I have always suffered from painful cycles. This started when I was a teenager and used to be so bad that I would need to stay home from school some days. I use the traditional methods of relieving them such as warm packs, baths and over the counter menstrual pills, but I have found yoga to also be very useful. Not only am I doing positions that help ease lower back tension, belly cramping and hip opening, but I also find that the act of doing yoga and the quiet breathing that it requires helps me calm the painful bloating I often deal with. Here are some great yoga poses for menstrual relief.