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Yoga Alchemy : The Art and Wisdom of Transformation

Women have experienced menopause - a transition - as we know, through documentation since the turn of the century. So much has been learned since. One of which is that this is a natural event and yet still is quite misunderstood even in modern times. Menopause is most definitely a universal yet individual process and journey. One that must be nurtured, understood and supported by those who have made the transitions, endured the physical changes and have wisdom to distribute to those in waiting.


A woman does not need to be experiencing menopause to be interested in it.  I discovered this during a workshop hosted by jakartadoyoga that has a vision for community yoga, health and wellness.

The workshop entitled, Menopause: Trauma or Transformation seemed to strike an interest in many to include the attendance of one male yoga instructor.  His interest was to understand what “hormones gone wild” is all about.  Other women interested were not necessarily going through menopause but intending to learn how yoga and health options can support them when the time does arrive.  Other participants were interested in simply to better understand what a close friend or relative was going through during “the change.”  Of course the women that were experiencing menopause greatly appreciated the four days dedicated to them.  Of most interest were new and in-training yoga teachers.

The workshop covered a basic practice of restorative yoga and an understanding of emotional ups and downs as a result of hormone fluctuations, hot flushes, weight gain, and more importantly, what is privately and quietly going on in a woman’s psyche during this very substantial transition.  The main intent of the workshop was to support, educate and demonstrate simple yet useful yoga asana, pranayama as well as a general overview of the Ayurvedic doshas to identify individual constitutions of women and how this can determine the support she needs for her specific menopause symptoms.

Women have experienced this transition as we know, through documentation since the turn of the century.  So much has been learned since.  One of which is that this is a natural event and yet still is quite misunderstood even in modern times.  Menopause is most definitely a universal yet individual process and journey.  One that must be nurtured, understood and supported by those who have made the transitions, endured the physical changes and have wisdom to distribute to those in waiting.

It was an honor to speak with the women of Jakarta and know their personal interest in the subject is very deep.  I encourage all interested to contact jakartadoyoga.com for continued upcoming events on women’s yoga and health.


by Danielle Purcell, B.Sci Human Resources, Education, Training & Development
Certified senior yoga instructor-YTAA, advanced yoga therapist-IYT.

 

Jakartadoyoga, Yoga Studio, Iyengar, Jakarta, Indonesia