Yoga for Your Moon Time (Video)

07/27/2010 03:33 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Sara Avant Stover Yogini, teacher, author and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman

When I was teaching a women's yoga workshop in China a couple of years ago I learned that it's not uncommon for women there to get the first few days of their menstrual cycles off from work. Lucky ladies! Since then I've started my own personal revolution by taking a "wellness day" on the first day of my cycle to rest.

I think that every woman deserves the same. Our menses are a time for rejuvenation and tapping into our inner wisdom. It's not a time to be exercising vigorously, cooking for our families, or buzzing around town doing errands. We need to use these days to stay home and slow down; for a major ingredient in women's happiness is making sure we're well rested. When our batteries hit "low" we're of no use to ourselves, much less to others.

Here's a mini yoga practice that any woman can do during her moon time. I've chosen the two essential postures that will help you to rest and ensure a healthy menstrual flow. They're practical -- meaning you can do them at work during your lunch break, when your children are napping, or on your bed before you go to sleep at night. No previous yoga experience is required!

I hope that they serve you to recharge during your moon time; and, as always, leave a comment below to let me know how it goes!