Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Yoga

Relieve Menstrual Cramps with Yoga
Let’s face it.  Every woman’s nightmare can be summed up into the dark and gloomy days of her menstrual period.  I know a lot of women who dread getting their periods because that simply means they will definitely have to go through bouts of painful cramps and mood swings.  I can totally relate to that.  For years, I have suffered from dysmenorrhea and have popped pain killers just to get me out of that crazy painful zone.  Little did I know that the more I take pills, the more that my body gets used to the effects.  And so over time, I had to increase the dosage for me to actually feel relieved from the pain I feel.  Sure, that suppressed the pain, but pain killers are meant to kill the pain. Period.  It didn’t keep the pain from coming back on my next cycle.  And it certainly didn’t solve the real problem and what is causing me to have menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea.

The anxiety that my monthly period gives stopped when I started doing yoga.  I have never tried yoga or doing any sort of exercises to relieve my menstrual cramps.  I have always done the pills and that’s about it.  But when I finally realized how effective yoga can be, I knew those horror days were gone.  Are you ready to say goodbye to those days, too? 

Yoga for Menstrual Cramps

Yoga is a practice that is geared toward helping you achieve a healthy physical and mental state.  It is considered today as one of the side effects-free alternatives to relieving pain when practiced correctly.  Because yoga aims to strengthen the body and at the same time calm the mind, your body is empowered to have a stronger resistance against pain.  This is exactly why yoga works for women.  If you are willing to do yoga and relieve yourself of the pain that you always have to endure month after month, then here are some simple yoga poses.

One-legged forward bend

This yoga pose helps alleviate the pain by massaging the abdominal region of your body and stretching your lower back. Start by sitting up with legs stretched forward.  Keep your back straight.  Now bend your left foot and gently position it against your right thigh.  Breathe in and stretch up by raising your arms above your head.  Breathe out and gently bend forward until you reach (or almost reach) your toes.  Remember to keep your spine straight.  Hold the position for a few seconds and breathe in and out while you gently come up.  Do the same routine on the other side. 

menstrual crampsChild’s pose

Suffering from lower back pain during every period?  Here’s a very easy yoga pose for your menstrual cramps and lower back pain.  Start by kneeling down and lowering your buttocks toward the floor or your heels.  Breathe in and sit up straight with your arms stretched up.  While slowly breathing out, stretch your body forward until you have your forehead rested on the floor or your mat.  Hold the position as long as you can while making sure you breathe in and out properly.  Gently pull yourself up using your arms and sit back to your original position. 

What are you waiting for?  Start doing yoga todayand you will never regret it. 

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Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.