What a weird word… period. A dot. Perhaps a bead on a mala. A time in the cycle that connotes a pause.
Not the word I would have chosen. Nope.
I choose “power cycle”. Instead of saying, “I’m on the rag.”, or “I just got my period,”, I say, “power cycle”. As in, “My power cycle just kicked into the flow gear.” Period.
Because your bleeding time is the most powerful reset button for your body as a menstruating woman. Menstruation is the reason women live longer than men. Instead of storing ama (toxins) in the blood (rakta dhatu) and liver (yakrut)…. you have access to the flush cycle.
Yesterday was the first new moon day, and day 1 of my power cycle.
The period of my period. Red blood. Low agni (power of digestion). Mellow, pleasant, intuitive mood. Body flushing blood.
I’m often asked,
“How do I sync my menstruation with the moon cycle?”
If you’re a menstruating woman and you don’t know if your menses correlates with the moon, I suggest you start to notice. Once you notice, start worshipping the moon and you’ll align. Anything you do to synchronize with Earth’s rhythms and your moon’s cycles will start the shift. Perhaps, most powerfully, is simply taking the time to squat, with heels planted, gazing at the moon throughout it’s cycle. Oh, how primitive…. I know.
For a more action-oriented suggestion:
Take Trikatu or Banyan’s Kapha Digest for the 3 days during the dark phase of the moon.
2 capsules 3 x a day for 3 days.
Don’t do this if you have a high pitta condition or are already aggravated and irritated in general. It might take a few months. Be patient… and absorb the light of the moon into your womb. No really, try it.
Painful periods? Menstrual Problems?
If you’re one of the gals who moans on the couch, popping Motrin, you should read this book.
For those not familiar with Sri Swamini Mayatitananda… her old school name is Maya Tiwari. This book isn’t for the casual. It’s powerful old school Ayurveda to realign your cycles. Period.
For those not looking for old school Ayurveda, just grab my moon rhythm cheatsheet. You can print the Moon Rhythm Cheat sheet and tape it to your bathroom mirror. If it’s helpful, share this post with your friends, yoga students, clients. I wrote a simple power cycle story, included a moon chart, and a checklist. The checklist will power up your “power cycle”.
I find most women have no idea during what phase of the moon they menstruate. Oh, how embarrassing, really. Not for you, but for whomever educated you on your period in 7th grade health class. How far the patrriachial modernists went to usurp your power cycle. Oy vey (Yiddish: אױ װײ).
If you’re healthy and aligned, the moon will literally pull and pulse your womb along with the rest of you into vibrant health. The only symptom of a healthy power cycle is a mellow increased intuitive phase. Not bitchiness, pain, bloating, cramping, and food cravings. Being in sync, your body is in flow, your agni mellow, your emotions relaxed. Your period is the easiest way to gage your health. Period. If you hate your period because your bloated and in pain…. you need to detox and align.
If you too are on day 1 today…. power on sista.
Menstrual problems are a sign that you’re not in sync and that your
systems are out of whack. Fortunately, most don’t take long to completely reverse with diet a lifestyle.
- Eat only 3 meals a day (no snacking)!
- Eat dinner by 7 pm.
- Enjoy your evenings.
- Go to bed early.
- Don’t engage in stress patterns.
- Exercise immediately upon arising, before food (or coffee).
- Ditch your alcohol and caffeine addiction.
- Drink green smoothies for breakfast and up your chlorophyll (leafy green) intake to 50% of your diet.
You can leave a comment on your relationship with the moon and your menstrual cycle.