Easing into Menopause

This 21 step sequence of yoga postures was designed to activate the endocrine system and balance the body’s hormones. Level: Beginner.
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1. Start in Bound Angle

yoga posture A. With the bottom of the feet together, interlace the fingers around the toes. Press down into the hips and up through the crown. Roll the shoulders down and back and press the chest forward.

B. Close the eyes and look up at the third eye point.

C. Breathe and hold for 10-30 breaths.

Optional: practice one of the cooling pranayamas, Sit Cari or Shitali.

2. Slide the left leg out 45 degrees into Revolved Head to Knee

yoga postureA. Slide the left leg out 45 degrees and pull the right foot in close to the hips. Place the left palm up on the left leg, inhale the right arm up towards the ceiling.

B. Exhale and reach the left fingers to the toes and the right fingers to the left wall, bringing the right arm over the ear with the shoulder rolled back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths. Slowly inhale the torso back up.

3. Cross the left leg over the right knee into Seated Twist

yoga postureA. Cross the left leg over the right knee and slide the right foot out so both hips are on the floor. Wrap the right arm around the left knee. Press the hips down and reach the crown up.

B. Exhale and reach the left arm behind your back, twisting the spine and looking over the shoulder.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

4. Repeat # 2 through #3 on the opposite side

5. Exhale the hips to the floor and spread the legs wide into Seated Angle

yoga postureA. Bring the legs out as wide as comfortable. Inhale the arms up and exhale forward, hinging at the hips.

B. Bring the hands to the floor, round the spine and let the head drop towards the floor. To deepen the posture, walk the hands forward.

C. Beathe and hold for 2-4 breaths. Walk the hands back and roll up the spine.

6. Bring the legs forward with the knees bent into Crab Pose

yoga postureA. Bring the feet flat on the floor, hip width apart, place the hands behind your hips with the finger pointed away.

B. Inhale and lift the hips up towards the ceiling by pressing into the feet and engaging the legs and buttocks. Lift the chest up by pressing down into the arms. Look up or drop the head back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

7. Lower the hips and walk the hands forward into Prayer Squat

yoga postureA. Walk the feet wide enough apart to bring the elbows to the inside of the knees with the palms together.

B. Press the palms together to open the hips, relax the hips down and reach the crown up. Roll the shoulders down and back and press the chest towards the thumbs.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

8. Exhale the hands to the floor and lift the hips up into Forward Fold

yoga postureA. Press the palms flat to the floor and lift the hips up by straightening the legs, if necessary keep the knees slightly bent.

B. Use the arms to press the forehead in towards the legs, use the legs to lift the hips up towards the ceiling.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

9. Step both feet back into Downward Facing Dog

yoga postureA. Tuck the toes under, bend the elbows and lift the hips up and back.

B. Press firmly into the hands and arms to press the hips back. Let the head hang from the neck. Press the heels into the floor. The legs are straight or can be slightly bent to flatten the back.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-6 breaths.

10. Exhale and bend the knees to the floor into Child Pose

yoga postureA. Press the hips to the heels with the tops of the feet flat to the floor. Let the forehead rest on the floor and allow the body to completely relax.

B. Breathe deeply into the belly for 3-6 breaths.

11. Slide the arms forward and scoop into Cobra

yoga pose A. Press the palms flat to the floor directly under the shoulders to lift the crown up. Relax the shoulders down and back to press the chest forward.

B. If the back feels strained, bend the elbows more or come onto the forearms.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

12. Roll onto the back and bend the right knee into Half Wind Relieving Pose

yoga postureA. Interlace the fingers around the left knee. Tuck the chin into the chest with the head on the floor and pull the knee into the chest avoiding the ribcage to the left.

B. Press the low back, shoulders and back of the neck into the floor. Relax the legs, keep the elbows close to your sides.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

13. Exhale the right knee to the left side of the body into Knee Down Twist

yoga postureA. With the arms out to the sides in a T position, drop the right knee to the left side of your body. For a deeper stretch, place the left hand on the right knee. Look at the right hand and keep the shoulders flat on the floor. Relax into the posture.

B. Breathe and hold for 3-6 breaths.

14. Repeat # 12 through #13 on opposite side

15. Bend both knees with the feet flat on the floor and inhale into Bridge

yoga postureA. Bring the feet hip width apart with the toes pointed forward, slide the arms alongside the body with the fingers lightly touching the backs of the heels.

B. Inhale and lift the hips and spine up by pressing into the feet and engaging the lower and core body. Press down into the arms and shoulders to help lift the chest up.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths. Exhale and roll the spine back to the floor.

16. Bring the knees towards the chest into Joyful Baby Pose

yoga postureA. With both knees bent, reach through the insides of the knees to hold onto the outside edges of the feet.

B. Press the heels up as you pull back with the arms to press the low back, shoulders and neck down into the floor.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-5 breaths.

17. Lift the legs up into Half Shoulder Stand

yoga postureA. Bend the knees to the forehead and bring the hands behind your hips with the elbows close to your sides.

B. Inhale and lift the legs straight up with the feet directly over your head.

C. Breathe and hold for 3-5 breaths. Use your arms to carefully roll the spine back to the floor.

18. Bend the knees, lower the hips to the floor and roll back into Plow

yoga postureA. Roll the hips and spine off the floor to bring the legs over the head. Have the arms alongside of the torso or over your head.

B. Press out through the heels with the legs straight.

C. Breathe and hold for 2-5 breaths.

19. Bring the bottoms of the feet together into Supine Bound Angle

yoga postureA. Bring the bottoms of the feet together with the heels close to the hips on the floor. Inhale the arms over head with the palms together.

B. Relax and let gravity pull you into the posture. If the hips feel very tight, gently rock the hips from side to side.

C. Breathe and hold for 6-12 breaths.

20. Exhale and release into Shavasana

yoga postureA. Let the arms and legs flop out to the sides. The arms are 6-8 inches from the sides of your body and the palms are facing up.

B. Close the eyes and consciously relax the body from the toes to the crown of the head.

C. Breathe deeply through the nose into the belly and hold for 10-15 minutes.

21. End in Easy Pose

yoga postureA. Bend the knees and slowly roll over to one side. Press up into a seated position.

B. Inhale and press the hips down and reach the crown up to lengthen the spine. Roll the shoulders down and back to open the chest. Relax the face and rest the tongue on the roof of the mouth.

C. Lengthen the inhalation and exhalation by breathing deeply into the belly through the nose. Release any thoughts or distractions and let the mind be focused on the breath.

D. Breathe and hold for 10-30 breaths.

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