Periods are painful and even though we women get our periods every month, we never get used to the pain, the cramps, pain in the lower back and legs, headaches, bloating and nausea. Many women feel irritable and tired. Other symptoms include breast tenderness and acnes. Menstrual cycle is a natural process in which our body prepares itself for a possible pregnancy. Usually the cycle is around 28 days long and it may vary from woman to woman. The lining of your uterus thicken to prepare for a fertilized egg and if the egg is not fertilized, the lining starts to shed. This is the beginning of your period. We feel pain in our abdomen because our uterus contracts to inhibit blood flow to the uterus lining. The most painful days are the first two to three days of the period. According to experts, lack of physical activity and exercise is one of the main factors contributing to the period cramps. You can reduce the pains and the stress by regular exercise, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, acupressure and other therapies. One of the most effective ways to get relief from menstrual cramp is yoga. Here is a list of yoga asanas that you can practice to get rid of the pain.(ALSO READ 7 amazing health benefits of Yoga).Also Read - 5 Home Remedies That May Help Soothe Menstrual Pain

1. Dhanurasana (Bow pose)

Dhanurasana or the bow pose stimulates the reproductive organs and strengthens our core. It will also give you relief from constipation and discomfort during your period.

How to do it: Start by lying on the floor. Keep your hand on your side and feet hip-width apart. Now, fold your knees and hold your ankles. Breath in, pull your legs up and raise your upper body. Hold this position and take deep breaths. Now come back to the original position. Also Read - Yoga For Strong Bones: 7 Asanas to Strengthen Your Bones

2. Janu Shirsasana (One-legged forward bend)

Janu Shirasana will massage your abdomen and give your relief from the menstrual cramps and pain.

How to do it: Start by sitting down on the floor and keeping your legs straight in front of you and hands on your side. Now bend your right knee and bring your right foot towards the inner thigh of your left leg. Stretch your upper body and bend over your left leg. Hold your left foot and breathe deeply. Release your hand and come back to the original position, Repeat this on the other side.(ALSO READ 5 yoga poses that look more like sex positions!). Also Read - Period Hacks : Here's How You Can Make Yourself Feel Better During Periods | Watch Video

3. Ustrasana (Camel pose)

Ustrasana opens up the neck, chest and abdomen. It also improves posture, strengthens muscles of the back and stretches your thighs, ankles and groin. This pose will relieve menstrual discomfort, back pain and anxiety.

How to do it: Begin by kneeling down on the floor. Stretch 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.

4. Matsyasana (Fish pose)

Matsyana stimulates abdomen muscles and stretches your back. It also eases the menstrual cramps.

How to do it: Start by lying on the floor. Bend your knees and keep your feet firmly on the ground. You can also keep your legs straight in front of you instead of folding it. Now place your hand, with palms facing down, under your buttock. Keep your forearms firmly on the floor and lift your upper body with your head on the floor. Hold the position and take a few deep breathes. (ALSO READ These 10 photos of Indian yogini Natasha Noel will inspire you to start doing yoga).

5 Supta Padangusthasana (Reclining Big Toe Pose)

Supta Padangusthasana relieves menstrual pain and backache. The pose also stretches your groin, thighs, hips and calves.

How to do it: Lie down on the floor with your hands on your side and legs straight. Bend your right knee towards your chest. Hold your toe or loop a strap around your foot and straighten your leg. Keep your shoulders firmly on the floor. Hold this position for few second and then return to the original position. Repeat this on the other side.

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