The menopause is the time when a woman stops bleeding. This and the up to 10 years leading up to it (the peri-menopause) is a time of tremendous transformational potential in a woman’s life, when her kundalini energy awakens. It is often misunderstood and experienced only as a time of anger, sorrow and loss. In fact it is a time of huge change, akin to the teenage years (a bridge between the child and the adult). The menopause and the 10 years before it is a bridge between the younger fertile woman and the older wise woman. It is a time when our unresolved health issues may need addressing. Yoga at this time harnesses our kundalini energy and enables the transformation of our true self. We can deny it or embrace it!
How do I know if I am Perimenopausal?
The average age for the menopause, is between 48 and 51 years (depending on which source you read). This means that many women are entering the perimenopause in their late 30s. As women are having babies later than ever before (several generations ago, the average age for having a first baby was 21; it is now 28), women are often exiting their postnatal years directly into the perimenopause.
Some indications that you might be perimenopausal:
- Changes to your menstrual cycle / symptoms
- Hot flashes
- Irritability & mood swings
- Weight gain
- loss of sense of self
How can yoga help?
Yoga has a good track record in supporting women through the menopause. It can help:
- Activate and stimulate the hormonal system (thyroid, ovaries, hypothalamus, pituitary)
- Positively channel the energy behind difficult symptoms (e.g. hot flashes, mood swings)
- Uplift your emotions
- Promote joy and acceptance
It can give you:
- Increased energy
- Better flexibility
- Less anger
- Better sleep
- More creativity
- An improved sense of well-being
- Unleash your potential
A good yoga teacher will also help you with unresolved health issues (e.g. weak pelvic floor, PCOS, endometriosis, chronic fatigue) and can offer supportive practices to women who have undergone surgery.
It is never too late to start! An investment in a regular yoga practice during the perimenopause will pay dividends!