To get out of bed when you absolutely don’t need to during your period is an absolute drag, to say the least. Trust me, if not, you can trust the National Health Service, these yoga poses will help relieve those nasty cramps.
Here are some asanas you can practice during your period –
1. Viparita Virabhadrasana – Reverse Warrior
- Begin with your feet hip-distance apart and your arms at your sides. Turn to the left and step your feet wide apart, about 4-5 feet. Align your heels.
- Turn your right foot out 90 degrees, so your toes are pointing to the top of the mat. Pivot your left foot slightly inwards. Your back toes should be at a 45-degree angle.
- Raise your arms to the side to shoulder-height keeping them parallel to the floor. Reach actively with your palms facing upward.
- Exhale as you bend your front knee. Align your knee directly over the ankle of your front foot. Your front shin should be perpendicular to the floor. Sink your hips low, eventually bringing your front thigh parallel to the floor. This is Warrior II.
- On your next exhalation, drop your left (back) hand to the back of your left thigh. On an inhalation, lift your right arm straight up, reaching your fingertips toward the ceiling. Your right bicep should be next to your right ear.
- Keep your front knee bent and your hips sinking low as you lengthen through the sides of your waist. Slide your backhand further down your leg and come into a slight backbend.
- Hold for 10-20 breaths.
2. Uttanasana – Forward Fold
- Stand upright, and then bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist.
- Emphasise on the lengthening of the spine.
- Keeping your knees straight, bring your palms or fingertips to the floor. If this is difficult, cross your forearms and hold your elbows. Turn the top thighs slightly inward.
- With each inhalation in the pose, lift and lengthen the front torso just slightly; with each exhalation release a little more fully into the forward bend.
3. Malasana – Yogi Squat
- Start with standing feet hip-width apart, or wider, and turn your toes to face out on a diagonal.
- Make sure your knees are facing the same direction as your toes.
- Now, squat all the way down.
- If your ankles are uncomfortable, or your heels are not flat on the floor, you can roll up your yoga mat or a blanket under the heel of your feet.
- Lastly, Bring your hands into a prayer position and use your elbows to gently press your inner thighs out.
So, get those yoga mats and yoga pants out and start twisting.