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This Hippie Wore White Yoga Pants On Her Period To Make Some Kind Of Point [PHOTOS]

When you’re on your period, your stamina, energy and mood are thrown for a loop. So with all those hormones going out of whack, you naturally assume that something like yoga could bring balance during this horrible time of the month. On the other hand, doing yoga while you’re menstruating could bring about some unforeseen and often embarrassing situations. But although some would discourage women from doing yoga while Mr. Monthly’s in town, one woman believes it can be a rather positive thing to do, despite the obvious risk of blood and other bodily fluids leaking out in unfortunate circumstances.

If you’re a woman, you’re going to menstruate, unless of course you’ve reached menopause.

The fact is that menstruation is something that women have had to deal with since the dawn of time. So Stephanie Gongora simply doesn’t get why some women treat a period like it’s a taboo that needs to be hidden from others.

If you're a woman, you're going to menstruate, unless of course you've reached menopause.

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Gongora, who’s a yoga instructor, doesn’t like that women are forced to believe that periods are to be censored.

She adds, “we hide our tampons. We’re told not to talk about period-related symptoms. We’re told period sex is gross”. She further added that, “if we ever show any evidence of our periods, we’re censored, silenced, and told to clean ourselves up.”

Gongora, who's a yoga instructor, doesn't like that women are forced to  believe that periods are to be censored.

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So Gongora has decided to fight back against the stigma of being on your period through Instagram and yoga.

She’s known as casa_colibri on Instagram and currently has 268,000 followers, who were shocked when she uploaded a video of herself doing yoga while on the proverbial rag.

So Gongora has decided to fight back against the stigma of being on your period through Instagram and yoga.

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She certainly didn’t hold back when she began doing her yoga workout.

She even wore white yoga pants, which ultimately made it easier for viewers to see as period blood seeped through the pants.

She certainly didn't hold back when she began doing her yoga workout.

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Gongora wanted to send a powerful message that would hopefully change the way women and everyone else in general view periods.

“This shouldn’t be a big deal,” she said. But unfortunately, in today’s world it is. So her protest against the stigma around periods is meant to express that leaks and stains during your period is natural and really nothing to be ashamed of.

Gongora wanted to send a powerful message that would hopefully change the way women and everyone else in general view periods.

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Gongora’s video included captions meant to open people’s eyes, and she didn’t hold back either.

“I am a woman, therefore, I bleed,” she stated. Then she added,” It’s messy, it’s painful, it’s terrible, and it’s beautiful. And yet, you wouldn’t know. Because I hide it.

Gongora's video included captions meant to open people's eyes, and she didn't hold back either.

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The way she expressed how she felt during her period is something that women around the world can totally sympathize with.

She talks about how she often buries that tampons at the bottom of the trash so no one will see and that she handles the pain of her menstrual cramps through awkward breathing technique. But the saddest part of it all is that she has to fake a smile for the sake of society.

The way she expressed how she felt during her period is something that women around the world can totally sympathize with.

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Just don’t say the T word because according to Gongora, it seems to have become a taboo to say out loud.

She expressed dismay as to how women will often put tampons in the back pocket of their purse or in some remote corner at the bottom of the bathroom sink. Even while shopping for tampons, women will put them at the bottom of the cart and look for a female cashier who won’t judge them.

Just don't say the T word because according to Gongora, it seems to have become a taboo to say out loud.

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Gongora feels that the menstrual cycle has become something women are ashamed of being caught having.

But she simply doesn’t get what it is that they’re afraid people will do to them if they’re caught having their period. It’s not like it’s a crime that they’ll send you to jail for.

Gongora feels that the menstrual cycle has become something women are ashamed of being caught having.

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She points out that many women, teenagers and adults, often skip out on life because they’re afraid of being judged while on their period.

They’ll miss school or work because public restrooms don’t always have decent enough sanitary products available in those restrooms, and they’re concerned about showing any evidence that they’re menstruating.

She points out that many women, teenagers and adults, often skip out on life because they're afraid of being judged while on their period.

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So Gongora has had it, which is why she decided to boldly do what no woman has done before.

In an effort to teach women to stop feeling ashamed of something entirely natural and normal, she performed yoga while on her period.

So Gongora has had it, which is why she decided to boldly do what no woman has done before.

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Whatever you do, don’t give your period a pet name because Gongora wouldn’t like that very much.

She feels that hundreds of years of culture have led women to feel embarrassed, and in some cases feel dirty about bleeding. But what she likes the least is the fact that people have started giving their periods pet names to avoid the truth. So instead of saying, “I’m bleeding out of my vagina,” they use terms like Aunt Flo or Mr. Monthly, and Gongora says that it’s time to “Stop Pretending.”

Whatever you do, don't give your period a pet name because Gongora wouldn't like that very much.

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e A Powerful Point.

She’s encourage woman to start talking about it, and by it, we mean menstruation.

Mothers need to educate their daughters so that they understand that a period can be an inconvenience, but also a gift that they should certainly never feel ashamed of.

She's encourage woman to start talking about it, and by it, we mean menstruation.

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But the lesson shouldn’t be limited to little girls, or teenage girls.

Gongora feels that mothers should also educate their sons as well, so that they don’t recoil when they hear or see a tampon. This will also help boys to become more tolerant and accepting of what women go through each menstrual cycle so that they won’t end up shaming these girls or women.

But the lesson shouldn't be limited to little girls, or teenage girls.

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Although Gongoria’s message was incredibly empowering to women everywhere, not everyone saw it that way.

Her “yoga while menstruating” video brought on a great of negative criticism in the comment section on Instagram. But then again, she knew that “a bright red blood spot on pristine white pants would a statement in a society that rarely takes the time to actually read.”

Although Gongoria's message was incredibly empowering to women everywhere, not everyone saw it that way.

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Of course, the comments weren’t all that bad either.

There were some women who actually thanked her for showing them that there’s no reason why women need to hide their periods away. They even praised her for taking such a bold stand in an otherwise discriminating world.

Of course, the comments weren't all that bad either.

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However, some people don’t necessarily think that yoga during menstruation is such a good idea, but not for the reasons you might think.

Julie Bernier, an Ayurvedic practitioner from L.A. has stated that a menstrual cycle is a time of renewal. So during this period, the body eliminates, detoxifies, cleanses, and purifies. So rather than putting the body through excess emotional and physical stress through physical activity, she recommends that women just chill and give their bodies a chance to do what they were meant to do.

However, some people don't necessarily think that yoga during menstruation is such a good idea, but not for the reasons you might think.

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So while some might say that yoga during your period can be physically draining, Gongora stands by her eye opening lesson.

So far, she’s been very successful in getting people to talk about their period, when most women would have otherwise been ashamed of doing so. Ultimately, she can’t do anything to stop the cycle of discomfort that comes from menstruation, but she certainly has more than enough power to stop the cycle of shame and intolerance when it comes to periods.

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