Tai Pei, Taiwan
- Apana-Downward moving energy as in excretion, urination ejaculation and menstruation
- Vyana-Multi-directional energy that circulates & distributes. Vyana propels circulation of the blood and hormones.
- Udana-Outputting energy centered in the throat that formulates information and projects it into speech.
- Pran-Expanding energy that fuels respiration and creates absorption
- Samana-Slow-moving energy centered at the naval that drives metabolism as it moves food along the digestive tract over time
Inversion postures, such as headstand, shoulder stand, and hand stand, place the body completely upside down, which reverses the natural downward flow of apana upon which menstruation relies. Similarly, a disturbance is created when the bubbles of carbonated soda gravitationally move up from the stomach (creates the ability to burp) when food wants to digest downward. In both cases, there are two energies present that are moving in opposite directions. The message is mixed, so body cannot function optimally. Here are a few ways you can use the opportunity to relieve the abdominal pressure that can accompany menstruation, while others are doing inversion postures.
- Ease menstrual pain by supporting the sacrum with a bolster, allowing the pelvis to tilt down over the edge of it. Put your body in an L shape with sit bones on the ground and close to the wall, with only the legs on the wall. Either the heels are stretched up the wall or the soles of the feet facing each other with the feet down near the groin. Breathe slow ujjayi breaths, elongating particularly the exhale.
- Baddha konasana is another posture that relieves menstrual pain. Here again the soles of the feet are facing each other. Instead of lying on your back, you are sitting up as in lotus. Remain lifted in the chest as you slowly walk the hands forward and chest toward the ground, gradually over several exhales. Bend forward from the hips only as far as you can with a flat spine. Be sure the back of the neck is in line with the spine, usually by dropping the chin a bit and projecting through the crown of the head. Breathe.
Unique to the feminine gender, menstruation is not "the curse" it was termed in high school. It's a blessing.
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