Over 4 Wednesdays in September we offer you deep learning, community, and supports for your changing body.
Live and interactive on Zoom 7-9.15pm Irish time (1pm CST)
“I found the course to be wonderful. It was both informative and reassuring. I was especially taken with how you both were confident and reassuring with the information you provided but also encouraging and insistent on the importance of seeking medical advice around our symptoms [if necessary]. I don’t know exactly how to explain how useful this was but it made everything seem more sincere and beneficial.” Donna Marie, Donegal
In the first session we will offer you a comprehensive physiological overview of the peri-menopausal phase that will help you understand the changes your body is experiencing. Niamh will offer you some immediately useable practices to begin to incorporate into your daily life.
Petra will introduce the topic of blood sugar balancing- a foundational aspect of gentle nutrition, particularly for peri/menopause. Creative recipe ideas will be shared to support you to make delicious balanced meals and snacks in the kitchen to include many of your favourite foods.
Over the subsequent 3 weeks we will focus on:
1) How to mind your cardio, digestive and liver health, all major factors for our long-term wellbeing, which will also impact things like sleep, hot flushes, and mood.
2) How to mind your physical body, including muscle tone, bone strength and density, and joint mobility and comfort. This will also impact your metabolism, inflammation and your changing body shape.
3) How to understand and regulate your changing mental and emotional struggles like anxiety, brain-fog, low mood, anger, and self-esteem.
Here are some improvements you may experience if you bring what we offer into your life:
Better sleep. Less exhaustion. More energy.
Greater strength. Less joint pain. More flexibility.
Greater mobility. Less physical discomforts. More pleasure.
Greater self-esteem. Less anxiety. More hope.
Greater self acceptance. Less alone. More community.
Greater understanding. Less fear. More yourself.
Each evening Petra will begin with a nutrition session, exploring different aspects of nutrition in relation to perimenopausal health including the role of our relationship with food. Petra is a nutritional therapist (BSc Hons DipNT mNTOI) working in the areas of both women’s health and family health. With each session she will offer supportive practical nutrition information with food examples and recipe ideas. She will tie all this together with relational aspects around food, eating behaviours, and also mood fluctuations, and how we may support these changing experiences in peri-menopause.
On two of the weeks there will be a balance of time spent in the Yoga and the Nutrition sections
Of the other two weeks there will be a greater focus on nutrition (week 1) and then a greater focus on Yoga (week 3)
The second part will be with Niamh.
Her approach is not only for yoga lovers, and you can easily incorporate what she offers into your own exercise habits.
Yoga for menopause is not about shapes, but about finding ways to reduce stress, aid with sleep, and be more comfortable and strong in your body, while ensuring that your efforts don’t unwittingly do more harm than good. There are lots of ways Niamh will help you apply this understanding to you preferred go-to exercise.
There will be time for questions, and sharing (if you feel inclined).
After your time with us, comforted by a greater understanding, and with a clearer head and heart, you may find it easier to see where you can adapt your lifestyle, diet and perspective. These adaptations can significantly help ease the symptoms and concerns that are common but not insignificant during this time.
Yoga and nutritional handouts will be included with some practices to support your physical, mental and emotional concerns, along with recipes and nutritional information.
As long as you attend the first week, you may have a recording of a subsequent week if you are unavoidably unable to attend live.