THE PRACTICE OF WOMEN DURING THE WHOLE MONTH
Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar
Friends! Yoga Practitioners!
Today, I have been asked to speak about women‘s yogic practice concerning the changes which take place in a
woman‘s body due to her monthly hormonal changes. Before touching the topic, let me clarify the universal factors regarding yoga.
Yoga is meant for everyone. Nobody is excluded from it. Whether they are men, women or children, elderly or aged
people, diseased or disabled, the path of yoga is open to everyone. However you have to practise according to your
physical, mental and spiritual capacity. Yoga is meant to give us a way to discover or rediscover ourselves. It teaches us how to find the great margin of maximum capacity that we have inside us so that we are able to expose ourselves to ourselves and find out what we really are. When I say that you have to adapt according to your capacity, I mean that you have to find out the potentiality, or the potential energy, that you all have inside and how to bring it to the surface in order to utilise it properly. Yoga exposes inner hidden potentialities. In fact, there is nothing in yoga which dictates who has to do what. Yoga is universal in this sense. It is inappropriate to say, “Do and do not do“. We do not say that this is not to be done or that is to be done. To make such differentiation there has to be some cause. Patanjali says that we have to find out what stage we are at and what our level is. We need to know what our energy is, what our po-tency is, what we can do and so on. As we proceed further, we have to see that we achieve every step gradually.