Hello again, friends! This is becoming a regular get-together!
Have you tried yoga yet? Do you need any help getting started? Yet to be convinced?
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve come across a little reluctance to try yoga amongst my community of menopausal friends! Mostly because they have this perception that yoga is only for the super-bendy and super-fit! I’ve also noticed a slight scepticism relating to yoga AND the menopause. I’m not sure whether this is either because some women don’t want to acknowledge the fact that they are now “menopausal”, they don’t even realise that they are yet, or they are just not aware of the benefit of yoga for menopause. Which is quite feasible!
In hindsight, I too hadn’t realised I was menopausal (some 15 years ago) and, as a result, received medical treatment for symptoms I now know didn’t need treating the way they were, leading to unnecessary prescription costs, unpleasant side effects, long weaning-off periods, not to mention the negative self-talk that I was now carrying the label of another symptom statistic. Even more recently, although I know I am post-menopausal now, I STILL didn’t appreciate that some of the symptoms I had were menopause-related (& I’m a health practitioner!), so (again) received treatment which was not necessary! And my body has suffered immensely as a result!
Does this sound like you too? If you’re still not sure, how about checking this
Symptom Questionnaire? All in complete confidence, of course!
It’ll just serve to make you more aware, if nothing else. Of course, if you would like to discuss anything relating to you personally or ask questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the comments below or join our private Facebook Group – Changelings – to discuss matters in a safe & confidential environment.
So, what’s stopping you from trying yoga?
This is quite a pertinent question, particularly if you haven’t ever tried yoga before. You might be thinking one of several thoughts:
- I can’t even get my socks on in the morning, so how am I going to do yoga?
- There’s no way I’m going to prance around in yoga pants and a skimpy top!
- I don’t have the time, or energy, to go to a class after a long day at work!
- No way! I’ll be too out of my comfort zone!
And so the list goes on. Any excuse will do!
What you can expect from me?
First of all, my days of delivering heart-pounding, beatbox-yoga style classes are (sort of) over, (although, never say never!). Seriously though, the benefits of practising a slower-paced, more relaxed, yet equally dynamic, yoga flow are just as powerful (if not more so – we still get a sweat on – and you still feel its effects the next day), so beginners to intermediates are expected to be the prime audience. With the average age of menopause being 51 years, the chance of class participants not being at peak fitness initially is highly likely. I therefore deliver classes that are suitable for all levels; no one is left out, made to suffer or get bored, with alternative postures provided for the more (or less) advanced practitioner. So, you can still reach optimum levels of stamina and flexibility, no matter when you start. It’s never too late!
Still need a little extra reassurance?
You will hear me say this countless times (if you haven’t already!):
It has been scientifically proven that Yoga can alleviate the symptoms of Menopause!
Google it! And you will find there are numerous studies showing the effectiveness of yoga for minimising the risk and control, if not prevention, of all of the following menopausal symptoms:
Heart disease – Osteoporosis – Mental Health issues (such as anxiety, depression, mood swings) – Hormone Imbalance/Fluctuations – weight control – memory loss – brain fog – sleep disturbances – night sweats – hot flushes – fatigue – stress – low libido – and more.
I’m passionate about the healing power of natural therapies…
And this, dear friends, is one of the main reasons for selecting Yoga for Menopause as my big business WHY! I am passionate about the healing power of natural therapies, of which Yoga is one. Yoga has come to my rescue, both physically and mentally, when I have faced major crises in life. It has prevented my spinal scoliosis from worsening. It has enabled me to cope without medical intervention (or, at the very least, in conjunction with a less rigorous prescription). Yoga has been in my life for the past 26 years.
DEVOTED TO FINDING SOLUTIONS
So, I am TRULY devoted to bringing this phenomenal modality to those who need a little help with their daily challenges – whether it be for muscular aches and pains, general stiffness and fatigue, desire for more physical tone, a plethora of physiological symptoms, such as hormonal fluctuations, or improved mental well-being.
But I want “LIVE” CLASSES!
<<<We are launching a new Beginners’ Yoga for Menopause class in the New Year. Update/Addendum: Since COVID19 pandemic, we have now introduced online yoga class – click here for more information>>>
Otherwise, look out for my online yoga courses [see link above] specifically designed for women who wish to take control of their menopause, re-connect with their mind & body, and look forward to the next important phase of their lives with transformational results!
Let’s not forget the positive impact of complementary therapies
And, it’s not just Yoga I bring you. From an early age I thought I wanted to be a pharmacist – but what really fascinated me about “ye olde worlde apothecary shop” were the shelves of lotions and potions, the aromas emanating from the little bottles containing magic plant extracts, herbal remedies, tinctures and tisanes. As a young adult, I purchased a cook book specialising in the healing power of herbs. I later discovered the positive impact of aromatherapy and the essential oils for treating (almost all of) the same symptoms you could go to the doctors for.
And nutrition for Menopause
Having qualified as a Holistic Aromatherapist in my early 30s, I then delved a little deeper and, although not quite to pharmacist level (!), I managed to attain my Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nutritional Therapy at the tender age of 40!!
The complete package
So, bringing you experience in these areas (click here for more info), Yoga for Menopause, together with Aromatherapy AND Nutritional Therapy, forms the core of Heart Yoga’s business.
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Heartfelt thanks for reading this post. Meanwhile, have a fabulous weekend. See you next time.
Much love & Namaste