Yoga for Menopause - a personal story
by Mary-Louise Parkinson, 19-Nov-2016
A yearning for space and solitude was what yoga teacher and IYTA president first experienced.
"I have a period for six weeks and then nothing. But the overriding feeling for me was the desire to hide in a cave!"
ML had to balance a huge emotional pull to meditate in solitude with the practical need to fulfil her mothering and parenting duties. At the time ML entered peri-menopause, she had a 12-year-old daughter and six-year-old son.
ML was keen to deal with this phase of life using yoga and other alternative practices in place of HRT. so she would set her alarm for 5.30am every day and take a walk in nature before spending an hour practising yoga and meditation. She was particularly drawn to flowing, gentle, heart-base yoga sequences.
ML also found regular kahuna (Hawaiian massage) helped, as well as connection with other women.
Thankfully for ML her menopause lasted just 12 months - and she now says she feels better and more liberated than ever.
"We want to help women have an empowering transition and not to see this time as a curse. And to those who have been through it, it can be viewed with a sense of accomplishment and pride - a time when you reclaimed you true self.