Check Out These 5 Yoga Poses That’ll Relieve Your Period Cramps

When you're tired of the fetal position.

Period Cramps
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Many women suffer from dysmenorrhea, nausea, and terrible lower abdomen pain that can last for days during menstruation. No fun.

While staying in a fetal position and rocking yourself back and forth can seem like all you can do at times, exercise has proven to be helpful for cramps, providing even better results than pills or warm compresses. Yoga is a light workout that can help you gather up a little sweat while also not forcing you to move around like crazy.

Check out these 5 yoga poses that’ll help you get rid of your cramps:

Cat Cow

This pose is great to warm up your body, doing it slowly so you can feel every step of the way and you can release your tension and some of your pain.

Forward Fold

This pose strengthens the spine while stretching your hips. It’ll also provide relief for your back since the pose will stretch the back of your legs, hamstrings and calves.

Savasana

This pose is also known as Corpse Pose, where you lay down and stay still like a corpse. Duh. This position lends itself to introspection and relaxation, controlling your breath and taking your mind away from the pain of your body.

Child’s Pose

This pose is great for back problems, gently stretching out your lower back muscles and relaxing them. Focus on your breath, on relaxing your hips, and your pain will leave you alone in no time.

Reclining Twist

This pose will give your back and hips a great stretch that’ll offer much needed release for your body, especially if experiencing strong cramps, while also stimulating your digestive organs.

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