During the Time of the Month, most of us would choose to take a panadol and rest in bed. However, it isn’t recommended to constantly rely on medication. If your body allows it, yoga can help alleviate back pain and cramps. It also helps in balancing emotions, reducing mood swings, irritability,and anger.
Some poses you can do to help relieve menstrual cramp:
Supta Baddha Konasana
These poses stimulate blood flow and circulation, helping to relieve symptoms of bloating, heavy bleeding, PMS and lower back pain.
Word of caution: Do not force your body into anything if you’re not feeling it. Alternatively, if you are too uncomfortable for a full practice, you can practice deep breathing such as Ujjayi Breath and Anuloma-Viloma
Doing these yoga poses/pranayamas at home helps to manage period pains. While it is tempting to turn to snacks, panadol and Netflix as a form of relief, we all know that it is a short term fix. Practicing yoga for even a few minutes a day will be beneficial in the long run 🙂