Yoga is ideally suited for helping you adjust to change hormonal or otherwise. By reinforcing positive change through relaxation, steadiness, flexibility, and other qualities, Yoga helps you enjoy the many inevitable changes that occur at different times in your life instead of resisting them. The American Yoga Association curriculum offers you several tools.
Yoga can help to alleviate or eliminate many of the sometimes-uncomfortable physical and emotional feelings associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopause.
Our Yoga routine for PMS includes gentle stretches that release muscle tension, ease lower back stiffness, regulate breathing and improve circulation. Breathing techniques are very important during this time to build concentration and strength. Irritability, depression and moodiness can be greatly eased by regular meditation, which will help to stabilize the emotions.You can learn these skills with our Basic Yoga video and Complete Relaxation & Meditation on audiotape, and all of our instructional books contain specific helps for women. All exercises in the menopause routine are in The American Yoga Association Beginners Manual.
Yoga also can directly alleviate many of the most troublesome symptoms of menopause. Although all Yoga exercises affect the bodys chemistry, many exercises specifically stimulate the glandular and reproductive systems, resulting in a more balanced adjustment of body chemistry. The gentle weight-bearing exercises in the special menopause routine will help to strengthen bones. Yoga also improves circulation, helps to balance metabolism, prevents memory loss and builds a steadiness of mind that evens out many of the emotional ups and downs that many women experience.