Hello and Welcome to Heart Yoga’s first blog post!
And not before time! It’s been a while coming, I know, as there’s been much to do in setting up the business to a point where it can “go live”! As always, there’s still a lot to do (so forgive some of the rookie mistakes), but you’ve got to start sometime, and it may as well be NOW!
It’s possible you’ve seen my recent posts on social media – hence how you’ve wound up here – so you will have seen that the flavour of the month is Menopause Mastery!
In fact, it’s not just for this month; Menopause Mastery is Heart Yoga’s whole reason for existence!
You can read more about us here on the website; but suffice to say, we understand the struggles associated with, and have experience working with, the symptoms of the menopause – anywhere from peri- to post-menopause. So, if it’s natural (or complementary) alternatives you are seeking, we can help YOU!
Of course, solving something as life-changing as the menopause doesn’t come without any effort (unless you are lucky enough to have few or no symptoms). So, if you’re serious about having a go, then you’re already taking one of the steps to mastering the menopause – you are literally Changing your Mind to Change your Body!
Three Steps to Menopause Mastery:
Yes, you are only 3 steps away from taking control :
- Step 1 -Change your Mind!
Not the obvious first step, and not always the easiest, but when you cultivate a positive mindset it really is possible to achieve anything. We have some tips to help you start taking control of your life. If you missed the Facebook and Instagram posts I mentioned above, then click the link and we’ll send you a free guide to setting up a Daily Ritual for Menopause Mastery.
Step 1 includes establishing a Yoga Practice – and before your freak out – this can be as simple as spending 10-minutes seated in a comfortable position, with your eyes closed, simply focusing on your breath. Alternatively, it can be 10-minutes spent relaxing in “Legs up the Wall” position (viparita karani in Sanskrit) – a truly restorative and revitalising practice, anyone can do!
But if you want to take control and be more adventurous, we can help you, by providing you with our free mini Wake-Up Yoga or Bedtime Relax YogaRoutines – just email us for your copy.
As Heart Yoga develops in time, we shall have some new videos to help get you started too, so make sure you join us (link at the top of page) to avoid missing out.
- Step 2 – Nourish your Body!
This next step is more obvious, but for many can still not be easy to achieve. Once again, we feel that, with the right frame of mind (as per step 1 above), you can begin to make a more conscious choice of the foods you put in your body.
Nutrition is the second area of our expertise here at Heart Yoga. We’ll be bringing you some helpful hints and tips to improve your wellbeing and lessen the symptoms of menopause. Watch out for forthcoming links to take-away (pun intended) checklists and recipes!
Here’s one I prepared earlier:
Heart Yoga’s Bircher Muesli – a healthy way to start your day – which can be prepared in advance for convenience.
I like to make up a big batch of the dry ingredients first, as follows:
Porridge oats* – place half the packet (more if you’ve got room) into a large mixing bowl, then add a small bag each of:
- Mixed nuts (raw, crushed, flaked – your choice eg almonds, walnuts, macademia)
- Mixed seeds (eg pumpkin, sunflower, linseed/flax seed, sesame, chia)
- Dried fruits (eg raisins, prunes, apricots, goji berries) – use less of these if you are trying to cut down on sugar intake
*Chia seeds can be used to replace porridge oats if you are gluten-free
Mix the ingredients well and store in an airtight container.
The night before you require your Bircher Muesli, scoop out the required amount (approx 1 cupful per person); place in a separate container, cover with milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy, eg soya, coconut, oat etc) or just plain water. Seal container and place in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, you will notice that the liquid has been fully absorbed, so you may add some more milk/water/apple juice to loosen. Next, top with fresh fruit of your choice (eg berries, grated apple, banana etc), live yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon/all-spice, to your taste. I usually find this is sweet enough, but should you require a little extra, then add a teaspoon of dark, runny honey.
Taste & Enjoy!
Voila! You have a nutritious breakfast which will fill you up, provide slow-release energy throughout the morning and is packed full of healthy, digestible fruit, fibre and essential fatty acids.
- Step 3 – Relax your Mind & Body!
So, this brings us, finally, to the third step – Relaxation! For many, this is a difficult thing to do and for some may even be the root of all menopause issues.
Clinical studies prove the efficacy of Aromatherapy for alleviating symptoms of the menopause, such as pain, stress, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings – the list is endless. So, with Holistic Aromatherapy skills also in our toolbox, Heart Yoga will be bringing you plenty of advice on how to implement a safe and effective home practice using nature’s little helpers, aka the essential oils. These wonderful plant extracts really do offer so many positive health benefits (for half the price of a prescription too!).
We’ll be showing you how to blend oils safely for use on the body, in the bath, in the vaporiser. We’ll also bring you mini How-To Guides for home massage; techniques to use on yourself (or, if you’re lucky, that your partner can use on you!).
For now, go and dig out the Lavender and treat yourself to a relaxing bath (remember, only use a few drops of essential oil, added after the bath water has been drawn).
For added luxury, add a dessert spoonful of sweet almond oil or just plain olive oil if that’s all you have in the cupboard (or you have a nut allergy). Light your aromatherapy candles, play some relaxing music and just let go of all your tension.
So, that’s Heart Yoga, in a nutshell!
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Let’s make this a two-way conversation though. We’d love to hear from you, so do drop us any comments in the box below. And, if you’re keen to learn more about the benefits of Yoga, Nutrition and Aromatherapy for Menopause, then don’t forget to join us too.
Thanks for sticking with us. We really appreciate your company!
See you next time.
With love & gratitude
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