Yoga for menstrual cramps: Try these 5 exercises to ease period pain

Women deal with menstrual pain in the form of back aches, inner thigh pain, nausea, dizziness, headaches and stools. Yoga

Updated on Aug 12, 2022 11:47 AM IST 6 Photos

Some women experience the issue of menstrual cramps during their monthly cycle. This happens when the uterus contracts to discard the endometrium but the menstrual cramps can be painful and uncomfortable and some common ways of dealing with them is to use a hot water bottle, drink some hot soothing tea and in a few cases even medication may be taken. Exercise of any form immediately refreshes the body and Yoga is a safe solution as some women deal with menstrual pain in the form of back aches, inner thigh pain, nausea, dizziness, headaches and stools. The conditions differs from individual to individual depending on an array of factors. Yoga boosts your physical and mental well-being to keep you cramp-free during your periods, improves your mood, can be a supportive companion to ease menstrual discomfort, help you to relax both body and mind and is a great way to strengthen and improve flexibility. A session of Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation can effectively balance your mood and ease menstrual cramps. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Himalayan Siddha, Akshar, Founder of Akshar Yoga Research and Development Centre, revealed to Zarafshan Shiraz about the 5 Yoga asanas that can ease period pain or help deal with menstrual cramps: (cottonbro)

1. Balasana (Child’s Pose) - Kneel down on mat. Lift your arms above head with an inhalation. Exhale and place your forehead on the floor. Pelvis should rest on the heels. (Instagram/mindfulbyminna)

2. Vajrasana or Thunderbolt Pose/Diamond Pose - This is the only pose that can be done on a full stomach. In fact, it should be done right after having a meal. Begin by standing straight with your arms by the sides of your body. Lean forward and slowly drop your knees on your mat. Place your pelvis on your heels and point your toes outward. Here, your thighs should press your calf muscles. Keep your heels close to each other. Do not place the toes on top of the other. instead right and left must be next to each other. Place your palms on your knees facing upward. Straighten your back and look forward. Hold this asana for a while. (Photo by Tim Chow on Unsplash)


3. Baddha Konasana or Cobbler Pose or the bound angle pose - Begin by assuming Dandasana. Fold your legs and bring the soles of your feet together. Pull your heels closer to your pelvis. Gently push your knees down. Empty air from your stomach, lean your upper body forward and place your forehead on the floor. (Instagram/indirajoga)

4. Dandasana or Staff Pose - Sit down on the ground and begin with Sukhasana. Ensure that your back is erect. Stretch your legs out in front of you. Your legs must be parallel to each other and toes should be pointed upwards. Tighten the muscles of your pelvis, thighs and calves. Align your head in such a way that the crown faces the ceiling and the focus of your gaze is forward. This will automatically straighten and lengthen your spine. Place your palms beside your hips on the floor. This will support your spine and also relax your shoulders. Hold the asana for a while. (Twitter/UKIYENGARYOGA)