Poses to do at ‘THAT’ time of the month

Ok ladies, this one is for you! We all know THAT time of the month isn’t much fun for anybody and it can get you down on so many levels. Apart from physical pain, mentration cycles can also cause us to feel tired, depressed, angry (yep, we’ve all been there!) and low on energy. Of course, this is a natural part of being a woman and there are many ways of dealing with it, depending on the person. But did you know that yoga can help to relieve naturally relieve some of the symptoms? Once again, it’s yoga to the rescue – here’s 5 poses to add to your flow to help were your…err…flow!

Bridge pose

Energising, rejuvenating and restorative. This pose is nurturing and is like giving your body a little bit of love 🙂

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Downward facing dog

An all-over, rejuvenating stretch that allows you to concentrate more on working the upper body.

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Fish pose

Good for back aches, fatigue and menstrual cramp pain.

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Legs up the wall pose

Refreshes the ankles, legs and reproductive area.

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Reclining bound angle pose

Helps to relive depression, anxiety, stress and the symptoms of menstruation and menopause.

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Poses to avoid during menstruation

Every woman has a different experience when it comes to menstruation, and so every woman is going to have different needs when it comes to her yoga practice. Some experts advise students not to do inversions, as this can disrupt the natural flow of the body. Others advise not to do any particularly strong poses (like backbends, twists or balancing poses) as this pay put stress on the pelvic region, which can be painful for some women during menstruation. Many women experience fatigue or dizziness while on their period, and in this case some advise not to do anything too strenuous. These are certainly things to take into consideration, but remember it comes down to the individual person. Many students still prefer to come to yoga, but decide to take it easy and listen to their body – something we always highly encourage!