If you are going through menopause, it won’t surprise you to learn your changing hormones are the leading cause of those annoying symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression and sleeplessness. As the progesterone and estrogen levels in your body decline through the menopause transition, you might be left with an overall sense of physical and psychological imbalance even if your menopause symptoms aren’t that severe.
Yoga can help you to fix this uncertainty by bringing your body and your mind back into balance. Yoga postures and poses (asanas) combined with breathing exercises (pranayama) help strengthen the muscles and internal organs of the body in addition to balance the endocrine system; the system of glands like hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and pineal, responsible for secreting hormones directly into the bloodstream.
Inverted postures like the shoulder stand, downward facing dog and plough pose function the heart and enhance the immune system and are thought of as hormonal balancers due to the increased blood supply to the endocrine glands in the throat during exercise. Yoga meditation and relaxation practices let you let go of tension within your body and mind, enabling access to a deep inner peace and calm, assisting you to take yourself and your own body and contributing to a calmer, easier transition into menopause.
Who Can Do Yoga?
First of all, just about everyone can practice yoga. The oldest yoga teacher on the planet is 93 years old! All right, she began practicing yoga when she was eight years old but the average age of the pupils in her everyday yoga class is 40 plus. You can begin practicing yoga at any age, you simply need to listen to your body and not over stretch yourself throughout the exercises.
Choose a reputable teacher and a class designed for older students so that you will not be tempted to overdo it when you are just beginning. And you don’t need to have the ability to turn yourself into a pretzel to benefit from yoga exercises. Although your postures might not be as long as younger professionals, they still take the exact benefits. Flow into and out of poses instead of holding them and you’ll develop agility, flexibility and strength.
Using props to aid with getting into the proper alignment is standard practice with older and less bendy pupils. Regular yoga practice will improve your flexibility and balance and help to strengthen your bones, which can be important in later life to ward off osteoporosis. Yoga may also help with elevated blood pressure, anxiety depression and digestive ailments. Needless to say, among the best benefits of yoga is that when you’ve learned a regular, all you need is a yoga mat and you can practice by yourself at home between classes.
Or if you prefer to not attend a class at all there are some great, easy to follow downloadable applications available on the internet, made by reputable, highly professional yoga instructors with yoga routines which you can do in the comfort of your own home. Whichever way you choose to go, bear in mind that the words of the famed nonagenarian yoga pro B.K.S. Iyengar who asserts that”daily practice of yoga will keep old age at bay”.