This article will probably not interest many men (perhaps there are some out there who are curious about women after all!), but women who enjoy yoga or want to start will certainly find some answers to a question we have all asked ourselves at some point.
Here’s everything you need to know if you’re a woman and you love yoga. Of course, not all women have the same period. You will have to adapt according to what you’re capable of.
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Of course, if you someone who suffers so much during their period that they become bedridden, it’s a safe bet that you’ll not want to get up and go to a yoga class for several days.
The vast majority of women, about 80%, suffer from premenstrual syndrome or painful menstruation every month, not to mention women with endometriosis whose periods can be utter hell.
Firstly, the decision to continue doing yoga during your period depends entirely on you. There is no obligation to keep doing your lessons as usual.
On the contrary, this is actually beneficial during this time when you are perhaps (not in all cases) irritable, stressed, tired, anxious, etc. There’s no shortage of adjectives here!
During your period, when energy levels are usually low, you will certainly want to do more gentle forms of yoga. Other people, on the other hand, will not feel the need to change their routine at all.
By adapting your yoga exercises, you will be able to specifically help certain symptoms and:
This is exactly the kind of pose to avoid during that time of the month. Source: Visual hunt
Even if you are one of those women whose period does not involve discomfort, pain, mood swings, etc.
It is still important to know that some yoga postures are not advised!
If you are an avid yoga fan (yogini), you may already have has some bad experiences of these on your own.
What are the poses that are prohibited during your period?
If you’re the kind of girl who can’t let go of your hot water bottle to ease your menstrual pain, it’s time to learn about the poses that will relieve your pain and help you to get through this dreaded time.
The idea is to opt for gentle poses, without forcing your body, and to prioritise poses that will open your back, relieve uterine cramps and even regulate blood flow.
The downward facing dog pose is great at getting rid of pain. Source: Visual hunt
Definitely avoid standing poses that tend to tire you out quickly and all those that overly work your stomach. However, you can relax with the following poses instead:
Pain or not, during menstruation, yoga can help you regain some well-being and, at the very least, clear your head. Feel free to practice yoga at home if you don’t feel like going to the gym.
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