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Sit on your heels, knees together and rest your hands on your knees as you take a deep breath. As you exhale, slide your hands to the floor and release your belly onto your thighs. Child’s Pose calms the nervous system and releases tension in the neck and lower back.
Cramps in the lower abdomen, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting… Periods are far from easy for some women. To soothe them, yoga can be effective, in particular thanks to certain postures. Here are which ones.
50 to 70% of teenage girls have painful periods, either permanently or occasionally. If the frequency of pain – also called dysmenorrhea – decreases in theory after 18 years, it remains significant in many women. And if in these moments we have everything but want to get into the sport, the practice of yoga can help relieve painful periods.
Even if the practice of yoga cannot totally eliminate menstrual pain, the sequence of postures, but also the breathing techniques and meditation can have positive effects, both physically and mentally. Regular sessions throughout the cycle can help soothe pain and harmonize the cycle.
Be careful though, some positions should be avoided :
- The torsionsin particular because they put a lot of strain on the abdominal area, an area already stressed and worn out by menstrual pain;
- The inversionssuch as the posture of the candle, because they can prevent the blood from flowing normally.
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