Yoga brings balance to body, mind and soul. But the body of mens¬≠trua¬≠ting people chan¬≠ges every month! In our next online course on the sub¬≠ject of yoga for your cycle, we will exp¬≠lain how you can still ensure har¬≠mony in your body. Tog¬≠e¬≠ther with yoga tea¬≠cher Laura, we will find out what influ¬≠ence the mens¬≠trual cycle has on the body and how we can best deal with it. Because every cycle phase brings chan¬≠ges, and not only mentally, but also phy¬≠si¬≠cally. In this inter¬≠view Laura exp¬≠lains her own per¬≠so¬≠nal jour¬≠ney to cycle-con¬≠scious yoga. So, are you ready to learn more about yoga for your cycle?

Please introduce yourself briefly: Who are you and what do you do?

Hello, I‚Äôm Laura, 34 years old, yoga tea¬≠cher, foun¬≠der and mana¬≠ging direc¬≠tor of TRIBE Yoga Base in Ham¬≠burg, Ger¬≠many. I stu¬≠died health sci¬≠en¬≠ces and medi¬≠cal manage¬≠ment and then worked as a con¬≠tract mana¬≠ger in a health insurance com¬≠pany for five and a half years. In May 2019, I took the big step to fol¬≠low my heart and start my own busi¬≠ness with the yoga caf√© TRIBE Yoga Base in Ham¬≠burg Eims¬≠b√ľt¬≠tel. And now I am about to open my second yoga stu¬≠dio in Ham¬≠burg Ottensen.

How long have you been practicing yoga? How has your yoga journey been up to this point?

I first came into con¬≠tact with yoga as a teen¬≠ager. Curious to try a new sport, I grab¬≠bed the DVD ‚ÄúPower Yoga with Ursula Kar¬≠ven‚ÄĚ from my mother and did my very first sun salutati¬≠ons. Back then, I sim¬≠ply skip¬≠ped the chap¬≠ters on ‚ÄúEntry Medi¬≠ta¬≠tion‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúSavasana‚ÄĚ, igno¬≠red the announ¬≠ce¬≠ments on inha¬≠ling and exha¬≠ling, and was proud to have mas¬≠te¬≠red almost all of the Asa¬≠nas on the first try, thanks to my twelve years of bal¬≠let expe¬≠ri¬≠ence. Howe¬≠ver, this had little to do with a holistic yoga prac¬≠tice. During my stu¬≠dies, I lived by the principle ‚Äúborn to per¬≠form‚ÄĚ and con¬≠si¬≠de¬≠red any hobby that didn‚Äôt make me sweat to be a waste of time. I pushed yoga and medi¬≠ta¬≠tion into the dra¬≠wer of eso¬≠te¬≠ric non¬≠sense. And so, unfor¬≠tu¬≠n¬≠a¬≠tely, I lost sight of the Asana prac¬≠tice again.

From student to teacher

And today? A life without yoga? Unt¬≠hin¬≠ka¬≠ble! Yoga has set me on a path that leads to mys¬≠elf. It began at a fasci¬≠na¬≠ting Power Yoga class during the Yoga.Water.Sound Fes¬≠ti¬≠val in 2015, after which I bought my first real yoga mat and a ticket for ten visits at the yoga stu¬≠dio. There on the mat, I was finally able to fully engage in yoga and rea¬≠li¬≠zed, that I walk out of every class with a big fat ‚Äú+‚ÄĚ no mat¬≠ter what shape I‚Äôm in before practice.

A year later, my yoga jour¬≠ney really took off. After a really beau¬≠ti¬≠ful retreat in Por¬≠tu¬≠gal and a loving impulse from my close friend Dinah, I deci¬≠ded to pur¬≠sue trai¬≠ning to become yoga tea¬≠cher. Since then, yoga has become an important part of mys¬≠elf. The intense invol¬≠ve¬≠ment with yogic prac¬≠tice and tea¬≠chings has brought me into deep con¬≠tact with my body and mind. Thanks to yoga, my life and that with my fel¬≠low human beings has become so much more liveable and it feels so good to approach things in a more rela¬≠xed way and, above all, not to take them so seriously any¬≠more. It ful¬≠fills me so much to share this pas¬≠sion with others and to have crea¬≠ted an ideal place for it with my yoga caf√© ‚ÄúTRIBE Yoga Base‚ÄĚ. It is the yoga stu¬≠dents who teach us yoga tea¬≠chers accep¬≠t¬≠ance, devo¬≠tion, change of per¬≠spec¬≠tive, humi¬≠lity, con¬≠cen¬≠tra¬≠tion and so much more.

Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga f√ľr den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-√úbungen, yoga practice, yoga asana, yoga for the menstrual cycle, cycle yoga, Photo Credits: Grit Siwonia: https://www.grit-siwonia.de, Vulvani
Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga f√ľr den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-√úbungen, yoga practice, yoga asana, yoga for the menstrual cycle, cycle yoga, Photo Credits: Grit Siwonia: https://www.grit-siwonia.de, Vulvani

Photo Credits: Grit Siwo­nia

What tips do you have for people who are just getting started with yoga?

I tell people who are just star¬≠ting out with yoga to throw all their opi¬≠ni¬≠ons about yoga over¬≠board and take an online yoga class or a yoga course in a stu¬≠dio without any expec¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons. Pre¬≠fer¬≠a¬≠bly in a stu¬≠dio that appeals to you from the web¬≠site or simi¬≠lar, but where you have never been or know no one there. And then just fully engage in the yoga ses¬≠sion, com¬≠ple¬≠tely arrive on the yoga mat, lis¬≠ten to your own breath and feel your body. Then after¬≠wards to do a check-in: ‚ÄúHow do I feel after the yoga prac¬≠tice?‚ÄĚ I bet it feels pretty good ūüėČ  

What has been your favorite moment as a yoga teacher so far?

I would say that there hasn‚Äôt been THE best moment as a yoga tea¬≠cher, but it‚Äôs always nice to prac¬≠tice yoga with other people, to expe¬≠ri¬≠ence the vibes of the group, whe¬≠ther on site in the stu¬≠dio or online in the live¬≠stream. This fee¬≠ling of con¬≠nec¬≠tion, this group spi¬≠rit awa¬≠kens a lot of gra¬≠ti¬≠tude in me and gives me mea¬≠ning and fulfillment.

What is your personal favorite yoga practice or Asana? And why?

Dif¬≠fe¬≠rent from a few years ago, I cur¬≠r¬≠ently pre¬≠fer to prac¬≠tice calm yoga, espe¬≠cially Yin Yoga. I feel that it really grounds me and brings me down in my other¬≠wise active ever¬≠y¬≠day life. Yin Yoga helps me to streng¬≠t¬≠hen my con¬≠nec¬≠tion to my body and also to acti¬≠vate my spi¬≠ri¬≠tual side more. In terms of yoga poses, I pre¬≠fer to prac¬≠tice heart-ope¬≠ning Asa¬≠nas, i.e. back¬≠bends, such as the but¬≠ter¬≠fly in the laid-down ver¬≠sion with a yoga cushion under my back. 

Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga f√ľr den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-√úbungen, yoga practice, yoga asana, yoga for the menstrual cycle, cycle yoga, Photo Credits: Grit Siwonia: https://www.grit-siwonia.de, Vulvani

Photo Credits: Grit Siwo­nia

What do you find particularly exciting about yoga for your cycle?

I just find it beau¬≠ti¬≠ful to honor my cycle, to ack¬≠now¬≠ledge this mira¬≠cle that my body per¬≠forms month after month. So I‚Äôm try¬≠ing to align my life¬≠style habits more and more with the dif¬≠fe¬≠rent pha¬≠ses of my cycle. Since yoga is a very essen¬≠tial part of my life, both pro¬≠fes¬≠sio¬≠nally and per¬≠so¬≠nally, I like to align the inten¬≠sity of my yoga prac¬≠tice with my cycle: a quie¬≠ter prac¬≠tice ‚Äď fol¬≠lowing the motto less is more ‚Äď during the luteal phase and mens¬≠trua¬≠tion. While in the fol¬≠li¬≠cu¬≠lar phase and during ovu¬≠la¬≠tion, I love to get out and sweat.

How do you use yoga for your cycle during your period?

My favo¬≠rite thing to do during my period is defi¬≠ni¬≠tely Yin Yoga. It really helps me to come down. I feel that I sink more and more into a state of deep rela¬≠xa¬≠tion. Some¬≠ti¬≠mes I even shed a tear or two. This is some¬≠thing I really like, because I see it as a sign of some¬≠thing that is being released. Some¬≠thing that has accu¬≠mu¬≠la¬≠ted over the course of the last mens¬≠trual cycle and that I can now free mys¬≠elf from ‚Äď through yoga for your cycle. I also like to prac¬≠tice Yoga Nidra during my mens¬≠trua¬≠tion. Just lying on my back and sin¬≠king into a state of deep rela¬≠xa¬≠tion is soooo good. After¬≠wards ever¬≠ything always seems so simple and clear to me.

Do you have any tips for people who would like to practice yoga for your cycle more often (but then can‚Äôt bring up the energy and end up on the sofa)?

I recom¬≠mend inte¬≠gra¬≠ting the yoga prac¬≠tice into your ever¬≠y¬≠day life. Write down into your diary which clas¬≠ses you would like to take part in and if necessary book them directly online. If it‚Äôs yoga in a stu¬≠dio, then I advise you to pick clas¬≠ses that take place right after work. This way, you can take your yoga clothes and yoga mat to work in the morning and then go directly to the stu¬≠dio at the end of the day, without having to make a detour home.

It‚Äôs also great to meet up with friends for a yoga ses¬≠sion. Whe¬≠ther at home in the living room with video or live¬≠stream or in a stu¬≠dio: a yoga date gives you more com¬≠mit¬≠ment and, above all, the exchange after the class is fun.

Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga f√ľr den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-√úbungen, yoga practice, yoga asana, yoga for the menstrual cycle, cycle yoga, Photo Credits: Grit Siwonia: https://www.grit-siwonia.de, Vulvani

Photo Credits: Grit Siwo­nia

What do you like about teaching yoga classes online?

What I like most about online yoga is that yogi¬≠nis and yogis from all over the world can join in. It breaks down the local bounda¬≠ries and we can con¬≠nect with each other world¬≠wide in an online yoga class. Prac¬≠ti¬≠cing yoga in a gui¬≠ded way is super fle¬≠xi¬≠ble. Espe¬≠cially with yoga videos, the yoga stu¬≠dents can arrange their prac¬≠tice exactly as it fits their sche¬≠dule, inde¬≠pen¬≠dent of any stu¬≠dio times.

What does your personal yoga routine look like?

My per¬≠so¬≠nal yoga rou¬≠tine cur¬≠r¬≠ently mainly con¬≠sists of about 20 minu¬≠tes of medi¬≠ta¬≠tion in the morning. Since Corona, my per¬≠so¬≠nal Asana prac¬≠tice is admit¬≠tedly very low. This is because since the first Lock¬≠down, we yoga tea¬≠chers in my yoga stu¬≠dio have been tea¬≠ching online or hybrid, i.e. simul¬≠ta¬≠ne¬≠ously in the stu¬≠dio and on the live¬≠stream. So because we‚Äôre on our mats all the time, it‚Äôs usually chal¬≠len¬≠ging enough from a purely phy¬≠si¬≠cal standpoint.

It‚Äôs only when I‚Äôm mens¬≠trua¬≠ting that I‚Äôm intui¬≠tively drawn to my mat. Then I like to do Yin Yoga alone at home, eit¬≠her online in the live¬≠stream or with video inst¬≠ruc¬≠tion. This retreat just feels super good ūüôā

Would you also like to try yoga for your cycle? Then check out TRIBE‚Äės Insta¬≠gram chan¬≠nel and Laura‚Äės per¬≠so¬≠nal channel.

Britta Wiebe, period education, Vulvani
Britta 
Co-Foun­der Vulvani | britta@vulvani.com | Web­site | + posts

Britta Wiebe is the co-foun­der of Vul­vani. She loves rese­ar­ching, wri­ting and designing new arti­cles or inno­va­tive edu­ca­tio­nal con­cepts about mens­trua­tion all day long. When she is not tra­vel­ling the world, she enjoys spen­ding time with her loved ones in the beau­ti­ful city of Ham­burg in Germany.