Every women will go through menopause, well if you are lucky to live long enough.
Women are living longer and working longer and therefore we are living a large part of our lives through peri menopause and post menopause.
The average age of menopause is 51 and there are more women than ever in the workplace over 50.
A high amount of young women go through early menopause, for a variety of reasons and often misdiagnosed, leaving them to go through years of issues.
Then, there is the women who’s menopause is medical, going through trauma such as cancer and adding a forced menopause into the mix.
Menopause is often seen as a thing that happens to old ‘dried up’ women. Often refered to as the ‘change’ and often the butt of jokes when it is spoken about.
Menopause is a natural event in a women’s life and the more we talk about it, take away the taboo, the more the workplace will help women going through it, The younger generation will recognise symptoms and the women who are having horrific symptoms can get the help they need without being embarrassed.
When we visit a GP the average time allocated is 12 minutes! That is not a long time to get out the list of symptoms you might have, articulate, not cry! and for the doctor to assess and give you possible options. So we need to be empowered, we need to go into that appointment ready to take action. Know the options we want to discuss and use that 12 minutes to help us and the GP get the most out of it as possible.
There is a huge amount of information on the internet, books, apps, but at a time when women can feel overwhelmed, anxious and alone, Menopause Yoga aims to bring a lot of this information together so that women can feel community, support and informed to make choices for their menopause.
I am a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher and have taken additional training with Petra Conveney who developed the Menopause Yoga Teacher Training with the British Wheel of Yoga. Petra works with Dr Louise Newson who is a GP and Menopause Expert, running a private menopause clinic in England. She also works with nutritionist Emma Ellice Flint.
|Wellbeing with Elizabeth |
Menopause Yoga workshop series and mini workshops provide the following.
|Adapted Yoga sequences to help with symptoms, signposted so that you know what to do when.|
|Ayurveda – What can we learn from this ancient holistic healing system? Which was developed in India around the same time as Yoga.|
|A community of women to discuss and share if you wish.|
|Tools to help you track, understand and recognise symptoms. Use for GP Visits.|
|Relaxation techniques – Meditation, Yoga Nidra.|
|Information on Natural remedies – Essential Oils, suppliments.|
|HRT – Not advice, but signposting information for you to make informed choices.|
|Hormones – which ones are which? what do they do? What happens without them.|
|Symptoms – What are they?|
|Nutrition – Always important, even more so during menopause, which foods cause issues what foods can help with symptoms.|
|Risks – Understanding the risks – heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis.|
|Recommended reading – Taking the pain out of the mountain of information.|