3 Easy Poses To The Rescue!
As if it’s not enough that once a month we have to go through PMS symptoms, painful periods and irritability, but for many women the time around ovulation can also cause great discomfort.
The mid-cycle blues, as I lovingly (no, not really) refer to it, can cause weight gain, fluid retention, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, spotting and mild to severe cramping and bloat, particularly around one or both ovaries.
This is caused by a rapid change in hormones that help to regulate the ovulation phase. Ironically if you were trying for a baby, now would be the best time– but these symptoms often get in the way of women feeling attractive, desirable or in the mood to procreate.
I found that taking care of my health, and eating carefully around time of ovulation, paired with a yoga practice to particularly target the internal and reproductive organs, provided me with immense relief.
YOGA CAN DO A LOT TO HELP BALANCE AND CORRECT THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM- our hormone regulating system.
Plus we get the added benefits of toning and shaping the body, and relaxing the mind. Perfect!
Here are three of my favourite poses to help alleviate bloat and discomfort around the abdomen.
Ardha Matsyendrasana: This pose is great for rinsing and detoxifying the internal organs. It helps to alleviate bloat and discomfort, can help with constipation and helping the body remove waste– including flushing out excess oestrogen from the body (a culprit of bloat and fluid retention).
This pose is also great if you have back issues, as it separates the lower vertebrae and helps to re-align the spine. Practice carefully however if you suffer sciatica.
Lengthen your right leg along the mat. With bent knee, bring your left foot to rest on the inside of the right thigh. Lengthen through the spine, and twist from the navel, bringing your left arm to rest gently behind the body.
Focus on the breath moving down into the belly. Sit tall as you inhale, and soften into the twist from the navel centre as you exhale. Hold for 5 good breaths on each side.
Vyaghrasana: This flow tones the female reproductive organs, promotes digestion and stimulates circulation. It reduces weight from the hips and thighs. It also tones the muscles in the abdominal region. It can be used to relieve back ache and relaxes the sciatic nerves.
Start in table position. Exhale and with knee bent, lift the left leg with toes pointing towards the sky. Press evenly through the palms to lift and open the chest. As you exhale, round through the back, bringing the knee to the nose. Inhale to open back into tiger. Repeat 6-8 times each side. Move slowly, connecting the flow of breath with the movement in the body.
Supta Baddha Konasana: This pose stimulates the abdominal organs, the ovaries, kidneys and the bladder, helping the body to detoxify. The deep stretch into the inner groin, hips and pelvis helps to increase blood flow to the pelvic region, which can assist in reducing cramping and inflammation.
Lie on your back and press your heels in together, bringing the feet in as close as possible towards the body. Allow the knees to gently drop down towards the earth. This is not done by force, but through allowing the hips to open and inner thighs to soften.
Bring your hands to rest on the belly and feel the breath moving through the body.
This pose can be deeply restorative and calming. Remain here as long as feels comfortable.