She practices yoga on her period – wants to eradicate the taboo: “Messy, painful, terrible & beautiful”

Staying healthy and sharp for as long as possible is a common goal for most of us, and countless paths can lead you there.

In recent years, yoga has become increasingly popular because of the great results it offers both mentally, and physically.

Steph Gongora, a mother of 5, teaches yoga and has written several books on the subject.

To encourage other women to practice yoga every day of the month, Steph performs her yoga in white clothing to show that she’s not ashamed of her period.

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Getting rid of the period taboo

Talking about women’s period has become more and more common, as a society we are trying to get rid of the taboo that surrounds it. After all, it’s one of the most natural things in life, without the menstrual cycle, no children would be born.

Steph Gongora contributes to the cause in her own way.

“I am a woman, therefore, I bleed”

The mother-of-five believes no woman should be ashamed of her period.

To inspire other women, she posted a clip on Instagram, performing a yoga session like she normally does.

But she does it in white clothes and without anything to hide she is currently on her period.

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I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. . It's messy, it's painful, it's terrible, & it's beautiful. . And yet, you wouldn't know. Because I hide it. . I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight lipped, painted on smile. . Tampons? Shhh. We don't say those words out loud. Hide them. In the back pocket of your purse, in the corner of the bathroom drawer, at the very bottom of your shopping cart (please let me get a female cashier). . Events or engagements get missed. I'll tell myself it’s the PMS, sure, but it has more to with the risk of being "caught," at what…I'm not quite sure. . And I’m lucky. . Over 100 million young women around the globe miss school or work for lack of adequate menstrual supplies, & fear of what might happen if the world witnesses A NATURAL BODILY FUNCTION. . WHY? . Because hundreds of years of culture have made us embarrassed to bleed. Have left us feeling dirty and ashamed. . STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names like Aunt Flo because you're too afraid to say "I'm bleeding" or "vagina." Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity. . START talking about it. Educate your daughters. Make them understand that it can be both an inconvenience and a gift, but NEVER something to be ashamed about. Educate your sons so they don't recoil from the word tampon. So when a girl bleeds through her khaki shorts in third period (pun intended), they don't perpetuate the cycle of shame and intolerance. . This #StartSomethingSunday , I want to highlight @corawomen . . Cora Women is a 100% Organic tampon company. . But that’s not all. They are also breaking barriers. Making it ok to talk about periods, even on social media. Providing personalized, delivered tampon/pad orders right to your door. AND for every box purchased, donating a box of sustainable pads to girls who can't afford menstruation products. . Fuck yeah. That's the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, NO money OR product needed. Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about. . THIS IS JUST A LEAK, NOT FREE BLEEDING ✌🏽

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In the post you can read the following (shortened):

“I am a woman, therefore, I bleed. It’s messy, it’s painful, it’s terrible, & it’s beautiful. And yet, you wouldn’t know. Because I hide it. I bury things at the bottom of the trash. I breathe, ragged and awkward through the cramps, all the while holding onto this tight-lipped, painted on a smile … STOP PRETENDING. Stop using silly pet names for your period like Aunt Flo because you’re too afraid to say “I’m bleeding” or “vagina.” Stop wasting so much effort hiding the very thing that gives this species continuity.”

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Steph simply wants women to stop being ashamed of who they are.

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Please stop… . trying to normalize yourself… . whatever that even means . Stop watering down each little piece Every intricate part That makes you different That makes you unique . Society so often screams at us to blanket anything that stands out. Iron down the wrinkles, balance out both sides. No hair out of place, no mar on the skin. You better not be flat where they want rolling hills or mountainous where the magazines show expansive plains. . But I for one find more beauty in the unusual, my gaze is lovingly drawn to the odd. . Why would I want a face like his or hers, yours or theirs? . This is not to say that you can't change yourself, no. Not at all. . But, but, but… . Fix that crooked tooth because you finally have the money to do something nice for yourself. . Because every time you look in the mirror it reminds you of poor decisions in back alleys, and you're just not that person anymore. . You've moved past that life, you've grown. . Don't straighten your smile just to please an intangible ideal. . Don't water down your personality, don't mute your character just to prove that you belong in some undefinable herd of sheep. . It's true that your body is YOUR temple . Yours to decorate Yours to adorn Yours to burn . But regardless of whether you're hanging up gaudy tapestries or white washing the walls, . Make sure you're really doing it for… . YOU. . 📸 @griff_j #authenticmovements #backbend #heartopener #wheelpose

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