Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a collection of a wide range of symptoms that occur between the time of ovulation and the beginning of the menstrual period. PMS has been characterized by more than 150 symptoms, ranging from mood swings to weight gain to acne. The exact cause of premenstrual syndrome is not known. Many practitioners believe that an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and progesterone may be the cause of many cases of PMS. Others believe decreased levels of neurotransmitters, abnormal metabolism, or vitamin and mineral deficiencies are to blame. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees the root cause of PMS as either an excess of the Liver system’s energy or a deficiency of the Spleen and/or Kidney systems’ energy. Yoga can be used to address both the physical and energetic systems of the body to bring the body’s hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolism, and energy back into balance.

Yoga Postures
Use our Yoga Pose Sequence for PMS as a general practice and adding or emphasizing from the our complete list of Yoga Postures for PMS.

Pranayama
Use Dirga and Nadi Sodhana Pranayama to reduce stress and anxiety. Use Kapalabhati Pranayama to boost energy and circulate energy in the abdomen.

Meditation
Meditation reduces stress, calms the mind, and activate and balance the brain centers that regulate the levels of neurotransmitters and most hormones in the body.Use one of the following by itself and/or at the beginning and end of your yoga practice: Third Eye Meditation or Yoga Meditation.

Articles
Yoga Therapy for PMS
Yoga for Women with PMS
Eat Right to Ease PMS

Books and Videos
The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health
Yoga: the Path to Holistic Health
Yoga Therapy
Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle
Every Woman’s Yoga

Web Resources
WebMD: Premenstrual Syndrome
Natural Remedies for Premenstrual Syndrome

Yoga is not a substitute for conventional western medication; please consult your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.

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