Period Yoga ft. Organic Basics

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For a lot of years I have suffered from period cramps and that sucks! Dredding that time of the month because of the pain is not ideal and further creates a fear around this part of my body making it even worse. I have looked many ways for pain reliefs, anything that could help with the unbearable pain in my stomach, my back and all the way down to my toes. I would love to get to a place where I can thrive on my periods and avoid pain killers.

 And I am finally here! - or at least a big chunk of the way. 

Here are some of the things that have helped my cramps so they are at least bearable: 
  • Drinking lots of lemon water to flush out toxins from my body and to stay hydrated. Make sure the lemon is organic.
  • Magnesium supplements. Every night I take a magnesium supplement and it has helped a lot! During my periods I would crave apricots and oranges; I wanted nothing else and would vomit if I tried anything else. And what are they filled with? Yep, magnesium! So I started taking a supplement to help my body and it has done absolute wonders - not only for my cramps but also for my sleep.
  • Eat a vegan wholefoods diet consisting of primarily vegetables and fruit. Animal products are heavy for our digestive system and very acidic which we do not want too much of in our bodies. I also do not eat refined sugar, caffeine or alcohol which are foods that make my cramps the absolute worst!
  • Healing blockages. This is a whole other talk which I am not going to get into here but healing trauma and and cleansing my sacral chakra space has also helped a lot with the cramps. 

Please be safe and get checked by a doctor if the cramps are severe and regular! 

Another big thing that has had a great impact on my periods - and my health in general - is moving my body. Moving my body in a way that allows me to be in flow and that is gentle on my body. This is so important! I like mild ways to move my body such as taking my bike to work, walking everyday, dancing in my room and doing yoga. 

And yoga is what this is all about. More specifically yoga for your yoni (which means the female reproductive system such as the uterus, the vagina and the vulva) as well as your lower back and  releasing period cramps. 

There are many ways to support the lower part of your body with yoga. These are the ones I have found to help me but please keep in mind that I am not a yoga teacher. This is just a small routine I like to do to take care of my yoni space. 

First off! Let's talk about breathing. Your breathing is so important when doing yoga and releasing tension. So the first thing I always do is sit like above and focus on my breath going in and out to center myself and prepare for the workout. Breathe in through my nose and breathe out through my mouth. 

Then I start out doing the cat/cow poses where I inhale on cat pose (the first picture) and slowly exhale as I move into cow pose (the second photo). What I love about these poses is the how good they feel for the stetching my back and stomach and they open up my sacral space which is perfect for working on cramps. 

Repeat the pose for 5-6 times or for how long you feel like it. 

Then I go down into child's pose. This pose is great to release tention in the lower back which is something I experience a lot during my period. Take deep breaths and allow yourself to feel the stretch along your arms and how gentle it feels on the stomach.  

Hold the pose for 30 seconds to a minute. 

From child's pose I like to go into the poppy pose which is absolutely incredible for strething the stomach area. Breathe in as you go out of child's pose and exhale as you move into this one. Make sure your thights are straight up in the air. 

Hold the pose for a few deep breaths. 

Then I move into upward facing dog which is one of my favorite poses as it's great for the heart chakra but it's also amazing for the stomach + it feels great for my back. From the puppy pose inhale as you lay flat, face down on the mat and then exhale as you move into upward facing dog. 

Hold the pose for 5-6 breaths. 

After upward facing dog I go back into child's pose (also one of my favorites) because of how it helps me focus on my breath which is something I can use when the cramps start up. Inhale as you go out of upward facing dog and exhale as you enter child's pose. 

Hold for 30 seconds to a minute. 

Before I go into the next pose I like to sit in thunderbolt pose and focus on my stomach going in and out. Slowly breathing while I let go of any anxiety, stress or tension that has build up in my body. 

Then I enter camel pose which I love because it challenges me and helps me relax. This post, like all of the other poses, helps stretch my stomach and it feels abolutely great. This is  bit hard on your back so do keep that in mind before you try the pose if you have back problems. 

I usually hold the pose for a deep breath or two and then slowly enter into child's pose again because it has great support for the back. 

As mentioned, back into child's pose to support the back. Hold for however many breaths needed. 

From child's pose I go into the pigeon poses. First with the right leg and then with the left leg remembering to exhale as I enter into both. This I like to have in my yoni routine because they stretch my thighs which can also hurt during my period and then it's great for the sacral chacra. 

Hold the pose, each leg for 30 seconds to a minute. 

Afterwards I sit in this pose again for a few breaths and then I lie down on my back. 

From lying one my back a few moments, I move into fish pose which, again, great for the stomach area and arching the back. This pose is great for your airways which allows more oxygen in your lungs and helps you breathe better. Make sure when you go into the pose to place your crown, the top of your head, on the mat. 

Hold pose for a few deep breaths. 

From fish pose slowly lie back down on the mat and then I move into bridge pose which is great for strenghtening the back and allow flow throughout your body. Make sure your lower legs go straight up and your upper body makes a straight line going down. 

Hold for 5-6 breaths. 

Lastly I move into rock pose, also known as knees to chest pose which is great for the digestive system, bloating and helps keep the lower back limber. This is also a pose I can do in the morning in my bed after waking up to support my stomach and my back. 

Hold for as long as you feel like. 

To finish off you can also move into the beloved shavasana which is also a  great, if not the best, way to end a yoga routine because of how calming and relaxing it is. From knee to chest pose you slowly place your legs back on to the mat and place your hands down to your side with your palms facing up.

And that's the end of my yoni yoga routine to cleanse my sacral space and support my stomach and lower back. 

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Thank you so much for joining me and I hope this post has inspired you to try yoga to support your yoni space. If you have any questions for the routine, what I'm wearing, how I relieve period cramps or anything else please ask away down below.