Period pain sucks.
It really sucks.
Those of us who’ve experienced menstrual cramps (ranging from the mild to the debilitating) can totally testify to this.
Period pain can be especially rough because 1) it rolls around every month, and 2) we have to actually, you know, continue to live our lives.
Even when we’re plagued with the dreaded cramps, we still have to:
- Parent our kids
- Go to work (or run our business)
- Stay on top of the housework
- Keep functioning as a human being
Luckily, from a yogic perspective, there’s a lot we can do to reduce our monthly suffering.
And it isn’t just about managing the pain (although that’s definitely part of it), it’s also about learning to listen to, and honour, our bodies.
It’s about tuning into our body as it changes throughout our cycle.
When we get intimate with our body’s rhythm, we can use the information it’s giving us – which includes how to reduce our period pain!
It’s the ultimate way to apply everything our yoga practice teaches us about being present with ourselves.
Why we get period pain
Although we might see menstrual cramps as an inevitable part of having a period, they can vary in strength depending on a number of factors.
The main factors are:
- Our biology and general health
- Our stress levels, mindfulness, and self-care practices
- Cultural conditioning and external challenges
All of these impact each other, and understanding how they influence us is super important when it comes to reducing period pain.
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