Oh that time of the month. We have a lot of ways of talking about it (or not), can experience all kinds of emotions before and when it arrives, and more often than not, just keep on keepin' on until it's done. hough each of us experiences our menstrual cycle differently, we all go through four phases of it each month. Each of these brings it's own changes in energy levels, emotions, reactions, thoughts, and more. Yoga is fabulous tool to help us tune in to our body wisdom and better respond to our changing needs over the course of the month. How so?
Yoga helps to practice being fully present, both on and off our mat. Being present is what makes it possible to messages and feedback from the body to the brain. More often than not, our mind-body communication tends to go in one direction, mind to body. We're more used to telling our bodies what to do than listening to what our bodies need. Enjoy a 20-minute practice for your pelvic floor AND a healthy period.
What questions do you have about your pelvic floor or your period and yoga? Comment below and let me know!
Many women feel a sense of annoyance or dread when it comes to their menstruation. I think this is in part because we're not taught from the onset of menarche that our periods and cycles tell us so much about our overall health. Instead, we immediately find convenient ways to hide that auntie flow has arrived, the old tampon up the sleeve or back pocket trick.
Unless you have heavy bleeding, an extreme amount of pain or no periods at all, you are told your periods are fine. However, there is a great variety in the area of fine and it is important to pay attention throughout the month to what our bodies are telling us.
Deciding to start a family or grow your family can be such a joyous and amazing time. It can also be a stressful and scary time. One thing that can undoubtedly make trying to conceive easier is tracking your cycles. This includes things like tracking your basal body temperature (BBT), cervical mucus and using ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) to better understand when you are the most fertile. It also includes monitoring what your period is like. The number of days bleeding occurs, how heavy the bleeding is and the consistency of the blood (color, thickness, clots, etc.) are all examples of what you want to be paying attention to.
Despite the benefits of tracking your cycles, it can be a little difficult to remember to fit all of this into your already busy life. Below are 5 reasons why tracking your cycles is so important. Hopefully, these reasons will give you a little motivation to keep on keepin’ on.
PCOS can be a huge fertility block, but the good news is you can manage your symptoms while TTC naturally. In this video I'm sharing a 20-minute yoga practice you can can come back to any time to manage your PCOS naturally and get closer to conceiving that baby you're dreaming about!
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is being seen more and more in reproductive clinics. There is a general lack of public knowledge surrounding PCOS although it is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women. Since the symptoms of PCOS can vary, many women only become aware of the syndrome when trying to conceive. PCOS is a metabolic disorder (blood sugar imbalance) that can cause a myriad of symptoms from weight gain, acne, hair loss, hair growth on the face, anovulation (lack of ovulation) and make for unpredictable periods and difficulty getting pregnant. However, PCOS is very manageable with treatment as well as diet and lifestyle practices.