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How to Balance Your Menstrual Cycle Naturally with Ayurveda
Do you suffer from painful periods, heavy, clotty flow, irregular cycles, hormonal acne, or intensified moods?
If answered yes, you’re not alone! Most women don’t know what a healthy menstrual cycle is. As a result, they suffer unnecessarily and tolerate hormonal imbalances that are not only inconvenient — they are a sign that something needs our attention.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Through Ayurveda, you can learn how to balance your menstrual cycle naturally so the arrival of aunt flo isn’t a dreadful experience.
In the sections that follow, we will cover:
What is Ayurveda
How Ayurveda helps balance hormones and regulate menstruation
Signs your menstrual cycle is imbalanced
Menstrual self-care Tips with Ayurveda
Let’s get started!
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda translates to ‘the knowledge of life.' This ancient, whole-person healing system dates back 5,000 years and focuses on a customized approach to well-being.
As opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach, Ayurveda offers an optimal approach to using food as medicine and lifestyle to each individual based on their unique doshic picture.
For a comprehensive read click here, Ayurveda and Menstruation – Creating a Healthy Flow
Your menstrual cycle is a window into your wellbeing. According to Ayurveda, each month your cycle shows you which doshas are imbalanced. Read on for Ayurvedic insights on women's health from start to completion.
How does Ayurveda Help Balance Hormones and Balance Menstruation?
Ayurveda promotes health throughout all levels of your being-mind, body, and spirit, which is why it’s such an effective way to balance menstruation.
Because each consultation is tailored to the needs of the individual, it leads to better results naturally. Using food as medicine, herbal remedies and Ayurvedic lifestyle tools, women come to realize that a health, balanced cycle, is one that is uneventful.
Signs your Menstrual Cycle is Imbalanced
A regular menstrual cycle is one that occurs every 21 to 35 days and is asymptomatic in nature (as in, you don’t even ‘feel’ it coming). Bleeding typically will last for a few days to a week, and may be bright red, dark red or brown. When you menstruate, you release rasa dhatu (the body’s inner ocean) in the form of plasma, blood, and tissue.
Signs of menstrual imbalance include:
Pain or discomfort
Irregular periods that are inconsistent both in terms of timing and duration
Abnormally heavy and bleeding and clotting
Fatigue and mood changes
Everything is harder, amped up
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s likely imbalanced hormones are at the root.
I Balanced My Menstrual Cycle Naturally with Ayurveda
“I was tired of seeking advice from mainstream medical professionals, even my beloved midwives. I have long had heavy periods, but think took a turn a couple years ago, getting even heavier. As a result of so much blood loss, I had become highly anemic, irritable, sleeping restlessly, hooked on morning coffee, and suffering through bloating, craping, and spotting for a good chunk of the month.
With Veena’s help, things are getting aligned. I am now a firm believer that: A.) She definitely knows what is talking about and B.) Ayurvedic medicine can be trusted. I am grateful to have found Veena!” --Angie D. -Minnesota
Explore More: Ayurveda and Menstruation – Creating a Healthy Flow
Menstrual Self-care Tips with Ayurveda
Your monthly cycle offers you a unique look inside of your body. With caring guidance, you can understand which doshas are imbalanced and create a harmonious hormone state.
Depending on your doshic picture, the way to balance your menstrual cycle will vary. To learn more how Ayurveda can help you, click here to schedule a free consultation.
1.) Use food as medicine. Ignorance may equal bliss, but not when it comes to the food your body needs to survive — and thrive! Balance your cycle and your doshas by eating foods that are ideal for you. Whenever possible, choose whole foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (such as fresh, local fruits and vegetables).
2.) Meditate regularly. Consistent meditation is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Meditation is especially helpful during your menstrual cycle when your body is working hard to release toxins and fluids it no longer needs. By giving your body time to rest and rejuvenate, it will have an easier time throughout your period. Stress is a significant factor in all imbalances, and the hormonal system is influenced by stress chemicals. You're invited to make daily use of our popular and free guided progressive practices.
3.) Drink warm lemon water. Your body needs continuous hydration to function properly and stay balanced. Start each day with a warm glass of lemon water and remember to drink water throughout the day (not just when you feel thirsty). The citrus in the water helps your body rid itself of toxins.
4.) Practice Pranayama. The way we breathe can change how energy flows throughout our bodies. If you learn to use diaphramatic breath and relaxation practices, you'll be able to strengthen your mind and body connection which can aid in balancing the hormones in your body.
5.) Practice yog-asana. Certain asanas can aid in digestion, the removal of toxins and blockages, and keep the energy within us flowing freely. Regular asana practice will help you keep your body active, flexible, strong, and free from internal blockages. For a healthy cycle, try Child’s Pose, Butterfly’s Pose, Bridge Pose, and Plow. Which asanas will benefit you most depends on you as a whole.
5.) Learn Diaphragmatic Breath and Change Your Life. Breathing links us both to the mind and the body. And the more we pay attention to breathing by way of a gentle awareness, the more we can relax and find our mind concentrated. That’s where diaphragmatic breathing exercises come in.
Change my breath and it changes my life? It may seem an overly dramatic claim, yet it is not. Without breath, where is life? There are many sayings in English about breath, we lost our breath, we catch it, we hold it, we take a deep breath--yet the breath of life--meaning something one depends on, is among the most profound. Breath is not something we tend to connect with consciously yet is foundational in Ayurveda and to life itself.
There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 step meditation process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.
"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."
- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.
3. Ayurveda Daily Routines: Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day
"Choose a couple of practices from the routines that provide you with the greatest support. Perform them while applying our two minute meditation technique and your mundane tasks, just transformed into a mellifluous meditation. This is meditation applied to daily life." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
"Veena was able to help me regain my energy in just a few months and I’m feeling like my “young” self again! I love the food plan she designed for me, and all the supporting practices (am/pm routines, breathing techniques, herbs, and spice mixes) are so enjoyable to incorporate into my day. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda if you want to feel better and have more vitality.”
-Molly Rossini, Minnesota
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“After six months with no period and increasing concern, I am happy to report that my periods are completely regular. With just two months of Veena’s treatment, they are almost symptomless except for mild cramping. I am feeling very good and well balanced overall. My skin has improved as well. I am looking forward to doing the cleanse with you this spring. “ – A.K. Minnesota
“Veena is experienced and caring. Her knowledge is astounding. She took the time with text support to help me get into habit of taking the herbs on time. She picked me up when I didn’t have energy to keep going. My A1C numbers quickly went from 6.3 to 5.7. As a fitness and wellness professional, I strongly recommend you take the first step with Veena.” –N.L., Corrales, New Mexico
“I had a wonderful consultation with Veena. She was thoughtful, supportive, knowledgeable and it was really easy to talk to her about everything.
She has a wealth of knowledge for many different aspects of Ayurveda which helped me expand my own experience with the practice.
The treatment plan she devised, based on some of my biggest challenges or symptoms, were very insightful and specifically designed and purposed for me and my situation--which I loved.
Many of the practices suggested were new to me, but Veena has a way of encouraging people so that it doesn't feel overwhelming or impossible. I highly recommend her services for anyone looking to address any imbalance in their life, big or little.”
-Elise vanWeisternen, Seattle, Washington
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We all want to be heard, understood, and cared for as whole beings, not a set of isolated symptoms. True health is more than the absence of disease, which is why Western medicine so often leaves us feeling hopeless and unseen.
Deep down, you already know what you’re searching for: a new framework for living – one that brings your entire being back into balance. With Saumya Ayurveda, you’ll receive individualized guidance to create the physically, mentally, and spiritually vibrant life you crave.
Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.
She is President Emeritus of the Meditation Center and former staff member of the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda.
Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee. She remains passionate for over 30 years, helping clients feel their best physically, emotionally, and spiritually with Ayurveda.
Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, so it fits your life.