Hectic holiday season is here! And this means that sometimes you don’t even have enough time to properly take care of yourself. Between running to manage family get-togethers, friendly dinners and making sure everyone’s warm, happy and healthy, chances are your own needs often scale down a level.
And if you’ve been struggling with post-menopausal issues this season, here are a few reminders to keep in mind to look out for yourself!
For some women menstruation stops quite neatly. For others, it is like tidal waves at irregular intervals before dwindling to nothing.
The average age when the period stops is 52. However, the internal shifts may begin well before that and continue beyond that benchmark.
This very individual process depends on both your Ayurvedic constitution and your current condition. How has your body dealt with the challenges of four decades of life?
Menopause is a time when we are naturally more easily out of balance because everything is shifting. This is why surfing is the perfect metaphor. We can shift ourselves to riding it rather than tumbling in the waves.
Ayurvedically speaking, change means more Vata dosha so symptoms may show irregularity, more dryness and more emotional instability when Vata gets out of hand. Meanwhile the energy shifting upward can bring fiery Pitta or congested Kapha disturbances into the heart or head.
Being aware of your menopausal beginnings allows you to anticipate your changes and support the process.
Are you in your 40’s and have your cycles become a little less predictable? Did you notice that your cycles are closer together or are they further apart? How about unbelievable amounts of cervical mucus when you ovulate? Or perhaps any other change now that you’re not ovulating every cycle?
Are you very hormonal and have intense PMS phases or has it already shifted to post-menstrual emotional swings? Then there are hot flashes, power surges that can vary from a comfortable spreading warmth to a rush of heat and sweat.
With Ayurveda, these transitions can be calmer and a much easier experience.
By including the right herbs, following the right lifestyle and diet, it can transform your body into a happier, stronger place. But remember, don’t wait until things are out of hand. Start sooner rather than later to get into the habit of balance.
• Breathing : Use Full Yogic Breathing and Alternate Nostril Breathing to calm the nervous system and turn off the adrenals.
• Movement: Slow, steadypractices likeyoga and walkingwill help ground your senses and feel connected.It alsohelps maintain awarenessas your body transitions,especially with the shift of metabolism that can occur.
To make your Yoga sessions even more enjoyable, relaxing and calming, use iYURA Vyam Yoga Oil, one of the only body oils specifically prepared to be used as an external support for Yoga sessions. Enriched with powerfully strengthening Ayurvedic herbs like Himalayan Cedar and Long Pepper, this intensely nourishing yoga oil supports flexibility and stability during Yoga.
All you need is just a few pumps of this oil before and after Yoga to help you ace those seemingly-difficult Yoga poses and to keep your skin looking healthier and livelier too!
• Daily Self Massage: Rhythmic and routine strokes using Vata soothing oils like iYURA Balaayah Black Gram Body Booster, that intensely moisturizes dry skin while strengthening and fortifying it against the aggressive appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
If you choose to, you can also try gently stimulating Marma points. (Of course, avoid oil massage during the menses.)
• Apana-balancing Marma Points: Energy points below the waist can smooth the Apana prana which rules the cycles, urination, bowel movements, and orgasm.
• Vata-soothing Foods and Eating Habits:Include rich, nurturing and grounding foods like nuts, almonds, warm, moist and soft foods like bananas and berries along with cooked vegetables, oats and brown rice.
• Daily Meditation: Clarifying the mind will help maintain a balanced outlook through thetransitioning period. Take at least a minute every day to observe your breath insilence and try to calm your mind.
• Herbal Helpers: Shatavari , a phytoestrogen in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia, is helpful for many women to support their blood and their female organs, while gently balancing hormones.
You can also use a calming, soothing herb like Sandalwood, externally on your skin, as incorporated in iYURA Sandalumi Sensitive Skin Sheath. Known in Ayurveda for its excellent Pitta-pacifying nature which is the Dosha associated with heat and warmth, Sandalwood could come handy to cool down the skin and thus help manage one of the earliest symptoms of menopause, hot flashes.
This surprisingly light body oil enriched with pure Sandalwood lets your skin rest easy and soothes sensitivity, redness and itchiness. Formulated with the divine aroma of gentle Jasmine, Sandalumi transforms your skin’s worst outrages into a calmed, quiet and composed version of itself!
With these tools you can make a good start at approaching the waves of menopause with balance and grace. If you need more information or guidance, don’t hesitate to consult an Ayurveda Practitioner for a more individualized plan for you.
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