Yoga for menstrual cramps: One-legged Pigeon pose to ease period pain
Is it that time of the month? Well, menstrual cycle is a very painful and irritating affair for any woman. The abdominal and pelvic pain that often spreads to the lower back and thighs sometimes leads to vomiting, headache, dizziness, constipation, fatigue and the list goes on. Extreme pain or menstrual cramps caused during a woman's period are clinically known as Dysmenorrhea. Some say that menstrual pain is more prevalent in the adolescent girls and the pain starts to decrease with the increase in the age. While many say that the menstrual pain occurs due to unhealthy diet and most importantly due to lack of exercise. Opting for exercise instead of popping down painkillers is obviously a better option. There are some simple Yoga poses which are effective in bringing down the pain without interrupting your daily life routine. One of them is One-legged Pigeon pose - Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana.
One-legged Pigeon pose is a very simple and a suitable posture for the intermediate Yoga practitioners. The Pigeon pose stretches the entire lower part of the body, stimulates the abdominal organs and relieves the body of menstrual discomfort. It also opens your hips and is also known to relieve the body of stress and anxiety.
How to do the one-legged pigeon pose?
• Place your hands on your hips, and gently arch your back. You should feel a nice stretch in the front of your left hip, but if this variation is painful, then lean forward, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. If you want more of a stretch, raise your arms in the air.
• Hold for five or more breaths, and then repeat this pose on the other side.
But the thing that should be kept in mind is that the Yoga poses has to be done the whole month until the time the period starts. Once the menstrual cycle begins, any kind of physical and mental exercises must be avoided for a healthy and better cycle.