Yoga and Coping with Dysmenorrhea

Now I can get relieved of menstrual cramps!

Now I can get relieved of menstrual cramps!

Menstrual pains or cramps are quite common among women and these are known as Dysmenorrhea in medical terms. Although there are many medications available over the medical counters to deal with the severe pain associated with dysmenorrhea but yoga helps in treating this painful condition in a better way and that too without the need of any medications.

Let’s have a look at some yoga poses which help in relieving menstrual cramps.
Wide squat is one such pose which helps in relieving hip pain which arises due to cramps. This pose helps in stretching of hips, thereby relieving them of all the stress or pain which arises during menstrual cycle.

Similarly, pigeon pose also helps in relieving pain from each hip at a time. So it does the same work as that of wide squat but by stretching each hip at a time.
If you feel pain in the abs and the front part of your hips, then you can practice One-Armed Camel Pose. It also helps in stretching of the quads, chest and belly thereby relieving these body parts of any tension or stress during menstrual period.

Another important yoga pose that helps in relieving cramps in lower back is the Wide Child’s pose. It offers great relaxation and relief to the lower back pain which is caused due to menstrual period.

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Pigeon Pose: Pros and Cons

The pigeon pose which is also known as Eka Pada Kapotasana in Sanskrit is a form of yoga which is practiced in Hatha Yoga. In this pose, the chest of the practitioner is puffed out, similar to a pigeon, and that is the reason behind its name. This yoga pose is practiced by laying the back, head, neck and shoulders on a mat. The knees are bent and feet are placed on the ground with hip at some distance. The right ankle is crossed just below the left knee. The right toes are bent and the knee is pushed away from the body. You can position your right hand through the triangle made by the right leg and bring the left hand around the left leg and hold on to the thigh. The left leg is then dragged into the body by employing muscle power to pressurize the knee away from the body. The same procedure is followed on the left side.

Pros
The piriformis muscle which is helpful in lessening problems or pain in the sciatic nerve can be elongated with the help of this pose. This in turn helps in getting rid of sciatica.
It helps in opening up of the external hip rotators which aids in getting rid of numerous problems such as low back pain.

It is also used as a tool to open heart and a step towards heightened back-bending poses in a number of traditions.

Cons
If you are suffering from knee pain or injuries, then this pose must be practiced with utmost care. Sometimes carelessness in the execution of this pose leads to permanent injury.

Apart from this, the shoulders should be in a vertical position otherwise the pose may lead to problems in the lower back region.

A tough pose indeed!

A tough pose indeed!

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Yoga for Runners

Yoga is beneficial for runners to a great degree. For runners, it is essential to build endurance, flexibility, stamina and rapidity. Yoga is helpful in the development of all these aspects. Various poses are especially designed for the runners.

Pigeon Pose– It is a typical yoga pose which is used to open up the hip region through the elongation of the hips, back and knees. This in turn helps in avoidance of injuries and enhances elasticity.

Opening up tight hips through pigeon pose!

Opening up tight hips through pigeon pose!

Downward Dog– In case runners feel pain in the legs or suffer from tense, aching muscles of the legs, back or neck, this is the best pose to help release tension and pain from these parts of the body. The chief reason for back pain in runners is the tense psoas muscles which move down the inner abdomen. With the help of Downward Dog pose, this tension is also released from back and hips.

Tree Pose– With the help of this pose, stability, stamina, and elasticity are enhanced to a great level. The runners can link with the balls of their feet and make their heart strong with the help of this pose.

Triangle Pose– This pose helps in supporting the legs and sides of the runner’s body.

Making muscles strong through triangle pose!

Making muscles strong through triangle pose!

Low Side Lunge– This pose helps in relieving pain from the sides of the body and opens up the hips prior to or following running activity.

Hero Pose– This pose helps elongate various muscles of the body, thereby relieving pain.

Forward Fold– It is a free form of yoga that helps the body to regain its lost energy.

If you’re in the New York City area, check out the yoga classes and instructors on HeyKiki and find the perfect yoga practice for you. If you’re looking for someone in the NYC area to practice with, we have yoga practice buddies on HeyKiki just waiting to connect with you!
If you’d like to learn a sport or activity other than yoga, we have other sports and activities instructors and classes in your area on HeyKiki too.

Yoga To Improve Your Sex Life From Yoga Instructors In NYC

Bridge Pose helps increase blood circulation in your pelvis.

Bridge Pose helps increase blood circulation in your pelvis.

Among the myriad of benefits yoga offers, yoga instructors in NYC are talking about the many ways yoga can improve your sex life.

The confidence and awareness of your body that yoga will give you are two elements to this unconventional aphrodisiac. Learning to control your motions and your breathing with deliberate movements and focus your attention away from distractions and on to meditation is another key factor. Often times folks find themselves distracted, thinking about their next day, or spacing out during sex— yoga can help take care of all these problems.

You can also do specific yoga poses to target the same areas stimulated during sex to make your body more prepared and receptive when the time comes. Poses that increase blood flow to the pelvis, thus making the area more sensitive, can increase your readiness for orgasm.

  • Wide Angle Seated Forward: Sit on the floor with your legs stretched before you and as wide as they can go while staying firmly against the floor. Point your toes upwards and as you exhale, lean forward to bring your torso as far forward as you can. Reach outwards and grab your toes with each hand (right hand-right foot, left hand-left foot). Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds.
  • Bridge Pose: Begin by lying on your back and bending your knees such that you rest your feet firmly on the floor. Lift your pelvis upward, pushing you tailbone towards your pubis and use your glutes to bring your thighs parallel to the floor. Press your arms and your heels firmly onto the floor for support, you may clasp you hands underneath your pelvis. Broaden your shoulder blades and lift your chest and sternum slightly upwards rest on your outer arms and shoulders. Hold for 45 seconds.
  • Pigeon Pose: This pose, like the two before it, stretch the muscles in the hip and pelvis which are vastly under-stimulated and overlooked. Starting on your hands and knees, draw your right knee up to your wrist and slowly rotate your leg until your right foot is in line with the center of your body. Extend and straighten your left leg backwards. Lower your pelvis to the floor and plant your hands closer to your hips, extending your torso backwards. Remember to keep your hips level. Now exhale and bend your torso forward, walking your hands forward until you settle and rest on your forearms. Hold for 5 to 10 deep breaths, then lift upwards and unwind, repeating with your left leg.

These specific poses, in addition to a regular yoga routine, can help anyone overcome anxiety, become more in-tune with his or her body and strengthen muscles that all lead to a better sex life. For more tips from yoga instructors in NYC, check out HeyKiki’s postings or look up a yoga class!

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