Irregular periods can be a worry for many women, and can even interfere with everyday life. If you are looking for a natural way to help regulate your menstrual cycle, yoga could be a wise choice. We all know yoga can help us relax and find inner peace, and on top of this, there are certain poses that can help alleviate the symptoms of irregular menstrual cycles.
Fish Pose, or Matsyaasana, helps to lift the chest, open the lungs and heart, and deepen the breath. Studies have shown that it can reduce cramps and help restore the balance of hormones. To do the Fish Pose, begin by lying on your back with your legs bent, feet flat on the floor. Place your hands comfortably beneath your buttocks, palms facing down. Gently lift your chest and slide it forward, while keeping your head on the floor. Hold this pose for anywhere between one and five minutes, while inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta-Badha-Konasana) is a gentle, restorative pose that can alleviate cramping, bloating and headaches that may occur during the menstrual cycle. To do this pose, begin by lying on your back with your legs bent, feet flat on the floor. Bring your arms wide to the side and bring the soles of your feet together. If your feet do not rest comfortably on the floor, you can place a bolster underneath them. Allow your knees to drop out to the side and hold this position for anywhere between five to ten minutes.
Cobra Pose, or Bhujangasana, is an arm-strengthening posture that can be beneficial for premenstrual syndrome. It also helps to boost circulation and stimulate the abdominal organs. To do this pose, begin by lying on your stomach with your legs together and arms bent by your simes. Make sure your forehead and hands are flat on the floor. Engaging your back, chest and shoulders, slowly lift your head and chest up, using your arms. Spend up to one minute in this position, then gently lower your torso back down.
Of course, the best way to help regulate your menstrual cycle is with a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and adequate rest. Yoga is just one way to supplement your existing routines and help you feel better and healthier.