Resting from Practice During Menstruation
It is recommended that women take threedays of rest – often referred to as “ladies’ holiday” – during their menstrualperiod for several reasons. The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to preparethe body for pregnancy; when conception does not occur, the thickened lining ofthe uterus is shed through menstruation. One reason to take rest during themenstrual period is that the downward and eliminating flow during this time maybe counteracted by inversions such as sarvangasana and sirsasana. A second,more subtle, reason is that engaging mula bandha may be more difficult and/ormay counteract this downward flow. Without engagement of the bandhas, vigorouspractice can be physically unsafe. A third, more general, reason is thatexcessive activity can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle or the cessation ofmenstruation (amenorrhea). Menstruation may therefore serve as a convenienttime to rest as the body begins the next cycle. Though taking rest is recommended,it remains an individual choice. As the external and internal practice changesover time, the physical and spiritual importance of taking rest for aparticular woman may change as well. If a woman decides to observe ladies’holiday, she is still very much practicing yoga during this time, as yoga isfar more than just asana.
建议女性休息三天——通常被称为“女士节日”——经期休息有几个原因。月经周期的目的是准备怀孕的身体,增厚的子宫内层是通过月经流出。在月经期间休息的一个理由是,在做sarvangasana （肩倒立）and sirsasana（头倒立）等体式时候，可能会影响身体向下的血液流向。第二,更微妙的原因是, mula bandha（会阴根锁）可能更加困难/或可能抵消向下流动。Bandhas（根锁）没有约束力,充满活力的练习使身体不安全。第三,更普遍,原因是过多的活动会导致月经周期不规则或停止月经（闭经）。月经可能会因此成为一个休息的时间,身体开始下一个循环。虽然建议休息,但它仍然是个人选择。经过一段时间，随着练习带来的身体外部和内部的变化，身体和思想休息的重要性对于特定的女人可能会改变。如果一个女人仍然坚持在这段时间练习,是因为瑜伽不只是体式练习。