Yoga has helped me personally as I continue my journey through the menopause, by maintaining mobility through awareness in movement and easing stress through breathing and relaxation techniques.
An age-old mind and body practice, yoga offers a focus on breathwork, postures and meditation. It can help to cope with the changes that take place in a women’s body during menopause. Benefits of regular practice help maintain muscle and bone density, relieve stress and anxiety as well as improving flexibility and reducing aches and pains.
In 2022 I would like to offer yoga menopausal workshops to women who feel they could benefit from techniques to assist them through this stage in their life. Please use the contact box below to register your interest or give me a call. I aim to make the workshop a small and personal affair, offering information, an opportunity to share your experience with other women and experience yoga breathing, postures and meditation that will help you with your symptoms.
The menopause is caused by a change in hormone levels, when the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone fall. Hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, mood changes, joint stiffness, loss of confidence, palpitations, insomnia, headaches and reduced libido are just a few of the symptoms that women can suffer when they are going through the menopause. However, every woman’s experience of the menopause is unique to them.
There are 3 main stages of menopause:
· Perimenopause: usually in your 40’s, can last 6 years or more. Unpredictable/less frequent periods, irregular dips in oestrogen.
· Menopause: average age 52 but varies lots. Defined as 12 straight period-free months; marked drop in oestrogen.
· Post menopause (defined as any age after menopause). Oestrogen levels continue to drop.
There are several lifestyle changes that can help to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause such as exercise, eating well, reducing stress and alcohol levels as well as stopping smoking.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an option that some women choose to take. This replaces the depleted hormone levels and can go on to reduce the risk of osteoporosis (weakening of the bones as the oestrogen levels drop) and cardiovascular disease.