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Why are some poses not practiced during menstruation?By Pixie Lillas
Posted on 15-Feb-2011
This is often a bit of a puzzle for new students as women have become accustomed in our culture to ignoring menstruation and often do not want to feel restricted by it. This is understandable and nowadays not many situations allow for taking a bit more rest during this time of the month. Yoga however aims at something different: an increased self – awareness and the best possible health for our body. During menstruation pupils are asked to abstain from certain postures and to focus on poses which are both appropriate and helpful during the few days of the cycle. Over time, students will learn to create a sequence, which is of maximum benefit for menstruation. Even in a general menstrual program, however, there will be room for diversification according to each woman’s needs. The aim is to create the best possible environment for nature to follow its course and to bring into balance any disturbances, mental or physical, which may occur during the days before or during menstruation.
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