Irregular periods can wreak havoc with your physical and mental well being. A period is termed irregular when the time between two periods begins to change frequently. It may either be more than 35 days between two periods or you may get periods very often. You may also lose excess or very less blood during these days. The reasons for irregular periods are many, ranging from stress, hormonal imbalance, breastfeeding, diet changes or something more serious like uterine fibroids. After medical tests, if serious underlying medical conditions have been ruled out, you can opt for yoga to get relief. The following yoga exercises will help normalize your periods.
Effective Yoga Poses For Irregular Periods
Also known as Cobra Pose, Bhujangasana helps you relax your abdominal and back muscles. For doing this, lie facing downwards on a yoga mat. Stretch your legs and join them at the knees. Place your palms on the ground near your chest. Keep your elbows straight. Take a deep breath. Lift your upper body i.e. your head, neck, shoulders, chest and stomach with the help of your elbows and palms. Try to stretch your upper body gently. Now Exhale slowly and bring your body back to the starting position. Repeat this exercise four to five times daily.
Dhanurasana meaning Dhanush or bow in Sanskrit is named so because the body assumes the shape of a bow while performing this exercise. It helps strengthen your groin, thighs and abdominal organs and ideal for weight loss.
To do this, lie on a yoga mat facing downwards. Inhale slowly. Bend your legs backward and hold your ankles with your hands. Your pelvic area and stomach must touch the ground. Remain in this position for fifteen seconds and continue breathing. Now exhale slowly and return to your starting position. Repeat four times.
This is a simple yoga exercise which helps your mind concentrate better and your body to relax instantly. It strengthens your back, abdomen and thighs besides increasing blood circulation.Sit on the floor with folded legs such that your heels touch your bottom and your toes touch the floor. Keep your back straight and eyes closed. Place your palms facing downwards on your knees. Breathe in slowly. Then breathe out. At the same time, imagine your stress and all other problems going out through your nose. Remain in this position for five minutes before assuming a normal position. Perform five repetitions.
This yoga exercise is good for strengthening your abdominal and pelvic organs. It is especially recommended for women after a normal delivery.Sit straight with your legs stretched out in front of you. Place your palms on your knees. Inhale slowly. Raise your arms above your head, bend forward and catch your toes with your thumb, middle and index fingers. Try not to bend your knees. Rest your head on your knees. Exhale slowly and touch your elbows on the floor still holding your feet. Stay in this position for a few seconds before returning to the starting position. Repeat four times.
5. Baddha Konasana
This yoga pose is the best for curing problems related to irregular menstruation. It improves flexibility in the groin and hip areas, besides being an excellent stress reliever. It is recommended for pregnant women to enable easy delivery.
For this, sit on the floor with your back erect. Bend your legs at the knees by touching the soles of your feet together. Now hold your feet with your hands. Breathe in and out normally. At the same time, flap your thighs up and down slowly like a butterfly. Repeat this exercise four to five times.
Note that all the exercises except Vajrasana are not to be practiced during periods.