Sunday, May 20, 2012
"Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause" - Review
Suza Francina, a registered yoga therapist, certified Iyengar teacher, and author of several yoga books, provides how-to practice guidance, useful and important information about menopause, fascinating stories of spiritual awakening and bodily awareness from a dozen menopausal women she interviewed for her book (mainly yoga teachers).
"Yoga can help us move joyfully into the second half of our lives," she writes, and her enthusiasm invites the reader to partake in the wisdom.
Topics discussed are hormonal balance, fatigue, hot flahes, pelvic health, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and heart disease.
The yoga poses suggested to relieve side effects of menopause are clearly described and illustrated with photographs.
Menopause is regarded by Francina and others as an opportunity for the fullest blossoming of a woman's power, wisdom and creativity. More psychic energy becomes available to us than at any time since puberty. To embrace this opportunity we need to make time for ourselves, take care and nurture our new self while is breaking the shell of its egg.
Yoga helps us to change our perspective on this mid-life transition, encourages us to broaden our vision of who we are, prepares our body and mind for it, and alleviates the discomfort that any transformation entails.
I found Francina's book very inspiring and useful as a reference - i often go back to some chapters that are relevant to me.
Perhaps a new edition should include a chapter on Pranayama (breathing techniques) and one on guided Meditation, which are just as important as Asana (yoga poses).