11 Yoga Asanas That Help Relieve PMS Symptoms

11 Yoga Asanas That Help Relieve PMS Symptoms

PMS pain and discomfort is something nearly all women go through. Most have resigned to this fact and have buckled down to bear it for life. But help is here, in the form of yoga.

While there is no typical cure for PMS, with a few lifestyle and diet changes, it is possible to combat this malaise. Another established way to alleviate pain is to exercise during periods. While many of you might cringe at the idea of exercise and not want to move from the comfort of your bed or sofa, there is an easier alternative. Yoga for PMS.

Yoga boosts circulation, helping reduce bloating, while the deep breathing releases more oxygen to tissues, easing cramps. Suddenly exercise during menstruation isn’t such a terrible idea, is it?

These are a few yoga poses that can ease the symptoms and in some cases, even reverse them.

1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose focuses on the thighs, but also helps release back, shoulder, neck and hip strain.


2. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

This relaxes strained back muscles and abdominal organs besides increasing flexibility of the spine.


3. Cat Pose (Bidalasana)

The pose relaxes the spine, back and abdominal muscles, relieves tension in shoulder, neck and improves digestion.


4. Modified Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

This relieves tension in the neck, back and abdominal muscles. It also helps in lessening depression, stress and anxiety.


5. Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)

The pose helps relax various body parts like back, legs, arms and buttocks. It also gives relief from indigestion and constipation.


6. Bow Pose

Relieves overall menstrual discomfort and removes fatigue.


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7. Standing Forward Bend (Padahastasana)

By stretching and relaxing overall body parts, right from head to heels, depression, stress and anxiety are lessened.


8. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

This targets the abdominal organs and muscles, stretches the hip muscles and relieves neck, shoulder and throat tension.


9. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandasana)

Get relief from stress, depression and headache. Also relax the central nervous system, improve blood circulation and relieve tired leg muscles.


10. Thunderbolt (Vajrasana)

Helps boost blood circulation, reduces stress and anxiety, cures constipation, indigestion and acidity, and relaxes the thigh muscles.


11. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Surrender to improved sleep, better concentration, and a rapidly increased level of productivity.


Alternate Nostril Breathing

Releases accumulated stress and also helps synchronise the left and right brain.


Remember, yoga should always be practised 3-4 hours after meals. Find the right spot and equip yourself with a yoga mat before commencing your yoga routine.

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