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When you’re in the throes of menstrual cramps, the thought of pulling on a pair of slim-fit leggings and performing any form of physical exercise isn’t particularly appealing.
However, some light movement can actually offer relief from the dull throb ravaging your pelvic region and lower back — and it doesn’t have to involve the gym.
Many women find yoga helpful during their periods; according to Health Direct, stretching exercises can ease cramps, improve sleep patterns and ease feelings of stress and tension.
The relief doesn't only come from the physical movements of yoga. "Deep breathing relieves the effects of oxygen deprivation to the tissues, one of the main causes of cramps," explains vinyasa yoga teacher and lululemon ambassador Danielle Walker.
To get you started, here is a selection of poses Walker recommends to ease period-induced abdominal discomfort and lower back pain — with demonstrations to give you an idea of what they should look like: