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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Jan 26, 2022

PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder can be a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening disease, but yoga can be an important tool for those who suffer.  

In this episode, Melissa Sue Ogden shares her personal struggle from getting a diagnosis to managing the disease, and her professional expertise as a yoga therapist who works with that population.


She lived for years with PMDD without access to healthcare or a formal diagnosis, and she survived the monthly rollercoaster using lifestyle changes and the practice of therapeutic yoga. She shares the skills and tools she’s acquired with other struggling PMDD people.



-Why yoga teachers need to know what PMDD is

-How Melissa found yoga

-Going through the diagnosis process

-Some of the common issues people with PMDD experience

-The difference between pms and pmdd

-Suicidal ideation and other comorbidities

-Medical interventions that help some people who suffer from pmdd

-Some common pmdd triggers

-Yoga interventions Melissa uses for herself and her clients

-Existing in the both/and

-Realistic expectations of physical movement as an intervention

-Pain management with yoga

-Having open conversations about pmdd


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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.