Q: I’m experiencing a lot of premenstrual emotional turmoil, and I’m wondering if there are any yogic remedies or practices that can help.
Sadhguru: The menstrual cycles, which are physiological in nature, unfortunately cause many women a lot of psychological disturbances, due to lack of synchronization between these two aspects of who you are. There is also an elemental dimension to it. The five elements, which form the most fundamental geometry of the body, have to be in sync as well. Pancha Bhuta processes can ease these issues because they organize the elements within your system. There is nothing miraculous about it. The weird thing is actually that so many women are going through a normal biological process as if it was some abominable thing – simply because no one ever taught them how to be in sync with their own system.
Psychological disturbances resulting from physiological processes essentially show a disconnect between the different aspects of who you are. Menstrual cycles may cause some physiological pain, which needs to be handled medically. But they should not cause psychological disturbances. Just doing the Bhuta Shuddhi sadhana could bring total relief.
Editor’s Note: Bhuta Shuddhi is a process of cleansing the five elements within the human system (i.e. earth, water, fire, air, and space). It keeps the system in harmony and balance, prepares it to handle powerful states of energy, and creates the basis to gain mastery over one’s system. For upcoming Bhuta Shuddhi programs, check out the program finder on ishayoga.org.
A version of this article was originally published in Isha Forest Flower March 2016.