Cramps, excessive bleeding and pelvic discomfort mark menstrual period and body aches. Asanas relax the body and pranayama improves the mental poise. Hence, it is not an exaggeration that yoga strengthens the body, calms our emotions, tones up the internal organs and builds up the capacity to endure pain, by training the mind.
Asanas help to energise and stimulate the brain, chest, lungs, and heart, and maintain hormonal balance in the glands. They help to ease pain and cope with stress, anxiety and depression caused due to menstruation
Yogic postures should be avoided
during menstruation that is accompanied by fatigue and excessive bleeding. Yogic experts recommend that head and shoulder stands or inversions be avoided during the menstrual cycle. The practice of asanas that squeeze the abdominal region should also be avoided to prevent any hindrance to the natural flow of blood, as it can lead to fibroids, cysts, and even cancer.
During menstruation, the female body cleanses itself, therefore it is best to reduce the physical activity and include rest and relaxation.