I had a yoga class today - I had a card for free sessions and am working my way through them. I was having a very heavy period and the entire time I was paranoid about bleeding through and having the others noticing the stains on my yoga mat.
Do you ever skip or change your yoga plans for concerns like that?
It sounds like we have different points of view about yoga, and about having a period
First, I have a period for 7 straight days. That means it's a quarter of my life. I am not going to lay on a bed bored out of my skull for a quarter of my life.
Second, yoga isn't something I want to "stop doing"! It is a normal, happy, daily part of what I do. It is about breathing and meditation and stretching and enjoying my morning. If I don't do yoga, my body aches. It feels tense and unhappy. Yoga is what *makes* me have rest and enjoyment.
If you are practiced during menstruation they can cause reflex or back flow of menstrual blood from the uterus to the fallopian tubes and then to the abdominal cavity. The blood would carry along with it some endometrial cells and tissue - this is called retrograde menstruation.
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I feel that doing yoga during my period HELPS things. It soothes my achy body and stressed out emotions.
I only bleed about four days. Seven would suck. I think i my mom has the same periodicity.
Usually i have a really bad emotional day or two, and sometimes also bad cramps. Yoga helps with both situations.
I am of the opinion that even inversions are not a problem. I am not sure my blood will actually go back up my tubes and fall out into my body. It doesn't make sense that it could so easily fall out. That would be a pretty bad design flaw.
Witches I have discussed this with come down firmly on the gentle practice and avoid prolonged inversion techniques side of things. A few years ago a local Portsmouth (UK) Witch contributed This arcticle on the subject to an internet complimentary health forum.
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