Q & A: Can I Do Yoga While on my Period?

Question: Are there yoga poses that I should avoid when I'm menstruating?

Answer: This is honestly a personal decision. You need to be tuned into your body and identify how exactly you are feeling while you are on your period. If you often feel light headed or suffer from headaches, I would avoid headstand or handstand or any poses where your head is below your heart for a prolonged period of time.

If you often feel dizzy during that time of the month, widen your stance during the warrior poses and if the class ever becomes too intense remember that child's pose is your best friend.

It's always a good idea to use this time once a month to enjoy a restorative yoga practice especially if your regular practice is intense and vigorous. Tune into what your body needs and take the time to get quiet and reflect.
My Sunday Yoga Flow in the Park is a wonderful slow practice where we spend a lot of time stretching. Stop by and say hi.