Yoga to support the symptoms of Menopause
Regular yoga practice can help alleviate some of the common physical and emotional symptoms experienced during Menopause.
Here are some ways in which yoga can help with menopausal symptoms:
Reducing hot flushes: Certain yoga poses and breathing exercises can help regulate body temperature and reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flushes. Cooling poses such as forward bends and gentle inversions can be particularly helpful.
Promoting relaxation and stress reduction: Menopause can bring about emotional changes and increased stress levels. The emphasis on deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness whilst practising yoga can help to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and promote relaxation, and in so doing alleviate mood swings and stress-related symptoms.
Enhancing sleep quality: Disturbed sleep is a common symptom of menopause. The practice of yoga before bedtime can promote better sleep by relaxing the body and mind. Restorative yoga poses, gentle stretching, and breathing exercises can help prepare the body and mind for restful sleep.
Strengthening bones: Hormonal changes during menopause can lead to a decrease in bone density, increasing the risk of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing yoga poses, such as standing poses and gentle back bends, can help build and maintain bone strength.
Improving flexibility and joint health: As women age, we may experience stiffness and decreased flexibility in our joints. Yoga's emphasis on stretching and gentle movement can help improve flexibility, joint mobility, and overall range of motion.
Boosting mood and mental well-being: Yoga practices that involve deep breathing and mindful movement can stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-enhancing chemicals in the body. Regular yoga practice can improve overall mental well-being and help combat feelings of depression and irritability.
The fantastic Steph Hill PT has filmed a yoga flow which focuses on strength, balance, and overall wellbeing, to support the symptoms of menopause.
Steph Hill (@stephhill_pt) focuses on the holistic side of women's health and wellbeing, and has over 20 years of experience. She is a fully qualified Yoga and Pilates instructor, and teaches classes designed to support women of all ages, including those transitioning during the menopause.
If you would like to contact Steph directly you can message her via instagram account - @stephill_pt
When practising yoga for menopausal symptoms, it is important to listen to your body, and to modify poses as needed.
If you have any particular concerns or preexisting conditions, make sure to consult with a qualified yoga instructor or healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise routine.
Remember, yoga is a complementary practice and should be used in conjunction with other lifestyle changes and medical interventions as necessary.
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