Have you ever faced the brunt of being a woman? Nay! I’m not talking of the burning issues of feminism or our socio-economic status here. How do you feel when a peer asks you after you had a random meltdown in office, “Girl, is it your PMS that’s freaking you out?!” Even when you’re not around your PMS?
Well, most of us experience Pre-Menstrual Syndrome every month where, of course, the magnitude differs from one woman to the other. Pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) usually affect a majority of women which surface every month around the same time, viz., a week or two before you get your period. And it’s quite established that it could even begin when you ovulate.
What does PMS usually do to you?
- You experience tender breasts
- You may have a headache
- You may feel bloated irrespective of your diet
- Abdominal cramps, which could be anything from mild to severe. (Some of it is so obvious that you get to know that you may be just ovulating!)
- Unexplained muscle aches, which may also be characterized by lower back/hip pain.
Amidst some or all of the above, you may also feel irritable around spells of mood swings.
While many health practitioners consider PMS as a normal process during a woman’s menstrual phase, there are several other dieticians & doctors that slightly differ from normalizing it. Though a large number of women & girls are affected by PMS, its connection with lifestyle & diet cannot be totally ignored.
I’ve personally observed that in the past whenever I happened to be on Yoga breaks owing to a lot of work pressure, PMS used to become very evident. Also during my teenage years, some periods were all about unbearable cramps, a few of which even caused me to faint in school.
I swear by Yoga for maintaining my overall fitness & even helping me get rid of unwanted weight(especially after pregnancy)&chronic sinusitis. And I really believe that Yoga can do a lot to help you with your PMS & provide significant relief in the periods’ department as well.
Here are 3 great Yoga Asanas that evidently reduce PMS discomfort:
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Stay in this posture for about 15-20 relaxed breaths, & then return to the central position where you rise from this position while still resting on your thighs folded. Repeat this Asanaeverydayat least 4-5 times. Balasana relaxes the strained muscles around your lower abdomen, back & hips which are always targeted by PMS.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Be in this position for about 15-20 relaxed breaths & then lie face down with the elbows bent near your chest & palms down. Repeat this asana for at least 7-8 times every day to observe PMS-free life! Bhujangasana works fantastically on your lower abdominal muscles & arching the back during this asana considerably helps in equally relaxing your strained lower back muscles.
Makarasana (Crocodile Pose)Source: http://www.flickr.com[/caption%5D
This asana has many variations. However, the one below is quite easy & as effective as the others.
Lie face down with folded arms & stacked palms. Rest your head on the palms. Relax your legs & open them wide apart, the heels should point in & keep both the legs should in touch with the floor. Now try to tighten your buttocks together & press onto the floor. Be in this position for about 10-15 normal breaths. Repeat this pose 5-6 times every day.
Like the Cobra pose&Child’s pose, the Crocodile pose, too, relieves possible pain from the areas around the buttocks, lower hip, abdomen & back.
By the way, cherishing the holistic effects of Yoga on the body, I personally feel that SuryaSuryanamaskara (Sun-Salutation) is a power packed combination of various poses (asanas) that work quite similar to the 3 asanas described above. Hence, if you’re a fan of Suryanamaskara like me; or should you become one soon ;-), you’d realize that Suryanamaskara itself is phenomenally useful to rescue you from PMS.
What do you think about the 3 asanas that I mentioned here? Do you follow specific workouts to combat PMS? Please share in your comments.
About The Guest Blogger Ashvini
Ashvini is a former corporate software trainer-turned-blogger. She blogs about fitness, health & parenting. A perennial writer at heart, she pins her experience with healthy living on to the board. Having put fitness n the back burner for most of her teen years & even later, it wasn’t until she became a mom that she began treating health as the biggest deal of her life.
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