Yoga and the Menstrual Cycle



The cycle of life

Yoga Nashit practice and menstruation


Yoga Nashit practice and menstruation - change is the only thing constant in a woman's life 


The practice of Yoga Nashit is related to the constant changes that accompany a woman's life.

From her first period, the body sends the girl a precursor signal, as will be done each month from then on, that she is experiencing the full force of her femininity.  Each monthly period, each menstruation, suggests that the body is functioning exactly as expected of it.  It performs its role punctually.  However, in the culture in which we grow and live, we were never taught, in any setting, to listen and to understand these constant changes.  We were never told that we should adjust our lives to these important changes.


The menstrual cycle is an analogy of the woman's intuitive wisdom. The ebb and flow of ideas, dreams, and creativity.  The periodicity that is expressed in the body is also our mental cycle. Our emotional and mental state fluctuates depending on whether we are menstruating, post-menstruation, in the days leading up to ovulation or the days following it.  Every menstruation is an opportunity to pay attention to the signs of our body.  How does it start the period and how end it?  Are the changes accompanied by pain or discomfort?  Is everything flowing without interruption?

Menstrual days regulate the month that passed and the month to come.  Menstruation gives you a time-out to re-organize your life.


By practicing "Mira Yoga - Women's Health", we learn to listen to change, to adapt the yoga exercises to the change and adapt the changes to our lives.  The attentiveness evolving with the practice of yoga teaches us to listen to the changes in our lives as women.  Thus, we learn gradually to stabilize our lives and reduce stress, discomfort, and pain.


"Yoga Nashit" is based on the ability to listen to change;

The yoga practice changes according to the specific needs of the woman throughout her cycle. The amount of effort put into the practice changes according to a woman's hormonal state, depending on where she is in her monthly cycle, and which stage of her ever changing life she is currently facing.


During your Period;

The first day of bleeding is considered to be the first day of your period and the first day of your menstrual cycle. For some women, it is very clear when this occurs as they experience a definite blood flow. Yet, for other women it is less clear exactly when their periods begin, as they do not experience large amounts of blood flow. For some, it might take a few days before their blood flow could be considered substantial. Nevertheless, the very first signs of blood mark the beginning of the menstrual cycle.


Yoga Practice for Menstrual days;

During this time, the yoga practice should be calmer, quieter, more gentle. It should allow for new energy to slowly form. At this time, the ability to listen will become more prominent. The Moola Bundha should be used in a more gentle fashion. One should avoid strenuous, stimulating, pulse enhancing activities. Such practice can wait for the appropriate time.


Yoga after Menstruation until your Ovulation:

Each woman's body follows its own unique pattern. For most women, 2 – 6 days of menstruation is considered normal. Each month, the menstrual patterns might change. Certain life changes also affect the menstrual pattern.


Yoga Nashit practice for the Follicular phase:

One can only recognize the first day of ovulation by conducting a precise record of symptoms, after the cycle has ended.