Will Going Upside Down in Yoga Give Me Endometriosis?

One of the most common questions that arise when teaching fertility yoga, and yoga in general – is – Can I go upside down when I’m on my period? Will I get endometriosis? Will my endometriosis get worse?

At the time of this recording, March 2024, it is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Shining light on this debilitating and often ignored disease has left women suffering in pain for decades. I work with a lot of people who have endometriosis, as it affects fertility, and the topic of inversions always comes up! So here is my take on whether or not you should go upside down in yoga when you have your period.

In this episode I talk about about yoga inversions when you’re menstruating.

  • what are full inversions and half inversions
  • What is endometriosis
  • Where to get good info about endometriosis
  • Physiologically – going upside does not cause retrograde endometriosis
  • Yoga tradition says no inversions while menstruating because of Apana Vayu – downward flowing energy
  • Understanding your body as it cycles
  • Respecting the flow of nature
  • What poses I recommend for when you’re bleeding

Resources:

Original Blogpost: https://fertilebodyyoga.com/blog/yoga-inversions-and-endometriosis/

Suggested poses for when you’re menstruating

⁠Supported Wide Angle Forward Fold⁠

⁠Supported Semi-reclined Baddha Konasana⁠

⁠Belly Bolster Prone Savasana can be wonderful if you have cramps⁠

⁠40 Days to Fertile Freedom Small Group Program⁠⁠⁠⁠

Fringe Fertility is brought to by⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Kerry Hinds ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠and⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠Fertile Body Yoga⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ – a virtual holistic wellness hub for those going through fertility. She focuses on the mind, body, energy & soul while supporting people in⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠coaching programs⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠,⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠fertility yoga classes,⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ and⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠collaborative workshops⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠.

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About Kerry

About Kerry

Kerry Hinds is a E-RYT, RPYT, Relax and Renew® Certified Teacher, Fertility Yoga Teacher, and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder of Fertile Body Yoga and teaches weekly fertility yoga classes and offers other avenues of mind + body support for those trying to conceive. All is available in the FBY Virtual Studio.

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