​Beat menstrual cramps and pain with yoga

Only a woman knows what she goes through during periods. The pain, the cramps, the discomfort and not to forget the PMS that precedes it! While many women resort to popping pills to beat all the above issues, there are many natural ways you could try to do so. And yoga is a natural way to do so. Try it!

Pose #1:  Bow pose or dhanurasana:

This pose is excellent to beat constipation and respiratory ailments. Moreover it helps relieve backache, fatigue, anxiety and most importantly menstrual discomfort.

The aasana, distinctly bow like in structure, stretches the entire front of the body and gives that extra stretch to your ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, throat and the muscles of your buttocks.

It also helps improve posture, thereby beating lower back pain and strengthens the back muscles. Another added advantage is that since the pose causes you to put all your weight on your navel, it stimulates the organs of the abdomen. This stimulation helps ease cramps and regulate the flow of blood to and from the uterus – relieving the pain and bloating feeling one normally feels during this time.

Pose # 2: Fish pose  or matsyasana:

This pose, just like the dhanurasana, is great to beat fatigue, menstrual pain, anxiety etc. But the best part about this pose is that it gives you that natural glow. It also stretches out the muscles of the back, neck, chest and legs giving you instant relief from muscle aches and pains associated with menstruation. This pose helps stimulate the organs of the stomach and abdomen, fighting indigestion, gas and that feeling of bloating.

Pose # 3: Camel pose  or ustrasana:

Especialy good to treat respiratory ailments,  mild backaches, fatigue and anxiety, the camel pose is perfect to relieve menstrual discomfort. Just like the bow pose this aasana also stretches the front of the body, ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen and chest.

It stimulates the abdominal organs, increasing the blood flow to the uterus helping it heal faster. It also relieves back ache and helps your body relax.

Pose # 4: Noose pose or pasasana:

Highly beneficial for menstrual discomfort, sciatica, mild back, shoulder and neck pain, pasasana is also known as the noose pose for the type of twist one is in while doing this pose. The aasana stretches the muscles of the back, ankles and groin.

It stimulates the uterus and improves digestion and beats constipation. Moreover it helps relieve lower back pain that so many of us experience during our periods.

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