Is It Possible To Do Yoga During Menstruation?
Let’s talk about us, girls. Many of us wondered whether it is possible to do yoga during menstruation. Are all asanas worth doing? And how do you not harm your body?
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How is yoga good for menstruation?
Nature arranged a woman very wisely, endowing her with a special gift of automatically cleansing the body on a physical and emotional level once a month. That’s true because, after menstruation, appetite, well-being, and mood comes back to a normal state. Healthy menstruation regulates many vital flows of the female body and returns us to a state of harmony with the world.
If this process had not been accompanied by pelvic pain, profuse discharge, general malaise and a sharp change in mood, we would be happy to wait for the beginning of a new cycle every month. But it turns out that yoga is not only not prohibited during menstruation, but even highly recommended. It helps to cope with many unpleasant symptoms of menstruation. Yoga is capable of regulating cycles, relieving cramps and harmonizing the mental state on special days for women. It is only important to know which asanas you should avoid and which to focus on during this period.
Asanas to avoid during menstruation
During menstruation, a woman’s body removes toxins that have accumulated over a month along with the bloodstream. For this reason, inverted asanas such as a Headstand (Shirshasana), Bridge Pose (Sarvangasana), Feathered Peacock Pose (Pincha Mayurasana), and Plough Pose (Halasan) shouldn’t be practiced during this period.
In addition to inverted poses, it is advisable to exclude asanas which exert strong pressure and tension in the abdomen such as Peacock Pose (Mayurasana), Boat Pose (Navasana), Locust Pose (Salabhasana). In general, it is better to significantly reduce the load during menstruation and focus on the emancipation of the joints, smooth stretching, relaxation, and meditation. Slow, gradual and non-aggressive exercises during this period will be the most beneficial.
What asanas can be performed with menstrual pain?
And now we move to the most interesting part. It turns out that a whole group of yoga poses is aimed at alleviating the symptoms of menstruation. You probably know these asanas, but did not suspect their miraculous power. For example, Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) helps with heavy discharge, back pain, and abdominal cramps.
Also helpful during menstruation are Fish Pose (Matsyasana) and Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana) with a bolster or folded blanket under the back. These asanas improve blood circulation in the pelvic area, soothe the nervous system, reduce pain and cramping during menstruation. Most sedentary poses (Sukhasana, Virasana, Padmasana, and Baddha Konasana), as well as all kinds of bends from a sitting position, help to calm the abdomen and control blood circulation. These asanas relieve headaches, fatigue, eliminate insomnia and help cope with stress.
It is recommended to start the yoga practice with inverted poses after menstruation (not earlier than 8 hours after the last discharge) and perform them daily until the start of the next cycle. Such poses have a strong healing effect on the reproductive system and quickly restore hormonal balance.
There are no two identical women in the world. Some aren’t affected by menstruation at all and some await the onset of a new cycle with horror. Those who practice yoga regularly get used to monitoring their body.
Be sensitive, listen to your body and it will answer all your questions.
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