For some ladies, menopause is a breeze and for others it is a long, torturous journey accompanied by radical shifts in mood, temperature and weight. Practicing yoga in a gentle way can help to bring your body back into balance, alleviating discomfort both in body and mind.
Try yoga before you explore the minefield that is hormone replacement therapy. The HRT regimen, which artificially elevates estrogen and progesterone levels, has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Major studies have linked it to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes,and other life-threatening conditions.
Calming yoga paired with stress-inducing menopause is a match made in Heaven. Child’s pose, demonstrated in this video, is a cooling position, that soothes the sympathetic nervous system. For people who have sensitive knees or very tight hips it may be more relaxing for you to practice a variation of this pose. I suggest lying down on your back and pulling your knees into your chest and breathing there with an eye pillow to create pressure across the lower forehead. It’s the gentle pressure on the brow that sends a message to the body to relax and cool down.
Paying attention to your diet and attending a Restorative yoga or a gentle Hatha class on a regular bases will help you to navigate these challenging times.
Don’t forget your sense of humour.