The Benefits of Yoga for Your Period

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Practicing yoga has many benefits for both physical and mental health. This can be especially true during a period. At a time when you may not want to do any high-impact or aggressive working out, choosing some gentle yoga is a great alternative. Here is a small selection of ways gentle yoga can help you during your periods. And how using a menstrual cup can make it an even better experience.

Calm stress and anxiety

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Many studies have shown that regular yoga can effectively reduce stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression. During a period, this is particularly important as the fluctuating hormone levels can make us feel more stressed, anxious, and depressed than usual. Being proactive with yoga is a great way to nurture yourself and reduce stress as much as possible.

Helps to reduce cramping

Cramping can be one of the worst PMS symptoms to endure. For some people, cramps are mild but distracting. For others, they are debilitating agony. The gentle poses and movements can help stimulate blood flow to the abdominal muscles and can help reduce the pain of menstrual cramps.

Encourages peace within your body

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Yoga is an activity that often goes beyond physical exercise and embraces the emotional and spiritual. These elements are equally vital for physical and mental health. The body-positive and self-love messages often sewn into the fabric of yoga classes, encourage self-esteem and feelings of love for your body at a time when it could feel like your body is behaving like the enemy.

Help sleeping problems

Sleeping issues are one of the least discussed symptoms that can come with your cycle. Yet they cause so much discomfort and distress. When you can’t fall asleep or stay asleep due to fluctuating hormones, you become exhausted during the day. Insomnia leaves you less able to combat the rest of your period symptoms. Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce problems with sleeping, which lets you focus on the other symptoms. The power of good sleep should never be underestimated.

A menstrual cup makes period exercise easier

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Doing any exercise or workout using pads or tampons can be uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing. Painful chafing from your sanitary pad, and fear of leaks and tampons falling out. Many people can’t have a hard time relaxing enough in a class to get the benefit.

A menstrual cup like CapdCup can help. With a higher capacity to keep up with a heavy flow and a tight seal to prevent leaks, a menstrual cup can help you comfortably enjoy your yoga class. Here at Capd Period, we believe in ultimate freedom during your period. Our CapdCup is the first cup available that you can empty without removing. This gives you the flexibility to empty your cup whenever you need to quickly and efficiently, even if your yoga class is about to start.

Yoga is one of many tools we have to help with the symptoms of our cycles. Whichever tools you decide to use, the goal is the same. To create a more peaceful and comfortable period where you prioritize your needs and nurture your body. 

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