Yoga for Women: Practices for your period and addressing menstrual problems
Menstruation is an important part of women’s lives. But many women think menstruation is troublesome or a pain. Even women who study yoga sometimes try to hide that they are on their period, or ignore menstrual health and train so rigorously that their periods stop. I often see women who take medication to try to deal with the headaches or emotional instability that happens before or after menstruation. But menstruation should actually be a very helpful indicator for women. A healthy menstrual cycle is of 28 to 32 days, and a period can last about 5 days. A period may come 2 or 3 days early or late. When a woman can naturally have her period without unnecessary resistance, it is also a wonderful chance to reset, letting both the body and mind refresh and rid themselves of impurities.
Get to know your own body and through asana practice, one can learn:
- how to skillfully handle one’s period
- how to reduce menstrual pain without medicine in order to relax and be comfortable during one’s period
- the best ways to go about the day when menstruating
- what should be avoided during menstruation
[Japan / Iyengar Yoga Center]
Born in Tokyo 1953. Junko met Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar in December 1981. She continued to travel every year to study under Guruji’s instruction at his Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (R.I.M.Y.I.) in Pune, India. There, Guruji instructed her as an assistant in the Remedial Class (a class for treatment and rehabilitation). With this experience, she realized her unique perspective as a Japanese woman, and began conducting maternity yoga seminars and yoga seminars for women.
She participated in a Women’s Intensive taught by B.K.S Iyengar in 1997. Since then, she has focused largely on yoga for women, and continues teaching yoga based on Iyengar Yoga’s philosophy and principles that “by knowing one’s true self, one can liberate energy, restore vigor, and live an energetic and vibrant life.”
Junko founded the Iyengar Yoga Center in Saitama Prefecture, Japan in 2000 (www.yogamarga.com), where in addition to regular classes, she also teaches Special Care classes, where one-on-one instruction is provided to address specific needs. She began teacher trainings in 2007 and has educated many certified Iyengar Yoga teachers. Many diligent students come from all over Japan, including Okinawa, Kyushu, Kansai, and Tohoku. She supervised the Japanese translation and publication of B.K.S. Iyengar’s The Path to Holistic Health.