Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain, Calm Anxiety and More

Before you make a beeline for the medicine cabinet, try these moves from Mandy Ingber, Jennifer Aniston's longtime yoga guru (11 Photos)

Shaun Dreisbach on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:48PM

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Yoga Poses to Relieve Pain, Calm Anxiety and More

Mandy Ingber

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Problem: PMS

Pose: Cow/Cat
Begin on all fours, your palms directly under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Then, inhale and let your belly sink toward the floor as you lift your chest and tailbone up (Cow pose). Then, pause and exhale and reverse the position, arching your back up in the air like a cat stretching (think about tucking your tailbone and rounding through your chest and shoulders); pause. Do 20 times each way.

How It Helps: This pairing of exercises, says Ingber, has long been recommended as a way to ease abdominal cramping. “There’s just something about the way you tense and then stretch these belly muscles here that helps ultimately unknot you.”
 

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