Yoga for menstrual cramps with Beth Cooke | Good Moves | Well+Good

Yoga for menstrual cramps with Beth Cooke | Good Moves | Well+Good


– Hey guys, Beth here. I just wanted to show you
a couple quick ways that can help to relieve your
cramps during your cycle. We’ll get started with lying on your back, knees are bent, feet
are as wide as your mat, if you have your mat with you. If not, imagine a mat underneath you. And then, draw your knees together here. You can bring your
hands, one to the chest, one to the belly and just send your breath into your two hands. It’s very calming. Take a full breath in, fill up the hands. (lively music) And exhale it out. (breathing deeply) Good, and then to get a
stretch in the side bodies, you can reach your arms above your head, grab for opposite elbows
and flush out the abdominals and the low back by dropping
the knees from side to side, just a gentle little twist,
like a tonic for your abs, for your spine, rinsing everything out. (lively music) Good, also, you can take
your hands back down by your sides and then draw your knees in towards your chest. For a modified shoulder stem,
so this is not an inversion, which some yoga practices
say that inversions are not good during your cycle. I don’t know if that’s
scientifically proven or not, but I’m saying that this
inversion is safe no matter what. So it’s a modified shoulder
stand, like legs up the wall. You reach your legs up
and then bend at the knees a little bit so you can release the groin, the legs don’t have to work so hard. You relax the hips, the pelvis
can relax, close the eyes. I would stay here for as
long as feels good for you, but at least 10 breaths. That would be ideal. Good, and then you can
float your feet back down to the ground, hug your
knees in towards your chest, roll over to one side to
get out of this shape. And voila, your cramps are gone. Okay, so maybe they’re
not gone, but this helps. (lively music)