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Yin & Menstrual Cycle

 
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yaelflusberg



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Location: Washington, DC

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Yin & Menstrual Cycle Reply with quote

I had a first-time Yin student from Japan in class today who took to Yin Yoga like a newly prosthelytized convert and was immediately making fabulous leaps between Yin and all sorts of natural cycles -- and we landed on the the monthly ovarian cycle for a good long while -- i.e., follicular, ovulation, luteal and menstruation. Honestly, other than what might be helpful to practice during ovulation or menstruation, I hadn't thought about the other two pieces to the cycle. Would love to hear any and all thoughts and ideas about Yin/the best kinds of sequences of combos of Yin/Yang for these parts of the monthly cycle. Thanks!
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Bernie



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting topic. I can't speak from any personal experience on this matter, but the idea of the body experiencing cycles seems right. We have daily cycles, monthly ones and even yearly ones. Should we do yin during the yin phases of these cycles? Or maybe, for balance we should seek yang--when winter is upon us, do we need more yin? Maybe that's the best time for a nice, juicy yang practice: hot yoga! On the other hand, winter is a time to rest, so maybe it is perfect to do yin then.

How to know? Experience, I suppose. Try a little and see how you feel. I suspect everyone will require their own unique prescription.

Cheers
Bernie
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yaelflusberg



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, it makes intuitive sense to me that we have daily, monthly, and seasonal phases of all sorts and that yin-yang applies to all of these. Very cool to dig into that. Bernie, I love your try-it-for-yourself approach (what I suggested) but just in case others have any different ideas.......Cheers back!
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