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Menopause: Yoga Practice No.1

I have a new website to run alongside this one. It focuses on women’s health and the different cycles we live with and move through. I know we don’t need to talk about this everyday but we should be able to talk to each other if we need to.

I have posted my first blog about the menopause and yoga. This will be an ongoing series. As I read through different resources, the main self-help is to calm the nervous system and give ourselves permission to do what we would tell our family and friends to do: take time out, do something you love doing, give yourself some space to work out what you need, nourish yourself …

There are plenty of ideas about yoga practice during menopause. I am not sure about particular asanas (postures) stimulating specific endocrine glands but I am sure about the effect on the body, to bring it to a balance and to open the joints and heart. I am sure about the effect of the breath on the mind, head and body. I feel myself move from agitation to stillness when I gift myself the time to pause. I have changed my own practice and am beginning to feel the effects, particularly during the night. The last two nights I haven’t woken until 5 am and I went back to sleep. That’s not happened for a while!

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Yvonne x