Uncover these 9 yoga postures that relieve painful intervals


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Tingling in the stomach, pain in the back, cramps in the lower abdomen… Unfortunately, menstruation is not always a cakewalk for people who have it every month. And if dysmenorrhea (the name given to menstrual pain) must give rise to a serious follow-up with a doctor, a midwife or a gynecologist to identify possible pathologies (endometriosis, uterine polyps, etc.), remains that while waiting, the pains, it is necessary well to make with! And to better live the painful periods, the techniques are not lacking. You can indeed take out your hot water bottle, limit bad habits that make pain worse, but also rely on natural herbal remedies for quick relief. However, certain yoga postures can also be very beneficial in soothing painful periods.

Indeed, by promoting relaxation through well-chosen positions and calm breathing, yoga acts as a natural painkiller, both in menstrual and premenstrual periods. This makes it possible to drive out the tensions and thus to abandon the body of its pain. Enough to forget about the medication or complete their action effectively by taking a quiet moment just for yourself!

Here are nine yoga postures that break painful periods.

1) Half Pigeon Pose

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It stretches the thighs, hips and abdomen. However, these areas tend to be more tense during menstruation, which can cause or amplify pain. Hold this position for ten breaths before repeating on the other side.

2) The posture of the child

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In addition to gently lengthening the spine, this posture will massage your abdomen, as well as your ovaries for relaxation of the entire lower abdomen. This posture also invites calm and reconnection with your body. It is therefore ideal for feeling calm and letting go. It is enough here to keep the position for 5 long and deep breaths with the arms extended and 5 others with the arms along the body. Remember here to change the crossing of the legs after a minute to avoid ants.

3) The butterfly posture

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This pose releases the hips and stretches the back to help relieve cramps. It will also help calm the nervous system to release accumulated tension before and during menstruation. Encircle your feet here with your hands and breathe deeply, regularly and calmly in this posture for 10 breaths.

4) The posture of the cobra (but in a soft version!)

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Excellent for toning the abdomen and strengthening the spine, this position should be carried out gently to help relieve pain and reduce stress without hurting yourself or increasing tension. To do this, you start by lying on the ground, with your arms folded at chest level. Then, we massage his belly by rolling the pelvis from right to left. This will help reduce abdominal pain and cramps. Then, we can tighten the legs and gently straighten the head, the bust and if possible the chest without forcing too much. Look straight ahead and take the time to breathe deeply.

5) Happy Baby Pose

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This posture allows to open, soften and relax the hips and allows the passage to massage the lower back by performing a pendulum movement. It can also help reduce the stress, which greatly increases menstrual pain. The benefits: this posture relieves the back, opens the pelvis and relaxes the hips. Press here gently on your arch of the foot to bring the knees closer to the ground, then swing gently from right to left, keeping your lower back well riveted to the ground, for 10 breaths.

6) The elongated suit

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This posture relaxes the entire lower abdomen, as well as the ovaries. We start cross-legged, then we gently extend backwards on a bolster, arms extended to each side. Remember to change the crossing of the legs to avoid the ants and repeat several calm and regular breaths.

7) Knees to Chest Pose

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By holding one leg with both hands for ten breaths (keeping the other unfolded, flat), then the other, you can release tension in your hips, but also in your lower back. This allows the passage to stimulate the digestive system often abused during menstruation. This will gently massage your abdomen and soothe your stomach aches. You can also gently bring your two knees to your chest, then bring your head close to your knees and take 4 to 6 breaths in this posture before extending your legs to the ground.

8) Twisting Belly Pose

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This posture is very effective in releasing tension in the lower back and lower abdomen. Here we bring both knees to the chest before dropping them gently on the right side. After 10 breaths, you can change sides, keeping slow and gentle movements.

9) Bow Pose

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We finish with the most acrobatic, but very effective to massage the abdomen and stretch it, in addition to working on the flexibility of the back. If you lack flexibility, it’s out of the question to injure yourself and force yourself. the key word for these exercises is to listen ! If necessary, do not hesitate to use a strap to do the position without injuring yourself. Stay in this posture for 3 to 4 breaths before gently releasing.

Of course, yoga is not a one-size-fits-all solution. However, it is up to each person to try these postures like other solutions to find what will relieve pain during this sometimes difficult period of menstruation.




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