Period Pain NO Less Than Heart Attack? Use These Yoga Poses To Ease Menstrual Cramp

(Last Updated On: March 8, 2018)

It’s official now! The monthly trauma that women have to endure is not just an ordinary pain.

Period pain is something that every girl learns to live with eventually. Despite the fact that women are crippled with the excruciating pain once in a month, this problem is not taken very seriously.

While women learn to get on with it, some men wave it off as a ‘tantrum’ or ‘excuse.’ Brace yourself for the shock of the day as John Guillebaud, a Professor of Reproductive Health at University College London, has claimed in a study that period pain or menstrual cramps are, in fact, is nearly ‘as painful as a heart attack.’

“Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have,”  Times of India quoted Professor as saying. “I do believe it’s something that should be taken care of, like anything else in medicine.”

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Medically known as dysmenorrhoea, painful periods can be really crippling. In some cases, they can make a woman nauseous and some women may also experience symptoms similar to diarrhea.

Yes, period pain is NOT a ‘no big deal’ and needs to be taken seriously! And this is where Yoga comes into play.

Yoga can play a very important role in reducing the period pain drastically. If done consistently under proper guidance, the sufferer can definitely get considerable relief within a couple of months. So, take out your Yoga mats as Ourtitbits brings to you some Yoga asanas to ease the period pain:

  1. Janushir Asana:

Not only this easy-to-do Yoga asana reduced belly fat, it also reduces menstrual discomfort to a great extent. The asana will stretch and strengthen your spine, shoulders, hamstrings, and groin.

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All you have to is to bend one leg so that the foot touches the other leg’s thigh. With a deep breath, bend forward and try to touch shin or foot of the stretched leg and head with the knee. Stay in the pose for 1-2 minutes and repeat the set with the other side.

  1. Ushtrasana:

Also known as camel pose, Ushtraasana proves as a therapy mild back pain, fatigue, anxiety and menstrual discomfort. The asana also strengthens deep hip flexors, back muscle and thigh.

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For Ushtrasana, kneel on your mat with knees at about a foot apart. Rest your hands on your back, inhale and with a deep exhale, bend backward as far as you can. Stay in the pose for a couple of minutes and then return back to sitting position.

  1. Pawanmukta Asana:

Also known as knee-to-chest pose, this asana in one of the most effective poses for relieving menstrual pain. This pose increases circulation to the abdomen, aids the internal organs, softens the mind, and also reduces anxiety.

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All you have to do is to lie down your back. Now, fold one leg, grasp the knee with both hands and pull it down towards your chest. Press the folded leg on your tummy, stay in the pose and then stretch back the leg. Repeat the process with the other leg and then with both the legs.

  1. Markat Asana:

Also known as supine twist pose, this asana rejuvenates and stimulates the inner organs by “wringing out” the body. A regular practice of this asana helps ease the nerves during menstruation, as well as any accompanying abdominal pain, to a great extent.

Lie down flat on the mat. Next place your hands stretched out at shoulder level.


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