Yoga for ‘Hot’ Women is a Hatha Yoga practice specifically tailored to support, nourish and empower women through some of the many symptoms encountered at Peri-menopause, Menopause and Beyond.
This is a time of change, transformation, a metamorphosis as major shifts occur in our endocrine system, often a journey of self-discovery, leading to life-changing events. A time to slow-down, take stock and reflect on who we truly are and what we want from life.
“First find rest … If the body wants to slow down, you have to allow it to slow down for a while.” Geeta S. Iyengar author of ‘Yoga: A Gem for Women’.
I’ve been practicing yoga for four decades and have adapted my own yoga practice during chronic illness, grief, pregnancy, postpartum, as a busy working mother and now at peri-menopause.
Like ‘Jemima Shore Investigates’ I love to investigate, explore, watch, listen, read, learn and have gleaned so much knowledge, tried and tested various methods of yoga practice, plus other coping strategies that help me at this stage in my life. I’m keen to share my knowledge and experience, as a yoga teacher, practitioner, homoeopath and a woman, confident it will help to empower, nourish and support other women.
“Take advantage of the clarity of vision that is the gift of menopause and use that gift to let the second half of your life truly be your own.” Christiane Northrup, M.D., ‘The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing During the Change’
I’ve become increasingly more aware of the many menopausal symptoms, approximately forty, and the impact they have on so many women who are suffering, often in silence, wondering what the hell is happening to them!
Yoga practice can help reduce some of the more undesirable effects of hormonal changes by helping to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind.
You will learn a variety of techniques to help cope with some of the many symptoms that can occur e.g. irregular and/or heavy periods, hot flushes, sweats, pelvic-floor issues, pains in the joints, mood swings, sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, panic-attacks, absentmindedness, headaches, palpitations, bone health, fatigue, loss of libido, vaginal atrophy, etc.
“You can use hot flashes as a personal wake-up call: “Wake-up! Something powerful is happening!” Use this changing time before it passes to access and study your old behaviours, sweat out what no longer works – poisons and toxins you have accumulated in your lifetime – and to let go of old hatreds and resentments. The more you use your hot flashes, the more skilful you become in transforming energy, and thus your life.” Ana Forrest, Yoga Teacher
We will also explore the importance of nutrition, exercise, relaxation, mindfulness, self-care and a variety of treatment options. The group will share their experiences and coping strategies so we can learn from each other which can be very supportive. We will also laugh, be sad, confused, hot, anxious, depressed sometimes. I will teach you to recognise, acknowledge and accept these emotions as part of the process as we journey through life. There is light at the end of the tunnel, even if you sometimes feel lost in the dark.
Do come and join us for Yoga for ‘Hot’ Women on Thursday 6.00-7.00pm at Plas Mawr Community Centre, Blackwood, for the next 5 weeks or for 3 weeks from next Tuesday Noon-1.00pm at Studio 54, Blackwood.
For more information check out my Classes page.