If you're a women between the ages of 40 and 55 we have something important in common: Menopause. Some of us pass through it with out a hitch but others, including me, have a hard time (I'm sure my husband and teenage daughter would call this a BIG understatement!). What I learned going though menopause is that we can make this inevitable transition with a little more ease and even look at it as a gift with the right tools and knowledge.
I know it may be hard to see menopause as a gift at first, but on the other side of it, is a sense of gained wisdom, highly charged creativity and added confidence. Kind of like childbirth, once you're through the tough part you say "Wow! If I can do that, I can do anything!" It really is a rite of passage that allows us to connect with our inherent strength and courage.
If you're having some challenges with menopause or just want to be more prepared for this inevitable transition I would love to work with you. Understanding what is happening and having some tools to cope is really helpful because hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, stiff joints, lose skin, mood swings, hair loss (hair growth-yikes!) and questions about purpose can create a menopausal angst that rivals our teenage years. Yoga and an ancient system of healing called Ayurveda, have some powerful tools and techniques to help and I want to share those with you.
Although not everyone's menopausal experience is bumpy, mine was like riding over a pot hole covered back road in a car with no shocks. There were times when I felt completely unglued. It was like an insane women had stolen in and taken over my body.
Of course yoga didn’t stop my menopause symptoms, but it was my tether. My life line. It connected me back to my core. When I was on my yoga mat I felt like myself again. It reassured me that my former self was not completely lost and that I could find my way back through my yoga practice. I can’t even describe how important finding those few moments of ease and peace of mind was to me.
One specific technique I highly suggest (for those times when making a piece of toast feels like too much effort) is a deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra. It requires nothing of you. All you do is lay down, get comfortable and listen. Even a 20-minute practice can feel like you’ve had an hour of really good solid sleep; a bonus since sleep can be nothing more than a fleeting fantasy when you're menopausal.
Menopause is time in our lives when we need to be extra compassionate with ourselves. That's sometimes hard, given our behavior isn't always our most stellar. For me, one of the most powerful ways to stop beating myself up for say, screaming at my daughter because she didn't like the egg omelet I made, was to focus on positive intentions. I cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of how we talk to ourselves and treating ourselves with the deepest love and compassion. Both Yoga Nidra and a type of meditation that uses a tool called a mala help.
I invite you to get in touch and let me share some of the things that helped me find a bit of ease through the transition of menopause. I feel 100 percent sure there's some tools and techniques that can help you too. If you want to chat and explore some ideas feel free to get in touch by email or book a free 30 minute consultation.
If you're curious about my formal training in the area of yoga and Ayurveda you can find my credentials here.