5 Yoga Poses to Calm Cramps

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This post is sponsored by Stayfree® on behalf of Mode Media but all photos and opinions are mine.

There’s no point in beating around the bush about it — the ladies out there know that simple things like eating healthy and working out get increasingly difficult during that time of the month.

Between sugar cravings, bloating and cramps, sometimes all I really want to do during my period is curl up on the couch in my sweats with a heating pad and a pint of froyo.

Staying active during this uncomfortable time though is actually a great way to alleviate many of the symptoms of PMS.

Personally, I enjoy doing yoga — specifically certain poses that help ease menstrual pain.

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Today I’m teaming up with Stayfree as a part of their Change Challenge to inspire women to make healthy choices, like incorporating a yoga routine into your everyday life. With the purchase of any Stayfree product, you get a one month subscription to My Yoga on Gaiam TV where you can try tons of free online routines.

They also have an awesome library of all the essential yoga poses and today I’ve chosen my top 5 for easing cramps. Try these moves the next time you feel like a grumpy, bloated mess — I guarantee you’ll be feeling great after!

5 Yoga Poses for Cramps

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Bow Pose

This pose stretches the entire front of the body and strengthens the back – which can ease lower back pain associated with cramps. Advocates also say it stimulates blood flow to the abdomen, which can relieve pain and bloating.

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Reaching Camel Pose

Again, this pose stretches the front of the body, strengthens the back and brings blood flow to the organs in the abdomen.

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Cobra

Another one to strengthen the lower back, some yogis also describe this move as a “massage for your internal organs.”

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Fish Pose

Yogis say this odd-looking pose can help reduce anxiety and fatigue, commonly associated with PMS.

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Arched Half Pigeon

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This move is thought to increase circulation to the urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems as well as helping with lower back pain.

*Note: Use caution when trying new yoga poses. If you have back or neck injuries, high blood pressure, or you’re pregnant, you may want to avoid some of these poses.

Weigh In: Do you do yoga to help with PMS? What are your favorite yoga poses for cramps?

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Comments

  1. Practing yoga has so many benefits and helping PMS is one of them for sure. It helps relieve stress so these poses are perfect. Thanks for sharing and including the pics!
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  2. Never thought of it to help with cramps but great idea! There is that one day that I don’t feel like doing anything but as soon as I start moving it feels better.
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  3. I like this line-up. I always feel better when I’m active, so I have no doubt these would ease the pain. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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  4. I would think it would make you lose weight, and make you feel better about your self..

  5. Patti Cakes says:

    You make these poses look so easy! Very inspiring!

  6. Nice post! I love the Arched Half Pigeon

    What’s your favorite?
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  7. Ohhhh, I didn’t know ANY of these helped with cramps! What about bloat form eating too many tacos? I need a pose for that. Maybe I shall try Arched Half Pigeon – yours looks bad ass!
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  8. I cramp too much but I would try the Yoga moves.

  9. These are great poses, I’ve been experiencing cramps these fast few days because of too much work. I’m glad that I saw it and will try it soon.
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