Woman

Menopause …

 

Menopause, what does it mean? Maybe I can make a pause….my pause…. My-pause…. and do nothing….observe myself…. just BE, here & now. Accept everything. Accept me finally. Feel more…. do less.

Listen to my body: what does she need? What does she want? What does she desire? Can I give it to her and stay aware?

What doesn’t she need anymore? What can she drop? My beloved yoga teacher says: “healing starts with vairagya.” Drop what you don’t need. 💜

Write it down. You will be surprised what/who all you don’t need.

 

In actual fact, if you can come to see aging not as a demise of your body but as the harvest of your soul, you will learn that aging can be a time of strength, poise, and confidence.
~John O’Donohue~

“I am not what happened to me,

I am what I choose to become.”

Practice for menopause

Please get in touch with me for your specific yoga (therapy) practice. It is your body and you will decide, how long you can practice, what you need and what not. I will listen first. And then we create your practice together.

practice for menopause

My heart is open

I bow to you as you are.
I recognise myself in you;
the same presence, the same awareness
shining brightly.
Our histories differ, yes,
but we meet here, in presence,
as presence, the same ground.
Our longings, at the root, the same.
Our fears, at the root, the same.
Different paths, same journey.
I am not fooled by the mask you wear.
I am not fooled by appearances.
Your clothes, your voice, the colour of your skin, the dirty roads you have travelled,
the tunnels you have crawled your way through,
the mud under your fingernails.
I am not fooled by the one you pretend to be.
The happy one, the enlightened one,
the depressed one, the fun one,
the blissed-out one, the expert,
the one who knows.
None of these roles are you,
yet I bow to them too;
the ways in which
you try to protect yourself.
But it’s safe here, friend.
Safe to feel unprotected.
Vulnerable, raw, open.
No judgement, no shame, no blame.
Just this open space,
the field that embraces.
My heart is open;
there is nothing to prove;
we are held by the ground.
– Jeff Foster –
Dust off your tired feet
Re-enter your Sacred Story
Unearth memories long forgotten in the crevices of your heart
No matter if you believe that  ruin is there
Because under layers of emotional sediment and pain
You can find your most brilliant gifts and talents
Your truth
Your voice
Your unique genius
If you dare to stay a little longer
Stars will fall on your being
Your bones awakened
The soil of your soul 
Ready to receive new seeds of hope
A path unfolding
As you breathe in cosmic energy
Stardust raining upon your being
And you feel seen
Heard 
Empowered and Uplifted 
To stand in your power
To walk the earth with reverence
Hearing the calling from deep within
To heal
To witness your becoming
Who you are meant to be
To fulfill your purpose
‘Cause the wound of the world bleeds
Asking to be mend by your medicine
Your knowledge
Your deep knowing
Your love and care. 
…………………………………………..
Poem by Corina Luna Dea

As time goes by

As time goes by,
You will loosen your grip on that rock,
The one you always thought was home,
And you will realise that home is not a place,
It’s a state of mind.
Let it go.
As time goes by,
You will learn to see yourself more clearly,
The girl who was always too much of one thing,
And too little of another, was actually
Everything she needed to be.
Let her out.
As time goes by,
You will let the simple things become the big,
And you will allow the big things to become the simple,
And that readjustment will be,
The day you really start to live,
Let it be.
As time goes by,
You will be forced to say goodbye many times,
And your soft little heart will shatter but,
It will still beat and that will bring you,
All the purpose you need.
Let it beat.
As time goes by,
You will stop choosing wealth over peace,
You will stop choosing money over time,
And you will see that the treasures you need,
Are in the smiles and the laughter.
Let them in.
As time goes by,
The moments you remember when your life flashes past,
Are never the awful memories my friend, it’s the joy,
The summer nights, the lazy days with loved ones,
The midnight chats and the morning hugs,
Let them happen.
Let them all happen.
Donna Ashworth

“It’s okay to be tired. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to cancel plans (without giving a reason). It’s okay to “just not feel like it” (that’s a good reason). It’s okay to not know anything. It’s okay to leave. It’s okay to walk out. It’s okay to take time to decide. And to take space to feel…

It’s okay to mess up. It’s okay to be as awkward as hell. It’s okay to tremble. It’s okay to be down. It’s okay to be low. It’s okay to rest.

The negative. The shadow. The “unwanted” bits. These are your friends, not your enemies (and it’s okay to not understand this). It’s okay to learn as you go. It’s okay to be imperfect each day.

It’s okay to forget who you are

and where you’re going,

and begin again.

It’s okay…”

– Jeff Foster

Menopause

Diet

Increase the intake of fruits and veggies.

Lettuce , Cucumbers, Berries, Watermelon, Bananas, Avocado, Celery, Broccoli, Carrots, leafy greens (spinach, kale, collar greens), (depends on the season and your constitution)

Mediterranean diet: typically includes: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Potatoes, Beans, Nuts, Olive oil, Dairy, Eggs, Small amounts of fish and poultry

A plant-based diet along with whole soybeans may help to control hot flashes.

Limit spicy/sugary foods.

Drink water.

Stop smoking.

Nut & seeds (eg. sesame, poppy, chia seeds, almonds, …)

Healthy oils (eg. olive, coconut, sesame)

 

And: enjoy your food without feeling guilty! Enjoy the piece of your favourite cake 🙂

 

 

 

To all my beautiful girlfriends of all possible body shapes.
Stop fighting your amazing bodies as there is no war, but blessing to see them get older …
I don’t mean to stop caring for them, moving them or filling their whatever parts with whatever (or remove) if it makes us feel better. Just don’t fight please. Instead treat them with love, awareness, acceptance, gentleness and gratitude. 🌹
(Petra)
“No more wasted beach days. Not one. No more unfulfilled opportunities, worrying about the eyes and judgement of strangers. Instead, absolute and utter abandonment to the spoils of this beautiful life. No one has the space to judge you my friends, they are either in complete enjoyment of the beautiful moment they are experiencing, or they are too busy berating themselves to care. Let go when you are blessed enough to be free in this busy life. Let go and let Mother Nature remind you she can hold you up with her waves as though you are a feather on the wind, you are light. Be light.”
(Donna Ashworth)