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Video:Yoga for Menstrual Cramps

with Barbara Alvarez

Watch as a certified yoga instructor guides you through a series of yoga poses for menstrual cramps. See how easy it is to relieve period pain through yoga poses for menstrual cramps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Yoga for Menstrual Cramps

Hi I'm Barbara Alvarez for About.com.

Menstrual Cramp Relief With Yoga: Hero's Pose

This yoga series will help you prevent menstrual cramps. We'll begin with hero's pose. Keeping the knees at hip width apart, walk your feet out, so that you can come to sit on the mat. If this is not comfortable for you, you can modify the pose by sitting up on a block.

Menstrual Cramp Relief With Yoga: Camel Pose

From hero's pose, remove the block, and come to kneeling. We're going to work on a variation of Ustrasana, or camel pose.

Tuck the toes, root the tailbown down towards the mat, bring your hands to your lower back, and reach the heart up. With every inhale, reach a little higher, press your hips forward, as you begin to back bend, reaching the heart up to the sky.

There should be no discomfort in the lower back. Only come to the level of wherever you feel a gentle stretch in your upper lumbar spine and chest. And as you're ready, come back to center, and slowly move back into child's pose, lowering your head down to the mat.

Menstrual Cramp Relief With Yoga: Child's Pose

Taking a few deep breaths in child's pose, feeling the effects, the afterglow, of camel pose. Take another deep inhale, and slowly exhale. Bring the hands under the shoulders, tuck the toes, and roll back.

Slowly come to sit down, bringing the soles of the feet together. Again you have the option to modify this pose by using a prop. Using a block underneath you will facilitate the opening of the groin.

Inhale reach tall spine, press the soles of the feet together relax the knees down. And as you're ready begin to hinge forward to your own ability, feeling a gentle stretch in the groin area. With the next inhale, slowly come up.

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