Yoga for Women's Health: Do You REALLY Have to Stop Inverting During Your Period?

Fact or fiction? We asked a yoga teacher and licensed acupuncturist specializing in women's health for her take.
By Maria Villella ,

Some yogis are probably no strangers to receiving alternate direction if, as teachers say, they are on "ladies' holiday" or a "moon cycle." But is it true that inversions such as Headstand, or even Downward-Facing Dog, shouldn't be practiced during the menstrual cycle? Here, Maria Villella, who leads our course Yoga for Women's Health, shares her perspective.

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Tired of feeling on edge, in pain, or out of sync during your menstrual cycle? Dealing with PMS symptoms like dramatic mood swings, cramps, or insomnia? Trying to conceive—or avoid pregnancy? Join Maria Villella, E-RYT, LAC, and founder of Elysia Life Care, for Yoga for Women's Health, a 6-week online course that will dive into the physiology of your reproductive cycle—from both the medical science and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspectives—along with yoga practices, acupressure meditations, meal plans, and more, tailored to the phases of your cycle, to help you feel your best every day of the month. Learn more or sign up today!

About our expert, Maria Villella
Maria Villella, LAc, Dipl OM, E-RYT 500, is a vinyasa and Ashtanga teacher and teacher trainer who has studied yoga with Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, and other notable yoga teachers around the world. She taught Mysore at YogaWorks Santa Monica for 6 years. In addition, Maria is co-founder of Elysia Life Care wellness center in Santa Monica, CA, a licensed acupuncturist and fellow of American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine specializing in women’s health. What makes Maria unique is her vast knowledge, education, and experience in yoga, meditation, and treating patients clinically using acupuncture, herbs, diet, functional medicine to achieve life-changing results. Maria continues to study from prominent researchers in the fields of acupuncture, herbs, functional medicine, yoga, and women’s health. 

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