5 Yoga moves that will help you beat menstrual cramps
I've always been really funny about working out during my period. I get pretty bad bloating, fatigue, and, worst of all, seriously painful cramps! So being physically active during that time of the month was never really an option for me. That is until I started doing yoga. After a month of hitting the studio three to four times a week, it became hard to turn down a class just because I had my period. But the intense abdominal pains were very discouraging. So one day I decided to suck it up and started to notice some of the yoga poses were actually easing my pain and rather quickly too. Who would have thought?
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That's because yoga includes a lot of deep breathing that effectively help relieve pain and tension. But if you're new to yoga, instead of hitting an intense class, try relaxing with a few different poses at home that will help relax your muscles and sooth cramps. Check out a few of my favorite ones below. Believe me, you'll feel a difference in just a matter of minutes!
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The child pose is a resting pose you usually retreat to in between intense poses. It's a great position for releasing tension. Begin by kneeling down and sitting on your knees. Then just fold your torso forward, allowing your forehead to touch your mat. Stretch your hands out in front of you and breathe in and out deeply.