Are you struggling with menstrual pain or menstrual cramps during your monthly cycle? Most women experience some degree of discomfort during their period. Period pain is very common and is most often accompanied by abdominal cramps, back pain, digestive issues, nausea, increased temperature (fever-ish), food cravings irritability and mood swings.
The menstrual phase is one of the four phases women go through during their monthly hormonal cycle. Energetically, menstruation is a special and sacred time of the month. The body goes through a process of elimination or shedding. It is a time where women are more in touch with the energies of the Earth. It is a time for turning inward, reflection, nourishing yourself and connecting with Mother Nature.
While bleeding is a natural process, it can also be uncomfortable and painful. Especially if we have physical, energetic, emotional or mental imbalances. Yoga can be of tremendous help for a healthy menstrual cycle. Yoga Therapy can help us to heal and balance ourselves so that we have an easier period. Simple Yoga postures can also help us to ease the discomfort of period pain.
I’ll share with you my 3 favorite restorative yoga postures for period pain and menstrual cramps. You can do them from the comfort of your own bed. All you need is a nice pillow to support your body.
Watch the video below or read on for step-by-step instructions.
Lie in every posture for as long as you feel comfortable. Breathe naturally and focus on relaxing your body and mind. Remember that the aim is to sooth your pain and nourish your body during your menstruation.
1. Supported Child Pose
Sit on your heels. Take your knees apart as far as feels comfortable. Place the pillow between your legs so that your belly and chest are supported. Lean forward onto the pillow and relax. Breathe deeply into your belly and relax your whole body.
2. Knees-To-Chest Pose
Lie on your back and place the pillow underneath your pelvis so that your hips are slightly elevated. Bend your knees and hug your knees onto your chest. Keep your head on the floor, relax your shoulders and face. Breathe deeply into your belly and enjoy the soothing pressure of your legs against your belly.
3. Reclining Butterfly Pose
Sit on the bed and place the soles of your feet together. Place the pillow length-wise behind you so that the short edge is touching your sacrum. Lie back onto the pillow and support your head with another pillow if you need. If you feel tension in your knees or hips, support your knees with pillows or a blanket.