Inverted Poses During Menstruation?

Some women like to incorporate yoga into their running schedules. However, some say that women shouldn’t perform inverted poses during menstruation. Is this true? Are there running exercises women should avoid during menstruation as well?

Inverted Poses During Menstruation
If you feel fatigued while menstruating, it may be better to avoid inversions.

Well, there has been no research that shows that inversions—poses where your heart is higher than your head—have a negative effect on the female body during menstruation.

As with all kinds of exercise, it’s important that women take ownership over your yoga practice and stay in tune with their bodies and what feels best. If you feel very fatigued while menstruating, it may be better to avoid inversions or other poses that are more strenuous, however, you may find the inverted poses to be invigorating and restorative.

Regardless of the time of the month, the female body is capable and strong, so don’t avoid your normal training—yoga, running or any other exercise—just because Aunt Flo is in town. Stay positive and remember to be flexible and make modifications if you feel as if you need to change your position.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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