For some women, the first few days of their period can be so painful and exhausting that it’s enough to take a sick day at work or cancel plans. While some discomfort is to be expected (thanks a lot, biology), severe cramps that have you lying in bed all afternoon are not. If that’s you, talk to your OB-GYN to make sure it’s not a more serious condition like endometriosis.
If you experience menstrual cramps, fatigue, aches and pains, breast tenderness, cravings and other side effects of PMS and menstruation, take note: Your body may be asking for recovery from a month of intense workouts and a go-go-go lifestyle. Unwind and relax for at least a day or two in the beginning of your cycle with this grounding yoga sequence.