If you’re thinking this sounds like bit of a stretch, studies have actually concluded that yoga poses, stretches help with period cramps and the symptoms of PMS; leaving women feel calmer with less pain.
What is PMS?
Premenstrual syndrome symptoms are emotional, physical and behavioral. It may include: bloating, insomnia, fatigue, rise or fall in libido, mood swings, breast tenderness, headaches, etc. depending on the individual. Although there are oral medications to treat this, it often displays side effects like exhaustion, menstrual dysfunction, decreased sexual ability and vomiting. In order to avoid those complications, natural remedies will help cure PMS.
How does yoga help with PMS?Working out in pain may seem counter-productive, but there are many proven benefits to doing yoga. Some of them are:
- Yoga regulates secretion of hormones into bloodstream.
- It reduces negative effects of induced stress.
- Reduces harmful inflammatory secretions.
- Positive impact in decreasing heart beats, blood pressure and anxiety.
- Strengthens muscles and protects the spine and joints
- Increases awareness – mentally and physically.
- Decrease testosterone levels
- Improves balance and mobility
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Yoga poses for menstrual pain, bloating and PMS relief
Cat and cow Pose
Come on your hands and knees. Make sure your hands are leveled under your shoulders and not past it. Similarly level your knees under your hips. Your back must be at a neutral position. For the cat pose sink your back towards the floor and lift your head looking upwards. Stick your tailbone our and exhale. For camel pose, tuck your head and tailbone inward, arching your spine. Inhale deeply as you’re doing it. This stretch releases tension and relaxes your shoulders, neck, and back.
- Fish Pose
Reclined Goddess Pose
Keep your feet parallel to your shoulders, toes pointing out so your hips open. Soften and bend your knees, lowering your hips towards the ground till wherever feels comfortable. Press your elbows on your thighs and join your hands like a prayer at the chest. Do not bend your spine, keep it elongated.
Inverted Leg Pose
All above mentioned yoga poses are help ease menstrual cramps. Perform each asana for 10 breathes. You can increase the duration if you find comfort in them. Other natural remedies that help relieve symptoms of PMS are – heat therapy, massage, warm herbal tea, having an orgasm and drinking plenty of water.
Remember to take it slow. Listen to your body. Breathe.