Every month it comes – your period. As women we follow our monthly cycle. What you feel one day can change to another day. Having your period can be terrible days if you have pain and other problems connected to it. But, there are some things you can do to feel better. And there are also things you´d better avoid. The period is a natural state and should not be the hell that so many women are experiencing.
The reason you bleed for some days every month, is to get rid of old endometrium (the lining of the uterus). The endometrium is very important to feed good nutrition to the fertilized egg, so it has a chance growing into a baby. During the monthly cycle, the endometrium is built to become as nutritious as possible. If there is no fertilized egg attached to the endometrium, your body flushes it out (the menstruation), and begin to build up a new nutritious endometrium. In this way you can look at it as a monthly cleansing. When it comes to cleansing it is a time to take it a little bit slow. The energy is needed to cleanse.
This is a time for taking care of you a little bit more than usual. Feel your needs .Maybe do some long deep breathing, listening to music, meditating or having a cozy evening at home. Of course you can be active too, it´s always good to move a bit, but you should not push yourself too hard.
It can be good for your digestive system also taking it easy during the period. Especially if you have problems with adhesions on your intestines, or feel pain eliminating. Try not to eat to heavy food. Soups and tasty smoothies are easy to digest. Nice herbal teas that are relaxing can be nice: chamomilla tea or other relaxing teas.
Ginger, lemon & honey tea can be both relaxing and helpful if you have pain: Slice an inch or two of ginger root and boil it in a quart of water for a few minutes. Add some fresh lemon juice and a tsp of organic honey. This is also a drink that is good if you need some more energy.
There are some nice yoga exercises you can do during the period, if you have pain. You can read about it in this article.
It´s always good to do some Long Deep Breathings. It calms down your system and is also a good pain relief.
Meditating is also great to do when you have your period.
Try the Yoga session that is for FREE. It´s a nice and short session you can do.
Things to avoid in your yoga practice
- Don´t do Breath of Fire.
- Avoid yoga exercises where you have the pressure on your navel point. It can be crunches, leg lifts, bow pose.
- Avoid yoga exercises where the legs and pelvis is higher than the torso.
Like half-wheel pose, shoulder stand etc. The blood can flow “backwards” and reach your abdominal area and build up new adhesions, when you have endometriosis.
Take care of yourself!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”