Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana for balancing the endocrine system


Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana with a chair is a great pose to balance your endocrine system. But its benefits don't end there. This pose is classified as a chest opener. In yoga, chest openers are poses that create space for optimal lung expansion and target the heart centre, Anahata in Sanskrit.
Anahata, also knows as the fourth chakra, is a vortex of energy situated at the center of the chest. Anahata is the balancing point of the lower three and the upper three chakras. It is where our higher spiritual selves mix and mingle with our lower animal selves in order to produce a harmony between the two poles. This chakra represents love and self love and, when balanced, we experience unconditional love for others and for ourselves

Instruction:
As always, you should practice yoga poses with an empty stomach!
Begin by placing a blanket or a folded mat on the seat of the chair and a block near the wall. Then sit through the chair while facing the wall. You may want to use a belt or a strap to keep your legs together. Draw the sacrum toward the back edge of the chair and gently recline back while holding the sides of the chair. Your spine will curve over the seat of the chair,  your shoulder blades should slide off from the seat as you extend the legs and press the feet against the wall. Draw the sacrum toward the heels to create space in your spine and avoid jamming the vertebrae of your lower back. Grasp the back legs of the chair and focus your breath on the upper spine. If this pose is too intense, you may place a bolster under your head to support it.
To come out of the pose, place feet on the floor, and slide your body toward the wall  by holding on to the back of the chair. Keep your spine long and lead with the chest.

Benefits:
This pose is a great chest opener, and therefore recommended to all those who suffer from depression and fatigue. It stimulates your heart, increases lung capacity and balances your endocrine system (pituitary, pineal, thyroid and adrenal glands). It's very useful to relieve menopause symptoms.

Cautions:
Avoid this pose if you suffer from migraines, eye strain, retinal problems, herniated disk. Don't practice at night as it may aggravate insomnia.

Monday, November 26, 2012

What are your menopause symptoms?

A quick Internet search for peri and menopause symptoms returned hundreds of results.
Though i believe i am experiencing the whole gamut of them, not all these symptoms are unpleasant and unwelcome.

Which symptoms bother you the most? And which ones don't? I would like to know.

As far as i am concerned, joint stiffness, mood swings, irregular periods, fatigue and a sense of doom and gloom are the most troublesome.
What i don't mind is a slight weight gain (i have always been very thin), a yoyo sex drive (i like the ups!), insomnia (i get things done at night when my flat is quiet and then sleep in until i am sufficiently rested)  hot flashes - i usually feel cold when the thermometer falls below 25 C so i  welcome any opportunity to break a sweat and get rid of some toxins through my skin.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The roller-coaster of perimenopause

Never a dull moment.with perimenopause. Perimenopause makes PMS look like a half-hearted rehearsal for the big show: your ovary's grand finale.

Every month your symptoms change...one month your breasts hurt (you can't be pregnant, can you?) the next you have nausea, a metallic taste in your mouth, a few pimples, your belly looks bigger, cannot zip up your jeans. Why is your body playing cruel tricks on you?
One month you have to endure insomnia, feel restless all day, the next you can barely drag yourself out of bed at 10 am. Then you feel horny (or act rebellious) like a teenager, but just before your period is due you become withdrawn, emotional and cry for no reason.
One month your joints are stiff like those of an 80 y/o, your lower back hurts, the next you are doing handstands, bend into a nice wheel and bow pose, feel incredibly blessed at having your old suppleness back.
Your periods become unpredictable like your mood. Your brain is foggy, you forget people's names, doctor's appointments, food on the cooker. For a few hours you are as sharp as you have ever been, then a big cloud envelops you.

You go through all listed PMS symptoms...and back.

If  the perimenopause is a roller-coaster, then yoga is the seat belt that enables me to keep riding.