7 Yoga Poses to Ease Menstrual Pain
By Karen Reed
Menstrual pain affects women differently. There will be some who have slight twinges that time of the month and others who can barely move because of it.
There is little understanding over why we can suffer from the pain so much. It could be due to spasms of the muscles or the blood pulling away from the lining of the uterus. For many of us, we don’t really care why it’s happening. We just want it to stop.
While heat and painkillers can help, we want other healthy options that will ease the pain. Exercise can be beneficial, especially yoga. With the right yoga poses, you can help the body deal with the menstrual pain right away.
How Exercise Eases Menstrual Pain
Exercise is known to help ease the pain in the body. The benefit is in the release of the endorphins and serotonin from the body. These happy and painkilling hormones spread around the body, protecting the nerves and stopping the pain signal reaching our brains.
Unfortunately, menstrual cramps can make it difficult to do exercises. We don’t exactly want to go for a run, and the pain can be so severe that we can barely think about exercise, let alone do it. Finding something that involves less energy and little movement is important.
This is where yoga comes into play. Yoga is all about stretching, flexibility, and muscle support. It can help to reduce the spasms in our body while supporting the release of the happy and painkilling hormones.
Most of the menstrual cramps are caused by uterus contractions. The right yoga positions can help to ease these contractions to stop the pain. The benefit is that you relax the body, which helps to relax the muscles and stop them from contracting. Using the right yoga positions can also help to minimize the other pains linked to menstrual cramps, including back and leg pain.
So, which are the right yoga positions? Which ones will help to bring an end to menstrual pain every single month? Here are nine that you should try the next time you’re in pain because of that time of the month.
The Head to Knee Lean
Let’s start with an exercise that allows you to sit on the floor. You need one leg stretched in front of you and the other bent. The bent leg should have the knee out to the side and the foot pressed against the thigh of the outstretched one. If you don’t have the flexibility for this, get the leg as close to the thigh as possible.
Lean forward over the outstretched leg. Grab the heel of your outstretched food and gently pull yourself, so the head touches the knee.
At first, you may not have the flexibility to get all the way down. Get yourself as close as possible, feeling a slight pull in the muscles. Don’t …read more
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