Yoga brings bal­ance to body, mind and soul. But the body of men­stru­at­ing peo­ple changes every month! In our next online course on the sub­ject of yoga for your cycle, we will explain how you can still ensure har­mony in your body. Together with yoga teacher Laura, we will find out what influ­ence the men­strual cycle has on the body and how we can best deal with it. Because every cycle phase brings changes, and not only men­tally, but also phys­i­cally. In this inter­view Laura explains her own per­sonal jour­ney to cycle-con­scious 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’m Laura, 34 years old, yoga teacher, founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor of TRIBE Yoga Base in Ham­burg, Ger­many. I stud­ied health sci­ences and med­ical man­age­ment and then worked as a con­tract man­ager in a health insur­ance com­pany for five and a half years. In May 2019, I took the big step to fol­low my heart and start my own busi­ness with the yoga café TRIBE Yoga Base in Ham­burg Eims­büt­tel. And now I am about to open my sec­ond yoga stu­dio in Ham­burg Ottensen.

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

I first came into con­tact with yoga as a teenager. Curi­ous to try a new sport, I grabbed the DVD “Power Yoga with Ursula Kar­ven” from my mother and did my very first sun salu­ta­tions. Back then, I sim­ply skipped the chap­ters on “Entry Med­i­ta­tion” and “Savasana”, ignored the announce­ments on inhal­ing and exhal­ing, and was proud to have mas­tered almost all of the Asanas on the first try, thanks to my twelve years of bal­let expe­ri­ence. How­ever, this had lit­tle to do with a holis­tic yoga prac­tice. Dur­ing my stud­ies, I lived by the prin­ci­ple “born to per­form” and con­sid­ered any hobby that didn’t make me sweat to be a waste of time. I pushed yoga and med­i­ta­tion into the drawer of eso­teric non­sense. And so, unfor­tu­nately, I lost sight of the Asana prac­tice again.

From stu­dent to teacher

And today? A life with­out yoga? Unthink­able! Yoga has set me on a path that leads to myself. It began at a fas­ci­nat­ing Power Yoga class dur­ing the Yoga.Water.Sound Fes­ti­val in 2015, after which I bought my first real yoga mat and a ticket for ten vis­its at the yoga stu­dio. There on the mat, I was finally able to fully engage in yoga and real­ized, that I walk out of every class with a big fat “+” no mat­ter what shape I’m in before practice.

A year later, my yoga jour­ney really took off. After a really beau­ti­ful retreat in Por­tu­gal and a lov­ing impulse from my close friend Dinah, I decided to pur­sue train­ing to become yoga teacher. Since then, yoga has become an impor­tant part of myself. The intense involve­ment with yogic prac­tice and teach­ings has brought me into deep con­tact with my body and mind. Thanks to yoga, my life and that with my fel­low human beings has become so much more live­able and it feels so good to approach things in a more relaxed way and, above all, not to take them so seri­ously any­more. It ful­fills me so much to share this pas­sion with oth­ers and to have cre­ated an ideal place for it with my yoga café “TRIBE Yoga Base”. It is the yoga stu­dents who teach us yoga teach­ers accep­tance, devo­tion, change of per­spec­tive, humil­ity, con­cen­tra­tion and so much more.

Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga für den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-Übungen, 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 für den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-Übungen, 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 start­ing out with yoga to throw all their opin­ions about yoga over­board and take an online yoga class or a yoga course in a stu­dio with­out any expec­ta­tions. Prefer­ably in a stu­dio that appeals to you from the web­site or sim­i­lar, but where you have never been or know no one there. And then just fully engage in the yoga ses­sion, com­pletely arrive on the yoga mat, lis­ten to your own breath and feel your body. Then after­wards to do a check-in: “How do I feel after the yoga prac­tice?” I bet it feels pretty good 😉  

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

I would say that there hasn’t been THE best moment as a yoga teacher, but it’s always nice to prac­tice yoga with other peo­ple, to expe­ri­ence the vibes of the group, whether on site in the stu­dio or online in the livestream. This feel­ing of con­nec­tion, this group spirit awak­ens a lot of grat­i­tude in me and gives me mean­ing and fulfillment.

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

Dif­fer­ent from a few years ago, I cur­rently pre­fer to prac­tice calm yoga, espe­cially Yin Yoga. I feel that it really grounds me and brings me down in my oth­er­wise active every­day life. Yin Yoga helps me to strengthen my con­nec­tion to my body and also to acti­vate my spir­i­tual side more. In terms of yoga poses, I pre­fer to prac­tice heart-open­ing Asanas, i.e. back­bends, such as the but­ter­fly in the laid-down ver­sion with a yoga cush­ion under my back. 

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Photo Cred­its: Grit Siwo­nia

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

I just find it beau­ti­ful to honor my cycle, to acknowl­edge this mir­a­cle that my body per­forms month after month. So I’m try­ing to align my lifestyle habits more and more with the dif­fer­ent phases of my cycle. Since yoga is a very essen­tial part of my life, both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally, I like to align the inten­sity of my yoga prac­tice with my cycle: a qui­eter prac­tice – fol­low­ing the motto less is more – dur­ing the luteal phase and men­stru­a­tion. While in the fol­lic­u­lar phase and dur­ing ovu­la­tion, I love to get out and sweat.

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

My favorite thing to do dur­ing my period is def­i­nitely Yin Yoga. It really helps me to come down. I feel that I sink more and more into a state of deep relax­ation. Some­times I even shed a tear or two. This is some­thing I really like, because I see it as a sign of some­thing that is being released. Some­thing that has accu­mu­lated over the course of the last men­strual cycle and that I can now free myself from – through yoga for your cycle. I also like to prac­tice Yoga Nidra dur­ing my men­stru­a­tion. Just lying on my back and sink­ing into a state of deep relax­ation is soooo good. After­wards every­thing 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’t bring up the energy and end up on the sofa)?

I rec­om­mend inte­grat­ing the yoga prac­tice into your every­day life. Write down into your diary which classes you would like to take part in and if nec­es­sary book them directly online. If it’s yoga in a stu­dio, then I advise you to pick classes 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 stu­dio at the end of the day, with­out hav­ing to make a detour home.

It’s also great to meet up with friends for a yoga ses­sion. Whether at home in the liv­ing room with video or livestream or in a stu­dio: a yoga date gives you more com­mit­ment and, above all, the exchange after the class is fun.

Zyklus-Yoga, Laura Feindt, Yoga Tribe Base Hamburg, Yoga für den Menstruationszyklus, Zyklusphasen und Yoga, Yoga-Praxis, Yoga-Übungen, 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 yogi­nis and yogis from all over the world can join in. It breaks down the local bound­aries and we can con­nect with each other world­wide in an online yoga class. Prac­tic­ing yoga in a guided way is super flex­i­ble. Espe­cially with yoga videos, the yoga stu­dents can arrange their prac­tice exactly as it fits their sched­ule, inde­pen­dent of any stu­dio times.

What does your per­sonal yoga rou­tine look like?

My per­sonal yoga rou­tine cur­rently mainly con­sists of about 20 min­utes of med­i­ta­tion in the morn­ing. Since Corona, my per­sonal Asana prac­tice is admit­tedly very low. This is because since the first Lock­down, we yoga teach­ers in my yoga stu­dio have been teach­ing online or hybrid, i.e. simul­ta­ne­ously in the stu­dio and on the livestream. So because we’re on our mats all the time, it’s usu­ally chal­leng­ing enough from a purely phys­i­cal standpoint.

It’s only when I’m men­stru­at­ing that I’m intu­itively drawn to my mat. Then I like to do Yin Yoga alone at home, either online in the livestream or with video instruc­tion. This retreat just feels super good 🙂

Would you also like to try yoga for your cycle? Then check out TRIBE‘s Insta­gram chan­nel and Laura‘s per­sonal 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.