When I first started practicing yoga, this question was always a barrier in my mind. After a good exchange with my instructor, the notion was clearer to me. I realized that this time of the month is just another normal day in our lives and there's no need to miss our practice.
While the basics of menstruation are something all women have in common, each woman experiences her period differently. Though most would agree that it's not the most enjoyable time of each month. Even though we know that light exercise is actually good for us, the bed always looks more inviting. Then there are other worries like stains and stretching your legs while battling killer cramps etc. It all seems too much and the only options that seems reasonable is to not try at all. You'll be surprised to know that only is yoga during menstruation safe and healthy but it's also something that yoga experts and doctors encourage women to do during periods. Shocked? Wait, there’s more…
Really, Though, If You Want to Do Yoga During Your Period, Then Just Go Ahead and Do It
Yoga on menstruation can help energize you, soothe your cramps and relieves you of tension in the body and overall makes you feel a lot better. But it's important to listen to your body. Infact, Yoga teaches you to listen to your body, so use this skill when deciding whether to practice and what to practice. Don't hesitate to carry your yoga mat and head to practice. You're sure to feel better since it infuses positivity during hormonal turmoil.
Poses That Help in Relieving Cramps and Pain
Keep it SIMPLE! Easier you go on your poses, the lesser annoying it is for your body Lie on your back and drop bent knees to the right as you rotate your head to the left. Repeat on the opposite side. Get on all fours and, while reaching your arms forward, sit your buttocks back over your heels. Support your forehead on the floor or a block. Sit on the floor with extended legs or with the soles of your feet together and knees to the sides like a butterfly and fold forward over your legs.
Your body is expending energy during your period so the aim should be to avoid poses that make your body work harder instead of relaxing it.
Inversions and headstands are not recommended.
Seek advice from your instructor on different poses to avoid. You might have some doubts which can be cleared up.
Remember to eat well. Your body needs more nourishment during this time.
Use a feminine hygiene product that you're most comfortable with. There are so many options these days, tampons, pad, menstrual cups, and discs. A lot of women prefer tampons but if you haven't used them before, don't opt for it. It might be distracting and uncomfortable.
Clothing is important. Comfort is the most important factor. Choose dark colours for your leggings.
Menstruation, more commonly called a period, is often an inescapable part of life when you're a woman. Each of experiences this time of the month differently, and for the sportswomen among us, the barriers can be both physical and/or mental. Let's see how we can adjust our mindsets and bodies so we can rise above this monthly challenge that we sometimes dread.
Simplicity is one of the exceptional characteristics of the 44-year old Yoga Teacher Sai Bhatt from Bangalore. The way he can communicate the teachings of yoga is extraordinary. He does not push you into it, but very gently leads you through the practice which opens the doors of physical and mental fitness and much more for you.