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Yoga on menstrual cycle(part 2)

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Yoga it is not just asanas, its much more..pranayam, meditation, kriyas or cleansing techniques, yoga is a way of life. So, last article was part 1 on the yoga on menstrual cycle, and today is part 2.

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We will go more deeply to understand what to do and what to suggest to our yoga students, or if you are a yoga student))) its good to have a knowledge on such topic.

Lets start))) Pranayam on menstrual cycle. What pranayam helps us with?! It helps to balance the emotions and calm the mind, can also help one to deal with the pain. Most important you need to remember on period do not strain with the breath, no kumbakh and no bandhas…because it will increase heat and redirect the prana in the upward direction! Do you need that? Definitely not.

Deep breath is very beneficial, especially in Pond Pose (Tadagasana – lying on the floor with bend knees) or Shavasana. What types of pranayama is good to do on menstruation days: Bhramari (Humming Bee Breath), Anulom Vilom, Ujjayi (Victorious Breath), Sheetali ( cooling breath throught the tongue) and Sitkari (cooling brath through the teeth).

Avoid fast breathing, pranayams such as: Bhastrika (Bellows Breath), Surya Bhedan (Right Nostril Breathing), Kapalabhati (Frontal Brain cleansing) and Agnisar…as it may cause heavier bleeding and will put excessive pressure on the abdominal region.

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Its very therapeutic to do meditation on Om, do Om chanting or chanting of personal mantra. You can try simple meditation on the breath. The practice of inner silence is a technique where one observes ones thoughts called Antar mouna, very good to do on your menstrual cycle. However, I found Yoga Nidra  is the most soothing practice in this time, let go, surrender, relax, and be aware of the present moments))

Another question can arise about cleansing practices. Most cleansing practices should be avoided: Kapalabhati, I am repeating again, Vaman and Shankhaprakshalana. Still you can enjoy Jala Neti and Trataka practices.

Menses is a natural time of cleansing and rejuvenation, traditionally accompanied by a time of rest or light duty. A woman’s menstrual cycle is actually the time when she is undergoing intense cleansing, rejuvenation, and detoxifying processes.Love yourself, embrace the nature, be the Light!  Take care of yourself during your period. Do the things that you enjoy.

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Love and Light!

 

 

Yoga on menstrual cycle (part 1)

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While teaching yoga classes, I notice that many of yoga students dont know what asanas, pranayamas and cleansing techniques they should do or not do on the menstrual cycles. Even in a yoga teacher training, that question is not really covered fully. I was there, I know.

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Questions arises all the time, and it is good if your yoga teacher is qualified enough to give you good advice and share the knowledge on that topic.

What is menstruation ?! It is time of introversion, acceptance and balance.

First 2 days accept the nature)) just do pranayams, Yoga Nidra and meditation, no asanas for those 2 days. From the day 3, do not push or strain in your practice, instead do some more gentle poses, but hold them for a little longer. I prefer to do Restorative Yoga practice or Yin Yoga, with those practices you feel nurturing and opening, you feel safe. You can do gentle Surya  Namaskar, however Chandra Namaskar will be more soothing. Gentle forward bends will give a light massage to the abdominal and pelvic region, helping to relieve congestion, heaviness, cramping and heavy bleeding, also it will bring calmness to the mind.

You can do asanas such as: Paschimottanasana, Ardha Paschimottanasana, Upavishta Konasana, Child Pose, Hare/Moon Pose and Uttanasana. Practice with half of your capacity, and its good to use props in your practice, such as bolsters, blocks, blankets etc. Gentle twisting poses can remove back pain, cramping and congestion, do Vakrasan pose or gentle Matsyendrasana with the leg in front. Gentle backbends, especially when supported, can alleviate back pain and pelvic discomfort, try supported Supta Vajrasana and supported Supta Baddha  Konasana. Leg up the wall or Viparita Karani without lifting your hips up is an amazing asana for your days of month. Other asanas that help to remove back pain and pelvic tension are Cat Pose (Marjariasana) and Tiger pose (Vyagrasana). To tone your pelvis do Baddha Konasana pose and to relieve back pain try simple gas release pose (Sulabh Pavanmuktasana) with knees apart, you can do simple tortoise pose (Sulabh Koormasana) and Simple Pigeon pose.

What asanas to avoid?

Inversions, strong backbends, strong twists and arm balances, strong vinyasa, power yoga, bandhas. And if you have a lot of bleeding and a lot of pain, dont do Surya Namaskar. To be more specific, avoid unsupported backbends, Padangushtasana, Garudasana,Utthita Parsvakonasana, Malasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Natarajasana, Tadasana, Utkatasana, Utthita Padangustasana,Utthita Trikonasana and Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana).

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Accept. Love. Nurture. Be the Light!