Menstruation, often referred to as Aunt Flo, is a time most women dread due to the discomfort it brings such as cramps, bloating, mood swings, and fatigue. Fortunately, yoga can serve as a source of comfort and relief during this period.
Many women have questions about practicing yoga during menstruation – Can I practice with my period? What type of yoga is suitable? What should I avoid? How can I alleviate cramps? Here’s everything you need to know about practicing yoga on your period.
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Can You Practice Yoga on Your Period?
Yes, absolutely! Women’s responses to their menstrual cycles vary, with some finding a vigorous practice beneficial to boost their energy levels while others prefer softer, soothing practices such as Restorative or Yin Yoga. It’s important to listen to your body and adjust your practice accordingly.
Is There Anything You Should Avoid When You Practice Yoga on Your Period?
From an anatomical perspective, there is no increased risk of injury or bodily harm from practicing yoga during your period. However, it’s essential to pay attention to your energy levels and choose a practice that best suits how you feel on any given day of your cycle.
But What About Inversions?
There has been a long-standing belief that inversions should be avoided during menstruation, but anatomically, there is no evidence to support this. From a yogic philosophy perspective, some advise against inversions during menstruation due to the downward flow of energy. Ultimately, the choice to invert during menstruation is a personal one.
So How Should You Practice Yoga on Your Period, Then?
Yoga during menstruation is a personal journey, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s crucial to choose a practice that feels right for you, whether it’s a vigorous flow or gentle restorative poses. Yoga can contribute to a less disruptive menstrual cycle and overall well-being, so listen to your body and practice in a way that feels best for you.
All included information is not intended to treat or diagnose. The views expressed are those of the author and should be attributed solely to the author. For medical questions, please consult your healthcare provider.