What is PMS?
Pre Menstrual Syndrome (dysmenorrhea) means 'painful periods'.
PMS is aggravated by
- emotional stress or
- physical labor
This discomfort is brought on two weeks prior to menstruations or during the cycle itself; is a cue of psychological, genetic, nutritional, & behavioral irregularities.
You've spoken about them in a different language - secret code words at school, quiet eye exchanges with girl friends amidst a college hangout; a quick bonding session with an office colleague over a cuppa; or a chance conversation with a fellow mother in a grocery line. It's something that remains an inevitable part of womanhood: from hushes about "monthly friends coming here" to a painful admission for the modern day, super multi-tasker: perhaps today, I won't be at my optimal best.
Cultures across the world view the monthly period differently and women across the board cope with the signs and the days of 'housecleaning' through tried and tested means from warm water bags to comfort the piercing cramps to gentle rubs to ease the fatigued back.
The degrees could vary for each female: pain in the abdomen or pelvic region, back ache, dizziness, migraine, nausea, swelling or pain in the knee or thighs or reduced energy. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a force that every woman needs to reckon with.
Yet there are simple ways to ease the physical changes and psychological swings. Yoga and meditation are such relaxing routes that are natural to the body and mind as well as easy to integrate in your day. The routine would be a few extra minutes every day to simple allow your body to relax, and your mind to ease pressures off.
- Gentle postures to ease specific aches and make the monthly cycles easier
- Simple breathing techniques and meditations to allow the mind to relax from the PMS and subside any emotional turbulences.
Also called marjari asan, this posture tones and relaxes the spine and abdomen
Calms the nervous system and soothes the back
Great for blood circulation and relaxing the back
It is ideal for menstrual discomfort and removes fatigue
Stretches the chest and neck and great for releasing tension
This posture brings a deep, meditative state of rest, which may help in the repair of tissues and cells, and in releasing stress.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Releases accumulated stress in the mind and body effectively and relaxes it. It also helps to harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality.
However, no rigorous exercise or postures should be performed during this period as that can obstruct menstrual flow.
It's best to practice gentle postures that help assuage the discomfort.
It's best to learn the postures and techniques from a yoga teacher. You could enroll yourself into a Sri Sri Yoga program, where you will learn the gentle combination of asanas and meditation techniques to help you through the monthly cycles.
Its your body and you could choose the best routes to make the menstrual cycles easier. Try something that's natural and easy – today!