Yoga for Women’s Health: The Best Type of Practice for Each Phase of Your Menstrual Cycle
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You may already know that your hormones fluctuate throughout the four phases of your menstrual cycle. After all, it’s why you feel energized at some points of the month and exhausted at others. Aligning your yoga practice with each those phases could help you work with the ups and downs—and experience more ease all month long. Here, Maria Villella, yoga teacher and licensed acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, explains how.
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.