Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Menstruation is a challenging time for most women. Some experience mild discomfort and regular menses but for others it is that time of the month when their bodies (and mind) need a complete shutdown. Some women might retain fluid, feel lethargic all day long, experience headaches, backaches, severe cramping, excessive bleeding….basically feel “unpleasant” during that period.
So to decide whether to do Yoga, and also which forms, is purely subjective based on what physical and psychological cues from your body you wish to listen to. Ideally most women should give their bodies a break and allow it to go through its motions. If your motivation levels to undergo your yoga sessions seem to wither, then taking the subtle hint to rest is always the wiser bet.
Most Yoga teachers will either ask you to nurture your bodies or suggest only mediation or simple asanas (restorative) during your menstrual cycle. If you still manage to convince yourself and your teacher, then it is recommended to avoid asanas that involve inversions like shoulder stands as they can create an obstruction to the natural downward energetic menstrual flow.
Some women feel invigorated with the calming influence that yoga and meditation endows to enable them cope better. Understand that yoga practice is for your health, and to nurture your body during menses, doing yoga or through rest, should be a conscious decision without putting your body in harm’s way.
Yes you can ! Because Shri Ganesha is very present during this period for women. Not yoga with posture but meditation is a very good thing.
Actually, there is a very important medicinal reason to not do inversions during menstration. The uterine cavity is open at the top and the fallopian tubes are open at one end. When the lining of the uterus is sloughing off and a women goes upsidedown, the material from the lining that should be gonig down and out of the uterus will back up and may block the opening at the top of the uterus and the fallopian tubes causing endometriosis and possible blockage so that the ovum cannot drop down into the uterus to be fertilized and also may prevent it from adhering to the side of the uterus when fertilized, thus allowing a women to have a safe pregnancy... this information should be taught to all women of child bearing age practicing asana. It is recommended to do only light asana while there is flow and no inversions. Remember that even a down dog can turn the pelvis to an angle where the blood flow and any other materials sloghing off could go back up. REST during mentration ladies!
Should not. At least not Ashtanga. 3-4 first days of the cycle should be rest. Pelvic muscles use in all asanas if practice is done correctly is too intense. Pelvic muscles need to be relaxed to allow body go through the cycle. Hope this helps.