This Straight-up Magical Child’s Pose Variation Quells Period Cramps *and* Banishes Bloat

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Child's pose is one of those ooey-gooey asanas that even non-yogis can get on board with. I mean, what other opportunities do you get in life to curl up in a ball and feel all your feelings? Even if you're 100 percent here for the super calming posture already though, there's one variation you might not know about yet that helps sooth period cramps and banish bloat.

The child's pose modification, which involves balling your fists and placing them on your mid-section between your lower ribs and hip bones before folding into child's pose, is kind of like a massage for the organs in your torso. "If there is inflammation in the reproductive area or digestive organs, applying light pressure can help release stagnant energy that leaves you feeling bloated," says yoga teacher and physical therapist Lara Heimann. "In child’s pose, you are able to access that area in a more relaxed state."

At first, the move might feel a little uncomfortable. But as more inhales and exhales pass, you'll start to feel more at home in the posture. Bring it on, Thanksgiving bloat.

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