Showing posts with label Menstruation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Menstruation. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Ritual Impurity And Stigma Surrounding Menstruation In Hindu Societies?


All body secretions are regarded a source of ritual impurity in traditional Hindu culture (ashaucha).

During their menstrual cycles, women are regarded ritually unclean, and menstrual fluid is considered a cause of impurity.

Menstruation, on the other hand, is seen as a sign of good fortune since it signifies a woman's reproductive abilities.

The ceremonial observances and taboos for menstruating women range greatly between socioeconomic groupings.

Women are subject to just a few restrictions in certain organizations, such as a prohibition on visiting temples during that period.

Women are required to limit themselves to certain areas of the home and abstain from ordinary tasks such as cooking in other groups.

Although such a rigid practice may seem restrictive, many women valued this time off as a monthly break from their daily responsibilities, which would be handled by the other women in the family.


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Yoga during Menstruation



Menstruation is a normal part of life. Uterine contractions can cause intense cramps in the lower abdomen and lower back during a time. Yoga will help you relax by releasing endorphins.


  1. To relieve pain, stretch out your lower body and back.
  2. Forward bends, inside hip openers, and soft twists will also assist with menstrual symptoms.
  3. Inversions, according to others, can induce engorgement in the uterine blood vessels, which can enhance blood flow, and should be prevented over a cycle. 
  4. Inversions, on the other hand, are recommended in B.K.S. Iyengar's book The Path to Holistic Health over a time to minimize blood flow. 


You should pay attention to your own body and make decisions based on that. If you don't feel up to it, try a slower-paced yoga pose routine.