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These yoga poses could cure your period cramps

When that time of the month rolls around, it's normal if all you want to do is grab your favorite pair of sweatpants and tons of chocolate. TBH, we understand if staying active and exercising is the last thing on your mind. But guess what? Getting out of bed and getting active is so worth it because it can relieve stress physically, mentally and emotionally—and yoga is one of the best practices to do just that.

“When we menstruate, it's a time of heightened awareness and sensitivity,” says Claudia Matles, yoga instructor. “Sometimes the challenges that we have during the month seem more intense at this time and affect us more strongly. That's when we can turn to restorative yoga/meditation and find just the right solution.”

So get into your most comfortable active wear and try a few of Claudia’s favorite poses:

1. Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Start by standing with your feet together. Bend your knees slightly and fold your torso over your legs. Place your hands next to your feet on the ground. Inhale and exhale slowly. During the menstruation cycle, it's important to keep your circulation moving and leave any negative thoughts behind you.

Remember: Don’t round your upper back or lock your knees in this pose.

2. Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
Stand with your feet far apart and bend your right knee in a lunge position. Bring the left hand down to rest on your left leg. Inhale the right arm up towards the ceiling, and reach the fingers away from each other. Keep the right knee bent, pressing your feet down. Sink the hips down toward the floor and relax the shoulders. Breathe. Repeat on the other side. 

This pose helps to open your lower back and pelvic area as well as the hips, which can feel compressed during your period.

3. Child's Pose (Balasana)
Begin by kneeling on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. Exhale and lay your torso between your thighs. Breathe slowly and deeply. To release, place the palms underneath the shoulder blades and inhale into a seated position.

This position gently stretches your lower back muscles and quiets your mind.

Are you going to try these poses? Let us know in the comments below! 

Photo credit: Lauren Gleisberg, Yoga Magazine.

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by Leah V. | 11/1/2019