In the last few years, I've stepped into a phase of life called Peri-Menopause. It's the stage before menopause-a term given to women who are no longer menstruating. The symptoms of Peri-Menopause can begin in one's early 40's and can last for several years. Many women experience depression, anxiety, mind fog, low libido, muscle aches and pains, migraines, and hemorrhoids, all due to changes in the balance of our hormones. Most women go about their days as if nothing has changed, but are often deeply affected by these symptoms. The range of symptoms and their intensity differ from woman to woman and as profound as this shift is, the experience is shrouded in silence. My own mother's transition into menopause was pretty seamless, so although we're close and talk about just about everything under the sun, this hasn't been an experience we've been able to really connect on.
As a yoga teacher, I'm often the one who people come to, to confide in and to receive guidance from. But the cool thing about getting older is that we get to tap into the Warrior, the Trimurti of the Divine Feminine--Saraswati (The creator), Lakshmi (preserver/protector) and Durga (destroyer) When we embrace these divine energies, we recognize our ability to hold space for others but we also invite love, connection, and sweetness in abundance. We accept our vulnerability as a source of power. Our discernment also sharpens, giving us the ability to release what we don't need and to be nourished only by what strengthens and supports us.
On Sunday, February 25 I'll be leading a FREE Restorative Yoga workshop for women experiencing the symptoms of Peri-Menopause. In the workshop, we'll come together and share our stories in a sacred circle, dive in to a brief meditation and then explore restorative yoga poses that support our experience. We'll seal our time together chanting the names of the Divine Feminine, celebrating our power.
If you are experiencing peri- menopausal symptoms and would like to attend the workshop, please message me here. This workshop will hopefully be one of many, creating a support system filled with love and wisdom.
What: This Woman's Work Restorative Yoga Workshop
When: Sunday, February 25. 4:00-5:30 pm
Where: Sacred Brooklyn Ft. Greene 334 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205