Episode: 144

Yoga-ing During Perimenopause – What Asana, Pranayama, and Philosophy to Adopt

Last month, we conducted an insightful workshop at Aham Yoga on using yoga during perimenopause and menopause, which focused on women’s health. Today, I will provide you with a concise yet powerful summary of what we covered in the workshop. As a yoga teacher, I strongly believe that the information discussed in the workshop can be immensely beneficial to your teaching practice.

I’m doing a deep dive into what type of asana will help during perimenopause. I’ll share some tips on how to approach your practice, which pranayamas are useful, which restoration techniques will leave you feeling rejuvenated, what will really add value to your practice, and what yoga principles in living yoga are we going to really pull from.

I will not delve into the science behind perimenopause and menopause, including the symptoms, as there is a wealth of information available online. Instead, I will focus on the ways in which yoga can be beneficial during this phase. Yoga offers a plethora of tools, tips, and wisdom that can be applied to women’s health.

Perimenopause Yoga Episode Highlights:

  • The difference between perimenopause and menopause
  • Asana practice in younger years
  • The practice of asana during the four weeks of menstrual cycle
  • We have to let our asanas evolve as we age
  • Three things that yoga teachers would want to do:
    • Poses to stretch and lengthen the lower abdomen, upper thigh region
    • Poses for gentle pressure on the abdomen
    • Poses to soothe the mind
  • The three rules of perimenopausal practice
  • Three main things to keep in mind when it comes to pranayama practices
    • Three cooling Pranayamas
    • Balancing Pranayama
    • Bhramari
  • Resting is priority
  • Fixing your body will not fix all your problems
  • Manomaya Kosh

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