Perks on Your Period
Go with the Flow
Your moon cycle is a time of month to be honored, revered and respected, even though many women dread the bleeding part of their period. Rather than face this time with feelings of shame, embarrassment or annoyance, you can celebrate—or at least find the “up side” of this monthly occurrence. Here’s a great way to start: Enjoy these three “perks” to help you experience your menstrual flow in a new way. You might actually find yourself looking forward to your monthly period!
Perk #1—Yogically, a cold shower is the ultimate hydrotherapy; it’s one of the best and simplest ways to stay young and healthy. (Yogi Bhajan recommends this practice as a way to flush the blood from your inner organs, open and stimulate your capillaries, and balance your entire glandular system.) Braving the cold water is never an easy thing to do – especially first thing in the morning, but during menstruation you get to take a break from it, as this practice is not recommended for pregnant or menstruating women.
Perk #2—Want a tasty and healthful treat when you are menstruating? Saute a small handful of raw almonds (with the skins on) in a spoonful of ghee on low heat. Cook slowly, gently stirring the nuts until the almonds are lightly toasted. Place almonds in a bowl with a tablespoon of honey. The almonds give your body the energy, protein, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, folic acid and vitamin E that it craves during this sensitive time of the month; the tannins in the almond skins provide an astringent for your uterus.
Perk #3— During the few days of your menstrual flow, take some time for a little extra-special pampering. Being in the flow of your monthly cycle adds an extra incentive to relax and put on the brakes. Get cozy with a book and a cup of warm ginger tea (great for menstrual cramps). Nurture and care for your body by saying “no” to extra commitments or involvements that may heighten your stress levels. Avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in any activities that may put strain on the lower back. Slow down and go inward. Honor your privacy and enjoy being in silence with yourself and a special prayer. Take it easy and go with the flow!
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