1. Place your knees on the floor in a wide comfortable distance. Fold forward with arms extended. Rest forehead on the mat and turn the head on 1 side for a few breaths. 2. Lie on your back, cross your left knee on the right, extend arms out and gaze to the left. 3. Sit with right knee bent and leg extended behind. Place hands on the hips, and arch your back.
Menstrual cramps are really painful and tend to disrupt our routine. Most of us experience that throbbing, sharp and nauseating pain in the abdomen and back during our cycles. These cramps are usually caused due to uterine contractions and are further aggravated by emotional stress. Recently, I came across a few yoga poses to counter menstrual pain.
Yoga poses for menstrual cramps:
1. Wide Child’s pose:
This pose will help relax your lower back.
So, get your knees on the floor at a wide comfortable distance and fold forward with your arms extending above you. Rest your forehead on the mat. Turn your head to one side and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat on the other side, and keep breathing.
2. Reclining twist:
This helps increase spine flexibility and ease pain in the belly and the back.
Lie on your back, cross your left knee on the right, extend the arms out wide and gaze to the left. Hold for a few breaths, you’ll feel your spine lengthen and twist. Use the abs to lift the knees back to the center and repeat.
3. Arching Pigeon:
This pose helps stretch the lower belly.
Sit on the floor with the right knee bent and extend the leg leg behind you. Place hands on the hips, and arch your back very gently. For greater intensity, raise your hands in the air. Hold this pose for a few breaths and repeat.
Edited by Pragya Sharoff