Reducing the symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to the common symptoms women experience seven to 10 days leading up to their period. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 85 percent of women experience one or more premenstrual symptoms per cycle. Symptoms vary for each individual, but generally include cramping, bloating, back pain, headaches, anxiety, tiredness and/or just overall discomfort.
We all know yoga can be a great stress reducer, and there’s no better time of the month to be proactive about your yoga routine than during your cycle. It will help you get through those irritable, tiresome days.
I spoke with Pat Harada Linfoot, yoga instructor at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in Toronto, to find out which yoga positions focus on reducing premenstrual symptoms and why.