It used to be called ‘The Change’ a time when a woman’s family were becoming independent and she was teetering on the verge of old age. Now it’s the times that have changed and we are all younger for longer these days, but the effect on our hormones during the menopause is still the same. It can be a bewildering time for women and often our families just don’t understand.
Yoga can be a natural way to roll back the years and keep ourselves young in mind and body. In literal terms, Yoga means to ‘yoke’ or to join, it is a physical and mental discipline that brings together mind, body and breath. Union of the mind and body can bring us untold mental benefits such as heightened mental clarity, improved concentration and a greater sense of inner peace and wellbeing.
Yoga differs from other forms of physical exercise as we use the breath combined with movement to relax and tone both the body and mind. When practised during the menopause it can be of great benefit to combat the fluctuating hormones that affect our sleep, mood, relationships and memory.
Yoga can become a precious time to rejuvenate and a powerful tool towards transformation and a healthier lifestyle.
Did you know that almost a third of women in the UK will suffer from stress incontinence at some point in their lives and those who have been through childbirth are nearly 3 times more likely to leak urine or wet themselves than women who have not had a baby ?
The muscles of pelvic floor can be compared to the rubber of a trampoline. Whilst they start off taut, wear and tear (such as childbirth and weight gain etc) makes them start to stretch a little, or sometimes a lot!
The relaxing of these very important muscles can mean that we may leak urine when we laugh, sneeze and cough or maybe we ‘just have to go now!’ the medical terms for these two embarrassing conditions are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Yoga can have a dramatic effect on the pelvic floor if practised correctly and incontinence symptoms can be relieved in a very short time with regular practice.
I love the feeling that yoga gives me, whether I have been to a class or spent time on my personal practice, and I trained to teach yoga so that I could share this fantastic feeling with others.
I was enchanted with yoga from the very first, and I enjoy the fact that it is challenging but never competitive.
I am a wife, mother and grandmother and I have been practising yoga for over 12 years. I trained to teach under Master Yogini Elena Voyce and currently hold the YA200 qualification.
I have a keen interest in therapeutic yoga and in particular how it can help with common ailments such as menopause or urinary incontinence.