Menstruation is a challenging time for most women. Some experience mild discomfort while for others menstrual cramps can be really painful and tend to disrupt their daily routine.
So to decide whether to do yoga, and also which forms, is purely subjective. Your best guide is your body, be aware of and pick up the physical/psychological cues it sends you.
Fortunately, ayurveda and the restorative practice of yoga/meditation has tremendous healing potential (both physically and emotionally) to nurture your body during menses.
Suggested below are some simple yet effective ayurvedic tips and yoga asanas that can bring you some relief during your menstrual cycle.
Light to moderate exercise can control menstrual flow and other period symptoms. Ayurvedic herbs like Asoka tree, Lodh tree and Sacred fig can balance hormones. Reserve your body’s digestive fire by eating warm and simple meals. Hydrate yourself with warm tea. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and consume low-sodium foods.
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.
Here are few safe yoga poses to counter menstrual pain. Wide Child’s pose: This pose will help relax your lower back. Reclining Twist Pose: This helps increase spine flexibility and ease pain in the belly and the back. Arching Pigeon Pose: This pose helps stretch the lower belly. Read more to learn in-depth instructions to perform the aforementioned yoga poses.
Every woman has different experiences during her menstruation period. It is always better to tone down your yoga practice during this time, depending on your health, body fitness and energy levels. Here are 5 yoga poses that will rescue you during your periods.
Bow Pose or Dhanurasana: It helps ease cramps and regulate the flow of blood to and from the uterus – relieving the pain. Camel Pose or Ustrasana: This yoga pose stretches the front of the body, ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen and chest and stimulates the abdominal organs, increasing the blood flow to the uterus helping it heal faster. Cobbler’s Pose Or Baddha Konasana: Since the lower half of the body feels heavy during menstruation, seated poses are the focus. Baddha konasana opens the pelvic region.
In Ayurveda, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms can be classified as vata, pitta or kapha dominant. This post covers Ayurvedic PMS remedies from the perspective of all doshas and ayurvedic herbs that can help balance the hormones.