The yoga instructors I have been taught by tell women not to do inversions during their period. Tonight in yoga we did shoulder stand.
If the instructor does not give an alternative pose I usually choose legs up the wall. Baxter gave us an alternative option tonight. It was almost like legs up the wall but without the wall. I chose to do that. It felt good. The bolster is an amazing tool to use during yoga practice.
In the Yoga Health Benefits article I found: “According to the traditional Yoga philosophy, menstruation is referred to as ‘apana.’ This refers to a downward flow of energy. Performing an inversion when one is experiencing ‘apana’ is thought to interfere with this natural flow of energy.” I have heard this before and I tend to follow this philosophy.
As I was researching for this blog post I found many articles, posts, etc. that said inverting during your period was fine. But all said the individual should decide what is best for her.