Mid-Life

 

 

Menopause

 

 

When we are young, it seems that we will remain young forever.  When we are pregnant, we think it will never end.  When our babies do not sleep at night, we feel that we will never sleep a whole night again.  When our children are teenagers, it seems we will have to cope forever with the surprises they bring us.  Thus, for years on end, it seems to us that we will remain as we are right now forever.  But time and again we learn to move, make progress, to allow change.  Sometimes by force - perhaps because we are not attentive.  Sometimes with ease, because we are ready and ripe for the change.

It seems that over the years, we learn to internalize.  We understand that each period has its changing signs.  When we pass 40, we are marching toward menopause.  Sometimes around the age of 45 we will feel the first signs, and sometimes even before.  It is important to know that, in fact, since the age of 35 the ovaries have reduced the level of estrogen and we have entered a new phase in our lives.

 

In any case, this age is characterized by many changes that often require women to reorganize their life.  Rearrange their priorities.  A transition period is always a time of change, and menopause is years of change. Cultural attitudes toward this age affect deeply the woman's perception of herself.  Today, fortunately, the medical world has come to understand that this age is actually the medicine of the future.  This is the period when people are looking for quality of life and can and are willing to pay for it.  Thus, the term "menopause" was pushed aside in favor of friendlier terms such as "change of life" or "midlife crisis."  Indeed, these are years of transition, in which a woman learns to adapt to her new position and her body marks the change.

 

 

Throughout our fertile years, our body sends us signals.  Each menstruation is an opportunity for attention, for listening deeply to our body.  In menopause, our body sends new signs.  If you have followed your menstrual cycle for years, you will probably be more attentive to the changes in this new period.  For most women, the changes introduced by this time of life will probably constitute a new and deep level of knowledge of their body.  Menopause is a normal process, not a disease.  The body is changing, and hormone levels are changing, and this is how it should be.  The more women are ready for these changes, the easier their body will adapt to the new era.  Proper nutrition with appropriate supplements and good exercise will all affect the usual symptoms of this age.

Hot flashes, night sweats, fast heart rate, decreased libido, mood swings - all these are the symptoms that accompany this period.  Sometimes it lasts for a short time.  But sometimes it can go on for five or ten years; these women will experience sensations affecting their quality of life.  Only a few women will experience no menopausal signs.

The dilemma regarding HRT (hormone replacement therapy) will probably continue for many years.  Whether you take hormones or not, there are many more options to support you.

 

Yoga Nashit - Mira Yoga for Women's Health offers a variety of exercises, tailored to women in this age group.  There is no panacea.  Like any work on developing awareness, it takes time to develop the appropriate attention, to understand and internalize the change.  For veteran practitioners, the change will of course be faster.  New practitioners will need more time.  Do not be discouraged.  Hang in there, adjust your pace to your body, and do not rush it.  From my experience, our body can surprise us with its rapid pace of change.  It's like it's thirsty for practice.  As if it was waiting for Yoga all these years.

Many women report changes and significant improvement in the symptoms that the body sends.

Precisely in these years, moderate but intensive work is important: increasing the heart rate, strength and resistance work, flexing and extending muscles and joints.

I strongly advise you to contact the teachers listed on the Website to find the teacher that matches your unique needs.  You must be guided, at least in the early stages, to work correctly with your changing body.

I also recommend that you read Dr. Christian Northrup's book The Wisdom of Menopause, where you will receive comprehensive medical information that also incorporates alternative medicine, awareness practice and more.

Your attitude toward this life period will have a decisive effect on your body.  We live in a society that sanctifies youth.  It seems that maturing works to our disadvantage.  But these years are the years of wisdom, of freedom from the tasks that burdened us for so many years.  These can be the best years of your life – this is the experience of many women.  It all depends on your approach to this important transition.