blood flow, so by stimulating this, you can reduce cramping and ease pain.
Yoga is a wonderful, accessible and natural remedy to managing the discomforts of menstruation. Next time you're at this time of the month, give these 4 yoga poses a try!
4 Yoga Poses To Ease PMS Symptoms
1. Half Lord Of The Fishes(SeatedTwist)
How It Helps: A sweated twist stimulates blood flow to the abdomen, reducing pain from cramps. It is like a gentle massage for your internal organs.
2. Dolphin Pose
How It Helps: This semi-inversion is known to reduce stress and improve sleep by allowing gravity to assist in bringing blood back to the heart.
4. Camel Pose
How It Helps:This pose is energy boosting, and specifically helps fight the fatigue that a period can bring on.
5. Cobra Pose
How It Helps: Cobra opens the front body to create more space. By opening the heart, this pose can help decrease stress and other emotional symptoms of PMS.