Every week, I teach a seniors class and have a class full of mostly women well into or past their menopausal years. Whilst there are still years away for me, it’s an extremely interesting and topical subject for me as a yoga therapist surrounded by senior women students and interacting daily with my mother who is currently experiencing symptoms. I hope this is somewhat insightful to you, whether it’s you or a family member going through the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
- Breast tenderness
- Headaches, dizziness
- Lower sex drive
- Dry skin, itchy skin
- Weight gain
- Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex
- Mild loss of bladder control, frequent urinary urgency, incontinence
- Disturbed sleeping, night sweats
- Psychological symptoms e.g. depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, mood swings, loss of self-esteem
Biblical meditations on what The Word has to say about dealing with each of the menopausal symptoms is the most powerful tools in managing menopause.
- If professional medical practitioner has advised against yoga.
- If there are any sharp pains while doing yoga poses, stop immediately. Consult your yoga therapist to ensure the poses have been carried out correctly and if the sharp pain persists every time you get into a pose, stop and seek medical practitioner’s advice.
- If suffering from degenerative bone dysfunctions, such as osteoporosis and/or osteoarthritis, or spinal dysfunctions, such as kyphosis or lordosis, ensure there is physician’s clearance before doing yoga. Pay kind attention to reclining poses and let yoga instructor know of any known pains.
- If there are any blood pressure issues, take care in getting into poses wear the head is positioned below the heart vertically, e.g. forward fold and downward dog
11. Supported Reclined Bound Angle Pose
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