About this course
This course will give you the skills to:
* share practices to address the challenges of the menstrual cycle and prepare for perimenopause
* use therapeutic techniques to help revisit menarche (the first bleed) and recognise the similarities between the rites of passage of menarche and menopause
* learn therapeutic techniques for ovulation pain, premenstrual challenges & bleed time
* understand the hormones of the menstrual cycle and how this understanding helps prepare ourselves and our students for the change that occurs in perimenopause
* learn over 20 practices to support cyclical wisdom
* have your questions answered by Julia & Jane as you go through the course
* Life time access to practices and support material
Includes live one to one with Jane Dancey at a time that suits you!
You will gain the opportunity to visit the different stages of life from menarche to post menopause through the vehicle of the seasons. You will also gain an understanding of the menstrual cycle. Whether or not your students have a natural menstrual cycle, the practices shared here can be used to deepen your and their understanding of the cycles of a woman's life.
Prepare for perimenopause course structure..
- Week 1: Inner Spring: In this session you will be introduced to the full menstrual cycle with a particular focus on inner spring. Inner spring will be looked at from the perspective of menarche (the first bleed) and practices for the section of the menstrual cycle after the bleed. We will walk through breathing, meditation, relaxation and physical practices that connect with this part of the cycle. You will also be introduced to concepts that you can share with your students to use "off the mat"
- Week 2: Inner Summer: This is the time in a woman's life and in the menstrual cycle which is most recognised. The time of heightened fertility, when a woman often feels her most beautiful and attractive. In all people the height of summer can also be a time of exuberance but also we can sometimes over do things. In the UK in late June there are very few hours of darkness and that can encourage us to fill every hour of the day. In this session we will look at how we show up in both inner and outer summer and the yoga practices we can use to support this time in the menstrual cycle. An understanding of the fluctuations of the menstrual cycle can also help women who are looking to re-establish a more regular menstrual cycle and who are facing stress in connection to their cycle. The inner summer equates to the time in life of fertility - the archetype of the mother.
- Week 3: Inner Autumn: This is the most talked about and recognised part of the menstrual cycle outside of the bleed itself. But how well is it understood? We may hear jokes about PMT - and some people who experience extreme symptoms at this time may find these jokes less than funny. Is there any redeemable feature of this time in the menstrual cycle? You may be surprised to learn that there most definitely is and that some women who have grown to love their cycle find this part to be their favourite. This week will give you the opportunity to learn practices that support the pre-menstrum - including practices that have been used to prevent period pains if practiced before the bleed - but also empowering practices to support the "get things done and don't take any sh*t attitude" that can come at this time of the bleed. This time in the menstrual cycle also equates to the perimenopause!
- Week 4: Inner Winter: Rest, rest, rest...and don't do headstands! Is that the only message there is from the inner winter? Most definitely not. There is so much more to the bleed time than rest (although it is pretty important). In this week's session we will look into how we can honour the winter of our cycle and ensure that our practice and teaching is safe for students who are experiencing their bleed. This time also equates to the transitions times in life - menarche, menopause, birth and death.
An understanding of these rhythms is beneficial to all of us whether or not we have a menstrual cycle or are women.
Practicing yoga honouring the menstrual cycle and the transitions of life prepares our students for perimenopause and creates a sustainable practice that honours the cycles of life and nature.