With every turn of the cycle, many yogalilans take the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a restorative yoga practice. Such a practice is designed to alleviate the discomfort or fatigue that may accompany the onset of the menstrual period. In addition to being deeply soothing and relaxing, there is an introspective quality to the practice that seems to create a feeling of comfort, solitude and sanctuary. Many yogalilans report relief of cramps, backache, and fatigue, as well as simply enjoying the release and sense of self-care in these supported postures. The need to unleash the inner Kali and destroy the world is often similarly eased. Arguably, the main beneficiary of a menstrual restorative practice could be everyone around you.
There are numerous sequences that can be followed, most of which are based on Iyengar style use of props.
We have found the sequences in the following books particularly helpful:
How to Use Yoga by Mira Mehta
Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health by B.K.S. Iyengar
The Women's Book of Yoga and Health by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden -or the spin-off publication of this book containing only the menstrual cycle sections: Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Linda Sparrowe and Patrica Walden
There are also some excellent on-line sources for additional information and suggested sequences: