Calm Menstrual Pain
Sometimes we can feel extra-tired and cranky while "Auntie Flo" is visiting. So what’s the best way to stay cool, calm and collected during arts and crafts week at panty camp? This restorative yoga set will have you feeling relaxed and revitalized.
Reclining bound angle pose
This yoga pose relieves symptoms of menstruation, mild depression and stimulates the abdominal organs.
Stay in the pose for 10 to 20 minutes. To come out of the pose: Inhale; use your hands to help draw the knees together, then extend legs straight for a few breaths, allowing the knee and hip joint to reset. Then roll to either side and press your way back to a seated position.
Supported wide-angle seated forward bend
This pose stimulates the abdominal organs and calms the nervous system.
Stay in the pose for three to six minutes. To come out of the pose, bring your hands to the back of the knees; on the inhale, pull your knees together toward the torso, resting the soles on the feet on the earth with knees bent. If it feels good, you can release the knees side to side in a windshield-wiper movement to help relieve any stiffness.
Supported child's pose
This is a resting pose that helps to soothe menstrual discomfort and relieve symptoms of fatigue and stress. It is very nurturing and soothing to the mind.
Rest in the pose for 10 to 20 minutes. If the blanket roll feels like too much pressure you can pull it out at any time. When you are ready to come out of the pose, place hands onto the earth under your shoulders and press your way back to a comfortable seated position.
Supported corpse pose
This pose reduces headache, fatigue, insomnia, and symptoms of stress and mild depression. It helps relax the body and lower heart rate.
Stay in the pose for 10 to 20 minutes. When you are ready to come out of the pose, deepen your inhale, and wiggle your fingers and toes. Stretch out long, like a morning stretch, then hug knees in and roll to either side in a fetal position, resting there for a few breaths. When you are ready, use your hands to help press back up to a comfortable seated position.
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