Yoga For Menopause
EMAYOGA - YIN, HATHA & YOGA NIDRA
TO HELP ALLEVIATE SYMPTOMS IN MENOPAUSE & PERIMENOPAUSE
So many women have found that yoga, especially restorative and supportive poses, can reduce the undesirable side effects of menopause.
Working with specialists and health professionals, Emma runs workshops and classes throughout the year to support women in the perimenopause and menopause stages of their lives.
YOGA FOR HORMONAL IMBALANCE
Menopause is simply the moment that menstruation stops, this transition commonly takes several years. This perimenopausal phase typically occurs in women between the ages 45 - 55.
For the duration of perimenopause, fluctuating oestrogen and progesterone levels may trigger a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Most common are hot flushes, anxiety and bad temper, fatigue, insomnia, depression and mood swings, memory lapses and fuzziness, and an unpredictable menstrual cycle.
YIN & HATHA YOGA
Restorative yoga uses props (bolsters, blocks, straps, eye bags) to support the body, create comfort and minimise muscular tension. This, in turn, helps to relax the nervous system, which fosters a deep sense of wellbeing, thus enabling women to let go mentally. This is invaluable for women who often have disturbed sleep patterns due to hormonal changes, anxiety, and night sweats. To an observer, it may seem that a woman in a fully supportive yoga pose (which can be held for anything between a few to twenty minutes) is not doing anything. However, letting go of endless list-making and rigid expectations is how we can help women facilitate a deeper state of rest.
Yoga Nidra (also known as yogic sleep) is a powerful technique for controlling your body's relaxation response. It is a form of guided meditation and can be as restorative as a good nights sleep.
The practice of Yoga Nidra allows you to scan the body and tap into a state of relaxed consciousness as the mind settles in a place between wakefulness and sleep thus giving your mind and body an extra window of deep relaxation and switching on the parasympathetic side of our nervous system - our rest and digest side.
Yoga can really help women at this transitional stage in life by creating a positive state of mind. This may help women feel grounded and in tune with the changes they are going through. Deep breathing and chest opening poses can energise women. These improve circulation and increase oxygen uptake in the body. Foggy thinking may be improved by practising inversions such as downward-facing dog, which send fresh oxygenated blood to the brain, thus encouraging (stimulating) clearer thinking. Weight-bearing standing poses help stimulate bone cell activity, which in turn helps to prevent osteoporosis. Restorative yoga poses help soothe the nervous system. They also help with insomnia and aid in restful sleep.
MENOPAUSE & PERIMENOPAUSE
A great relief from my symptoms, the hot flushes were driving me mad.
I only wish I'd tried this earlier during my menopause.
Don't make my mistake, Emma's classes really work!