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Menopause, a new beginning...

Menstrual Cycle is an inevitable reality, as also an important milestone in any female’s life journey. I feel it needs to be cherished and believed upon. Most women begin menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. The average age for menopause onset in the United States is 51 years old. Early menopause usually refers to onset before age 45. Premature menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency occurs before age 40.

As into practicing yoga, many times the question comes, does yoga help in such a vital phase of women’s life? Being indebted to my gurus who taught me Yoga, and through my experience, I can say, it will help you in any phase of life if you practice it with full mind and body. With faith we can even move mountains, so definitely we can handle physical discomfort by putting faith in Yoga.

What can truly make a difference for the symptoms that we experience during 40+ age is -

Sukhasana – the basic pose but having the immense benefit of letting you strengthen the spine, stretching the knees and ankles, and letting you be grounded and be aware of the current moment.

Badhakonsana – generally known as butterfly pose, gets your reproductive organs activated, brings back the flexibility and awareness in that part of the body with working on intestines and thighs. This is not only beneficial to women but also to men.

Vrikshasana – the alternate name is Tree pose, gets you back in the current moment, works on your mind for strength, confidence, and attention, works on your legs and abdominal muscles, and gets your posture back.

Katichakrasana – it's for your spine, any twists and turns let your spine be free.

Trikonasana – typically called Triangle Pose, good for the overall body because has all parts engaged in it. Hence works on the nervous system, our body has a knowledge base and that gets activated with this asana.

Shashankasana – fondly called as child pose or balasana, as the name says the child takes this posture that means it must be most comforting asan. So, after a long day to relieve the fatigue/stress and improve blood circulation as also backache this posture is the best.

Bhujsasana – known as Cobra Pose, creates a feeling of achievement and takes you to the next high, again a master blaster pose, who always makes you win in the battle of flexibility, strength, toning up of muscles, cardiovascular health, and stress.

Pawanmuktasan – wind relieving pose, works on your spine, and relieves the trapped vayu of the body which creates trouble in your joints and ligaments, brings in flexibility and comforting feeling for the spine.

And the list goes on…

Please understand each body is different and though they run common symptoms that do not mean that everything is the same. Please understand your body and adopt the right poses for yourself or consult the therapists to identify for you.

Yoga is just one aspect of handling your body, remember what goes in your body is also very important, here I mean is Nutrition. Nutrition is just as important as you age as it has been all your life, so don’t let menopause be when you stop paying attention. Understand that your nutrient needs may be different during this time, but that you have a delightful world of fun and flavor to choose from. With a few small changes, you can have a healthy and amazing diet filled with great foods to keep your body and mind healthy. (image courtsey - wix and google)

If you are looking for an exercise that is not only physical but also mentally beneficial, you may consider FB @YogaByHetal; Insta @SohumStudios21.

Empower yourself, by embracing Menopause, a path to peace and power, accessible yoga for every Body.

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