Yoga for Women's Health: The Best Pose & Acupressure Point to Relieve Menstrual Cramps & PMS

It works because one theory is that spasms in the psoas are causing the pain and discomfort.
By Maria Villella ,

Tired of feeling on edge, in pain, or out of sync during your menstrual cycle? Dealing with PMS symptoms like dramatic mood swings, cramps, or insomnia? Trying to conceive—or avoid pregnancy? Join Maria Villella, E-RYT, LAc, and co-owner of Elysia Life Care, for Yoga for Women's Health, a 6-week online course that will dive into the physiology of your reproductive cycle—from both the medical science and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives—along with yoga practices, acupressure meditations, meal plans, and more, tailored to the phases of your cycle, to help you feel your best every day of the month. Learn more or sign up today!

If there's anything that can derail your day, it's the onset of painful menstrual cramps that make you want to ditch plans and curl up in bed. If you want to find some relief for this popular PMS symptom, your mat is a good place to start. Here, yoga teacher trainer and licensed acupuncturist Maria Villella, who is leading YJ's upcoming course on Yoga for Women's Health, offers the best yoga pose and acupressure point to help soothe the menstrual cramps that accompany your cycle. Hint: Start with your hip flexors, since one theory is that spasms in the psoas are causing the pain and discomfort.

About our expert, Maria Villella

Maria Villella, L.Ac, Dipl OM, E-RYT 500, is a vinyasa and Ashtanga teacher and teacher trainer who has studied yoga with Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, and other notable yoga teachers around the world. She taught Mysore at YogaWorks Santa Monica for 6 years. In addition, Maria is co-founder of Elysia Life Care wellness center in Santa Monica, CA, a licensed acupuncturist and fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine specializing in women’s health. What makes Maria unique is her vast knowledge, education, and experience in yoga, meditation, and treating patients clinically using acupuncture, herbs, diet, functional medicine to achieve life-changing results. Maria continues to study from prominent researchers in the fields of yoga, women’s health, functional medicine. 

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