From cramping to bloating, here are some of our favorite yoga poses to help relieve PMS.
Yoga to The Rescue
Here at Kali Boxes, we’re all about finding ways to show our bodies some much-needed love, and we get even more amped up if we’re able to do so organically…Now, I’m well aware that by this point, you have, at the very least, been to one yoga class in your lifetime. But even if you aren’t all that into yoga, you can still benefit from many of the positions you would do if you went to a class.
No one understands the desire to be in sweats in your own home with no makeup on while watching Modern Family and sipping hot tea more than I when PMS strikes hard. In fact, I’ll do just that pretty much any night of the week instead of going out. But, the desire is much more apparent when I’m cramping like crazy and want to eat my entire kitchen.Fear not! Whether you are a veteran yogi or a downward-facing-dog newb, the following yoga poses can help you relieve your PMS organically — and they really work.
Get into position as seen in the photo above. Let your forehead touch the mat, and breathe deeply and evenly. This pose will help relieve tension in your back, shoulders, neck, and hips.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Sit with your back straight, cross your left leg over your right as shown above. Wrap your right hand around your left knee and twist your torso towards the left. Inhale and hold this position for 20 seconds, and then repeat on the other side. This position will help relieve any muscles strained in your back and increase flexibility of the spine while relaxing abdominal organs.
Get on all fours as shown above, keeping your shoulders and knees in line with your hips. Bring your chin in towards your chest and inhale while tilting your pelvis toward the ground. Hold for 10 seconds, then raise your head while exhaling and arching your body in the opposite direction. Repeat. This will relax your spine, back, and abdominal muscles.
Lie on your stomach, face down, elbows bent near the chest with palms down as shown in the photo. Lift your face and lift your right leg about 12 inches above the mat while inhaling. Hold this position for about 20 seconds and repeat with the left leg. Repeat this set 2-3 times. This will help relieve your neck, back, and abdominal muscles, while also helping soothe anxiety and stress.
Lie on your back with your face up and bend your knees with your feet wide apart as shown above. Push your torso up until your body forms a line from your shoulders to knees. Hold for 20 seconds and breathe deeply while doing so. Gently lower your back down to the mat, then repeat this set 4-5 times. This will help relax your nervous system, improve circulation, and relieve your leg muscles.