- Whether you're a newbie or an expert, anyone can benefit from yoga.
- Here Cheryl MacDonald shares a few postures that could help those dealing with menopause symptoms.
- These include paying attention to your breath, using props and avoiding inversions.
Cheryl MacDonald, founder of yogabellies.com and the new course YogaPause, is adamant everyone -- from newbies to experts -- can benefit from regular yoga poses.
Try gentle postures
If you are focusing on managing menopause symptoms, it helps to choose gentle yoga postures that are low-impact and don't put too much strain on your body. "For example, seated postures like child's pose, forward folds, and cobra pose are great options," Cheryl tells Cover Media.
During perimenopause, it is common to experience fluctuations in blood pressure, which can make us feel light-headed or dizzy. Opt for postures that keep your head below your heart, like downward-facing dog and cat-cow.
Pay attention to breathing
Stress levels can be high because of those wild hormone fluctuations. "Practising deep, slow breathing can help to calm your mind and reduce that stress."
Always try to join the breath with the movement, which is one of the ways that yoga becomes a moving meditation and not just another gym class.
Incorporate restorative yoga postures
Restorative yoga postures are designed to help you relax and rejuvenate your body. "As we get older, it's important to prioritise self-care and rest," says Cheryl.
You may start to experience physical limitations that make certain yoga postures more challenging than they were before, or you may want to slow the pace of your practice down. "Props like blocks, heat packs, straps and weighted blankets can be incredibly helpful."
They can provide support and make postures more accessible, allowing you to keep getting the most out of your practice.