Yoga for PMS Wilmington DE

Premenstrual syndrome—better known as PMS—includes at least 150 different symptoms that run the gamut from irritability and fatigue to backaches and bloating, from herpes outbreaks and crying jags to insomnia, sugar cravings, and migraines. In order to alleviate what ayurvedic physicians call a woman's monthly dysfunction, it helps to understand what causes it in the first place.

SPF Yoga / Susan's Power Flow Yoga
(302) 354-2964
Spring Valley
Wilmington, DE
Yoga Styles
Hot Vinyasa / Power Flow / Hatha

Awareness Center
(302) 738-7006
280 E. Main Street
Newark, DE
Yoga Styles
Iyengar, Anusara, Meditative, Chi Gung

Premier Martial Arts
(610) 459-1933
1810 Wilmington Pike #11 & 12
Glen Mills, PA
Yoga Styles
Vinyasa Flow

Sama Center Inc.
(610) 692-8082
1240 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA
Yoga Styles
Samasana, Vinyasa, Eclectic,TriYoga

The Light Within Yoga Studio
(484) 643-0870
11 Exchange Place
West Grove, PA
Yoga Styles
Ashtanga, Gentle, Gentle/Restorative, Yo

The Yoga Space
302.239.9556 cell 302.981.4753
Hockessin
Hockessin, DE
Yoga Styles
Kripalu Hatha Yoga

Thousand Cranes Yoga
(484) 682-5464
705 Willowdale Lane
Kennett Square, PA
Yoga Styles
Kripalu

Barefoot Yoga and Massage
(610) 558-9944
The Studio at 377 Glen Mills Road
Thornton, PA
Yoga Styles
varied classes

Yoga Bean Studios and Magazine
(610) 805-6724
55 State Road
Media, PA
Yoga Styles
Hatha & Ashtanga

Soul Source Yoga at Soul Source Center for Conscious Living
(610) 690-3620
631 Fairview Road
Swarthmore, PA
Yoga Styles
Svaroopa

RX-Yoga and PMS

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By Brooks Freehill

Premenstrual syndrome—better known as PMS—includes at least 150 different symptoms that run the gamut from irritability and fatigue to backaches and bloating, from herpes outbreaks and crying jags to insomnia, sugar cravings, and migraines. In order to alleviate what ayurvedic physicians call a woman’s monthly dysfunction, it helps to understand what causes it in the first place. Back in 1998, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine posited that PMS doesn’t come from a hormonal imbalance per se; rather a woman’s abnormal response to normal hormonal levels is the culprit. Other studies highlight the emotional aspect of PMS, saying that the severity of symptoms may be directly related to how much stress and emotional upheaval a woman has in her life. Still other researchers believe a sluggish liver, vitamin B6 deficiency, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or endorphin withdrawal may contribute to the symptoms.

Although you can’t really define PMS as a single set of symptoms, a daily yoga practice and a few lifestyle changes can help mitigate the effects. Pick your PMS nightmare—and its solution—from one (or more) of the following four categories.

• Irritability, mood swings, and free-floating anxiety—all of which may be brought on by your response to hormonal irregularities. Forward bends and inversions (turning upside down) can help quell agitation and rebalance the endocrine system, which is vital for good menstrual health. For some women, going up into a headstand is too unsettling. If that’s the case, try poses that get your pelvis up higher than your heart. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), above, or supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) are gentle, effective choices. Resting your head on a bolster during Downward-Facing Dog will cool the brain and ease any tension you feel. Forward bends like Head-on-Knee Pose (Janu Sirsasana) ease anxiety and irritability as well.

• Sugar cravings, fatigue, and headaches—all of which happen because your body is more sensitive to insulin in the week or so before your period. Women often crave chocolate, which contains magnesium, a mineral known to decrease cramps and normalize glucose metabolism. Supported backbends, like Bridge Pose, can stimulate blood flow to the abdominal and pelvic areas—without requiring too much effort on your part—which helps to tone the reproductive organs, relieve carbohydrate cravings, and lift your spirits. The gentle twisting action of Head-on-Knee Pose helps tone and activate the reproductive organs, calm tension headaches, and relieve stiffness in the hips and lower back.

• Depression, fuzzy thinking, and spaciness—all of which may occur because of too much progesterone. Again, any chest-opening poses and inversions will help. Downward Dog and Bridge Pose as well as any standing poses you have in your yoga repertoire will work wonders. If you suffer from fatigue as well, do your standing poses at the wall and...

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