Yogi Dressed In White Powerfully Defies Period Shame On Instagram (Watch Video)

Why do people rave about what a miracle pregnancy is while they try to push menstruation deep under the covers of shame? Isn’t it ironic that both are absolutely natural phenomena in a woman’s body but one gets glorified while the other is shunned? This is what provoked yoga instructor Steph Gongora to takes matters into her own hands and put a stop to period shame.

1. Creating Waves That Knock Down Beliefs

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Gongora posted a video clip of her dressed fully in white, practicing various yoga poses on a mat, revealing a red period stain. The post was uploaded on Instagram and now this gutsy yoga instructor has over 258,800 followers. Through her post, she urged people to open up more about menstruation, to be comfortable with the fact that it’s okay to bleed, to not feel or spread the shame.
She said, “I am a woman, therefore, I bleed,” she wrote. “It’s messy, it’s painful, it’s terrible, & it’s beautiful.

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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.”

2. A Shout Out To Stop Period Shame

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Gongora further talks about how everyone should start talking about periods so as to educate the world about how it’s completely natural and normal. Her post is a shout out to all those girls and women who are conditioned to believe that it’s dirty and shameful to bleed. Gongora wants all genders to join hands together to stop propagating the circle of shame that surrounds menstruation. She encouraged people to teach girls to be proud that they bleed and boys to not feel uncomfortable when they hear the word “tampon”.

3. Holding Up A Greater Cause

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Gongora has been

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in gaining popularity recently as she started discussing important causes and NGOs with her followers. This post too has a greater cause behind it as it highlights an organic tampon company named Cora that donates sanitary napkins and tampons to over 100 million girls all over the world who have limited access to menstrual products.
It looks like Gongora has achieved what she wanted to do as the post has already got over 350 thousand views and six thousand comments- both positive and negative. “That’s the kind of stuff I can galvanize behind, no money or even product needed,” She wrote. “Just a mission I support on a topic we should ALL be talking about.”

none; word-wrap: break-word;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BQJBpi3ATz6/" target="_blank">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
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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
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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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