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3 Moves to Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps

When it’s that time of the month, you may be so uncomfortable that you just want to lie on the couch with a heating pad and a pint of Rocky Road. Cramps can be brutal and may feel debilitating, but with a few yoga poses you can help alleviate the pain—and maybe even avoid packing on a few period pounds.

Yoga can help you breathe into any discomfort you're having, which it helps release feel-good hormones to keep you from yelling at your partner, BFF, or your dog. And if you're past that stage in your life, these poses also help alleviate menopausal symptoms.

You can start with Maryichyasana (pose dedicated to the sage). This feels great on the lower back and the pressure of the thigh up against the abdomen helps relieve cramping pains. It’s also great for tension in the shoulders and upper back.

Sit comfortably with legs forward, bend your right knee in and place your left foot on the floor a little to the outside of your left hip. Lift your left arm up then lean forward as far as you can, threading the left arm inside the left thigh and back behind you. Reach around behind you with your right hand and catch the right wrist with the left hand (use a towel or strap if you can’t reach the hand). Fold forward in to a rounded forward bend. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths and repeat on the other side.

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