PMS can throw a monkey wrench in your life and yoga. I used to suffer from crippling cramps but since I’ve maintained a solid practice, they’ve diminished substantially, almost completely. Yoga gives the circulation a turbo boost which can help get rid of some bloating. Certain poses also aid in relieving some depression and the crankiness.
You may ask and wonder, well really how bad are said cramps, Oneika? Or are you saying that yoga is good for baby PMS, cramps that are inconvenient but bearable with a few Tylenol.
For the record, I had cramps that were roll around on the bathroom floor so the cold tiles can touch your face kind of bad. Heating pads, pain killers, legs up on pillows kind of bad. Counting the waves of pain in seconds so I could calculate when a break would come kind of bad.
Having endometriosis is just gravy on my crampy cake. And yoga has nearly eliminated all of that discomfort.
Serious as a heart attack.
I’ve listed a few poses that can assist in alleviating some of the PMS and period blahs….
This pose can help relieve that bloated feeling. Make sure to gently exhale. Seated twists also stimulate reproductive organs, this in turn can provide lubrication for the uterus which eases cramps. Sweet relief.
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I love cat/cow for so many reasons. It’s a wonderful way to warm up the spine and lower back. In addition, it’s a great way to connect your breath and body. Letting the tip of the inhale trigger the body to go in to cow pose and the almost inperceptible start of the exhale allows the tail to drop as the back rounds like a cat is an awesome way to warm up for ujjayi breathing. Breath control is great for PMS and cramps as it allows you to breathe into discomfort in order to relax muscles.
Bridge is another great choice (as are shoulder stands) because this pose provides nice stimulation for the thyroid boosting metabolism as well as provide the endocrine system with a little extra somethin’somethin as the kids used to say.
Child’s pose gets the brain center activated and works the neurotransmitters to provide balance and a sense of calm.
I know this seems like a no brainer but this is one of the best things you can do both before and during your period. Rest. Truly embrace savasana. Let the body go and have the earth support you. I have found that this helps me unclench my jaw and release all of my muscles so that I can sink deeper into my mat. This is great for cramps. And a bad mood. And a long day. And an overall icky day. You get it- savasana
This is yoga. It’s with you every day of the month.