Successful, Multi-tasking, Parent, Workaholic, Home-Maker and Essence of a family. Today’s woman has surpassed the odds to deserve these tags. But, have they also got along Stress, Frustration and Pressure? Yoga for life is the answer for the advanced Woman of today!
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
― Nora Ephron
Every woman aspires to be like her mother, grandmother or aunt when it comes to carry-out the family-functions. But here you are, fulfilling all the needs, perhaps multitasking a little more than other female-members of your family!
Today’s woman is much more than her traditional role of a housewife, a mother or a daughter. Her extended roles that foray beyond her four walls, she plays an equal role in the decisions of socio-economic and political life she leads. She is a multi-faceted, dynamic and uniquely influential part of our society and is forever striving for perfection in every aspect of life.
However, to carry out all her roles with grace, flair and perfection, it is essential that women maintain good health, mental peace and poise in life. And what could be the best way to attain all of these in a single stroke??!
I call the magic, “Yoga”. I am sure all those who’ve experienced the strength of a good Yoga workout, would agree that Yoga is an essential task as the roles they play have become even more demanding and complex. Moreover, the responsibilities thrust upon them by nature are greater than men.
Hatha Yoga for Life – A Lifetime Companion
Hatha Yoga has important elements for all phases of a woman’s life. Right from adolescence to motherhood, menopause and old age, women undergo many life changes. Those changes in body-chemistry can cause major mood swings, creating disharmony and imbalance in our lives.
A daily Yoga Routine can be modified and adapted to suit a woman’s changing needs in each phase of life, helping her to achieve peace of mind and bodily poise. A Hatha Yoga for life course teaches a variety of yoga routines, which can be practiced in the comfort of your home or even at your workplace.
This is how the Yogasana, Pranayam, and Meditation techniques taught in the Hatha Yoga for life course can help a woman in various stages of her life.
Beginning Early – A blessing in “those important years!
Adolescence shapes the entire lifetime of young girls as they tend to undergo major changes in body and mind. This period of sudden change is an ideal time to begin the practice of Yogasanas, especially with a combination of Pranayama and Meditation. It will not only help develop a healthy and regular menstrual cycle, but will also help to deal with the psychological changes, curiosity and fear that they may experience due to physical imbalance. Regular practice of yoga aides in developing muscular strength, avoids obesity, assist the development of the reproductive organs, and balance hormones.
Testimony: “Under the expert guidance of a Hatha Yoga teacher, I could learn poses and postures with simplicity and also understand their significance. The course is a unique energizing experience of the union of mind and body.”
At the Peak of Womanhood – An internal support system!
During the years of Conception and Motherhood, maximizing physical and mental health is of utmost importance for a woman. It is in these years that regular practice of yoga, acts as an internal support system for a lady. Yoga helps to optimize reproductive health, improves chances of conception and helps a woman’s body cope with the demands of pregnancy and labor.
Pre-Natal yoga has many benefits and can be tailored to suit the body’s changing needs and capabilities. It helps to strengthen the uterine muscles and support the spine, enabling the back to cope with additional pressure, and helps the body to deal with various complications of pregnancy.
Regular practice of certain specific asana (postures) provides the body with necessary strength to face the contractions to help ease labor, speed recovery and restore energy levels. Post-Natal practice of pranayama, or yogic breathing, and practice of gentle and easy Asana helps to restore firmness in the muscle fibers and encourage a continued supply of milk.
The Transitional Age – A healing phenomenon!
Middle-age for women comes with its own set of complexities. The benefits of yoga during this time are substantial. It plays the role of a “healer” for a new set of physical changes in a woman. Regular practice will help to maintain physical, mental, and emotional health. Specifically, practicing Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation, during the menopausal phase helps to balance hormones, keep weight under control, avoid medical complications like thyroid, and maintain a healthy digestive system. The magic of yoga for life!
The Golden Years and the Glow – A blissful companion!
A woman’s golden years of life has it’s unique challenges. With age, the practice of complex asanas reduces. Asanas aimed at improving blood circulation and a healthy nervous system will help the body to extend and eventually fully relax. The aim of yoga at this stage, as always, is to maintain both physical and mental health, therefore bringing about balance and harmony. With continuity, the practice of yoga matures and women learn how to accommodate the physical limitations brought about by increasing age.
Testimony: “Regular practice of my Hatha Yoga routine has provided me with both obvious and unexpected benefits for the body, mind and spirit. It has offered me solace, reflection, joy, acceptance and ease in my body. It has helped me connect with my inner radiance and strength in the most demanding times making me aware of my strengths and weaknesses while exploring the new horizons in my fast paced life.”