When we connect with our menstrual cycle we enhance our overall health. Connecting to our cycle means understanding the different phases of our cycle and the different energy levels associated with each phase, (see image above). There are yoga asana and practices that can support women at each stage of the month.
“The fact that so many women in our society call menses ‘the curse’ is sufficient indication of how far away from a naturally healthy life we strayed when took women out of their menstrual huts and told them to work through the month no matter what.” – Dr Robert E Svoboda Ayurveda for Women: A guide to Vitality and Health
Menstrual Phase ~ Days 1-6
This is a time to take a couple of days per month to slow down. When we welcome this time to rest and reflective it often helps us gain insights into challenges we currently have going on in our lives. This phase is linked to the New Moon.
Follicular Phase ~ Days 7-13
At this time there is a steady rise of your hormones and your mood a time to begin new projects, organise and prioritise. This phase is linked to the Waxing Moon.
Ovulation ~ Days 14-21
This time of ovulation you maybe feeling happy and social, a great time to increase communication and collaberation. This phase is linked to the Full Moon.
Luteal Phase ~ Days 22-28
This is a time we may feel more sensitive and introspective. A good time to step up your self care and work on creative projects. This phase is linked to the Waning Moon.
Yoga poses for the menstrual phase ~ Days 1-6 (New Moon)