Can I practice yoga during my period?

Can I practice yoga during my period?

During a woman’s menstrual flow blood is leaving the body with gravity and yoga is a wonderful support for this process. If you suffer from premenstrual discomfort most practicing yogis find getting on the mat better than a Ponstan or a Panadol however it is considered unwise to disturb this important process by inverting the body into handstands, shoulder stands or other upside-down poses. Downward dog is appropriate but full head stand, shoulder stand or handstands are contra indicated. Another caution is for deep twisting poses which can interrupt the elimination and letting go of the uterus.  Overall many women feel less energy during menstruation and this time of conservation can be respected by opting for a gentler style of class or giving yourself permission to slow down and be gentler as you practice in your usual sessions.

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