Yoga for Menopause Support: Responding to the Diversity of Experiences of Menopause with Yoga
This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive perspectives on experiences of menopause in women’s lives, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.
This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive perspectives on experiences of menopause in women’s lives; either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.
The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, and coaches with an interest in yoga and menopause are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.
The intention of this day is to provide practical experience and good information, to answer questions and provide nourishing practice. Uma will be sharing yoga practices including total yoga nidra, breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy menopause. Supportive sequences of integrated and restorative yoga postures will be taught, and there will be plenty of time for discussion. An overview of common menopausal challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga responses that are helpful to support the wide variety of experiences of menopause.
There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is designed to be open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending. Diane Danzebrink from Menopause Support will be on hand to answer questions.
STATEMENT of INCLUSION
A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:
“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.
Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.
I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.
I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”