The Period Practice
menstruation, menstrual cramps, painful period relief, moon cycle, yoga for women
The average woman spends about 3,500 days menstruating in her lifetime. That's a lot of days, and when your period is painful, it can feel like an eternity. Women and young girls don't always want to talk about it, but this discomfort can vary from barely knowing your period is there to heavy cramping, zero energy, trouble regulating body temperature, and just existing in a horribly painful fetal position at any moment you aren't vomiting. Been there :/ I'm using a lot of props here, so READ IT BEFORE YOU NEED IT! That way you can plan ahead and be prepared when you need it instead of rushing around trying to get set up :) This practice is about relaxing enough to feel what's actually happening in your body and connecting with your intuition to guide you to greater comfort. There are just a few postures here, and I'll explain why we're using them to help you determine if you need that posture or not. This practice is "restorative" meaning we're working in a way that isn't really meant to develop strength or flexibility, it's designed to help restore you to a more balanced state. Things you might need here: 2 Yoga blocks (or something comparable), a chair/bolster/yoga wheel (for supporting the upper body in Child's Pose and Dragonfly), 2 juggling balls/golf balls/tennis balls (or something comparable to apply pressure to a localized area - if the balls are large you can have a blanket/towel to raise the hips also so the low back stays comfy), and a rice sock/heating pad. I like the rice sock because it has a little weight to it for slight pressure and you can make one really cheaply and easily. Mine holds its heat for about 30 minutes, and this practice is about 28 minutes. I know this sounds like an awful lot of stuff, but it will be used intelligently and fluidly as needed, so again, get it ready before you really need it and it will be very helpful. If you're tired, I also encourage you to get more rest. Let this become a time of renewal, nourishment, and self care. If you have the time, you can certainly pause this recording to stay in helpful shapes longer; you can also just use it as a timer and put yourself in other positions you already know to be helpful to you! I also encourage you to visit my "Just for the Ladies" Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/upnorthyogi/just-for-the-ladies/ I've finally found some things that helped me, and I hope they can help you, too! I don't get any "kick backs" from those products, they're just things that have helped me live a normal life in my cycle; be smart here and check with your doctor about any supplements.