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Yoga and Menopause

Taken from International Light The Official Journal of the International Yoga Techers Association. Issue July - Sept 1999 Provided to me by my Local Yoga Teacher Rosalie Kershaw

In many cultures, the changes in women at menstruation, childbirth and menopause are treated as a time for celebration. Unfortunately, menopause in the west is seen more as a time for decline, rather than recognising this time in our lives as a time of change into deepening power and wisdom. View this stage in your life as a time of new awareness and broadening your personal development.

Menopause occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 and is considered to commence after the last menstruation. Symptoms of hot flushes, sweats. depression, nervousness, loss of self esteem and sudden mood changes often accompany the diminishing levels of oestrogen in the body.

When the body stops producing reproductive hormones, the adrenal glands start to produce an alternative source. However, due to our stressful western life Style, the adrenal glands are often unable to function in this way and supplements may be necessary.

Often, natural means can be found to bring the body back into balance. I have listed some suggestions below, but see a naturopath, homoeopath or your doctor, as each individual differs in her needs.

Some suggestions

Dietary Supplements

Supplements of vitamins often help to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Work with your natural healing practitioner to suit your individual needs. Generally accepted as useful supplements are; Vit E, Vit B group vitamins especially B5 and B6, Vit C, lecithin, ginseng.

For depression., try Vit D, A, and B3 Other herbs include Agnus Castus, Dong Quai, Lady's Mantle, Valerian, etc. You may find hormone balancing properties homoeopathically.

Seek advice.

Asanas to Stimulate The Reproductive Area

All Inversions and postures to stimulate the adrenals and the reproductive organs are helpful.

1/2 Shoulder
Shoulder Stand
Child Pose
Hare Pose
Little Bird
Dog Pose
Abdominal Contractions
Dynamic Breath
Forward Bends

 Please consult a yoga teacher or reference book for more information on how to do these exercises properly to get the maximum benefit.

Written by Nadia MacLeod