You may not want to workout when you have your period. Cramps, bloating and all the usual PMS symptoms just don’t jive with a bouncy cardio workout. But some yoga poses are great for when you’re on your period. What’s more, they can relieve PMS symptoms, too. So, if you’re looking to move your body in a gentle and restorative way, try these five yoga poses.
Bound Angle Pose
This simple yoga poses opens hips and also soothes menstrual discomfort. Simply sit with legs extended in front of you. Then, draw your heels together and in towards you. Drop knees to the side, but never force them down.
Downward Facing Dog
This popular pose is actually a resting pose that rejuvenates and wakes up the body. For PMS relief, support the head with pillows or a yoga block.
Legs up on the wall
This relaxing pose helps to flood the reproductive organs with a fresh flow of blood and nutrients. This can help to relieve menstrual cramps and give you a chance to just rest and breath.
Seated Forward Bend
You might want to push yourself so you can reach your toes and drop your head to your knees. But it’s more important to keep your back straight and your sit bones firmly planted. This allows you to stimulate the ovaries and uterus, and relieve menstrual discomfort, too.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Let the earth rise up to meet you in this restorative pose, which can relieve PMS symptoms, along with any stress or mild depression you may be experiencing, too.