Health, Yoga

Yoga for Menstrual Cramps

So, this is a bit personal for me, but I really wanted to share some things that I have found that help ease symptoms of PMS and also for those who may have other associated issues that make menstration difficult and so BLAH. I have health issues that relate to ovarian cysts, that I have been working through for the past 8 months, and sometimes I feel extremely down and out. I’ve chosen a hollistic route to treatment, because I can see noticible differences when I take care of myself as I should! You have to be really consistent!!

  (**disclaimer, I am not a medical doctor, nor do I claim to be. If you have any sort of illness, this post does not replace true medical care.) I’ve been diagnosed myself and also have the care of a truly exceptional OB-GYN. 

Here are some Yoga poses that I’ve found provide me with some releif in the tummy area. Be sure to do all of these gently, maybe while lying in bed. Try and move with your breath here!

Supine Twist – While laying flat on your back take a few moments to breath, separating your inhales and exhales. As you inhale, draw your knees into your chest, then as you exhale – gently twist over to your right keeping your shoulders flat if you are able, lowering both knees out to your right with arms wide out to a T. When you are ready, inhale back to center, then exhale over to your left.

Some experts say, anything that twists you is a gently massage on the internal organs (for cramps). Also think heart and shoulder openers for any breast tenderness or swoleness that can make your muscles ache. Forward folds, with and without interlocked fingers, thread the needle, and stretched the obliques with bannana or standing half-moon.

A few more of my favorites!

  • Seated twist
  • Butterfly 
  • Reclined goddess
  • Modified Pigeon on your back.

Namaste! and be well. 

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