5 Yoga Poses to Calm Cramps
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There’s no point in beating around the bush about it — the ladies out there know that simple things like eating healthy and working out get increasingly difficult during that time of the month.
Between sugar cravings, bloating and cramps, sometimes all I really want to do during my period is curl up on the couch in my sweats with a heating pad and a pint of froyo.
Staying active during this uncomfortable time though is actually a great way to alleviate many of the symptoms of PMS.
Personally, I enjoy doing yoga — specifically certain poses that help ease menstrual pain.
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They also have an awesome library of all the essential yoga poses and today I’ve chosen my top 5 for easing cramps. Try these moves the next time you feel like a grumpy, bloated mess — I guarantee you’ll be feeling great after!
5 Yoga Poses for Cramps
This pose stretches the entire front of the body and strengthens the back – which can ease lower back pain associated with cramps. Advocates also say it stimulates blood flow to the abdomen, which can relieve pain and bloating.
Reaching Camel Pose
Again, this pose stretches the front of the body, strengthens the back and brings blood flow to the organs in the abdomen.
Another one to strengthen the lower back, some yogis also describe this move as a “massage for your internal organs.”
Yogis say this odd-looking pose can help reduce anxiety and fatigue, commonly associated with PMS.
Arched Half Pigeon
This move is thought to increase circulation to the urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems as well as helping with lower back pain.
*Note: Use caution when trying new yoga poses. If you have back or neck injuries, high blood pressure, or you’re pregnant, you may want to avoid some of these poses.
Weigh In: Do you do yoga to help with PMS? What are your favorite yoga poses for cramps?
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