Yoga, as we know, offers numerous physical and mental benefits for our overall well-being. However, there are several myths surrounding yoga during menstruation that often discourage women from engaging in this exercise. As such, it becomes crucial to dispel these myths as with proper modifications and guidance from a trained instructor, yoga can be a safe and beneficial activity during periods. In fact, embracing yoga during this time can help alleviate menstrual discomfort, reduce stress, improve flexibility, and promote a sense of calmness and balance.
One of the most popular assumptions is that women should avoid yoga during periods. No, you never need to avoid practising yoga, whether you are on your period or not.
you should always listen to your body. “If you feel any sort of discomfort, do not do inversions. There’s no scientific evidence supporting that you shouldn’t be inverting during your periods. So, listen to your body and do what you feel is right,” the yoga expert said.
Many women also fear that practising yoga during their periods can affect the duration of their cycles. “Absolutely not! In fact, having a consistent yoga practice balances your hormones and hence, you have a more regular cycle,”
he added that the belief that women shouldn’t indulge in advanced yoga poses, like Bow Pose, Headstand, and Handstand, during periods is right. “Because women’s body is sensitive during menstruation and lifting it can cause contradiction. The energy flow is going downwards, and turning upside down interferes with that. Basically, the blood is gushing out of you for a reason. In conclusion, stretching can help and one must avoid advanced asanas,”