Let’s be real, period cramps are a pain in the uterus! Never fear, there are so many ways to help ease that pain. From ibuprofen (if that's your jam) to essential oils, the possibilities are endless, but have you ever considered yoga to treat period cramps? We know, crazy right!? But it actually works! Here are a few yoga poses that you may want to incorporate into your period cramps routine. And if you don't feel like using your regular yoga leggings, why not invest in a pair of period-proof leggings that can hold up to 2.5 tampons of flow? You heard that right! Ruby Love makes leggings you can wear during your period without having to use a pad or tampon. You can check them out here!
Bound Angle Pose
This pose is great for multiple reasons. First, it is great for aiding in easing period cramps because it helps to stretch out the muscles that cause the cramps. Second, it also helps with some… digestive issues that you might experience during your period. But FYI, digestive problems are very common during your time of the month. They are caused by the prostaglandins that make your uterus contract, causing those digestive issues. But no worries as this pose also helps out with those problems.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
This is sort of a take on the pose above. It helps those same symptoms but will also assist with some other issues. Rather than sitting up straight, this pose requires you to be leaning backward, which will help the mental health issues that come with PMS sometimes. It can help ease some anxiety, stress, or insomnia that can come with your period. And because you are leaning back it also helps to stretch out those abdominal muscles that causes cramps. It’s a win-win!
This one is a personal favorite of mine! Not only is it super relaxing and comfortable (and easy) to do, but it is also great for easing those annoying PMS symptoms. For example, when doing the child’s pose it helps to relieve tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. Even if this doesn't relieve your cramps, that doesn't mean that it won't help you with other PMS symptoms. This is great if you are prone to being a little achier in your muscles during your time of the month. It stretches those muscles making them feel just a little bit better after your yoga session!
Inverted Leg Pose
This pose is straight-up awesome! It will help you for so many reasons! You can use it to help with physical period symptoms like increasing circulation, digestive issues, and to fight fatigue! It is also known to help with mental issues you may experience during your periods like anxiety, stress, or even brain fog! This pose can even help you with creative problem solving (so you can do this even when you’re not on your period)!
You can do many of these poses during a regular yoga class or if you don't feel like getting to a class you can do these poses from the comfort of your own home… and in the comfort of your brand new period-proof leggings!