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Yoga for Menopause
- Continuing education exam
uses a variety of paradigms, including holistic fitness, transpersonal psychology, and yoga, in presenting the concept of menopause and what it means to a woman’s body. This continuing education course will help you create and teach yoga courses appropriate for women during the age of menopause. The knowledge presented leads students to discover the developmental stages of women’s ways of knowing and becoming their authentic selves. It offers a variety of targeted mind–body techniques that will improve and support the health of women over 50.
The course manual does not provide specific instructions for performing yoga postures because it is assumed that students already have experience teaching yoga. Instead of repeating how to do it, the text focuses on providing unique details and interesting or alternative perspectives for each pose that lead to a deeper understanding of the mind–body connection. Postures are suggested to relieve conditions associated with menopause, including insomnia, indigestion, fatigue, and stress, and sample classes are included.
More than just a yoga course, Yoga for Menopause
defines and describes the physical changes that women experience with the onset of menopause. Students will learn the stages of women’s ways of knowing and other mind–body fitness techniques to promote health and well-being, including breathing techniques and meditation. The course concludes with a continuing education exam for students to receive credit through participating organizations.
- Define menopause and describe six physical changes associated with menopause.
- List the five klesha (afflictions) that compromise or inhibit progress in yoga.
- List the five sequential stages for women’s ways of knowing. Give an example of how a woman determines the truth at each of these stages.
- Teach three techniques that tone the pelvic floor muscles (Kegel exercises, elevator exercise, aswini mudra).
- Teach the laterality breathing technique.
- Teach five adjunct mind–body fitness techniques to promote health and well-being for women over age 50.
- Teach three meditations for stress reduction and good health.
- Identify six yoga poses that are contraindicated for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Create and teach a yoga class consisting of 12 to 15 postures appropriate for women at the age of menopause.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Menopause
What is Menopause and What Does It Mean to Today’s Women?
A Transpersonal Perspective
A Holistic Perspective
Part 2: Yoga
What is Yoga and What Can It Do for You?
The Persistent Problem of Avidya
The Persistent Problem of Stress
Revisiting the Yamas and Niyamas
Part 3: Ways of Knowing
Women’s Ways of Knowing
Who am I?
Women’s Ways of Knowing and Menopause
Somatic Ways of Knowing
Women’s Ways of Knowing and Yoga
Part 4: Yoga Pedagogy
Traditional or Contemporary: Which Approach Is Best?
Study the Yoga Postures
Yoga for Incontinence and Low Energy
Additional Mind-Body Fitness Techniques
Yoga Postures for Mild Medical Conditions Associated With Menopause
References and Resources
Continuing Education Exam
List of 85 Yoga Postures and Other Yoga/Mind-Body Fitness Methods
A continuing education course for athletic trainers and therapists,
physical therapists and physiotherapists, group fitness and yoga
instructors, and fitness professionals working with seniors