Yoga has had a transformation over the decades. What was once seen as a “hippy” pastime is now considered as mainstream as running or swimming as a good form of physical activity.

While the foundation is spiritual and holistic many see it more as part of their exercise regime and an opportunity to keep weight under control and tone. Regular yoga practice will undoubtedly help compose the mind and body, and has been recommended during the menopause as a way of managing some of the symptoms associated with this transition. 

How does yoga help the menopause?

It’s thought that blood pressure may increase after menopause due to hormonal changes. With practice, yoga can improve the circulation and oxygenation of blood to naturally bring blood pressure levels down.

Arthritis does not affect all women in the menopause, but as it is a condition associated with age, yoga is fantastic for the strengthening of joints and improving overall flexibility.

Fatigue is a complaint often raised by women who may be impacted by interrupted sleep due to night sweats and once again yoga can bring renewed energy and vigour with a consistent yoga regime.

Hot flashes are a symptom most readily associated with the menopause, where the heat from the body needs to escape. Focussing your yoga practice on slow and weight-bearing movements can be an effective way to release the “fire".
As flexibility improves and the body strengthens, the aches and pains often suffered in menopause and perimenopause can be alleviated.

With improved knowledge, it is clear to see the benefits of yoga and its accessibility for all.  Yoga makes it the ideal choice for those with limited time to spare.  Once the poses and postures have been mastered, a ten-minute daily practice can make a huge difference to your general wellbeing and can bring a degree of calm, essential to those who struggle with anxiety.

There is plenty of information out there to help guides you through poses to help minimise the impact of perimenopause and menopause.

So take a slow deep breath, slip into your Ali leggings and Nikki vest, and step onto the mat.

You can shop our full menopause clothing range here. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to manage the menopause, be sure to check out the articles on our blog.

June 12, 2020 — Louise Nichloson

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