Night Sweats? Hot flashes? Anxiety and mood swings got ya down? Insomnia and changes in your menstrual cycle throwing you for a loop?
Perimenopause, menopause and PMS can wreak havoc on us if we’re sensitive to the hormonal changes that are inevitable as our child bearing years subside. In my grandmother’s day, prescribing hormone replacement therapy, or HRT was routine. My grandmother took estrogen into her eighties. Many report measured relief from the replacement of estrogen. But these days, estrogen replacement isn’t as highly touted as it once was due to the 2002 study indicating increased risk of blood clots, stroke, breast cancer and heart disease in Women taking combination HRT estrogen and progestin for extended periods of time.
Bio-Identical HRT,although highly promoted by Suzanne Somers in her book Ageless as a seemingly more natural form of plant-based hormone replacement therapy (and almost a downright panacea for aging), isn’t without it’s concerns.
So what’s a woman to do? Almost everything I’ve read over the past few years points to diet and exercise. Many women find some degree of relief from herbal remedies. And then there’s yoga. You knew I’d be heading in that direction, right? Yes yoga. Namely, restorative yoga. Poses which are restorative in nature allow the body to let go, and release and are often aided by props and bolsters. Restorative poses include:
Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose), Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), and Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose) with the head supported.
According to Tricia Gura’s Yoga Journal article, The Graceful Change, “Many Women have found that yoga can ameliorate the undesirable affects of menopause.” And as we know, so many more. For an an excellent article on the effects of stress on the Body, read This is Your Body on Stress.
If you’re interested in seeing if Restorative Yoga can help you have a more graceful change, Mainline School Night has just the class for you. It’s called:
Yoga for the Ever-Changing Woman: Explore your physical, emotional and spiritual changes. Learn movement, meditation and relaxation techniques to improve your health and well-being. Focus on ways to cope with PMS, fertility and post-partum issues, and menopause. Class includes discussion as well as yoga practice, and is led by certified yoga instructors and professional counselors, Esther Auerbach and Wendy Dilsheimer
Saturday, October 16th at the Creutzburg center from 1-3 Register Today, Space is limited! $35 per person.
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