Natural Menopause Relief Secrets
Menopause signals a major biochemical change in a woman, marked most obviously by the disappearance of her monthly flow. Her body's sexual glands go into relative retirement, and she can no longer bear children. The hormonal shifts that lead up to the actual menopause may take up to a decade. Perimenopause, the term given to the longer process, can bring with it a host of undesirable side effects hot flashes, palpitations, dizzy spells, insomnia, vaginal dryness, urinary problems, and irritability. This time of life can make women prone to depression, but with an attitude of acceptance for the change and the possibilities yet to come, it can actually be a very satisfying time of life. That's where Yoga comes in. Regular Yoga practice can help alleviate the physiological side effects of menopause, especially if you start a few years before its onset, and help you cultivate a forgiving, accepting, and positive attitude important for your emotional well-being. Inversions (see Chapter...
Men experience something similar to menopause called andropause. Although changes in their sexual glands may lessen their sex drives, men can continue to sire children into old age. But when they see their vitality and hairline recede a little, men are often thrown into an existential crisis. Midlife offers a great opportunity to discover life's possibilities beyond sexual reproduction and raising children. Regular Yoga practice can buffer the unpleasant physiological side effects of andropause and stabilize the emotions that are triggered when you realize you're no longer quite so dashing unless, of course, you have practiced Yoga all along.
Because the ovarian hormone estrogen plays an important part in maintaining strong bones, and because a woman's production of estrogen decreases when she reaches menopause, women (more so than men) lose bone density as they grow older. Bone density is a measure of how tightly packed the cells and molecules in a bone are. The higher the bone density, the less likely a bone is to fracture or break, and the faster it can heal. Bone density reaches its peak when women are between the ages of 30 and 35, and then it begins to decline as estrogen production decreases. Most losses in bone density occur when women are in their 40s, during the onset of premenopause at about age 40, men and women usually experience loss of bone density because they don't exercise as often. Diet plays a key role, too, because older people can't absorb the calcium in their food as readily. Today, many doctors test the bone density of women when they're in their mid 30s to 40s to establish a baseline for bone...
No single sequence will provide surefire relief for every woman, says Elise Browning Miller, an Iyengar Yoga teacher in Palo Alto, California, who teaches workshops on yoga for menopause. (To learn more about Browning Miller and the phenomenal results she's had with yoga, see Care Giver on page 120.) Browning Miller and other teachers agree on a few general principles for practicing during menopause. For postmenopausal women who want to maintain strong bones and prevent the wrist fractures common among this group, Miller recommends practicing asanas that put weight on the hands and forearms. These include poses such as a supported version of Adho Mukha
As they age, most people lose bone density, partly because their bodies can't absorb the calcium and minerals they need for strong bones as readily as they once could. Bone density decreases gradually in men and women starting at age 30 in women, the decrease is more pronounced after menopause because estrogen, the ovarian hormone, plays a role in maintaining strong bones.
To finish Inhale, hold the breath 10 Seconds, tighten all your muscles to circulate the energy you have created, and exhale the breath through your mouth like cannon fire. Inhale, repeat this sequence one more time. Finally, inhale, hold the breath 10 seconds, tighten all your muscles and exhale the breath slowly with a whistle. When the whistle ends, relax the posture. Through the practice of this exercise, men can avoid impotency, women can avoid menopause problems, and the young can remain young.
At Lee's salon, she says, the topics of perimenopause and menopause come up all the time. When women come in for a haircut but wind up telling Lee that they're fatigued or having mood swings, she passes on yoga tips that might help them feel better. In addition to having her mat at the salon, she also keeps a block, a strap, and a bolster on hand. I've shown so many clients Viparita Karani, she says. They initially come for a beauty treatment. I try to remind them that beauty comes from inner balance and health.
Tional throes of the menopausal years, yoga's gifts are particularly welcome. Menopause is like going through puberty, only in reverse, Francina says. By replenishing energy and soothing the nervous system, yoga goes to the root of a wide range of symptoms, she says. Yoga teachers like Francina aren't the only people who think that yoga can help. Because hormone therapy can raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer, medical researchers have been searching for gentler ways to ease women through the menopausal transition. Although the research is still
We tell you the best foods for a yogi to eat and how yoga can address certain physical problems, from migraines to stomachaches and more. Part 7, Yoga for Everyone shows you how to practice yoga with a partner. You'll learn why yoga is great for all the stages in a woman's life, from PMS to menopause. We explain why yoga is a terrific practice for the whole family. Men will love and benefit from yoga, and you'll find out how to introduce yoga fun to your kids. Then, you'll discover how seniors can find renewed energy and health through yoga.
Yoga also provides a whole host of other health benefits. Through the practice of yoga, you can regulate your metabolism, which can help you lose weight. Yoga also helps to balance your hormonal system, which is especially useful for menopausal and pre-menopausal women. In addition, the movement in some yoga poses massages the internal organs of the body, which improves certain bodily functions, such as digestion and elimination.
How yoga can help you through PMS and menstruation Pregnancy and new motherhood yoga Yoga for menopause This chapter is for all you female yogis (yoginis) out there Being a woman means certain things biologically and certain things culturally, too. We experience menstruation as our first rite of passage into womanhood, many of us experience childbirth, and eventually we experience menopause. We're also raised in a culture obsessed with beauty, youth, and the female body. Women have many unique challenges, and yoga can help with all of them by helping to keep us fit, strong, clear-thinking, and joyful.
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