## Can We Practice Yoga During Periods?
The answer isn’t a definitive yes or no, but it all depends on how your body is feeling. Yoga can provide a great form of exercise, stress relief, and relaxation during menstruation. But, depending on your body and pain levels during your period, you may find different poses uncomfortable and should adjust your practice accordingly.
Most importantly, always listen to your body and accept guidance from your healthcare professional. With that being said, here are a few considerations to help guide your practice before you put on your yoga pants.
### Listening to Your Body
Just like any other day, understanding your body is key to creating a safe and effective yoga practice. The good news is, no two menstrual cycles are the same. The heaviness, length, and discomfort associated with your cycle can vary significantly each month, so your practice should too.
Yoga can be beneficial in helping to relieve some cramps and discomfort associated with menstruation, as certain poses can help distribute the weight of your uterus so it does not press on other organs. That being said, if you’ve ever noticed that your cramps flare up during a yoga class or don’t lessen, it means your body is not quite ready to take the practice a step further just yet.
### Know What Poses are Safe
It’s always best to stick to poses that focus on relaxation and rejuvenation, such as supported back-bends, seated poses, forward folds, and restorative twists. Postures like shoulder Stand, Head Stand, and higher energy poses may be uncomfortable and are usually best avoided. Additionally, you should opt for poses that avoid inversions so as not to reverse the natural flow of your cycle.
### Don’t Push It
Your body goes through some significant physical and mental changes during your period, so take it easy in your practice. During this time, it’s important to be patient and gentle with yourself, as your practice shouldn’t be about performing poses or becoming more flexible. The best thing you can do for your body is:
– Respect any discomfort
– Listen to your body
– Move slowly and with intention
– Avoid pushing yourself
These simple tips can help create a safe and comfortable practice that not only addresses the physical symptoms of your period but can also give you the mental and physical relaxation your body craves.
### Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, practicing yoga during your period is totally up to you. However, you should always consult your healthcare professional before making any major changes to your yoga practice.
Ultimately, listen to your body and give yourself permission to take a break if needed. With a mindful, gentle, and loving practice, you can introduce an element of self-care to this magical time of the month.
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