What is a delayed period?
Usually, the menstrual cycle is a 28 day period for most women but can range anything from 21 to 38 days. Your period is said to be delayed if you do not bleed within your natural cycle. If you suffer from irregular periods, your menstruation is either skipped for a month or more, or it gets delayed every month.
Why go for yoga?
Yoga is an ancient Indian form of exercise that not only helps in keeping you fit and toned, but is also known to alleviate a lot of diseases, helping you to lead a healthy life free from a lot of diseases. Among the numerous benefits of yoga, it is also known to work marvelously on period-related issues.
Yoga for Irregular Periods
If you are suffering from delayed periods, you can try a couple of yoga poses to regulate your cycle.
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
- Keeping your back downwards, lay flat on the floor.
- Your arms should be under your hips as you touch your waistline with your elbows.
- Keeping the thighs still touched to the floor, bend your knees outwards and cross your legs one over the other.
- Inhale while raising your upper body and head.
- Stay in this position for a few minutes before exhaling and then relaxing back on the floor.
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
- Lie flat on your stomach and directly on the floor or your yoga mat.
- Start by inhaling slowly and bending your legs backwards, directing them towards your head.
- Reach for your ankles with your hands over your head.
- Your body weight is now entirely supported by your stomach.
- Holding the position for about 20 seconds, return to your original position.
- Make sure to repeat it 4 to 5 times at least.
Malasana (Garland Pose)
- Taking a deep breath, squat down on the ground.
- Make sure to keep your hip and legs apart so your legs are stretched to the sides as much as possible.
- Place your palms together so as to form a Namaste gesture.
- Touch your inner thighs with your elbows and stretch them further.
- Hold the pose for a few minutes before releasing it.
Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
- Start the yoga pose by kneeling down on the ground.
- Keep your shoulders aligned to your knees so as not to stretch your legs apart.
- Bending your body backwards, grab hold of your heels.
- Pushing your hips forward, hang your head back till it’s lolling over your shoulders, but keep it steady.
- Hold this position for 25 seconds, then return upwards and repeat it a few times.
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
- Lie down on the floor directly on your stomach.
- Keep the palms on the ground with your elbows pushed backwards.
- Keep your legs straight and joined together while bending your ankles and toes to the floor.
- Inhaling, raise your head up while keeping your palms pushed to the ground and your elbows bent.
- Push your head backwards and stretch your neck as much as possible.
- Hold the position for some time before dropping back on the floor and repeating the pose about 5 times.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
- Taking a deep breath in, raise your palms over your head.
- Place them down and touch the floor or the mat with your palms.
- Holding this pose, push both your feet back till you resemble an inverted V.
- Hold this pose for a few minutes and then gently relax.
Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)
- Sit on the floor with your legs bent and your knees facing sideways.
- Touch both feet together and hold them firmly between your hands.
- Now keeping this pose intact, flap your thighs.
- Do this for a couple of minutes before releasing and coming back up.
Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose)
- Sit on your knees with your feet placed upside down.
- Hold your knees with your palms, keeping your hands stretched.
- Keep your back straight and firm and your breath completely normal.
- Hold this position for a few minutes before releasing it.
Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
- Stand, holding your feet slightly apart while keeping your arms relaxed.
- Bring your palms together and interlace your fingers so as to hold your hands tightly.
- Raise your arms over your head and invert your palms, still interlaced together.
- Stretch your body as much as you can and stand on your toes.
- Hold this pose for a few seconds and keep repeating it a few times.
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
- Start by laying flat on your back on the floor with your arms spread out beside you.
- Next, hold your waist with both hands and lift your legs up, keeping them joined.
- Stretch your ankles and keep raising your body till you are resting completely on your upper back and shoulders.
- Keep the back of your head touched to the ground and look towards the ceiling.
- Hold the pose for some time and repeat it a couple of times.
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