Yoga During Menstruation

10 Feb

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Do Not Practice Yoga During  Menstruation Unless Yoga Have a Certified Trainer

It is fine for women to practice yoga during menstruation, and some yoga postures can help to reduce menstrual pain. However, it is important that certain postures – like inversions – but avoided in order to avoid obstruction of the menstrual flow, or bring about any hormonal disturbance. During menstruation, women should listen to their bodies, and avoid over-exertion.

The following poses can prove beneficial for practitioners during menstruation:

Standing forward extensions, such as Uttanasana (Forward Bend), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-Legged Forward Bend), and Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose) – except for those women suffering from particularly low energy levels.

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) and Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana II (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) can help to relieve back pains and abdominal cramps  In order to relax muscles, nerves, and general tension, Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose) and Supta Baddhakonasana (Goddess Pose) are recommended.

Sitting asanas such as Svatikasana and Virasana (Hero Pose) also help to reduce tension and stress, and can also soothe both the joints and the mind.

Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose) and Setubandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) help to stimulate the brain, chest, lungs and heart – and can also help to maintain hormonal balance in the glandular system.

Contraindications

Avoid inversions, like Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Handstand), as this alters the direction of the menstrual flow in a counter-productive fashion

Don‘t do pranayama whilst in sitting asana  Also avoid backward extensions, arm balances and body knottings.

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