Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
You may recognize this pose from stretching in gym class as “butterfly.” This lying down version is more relaxing and releases the lower back. The pose stimulates your abdominal organs and opens up the hips and pelvic area, which can lessen menstrual pain. The pose can be modified by placing blankets under the thighs. Hands can go overhead, one on the heart and one on belly (pressing on the abdomen to soothe muscle contractions) or one on the heart and one on the groin area (to bring focus to the breathe and help you breathe through the pain).