The PMS jokes are tough to stomach, especially when you’re waiting for your period to make its monthly appearance. Cramps, sore breasts, mood swings, bloating…this cycle repeats month after month.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that 85 percent women experience one or more premenstrual symptoms per cycle. Many of them choose the easy way out and reach out for over-thecounter painkillers or low-estrogen birth control pills but. But what if you could alleviate PMS and all associated symptoms with yoga?

That’s right.

Apart from boosting metabolism and helping torch fat, regular yoga practice for a few minutes every day has been known to help alleviate, and even prevent, PMS symptoms. According to the book, Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle, yoga practice helps by releasing endorphins, the mood-elevating compounds of the body. It also boosts blood circulation to reproductive organs, eases stress and encourages deep relaxation.

Try these 8 simple yoga poses and work towards putting irritability and mood swings behind you:

1.  Child’s Pose

Also known as Balasanachild's pose in pms

This pose helps relieve strain on the thighs, back, shoulder, neck and hip and helps to relax the body.

  1. Crocodile Pose

Also known as MakarasanaCrocodile Pose in pms

This pose is effective in getting rid of indigestion and constipation, a common problem of PMS. It also helps relieve stress from the back, legs, arms, and buttocks.

3.  Half Lord of the Fish Pose

Also known as Ardha Matsyendrasana Half Lord of the Fishes Pose in PMS

This pose relaxes the abdominal organs, which may relieve muscle cramps. It also stretches the back muscles and provides relief in the spinal area.

4.  Cat Pose

Also known as BidalasanaCat pose in PMS

The cat pose, which helps increase flexibility in your spine, is also known to relieve tension in the shoulders, neck and improves digestion.

5.  Standing Forward Bend

Also known as PadahastasanaStanding Forward Bend in PMS

This pose is good for the entire body and provides relaxation from head to heels. Repeat it 4-5 times and feel your body relaxing. The standing forward bend is also known to remove depression and anxiety.

6.  Fish Pose

Also known as Matsyasanafish pose in PMS

The fish pose is great for massaging the abdominal organs and muscles. The hip muscles are stretched while doing so, relieving tension in the body.

7.  Bridge Pose

Also known as Setu BandasanaBridge Pose in PMS

Headaches are a common ailment that women suffer when approaching their periods. The Bridge pose is ideal since it relaxes the central nervous system, improves blood circulation and revives tired leg muscles.

8.  Corpse Pose

Also known as ShavasanaCorpse Pose in PMS

All yogic postures end with the Shavasana or the neutral position. The state helps you get into a tranquil state and the body surrenders to peace.

Is it that time of the month? Then get a yoga mat and start practicing your poses. Isn’t it time you put your health first?

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Written by Pragya Bhatt

Pragya Bhatt

For Pragya, yoga isn’t just exercise. It’s a way of life, one by which a person can attain a flexible and supple body and mind.
With a B.Tech in computer science & engineering from Punjab Technical University, Pragya’s decision to teach yoga grew from a personal goal to deepen her own practice. She quit her day job to take her learnings to others. She believes that practicing yoga has brought balance to her life, and she wants HealthifyMe users to experience the same. How can she help accomplish that? By being creative, says Pragya.
Of the opinion a balanced lifestyle equals healthy living, Pragya recommends you work out first thing in the morning and meditate right before going to sleep. And while self-motivation can pose a challenge for most yoga practitioners, Pragya assures she will be watching your every move.

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  1. Hello Pragya,
    You have post easy and effective yoga posture. And i am also interested in yoga and i am also providing yoga training classes. And your blog really help me in knowing more postures.
    Thank You