10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

I get this question at least once a day: “what poses are good to do when your cramps are so bad, you hardly want to get up, let alone do a full yoga class?!”

Luckily, Yoga has a few tricks up its sleeve and I’ll share a 10-minute sequence of poses that’ll bring you some relief. The best news is, they actually work!

1) Child’s Pose – 1 minute

2) Kneeling Lunge with Twist (Right/Left) – 1 minute each side

3) Extended Side Angle (R/L) – 1 minute each side

4) Seated Forward Fold – 1 minute

5) Low Bridge – 30 seconds

6) Supine Twist (R/L) – 1 minute each side

7) Happy Baby – 1 minute

8) Reclined Bound Angle – 1 minute

In addition to this sequence, there are a few other things that will help, too:

1) Stay away from lots of dairy. I find that if I’m getting a lot of cheese or milk in my diet, I tend to feel worse around that time.

2) Stay hydrated! Don’t be shy with your water intake. I know that when your’e bloated, drinking water feels like the opposite thing to do, but trust me– it’ll keep your body happy.

3) Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea. I bought a box of this stuff a couple months ago and it’s seriously a miracle worker. Whenever I start feeling cramps coming on, I drink a cup of this stuff and like magic, they subside.

4) Don’t skip your yoga! Even a few minutes will be better than nothing. You’ll feel the difference if you can bring yourself to your mat. Also feel free to do this sequence two or three times or even hold the poses longer if you’re feeling up to it!

Any secrets that I missed here? I’m always open to suggestions, and I know tons of women out there are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to hear what other tips are out there! Do share!