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Try dhanurasana or the bow pose to relieve menstrual pain

Dhanurasana or the bow pose stretches the entire body and stimulates the abdominal organs. Plus, it strengthens the back muscles and eases menstrual discomfort.

If you suffer from abdominal craps and pain during your periods, try bow pose or dhanurasana for some relief.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : March 10, 2015 6:11 PM IST

Menstruation or the time when you have your periods is usually when we suffer from pain, fatigue, stomach discomfort and mood swings. Although there are several medications and natural remedies to ease pain that occurs during the specific time of the month, yoga is one of the most effective ways to beat the period blues. One such simple yoga asana that, not only relieves menstrual pain but also reduces the severity of the symptoms of your next menses is bow pose or dhanurasana.

How does it help?

As you perform this yoga asana, your entire body is stretched (right from the ankles to thighs to abdomen) thereby relaxing you and enhancing proper flow of blood. It also stimulates the organs in the abdomen along with strengthening the back muscles and thus eases the pressure on your muscles and improves the flow of blood to and fro from the uterus.

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How to perform this asana?

Step 1: Lie down on your belly and place your hands alongside your hips with palms facing up. Now, slowly bend your knees, stretch your hands backwards (towards your feet)and hold your ankles.

Step 2: As you attain the above position, breathe in and gradually raise your body in such a way that your upper body (mainly chest), as well as your thighs, are off the ground. Try to be stable in this position and hold your breath.

Step 3: Be in this position for at least 15 - 20 seconds. After that, return to your original position by lowering your body gradually.

Step 4: Exhale as you release your ankles. This position is known to the relaxing state. Stretch and repeat this asana at least five more times.

Tip to keep in mind: People suffering from back problems, neck injury, hypertension and those who are pregnant or underwent any recent abdominal surgery should avoid doing this pose.

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