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11 Super Effective Yoga Poses That Cure Irregular Periods

If you have been suffering from irregular periods, and irrespective of whether you have sought medical help or not, you want to cure it as soon as possible, which is why you must learn about yoga for irregular periods, which is honestly super effective. Here is everything you need to know about it:

Being a woman is tough – we can all agree on that. Not only do we have to basically run the world, but also deal with periods, which really sucks to be honest. Periods are detrimental to good health till the point when women go through menopause, after which the body decides it has tortured us enough and we can take a permanent break from them. However, till menopause, regular periods are important not only for the sake of conception and childbirth, but also for hormone regulation in the body.

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Despite the inevitability of periods and the menstrual cycle, it sometimes so happens that women suffer from irregular periods. They might menstruate for several weeks at a time, and then not get their periods for months, which is a sign of trouble inside the body. Even though this is an anomaly, a surprisingly large number of women suffer from irregular periods. Here are the most common reasons why:

  • Weight loss
  • Weight gain
  • Stress
  • Miscarriage
  • Extreme changes in lifestyle like exercise or diet
  • Infection in your reproductive or excretory organs
  • Medication

There might be other specialized reasons, but the above list is usually the cause for irregular periods. Even though there are several medical ways in which you can treat this problem, there is nothing better than to go natural with your treatment, because medicines might be the cause of your problem in the first place. One of the best remedies for all kinds of physical and mental problems is yoga, and yoga for irregular periods is an actual thing, where people have regulated their periods by practising the right asanas. Yoga is a form of ancient, regulated exercise, specifically designed to make sure the body heals from the inside. Here are some general benefits of yoga:

  • It reduces stress
  • It relieves pain in various parts of the body
  • It soothes the endocrine system and the nervous system
  • It is easier and more rewarding than workouts and physical exercises

Different asanas help you deal with different problems. However, if you are looking for yoga for irregular periods, here are 11 poses that are sure to benefit you, if you practise them regularly and properly.

1. Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose)

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The Dhanurasana is one of the most basic poses for yoga practitioners and is a good pose for those who don’t practise yoga regularly as well. It adds flexibility to your body, cures back pain, and effectively helps regulate your periods because of the gentle pressure in your abdominal area. Here are the steps you need to follow for this asana:

  • Lie straight on the ground in a face-down position
  • Start folding your knees so that they are at a 90˚ angle from your body
  • Move your hands back and hold your ankles so that your body forms a bow shape
  • At this point, only your stomach and your pelvis should be touching the ground
  • Hold this position for 20 seconds, relax your muscles, and take deep breaths before repeating

2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (The Downward Facing Dog)

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This asana is simple enough for beginners to practise in the form of yoga for irregular periods, but it is best to do so in the morning, on an empty stomach. It affects areas like the abdomen, back muscles, and the arms, helping you feel physically relaxed after you finish your asana. Here is how you can do it:

  • Stand straight with your arms by your sides, and take deep breaths
  • Bend down on all fours, so that your body is in the form of a table 4
  • Gently start lifting your hips till it is completely stretched while your arms remain firmly on the ground
  • Your body should be in the shape of an upside down ‘V’
  • Stretch your upper body so that you can see your navel and your ears touch your arms
  • Return to the table position after 20 seconds

3. Prasarita Pradottasana

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This asana works towards compressing your reproductive organs and massaging them, and also regulates the hormonal balance in your body. Here are the steps you need to follow while doing it:

  • Stand straight with your legs spread wide apart at a comfortable distance
  • Bend forward with both your arms outstretched and touch the ground in front of you
  • You can either use your arms to support the weight of your shoulders while you touch your head to the ground or you can fold them like you would while crossing your arms
  • The main aim is to have your legs outstretched and your head touching the ground, supported by your arms

4. Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)

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This too is an easy pose for beginners, looking to cure their irregular periods with yoga. It works well on the back muscles and helps in reducing bloating and problems relating to PCOS. Here is how you can do it:

  • Lie flat on the ground in a face-down position, so that your legs touch and your knees join
  • Place your palms flat against the ground beside your chest and make sure your elbows are straight
  • Use your hands to lift up your head, shoulders, and chest (till your waist) till you reach the position in the image
  • Hold your position for as long as possible, while taking deep breaths
  • Exhale while you get back to starting position

5. Ustrasana (The Camel Pose)

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This asana is effective in regulating abdominal muscles, which in turn reduces bloating, pain and other abnormalities which might be the cause of your irregular periods. This is also a relatively simple asana to execute, but extremely effective in terms of results. Here is how to do it:

  • Sit on the ground with your knees at a right angle to your body and keep your spine straight
  • Try to make your feet lie flat on the ground so that the soles are facing upwards
  • Bend backwards with your arms outstretched till you touch your heels
  • You should be feeling a pressure in your shoulders, abdomen, and thighs
  • Hold this position for at least 20 seconds while taking deep breaths

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6. Baddhakonasana (The Butterfly Pose)

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The Baddhakonasana helps relax the muscles in your lower abdomen and is a calming exercise which helps cure stress and anxiety. It is also imperative to practise this posture if you want to regulate your immune system. Here are the steps you need to follow for this asana:

  • Sit on the floor without bending your spine
  • Place your feet with your knees away from your body, so that both soles are touching each other
  • Hold your feet with your hands as firmly as possible
  • Take deep breaths while you move your knees up and down in a flapping motion at a comfortable pace

7. Vajrasana (The Thunderbolt Pose)

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Like most other poses in this article, this one too is simple, but extremely effective if you are trying to regulate your irregular periods. It acts as a massage for your internal organs, especially your uterus and inner thighs, and it also helps regulate digestive organs. Here are the steps you need to follow to do it right:

  • Sit on your knees with your spine straight and your arms by your sides
  • Make sure your feet are lying flat on the ground, with the soles facing upward
  • Gently lower your torso onto your calf muscles, so that your backside is resting on your heels
  • Hold this position for as long as possible, with your arms folded while taking deep breaths

8. Janu Sirsana (The Head-To-Knee Pose)

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This is a relatively advanced asana which needs to be practised, but once you master it, it is going to work wonders on your body. It is a great muscle relaxer and anxiety reliever, and because it involves a fair bit of stretching, it also massages the organs involved in menstruation. Here is how you can do it:

  • Sit cross-legged on the ground with your legs as taut as possible and knees outstretched
  • Put your right leg out, stretched away from your body, while your left leg remains firmly tucked into your inner thigh
  • Hold your outstretched right leg with your left hand, which should go over your head in an arch
  • Hold your right leg with your right hand as well, so that your abdomen and the left side of your body is completely stretched out
  • Hold this position for 30 seconds and repeat with the other half of your body
  • Make sure your right knee doesn’t fold
  • Do not force your body into this position; be as flexible as your body allows without straining it

9. Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch)

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This yoga posture is simple when you look at it, but it takes a lot of practise to master. However, when done right, the Parsvottanasana helps remove all the blockage in your abdomen, and also helps you stretch your sore muscles, which might have been causing cramps despite the absence of your periods. Here is how you can do the intense side stretch to regulate your periods:

  • Stand with your legs outstretched in a front-to-back structure away from your body and your arms outstretched
  • In that position, start bending forward till your outstretched arms touch the ground. Do not bend at the knees
  • Ideally, your head should touch your knees, but it is unlikely you will be able to do it in your first try. So go as far as your body will comfortably allow
  • Lay your palms flat against the ground no matter how far your head goes
  • Take deep breaths and calm your mind and slowly rise with your arms in the air
  • Come back to a standing position, with both legs beside each other and practise with the other leg

10. Paschimottanasana (The Forward Bend Pose)

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This is another muscle exerting yoga posture which works the abdominal area and stimulates it by increasing blood circulation. It is likely that you will experience a head rush after doing it, because it is one of the most effective ways of blood regulation in the body. Here are the steps you need to follow for this asana:

  • Sit with your legs folded and your back straight
  • Stretch one leg out, away from your body, followed by the other, so that your whole body is at a 90-degree angle.
  • Bend forward so that your head touches your knees
  • Keep your elbows on the ground and hold your feet with your hands, without lifting them
  • Stay in this position for at least 30 seconds

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11. Matsyasana (The Fish Pose)

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This final asana is designed to ease breathing, relax muscles, and release tension from the various joints in the body including the neck, the feet, the thighs, etc. It is also a stretching asana which helps induct movement and flexibility in your internal organs for a more regulated menstrual cycle. Here is how you can do the Fish Pose:

  • Sit cross-legged like the Padmasana and take a couple of deep breaths
  • Thrust your hands back, lay them flat on the ground, and lie down facing the ceiling.
  • Using the force of your hands and your waist, raise your torso (chest and neck) upwards and let only the crown of your head rest on the floor
  • Remove your hands and place it on your feet, or on the ground beside you, in a relaxing position
  • Unfold slowly and lie straight before doing again

As you can see, you can deal with your irregular periods in a natural, non-medicated manner, and get results almost instantly if you practise your yoga right. It is not only a great remedy for a common problem amongst women, but it is also conducive to a wholesome living.

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Yoga For Irregular Periods: 11 Poses That Are Super Effective
If you're looking for yoga for irregular periods, do these 11 poses that will help regularize your menstrual cycle when practised consistently.
Aishani Laha

Aishani Laha

Bibliophile. Feminist. Unreasonable optimist. I am dangerously obsessed with the English language and the stage is my second home. I still believe in fairy tales and happy endings, and more importantly, that there is nothing that good music and a cup of coffee can’t fix.