Regulate your periods with yoga: 5 yoga asanas to regulate your irregular menstrual cycle naturally

Here are some effective yoga asanas for curing irregular periods.

Published: May 15, 2017 4:06 PM IST

By Chethana Prakasan

Regulate your periods with yoga: 5 yoga asanas to regulate your irregular menstrual cycle naturally

Irregular period is a common condition nowadays. Usually, a menstrual cycle is 28 days long but it can range from 21 days to 38. It is irregular if you have not had your periods for over 35 days or have experienced bleeding within 21 days of your previous period. Irregular period can happen once in a while and it is normal but it is advisable to consult your doctor if it occurs frequently. It is caused due to changes in the hormonal levels, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), excessive exercise, changing birth control pills and using certain medications. Other reasons for irregular periods include thyroid issues, pregnancy, breastfeeding, uterine fibroid, intrauterine device and stress. One of the best ways to regulate your irregular period, painful menstrual cramps and menstrual disorder is yoga. Here are some yoga asanas to help you regulate your periods. (ALSO READ Yoga poses for better sex: These 5 yoga asanas will help improve your sex life).

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1. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Dhanurasana is one of the best poses for your reproductive system. It is a basic Hatha yoga posture and is beneficial in reducing tummy fat, strengthening your spinal cord, thighs and ankles. In this asana, the body resembles the shape of a bow or dhanush.

How to do it: Start by lying on your stomach on the floor. Inhale and slowly, bend your legs backwards. Now, stretch your arms backward and hold on to your ankle. The weight of your body is supported by your stomach. Hold this position for about 20 seconds and then return to the original position. Repeat this four to five times.

2. Ustrasana (Camel pose)

Ustrasana is a great exercise to regulate your periods and relieves menstrual pain. It also strengthens shoulders and back, improves posture and flexibility, massages your internal organs and opens up your chest.

How to do it: Begin by kneeling down on the floor. Make sure your shoulders and knees are aligned. Extend your body backward and hold your heels. Push your hips forward and drop head back. Hold the position for about 25 second and then come back to the original position. Repeat this couple of times.(ALSO READ Treat Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with yoga: These are 5 yoga asanas for PCOS treatment).

3. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Bhujangasana is an excellent yoga asana for your reproductive organs. It also improves digestion, opens up your chest and improves blood circulation.

How to do it: Begin by lying down on your stomach on the floor. Keep your legs together and your palms on the ground near your face. Now, inhale and raise your upper body by pushing down your palms. Try to stretch your neck as much as possible. Hold this position for a few minutes and then return to the original position. Repeat this about five times.

4. Malasana (Garland pose)

Also known as the garland position, malasana is a squatting asana. These days, we tend to spend hours in sitting position, which is not good for our health. This is a great asana for improving metabolism, toning the belly, activating the digestive system, strengthening your groin and is beneficial for your reproductive system.

How to do it: Start by squatting down. Keep your feet hip-width apart and squat deep. Now, spread your knees wider than your torso. Bring your palms together in Namaste position and then keep your elbows in the inner thighs and stretch it. Hold this position for a couple of minutes and return to the original position. (ALSO READ How to get pregnant fast with irregular periods: Tips to improve the chances of getting pregnant with irregular menstrual cycle).

5. Baddha konasana (Butterfly pose)

Baddha konasana is one of the best asanas to for the treatment of menstrual problems. It improves the reproductive system in both women and men, improves blood circulation and helps stimulate organs like kidney and bladder. Baddha konasana also relieves stress. It is beneficial for pregnant women for a smooth and easy delivery.

How to do it: Start by sitting down on the floor with your knees bent and the soles of your feet touching each other. Hold your feet tightly and start flapping your thighs up and down without moving your feet. Do this for a couple of minutes.

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Published Date: May 15, 2017 4:06 PM IST