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The Best Yoga Poses for Period Cramp Relief

Because cramps are the *worst*.

I’m only being slightly hyperbolic when I say that period cramps are the worst. The sharp, throbbing pain in your lower abdomen and back that can accompany your period are caused by your uterus contracting to shed its lining. (Fun stuff.) And these contractions can actually constrict blood flow to your uterus, resulting in cramps that are even worse. Plus, cramps can start earlier than your period (hello, PMS).

That’s where these yoga poses for period cramp relief come in. They help stretch and release tension in the areas where cramps hit the hardest, boost your circulation, and get you moving (which is super beneficial when you have can’t-leave-the-couch, horrible cramps).

Yoga Poses for Period Cramp Relief

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Allie Flinn is the Senior Beauty Editor at HUM. She's a Crossfitter, book hoarder and makeup addict, and owns more athletic wear than actual clothing.
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