Health and Fitness By Ayleen Jacobs / September 14, 2015 Y ou have learned about the 5 simplest yoga moves that can relieve your pain. What you need to learn about next is the reminders about yoga. In fact, these reminders that we will discuss will be useful to just about any yoga move. And, if the time comes that you want yoga to be a regular part of your health and fitness routine, these tips will come in handy. So, presenting the helpful tips before, during, and after doing yoga for menstrual cramps! Choose the room for you Choose a quiet room, one that has enough light and ventilation. This is very important because yoga is all about correct breathing, concentration for body poses, and meditation. It’ll be no good if you cannot focus because the room is dark and noisy. Remember: although you will only do this for menstrual cramps, you can also take the opportunity to reflect on the things happening in your life. This will fare well not only for your body but also for your mind and soul. Wear comfy clothes When you have menstrual pains, everything is distorted—time is running too slowly for your liking (it’s only been minutes, but it felt like hours), and one simple thing that’s amiss can set you off (like your sister singing). Wearing comfortable clothes during your performance of yoga can prevent you from exploding. On top of that, it’ll help you refine your poses, making yoga more effective. Choose your instructor very carefully Hold up! I’m not telling you to subscribe to yoga classes each time the pain attacks; after all, the point is for you to stay at home and tend to your aches peacefully. What it means is that, when choosing the instructional videos, make sure that you select trusted sources. Choose those videos that offer step-by-step instructions, and if you can find one, select those made by certified yoga instructors. Yes, yoga may be trivial, but doing it the right way adds credibility and worth to the time you spend. No to heavy meals before yoga Yoga is the same as other fitness routines, so you are not allowed to workout with a full tummy. If you can afford it, try having before-breakfast yoga (just sip a cup of coffee to awaken your nerves). If you’re not an early-morning kind of girl, wait until the meal you have eaten has subsided. Perhaps it’ll be four hours after each meal. Be patient If you’re new to yoga for menstrual cramps (or to yoga in general), there will be poses that will be hard to follow. This is especially true if the pain you’re feeling is too bad that you can barely move. Start small (poses like the one included in the previous article) because as you do, you build your momentum and patience. Other important reminders: Rest and give yourself a pat on the back after successfully doing yoga for menstrual cramps. You can also take a break after each pose. Don’t forget to breathe—when you are too focused, breathing is forgotten. Don’t do that. Relax – the goal of yoga is to soothe you, not stress you out. So relax your body, avoid getting stiff, and smile. Don’t look at the mirror, though, because that’s distracting. Don’t push through if it’s painful – if things become especially uncomfortable to the point when pain is felt, change the pose to something easier. Invest on a really good yoga mat. This helps prevent injury. Now, you are well-equipped, are you ready to try yoga for menstrual cramps?