Menstrual Phase Tips
What is going on during the menstrual phase of your cycle?
Days 1-6 of your cycle the endometrial lining is shedding and estrogen, progesterone are at their lowest when bleeding starts.
Nutrition add in more- Iron rich foods & vitamin
Training- Rest is best the first 2 days of your cycle
A great time to tap into your intuition.
Work- Try and do very relaxed tasks, not a time to tackle a big project.
Pranayama for the menstrual phase
Alternate nostril breathing and bhramari pranayama are excellent and I have videos demonstrating them somewhere here on IG. Today I will share a new one Udgeeth Pranayama.
Helps clear the mind
Removes negative thoughts
Improves sleep quality
Increases energy levels
Lowers blood pressure
Boosts the immune system
How to do it:
In this pranayama we chant the mantra om. Om is a sacred sound considered by many yogic and Ayurvedic texts to be the sound of the universe, encompassing all other sounds within it.
Sit in a comfortable seated position. Your spine straight and maybe sitting on a cushion or blanket.
If on a chair feet flat.
Close your eyes and take deep breaths through your nose. Allow your body to relax and bring awareness to your breath.
Focus on diaphragmatic breathing so the belly rises and falls with the breath. Begin to chant the mantra Om with each exhalation.
Work on having exhalations as long as possible without strain. Allow the breath to create sound.
Experiment with the loudness of Om to make sure it holds your attention on the practice.
Perform for 2-10 minutes.
Ayurvedic approach to Menstrual Phase
The vata dosha is predominant during the bleeding phase of your cycle. That is why rest is encouraged. Sometimes we feel the rush of energy but that doesn’t mean we should act on that energy. We have to be mindful to keep that vata dosha balanced, grounded and flowing down and out (apana vayu).
Here is what a healthy flow looks like according to Ayurveda.
- Bright red in color.
- Does not stain clothing (a common characteristic of ama, or toxic, unprocessed substance in our body that clogs channels and creates dysfunction).
- Has an odor that is not foul.
- In total throughout your bleeding phase the amount of blood released can fit into 4 cupped hands.
Yoga for the Menstrual Phase
During this phase we are wanting to keep the vata dosha grounded. Restorative yoga is perfect for opening the pelvis to let the apana vayu (down & out) energy continue to flow.
Start with 5 minutes of pranayama- alternate nostril breathing, bhramari, or Udgeeth.
- Supported butterfly pose- hold 5 minutes
- Supine supported backbend - hold 3-5 minutes
- Child’s Pose- hold 3-4 minutes
- Prone Supported Twist- 3-5 minutes side
- Supported side body stretch- hold 2-4 minutes a side
- Legs up the wall- hold 5 minutes
Svadhyaya or Self-Study
A tip from my book Divine Body Wisdom menstrual cycle tip for the Fall season is to practice svadhyaya .
Svadhyaya means self study. Ideally in the menstrual phase you are resting but for my fellow pittas who want to do something svadhyaya is the perfect solution. Grab a book off your bookshelf that is something that you have wanted to study or learn but haven’t made the time for and dive in.
My personal favs for self-study:
Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
What are you favorite ways to practice self-study or your go to books to learn from?
My Experience and how do you feel at this time?
I would love to know how you experience the luteal phase? For me, I approach it in two different phases and tune into my body even more to notice when I shift into needing to slow down vs continuing my regular scheduled program.
What is your experience with the luteal phase is it one you enjoy, or do you try to pack too much into your schedule and it feels overwhelming? Let me know in a DM over on Instagram!
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