Is it safe to practice yoga while on your period?
Yoga is body-friendly. It is a holistic practice and it stimulates the body to heal itself. It can be practiced by everyone because it can be adjusted to meet the needs of any age group and physical condition. During menstruation, the most sensitive part of the cycle, Asana and Pranayama can be used to help the body eliminate toxins, gather energy, and rejuvenate.
So, what about inverted poses? Energy-wise, menstruation is downward-flowing and inversions may disturb the natural energetic flow. According to Ayurveda, on these days our bodies are working hard, trying to detoxify and avoid disease. They are also preparing for the new cycle. Therefore, our recommendation would be to avoid inversions until the menstrual flow has stopped completely and see these days as a good opportunity to focus on less demanding Asanas, reclining Pranayama, and Mediation. Standing Asanas and sitting Pranayama should be avoided because they tend to tighten the lower abdomen (and so the uterus) therefore sitting Asanas and reclining Pranayama are recommended. Women who experience menstrual cramps, headaches, lower back pains, stiffness in the joints and swelling can be greatly benefited by twisting (sitting) Asanas.
Being aware of how our body reacts during practice is essential. Each body is different, and each woman is different. And for every woman individually, each menstrual cycle can be different as well.
Listen to your body, it’s talking to you. It knows what works and what doesn’t.
Keep challenging yourselves,