PMS means Pre-menstrual syndrome. Only a girl knows what all problems they have to face before and during that time of the month Symptoms of PMS are both physical and emotional. Mental symptoms include Mood swings, depression, anxiety irritation and physical symptoms include triggered acne, feeling bloated, constipated, migraines, insomnia, Nausea, fatigue, joint pain, breast pain and abnormal cravings. Pre-menstrual syndrome usually hits a week before the actual date of start of period. If these symptoms are in extreme, the person can get overly emotional on small matters and it may even interrupt ones daily schedule. When the periods actually start, these symptoms intensify to cause severe cramps in back and stomach. It is very important to manage these symptoms occurring due to hormonal imbalance every month. Apart from a few dietary changes, yoga helps a great deal in tackling symptoms of Pre-menstrual Syndrome.
As the name signifies, Shava in English means corpse. All you have to do is lie on your back with feet in a relaxed position and hands in a relaxed position with palm facing the ceiling. This pose is also essential after every yoga session because it brings back the body in the state of rest and relaxation after an intense session of yoga.
To get into this yoga pose, lie down flat on the floor on your back. Bend your legs and bring foot close to hips. Inhale and raise your hips and back. The head should stay on the flood and hold your ankles with your hands. Stay in this position. Stay in this position as long as you can then return to initial position. Kandharasana relieves many problems associated with reproductive system and menstrual problems. It is also known to relieve back pain.
To practice this exercise, you need to lie on your back and keep your legs straight. Inhale slowly and raise your leg and bend at the knee to touch your stomach with your thighs. Raise your chin and try to touch your nose with your knee while hugging your thigh and knees with your arms. Try this pose 4 to 5 times. This wind removing pose is said to cure indigestion and constipation which are major symptoms of PMS. It is also known to cure reproductive and menstrual disorders hence quite helpful during periods.
- Vajrasana/ Thunderbolt
In this exercise, all you have to do is kneel down with your hands on your thighs and hips resting on your heels. Keep your back and shoulders straight. Breathe and close your eyes to concentrate on your breathing. Repeat 6 times. This exercise is known to improve circulation of blood, relaxing thigh muscles, relaxing and relieving stress. It also cures constipation.
Get on all fours then sit with your hips on your heels. Bend your forehead to touch the floor and stretch your hands backwards to hold your heels. Stay in this pose for a while. This exercise promotes easing of thigh muscles and also helps in back and shoulder pain.
So here were a few exercises aka yoga poses that can help ease the symptoms of PMS. As you can see, all these are very lightweight exercises hence you can easily do it during periods.