Practicing for Menopause

The current world population is 7.9 billion as of July 2021 according to the most recent United Nations estimates.  The term “World Population” refers to the human population (the total number of humans currently living) of the world.  Approximately 50% of this 7.9 billion are women. That means that just under 4 billion people will, at some point, arrive at their time of life called the Menopause.

Why Menopause Yoga?

This year I took a course, Menopause Yoga, designed by Petra Coveney.  Petra’s aims with her teacher trainings and offerings to women approaching, in and post-menopause are to educate and empower women so that they can embrace the changes in their minds, bodies and emotions.” The 40-hour course allows yoga teachers to understand the menopause both for themselves and their students and to share the specially adapted yoga poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation practices that helped Petra to positively manage her menopause. The training is curated directly through her experience and then built with the support of facilitators from all different professions including osteopathy, Ayurveda, nutrition and creative writing.

I feel so blessed to have found this work as I approach perimenopause. Knowledge truly is power when it comes to inviting in a sense of understanding our own body, mind and spirit and despite each and every woman experiencing this transition to menopause it is still a widely misunderstood experience and also one that is culturally challenged.

What is different about Menopause Yoga from a practice you may find in a studio or online or how can it differ from your regular own practice?

Each class compromises of several different sections including:

A time to listen and discuss.

Breathing strategies specific to certain symptoms such as easing anxiety, calming the mind and cooling the system.

Meditation to invite in a way of responding to the changes and easing tension. This is an excellent addition as it may not always feel appropriate to do yoga poses.

Yoga poses and shapes that support body and mind in this transition and each class will also include yin or restorative.

Information on the biological symptoms of menopause, supplements including natural remedies to support you and books/websites/resources so you can be signposted to people that can give specialised advice.

 Tools and techniques so you can practice yoga and support yourself at home and work when in menopause.

Some classes will also include information from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda inviting in alternative prospective and offerings from the western world of science.

Author, Noelle Harrison, shares that “Journaling represents a time and a space to meet yourself. Connecting to your true feelings and thoughts” – this is highly beneficial in an overstimulating world and at this time so we can spend time getting quiet and reflecting on what we want for ourselves rather than the output of energy to others.

Plus more information and each class will also have a good amount of rest! Truly this work can make a difference and if you are not yet at the stage of menopause then why not share this blog with your friends, family and students because there is a high chance that someone you know will be! 

I would like to thank you for reading this and send out that thanks to my peers on the course, to Petra for making this her life work and to all the Menopause Yoga teachers out there and of course those four billion women who are, have or will experience the change called menopause.

Together we can make a change and own our menopause.

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