Information about menstruation and yoga

Lying on support for pranayama at Phillip island Yoga

During this time of the month, it is important to honour changes in the body’s energy levels and systems. Strong abdominal poses, twists, and backbends place pressure on the abdominal area at a time when it should be kept soft and passive. The body is eliminating the lining of the uterus, so we avoid going upside down so as not to interrupt the direction of this flow. Often a woman’s energy levels become lower at this time, and in many traditional cultures this was often accepted as a time of rest. Generally, a woman can join in with the class and modify or do alternative asanas when required. If, however, she is feeling particularly uncomfortable or tired, there is a menstrual sequence that can be followed separate to the class.

To read more information refer to “Yoga. A Gem for Women, Geeta Iyengar, 1990.