Period pain no more! 6 yoga asanas to manage period pain
The women of today have no time to be slowed down because of period pain. Still, managing period pain is somewhat of a challenge. We don’t want to medicate ourselves every month, yet don’t want to suffer in pain. “Yoga is an excellent way of not just managing period pain, but also getting your body ready for easy menstruation cycles,” says Nimisha Mistry, a Mumbai based yoga trainer. To help you get started, here are a few yoga asanas suggested by Nimisha:
- Bhadrasana: Also known as the Gracious pose, this asana helps relieve cramps and stomach ache by opening your Mooladhara Chakra and flowing the energy. Sit on your mat and fold your legs such that the soles of your feet are touching. Cradle your feet in your palms and pull it towards yourself. Once in the pose, breathe in and out in comfortably. Hold the position for as long as you can.
- Bhardwajasana: The spinal twist pose is another great way for relieving cramps and muscle pain during periods. Sit crossed-legged, then raise one leg folded at the knee and place your foot in front of the other knee. Now twist at the waist, such that you face back, moving one arm behind for support. You should feel a pull along your neck, back, and waist. Repeat on the other side.
- Balasana: Also known as the Child’s Pose, all you have to do is sit with your legs folded under you. Now bend at your waist and lie face down on the floor, with your legs still folded under you. This is an excellent pose to relieve cramps and lower abdomen pain.
- Talasana: Sometimes the simplest of stretches can help relax the muscles. Talasana, or the mountain pose, is one such pose. Stand straight and relax your shoulders. Raise your arms straight and join your palms at the top. Stretch upwards, and stand up on your toes. Hold the pose for 5 breaths before relaxing.
- Paschimottanasana: If you have severe cramps, and don ‘t really feel like twisting and turning your body too much, then try the Seated forward Bend. It stretches and works the lower back muscles, helping you relax the muscles. Sit with your legs straight and outstretched. Slowly raise your arms and bend forward. Reach your toes with your fingers, and let your face rest on your knees.
“What yoga does is it exercises the body and relaxes the mind, thus benefiting you physically and mentally,” says Nimisha. If you wish to contact her or any of our other therapists, please CLICK HERE.