On the Yoga tape I use, there are the disclaimers and warnings at the beginning. I have no probem with that. The thing that has me going is that one of the disclaimers says “women who are in mensus [menstrating] should not do these exercises” I am really confused by this. I know that excercise and stretching makes me feel 100% better when I am… you know
Does anybody know what adverse affects could be caused by Yoga done while menstruating? I am at a loss.
I think this goes here, as I think the answers could be too varied for GQ…If I am wrong please move and I apologize in advance.
Well, it could be because some women with certain types of problems could end up with somebody-please-shoot-me cramps, so they think that the safest course of action is to just advise all women to lay off the yoga at certain times of the month.
I have a fibroid, and I basically have to lay off just about any form of exercise when Aunt Flo is visiting, including yoga, because of the cramps.
None of my yoga tapes have this waring in their disclaimer, though.
If you’re thinking of yoga as mild toning exercise with lots of stretching, if it doesn’t hurt you, go for it.
However, if you read any of the deeper philosophical meanings of yoga, they’re all concerned with the natural energy flows within the body. Flows like, say, the reproductive cycle. My WAG is that the tape producer’s opinion of women who do yoga while menstruating is like people going for their first canoe trip down some whitewater rapids…
Indygrrl;The tape is fairly new (less than 4 years old). I thought it might be a sort of archaic warning or such. Actually, I thought it was silly. It is only a moderate yoga tape, nothing too complicated, but above a beginners tape.
I do the yoga anyway and never had a problem, but Asbestos has a point, if one has fibroids or the like, it might cause someone a lot of pain.
I practice Iyengar yoga, and my instructors have always said that menstruating women aren’t supposed to do inverted poses, like headstand or shoulderstand. Not sure why. However, there are many yoga poses that are supposed to be helpful if you’re menstruating.
You’ll find this warning on pretty much any yoga book or tape.
I heard somewhere that it came from the mistaken belief that if you do inverts and other vigorous exercise during menstruation, bits of the edometrium (the lining of the uterus that swells with blood, then breaks down during mentstuation) can migrate out the fallopian tubes out out into the abdominal cavity, leading to endometriosis. While causes of endometriosis remain mysterious, standing on your head while surfing the crimson wave is no longer thought to be a contributing factor.
I’ve never had any trouble doing yoga during my period (if anything, it’s helpful for my cramps) and have yet to develop endometriosis. However, I have learned that a super-absorbant tampon is advisable, for obvious reasons. My more-yoga-than-thou friend doesn’t practice during her period because she thinks tampons are unhealthy, and, well, I don’t have to paint a picture for you, do I?
I took a yoga class that involved some of the inverted postures once. Not knowing that there could be any problem, I did them while I was having my period as well - once. I could feel things flowing the wrong way, it was bizarre… Nothing bad happened, it just felt extremely weird.