If you’re on this website looking for answers and support for your menstrual health, then chances are that you have also gone to see a doctor for medical advice or help. I know I went on a regular basis to doctors for years with my endometriosis. Yet early on, I felt that what the medical world had to offer was not a real solution and their perspective was narrow. Ultimately, they didn’t know much more than I did about my condition. Still, I went because I didn’t know what else to do. In the end, I stopped hoping, and then I stopped going all together and slipped into a kind of acceptance that this would be my life.
In all of my visits to traditional health care professionals (and I can tell you there were many!), I was never asked any personal questions apart from, “Are you planning on having children?”. This one would help them decide the course of hormonal treatment they would offer me. My womb and my quality of life was only given value in connection to childbirth.
If you could break any rule without consequences, what rule would you break?
Are you happy in your relationships in life?
Are you in touch with who you are and your Life Purpose?
Do you feel stressed about money?
Do you feel Spiritually connected?
What is the message of your health condition?
Integrative holistic medical practitioners today are very aware of how stress, diet and sleep deeply impact our bodies.
Yoga Therapy focuses on health and wellness at all levels of you: physical, psychological, and spiritual. What I offer is a space for you to stand still for a moment, in an often otherwise busy and demanding life. It’s a moment for you to check in with your self and listen to what is really going on, so that you can begin a healing journey which brings balance to your body, mind and heart.
Yoga is about becoming your own best friend, and beginning to take back our own power to heal and create your life.
Eating a healthy and supportive diet, sleeping well, drinking enough water, being in nature and moving our bodies are all essential for our health. But my experience is that real sustainable shifts in our health condition happens when we take a step further and begin to address how we choose to live our lives.
They say things like:
I need to speak up more.
I need to really accept myself.
My relationship is so toxic and I need to leave it.
It’s so time to quit my job.
I need to finally forgive my mother.
I have to write my novel or start the business that I’ve always been thinking about.
We do have what it takes to heal, but we’re often afraid to try. We’re guided by a voice saying, “I can’t do that. It would be crazy.” Which is why support, acceptance, tools, time to connect to yourself and a community are so important. When we have these, we become brave. We begin to take small manageable steps towards living a life which is aligned with who we are and what we are here to do. This leads to personal empowerment and changes in how we choose to live our lives. Once we begin to live a life closer to who we really are, our systems begin to relax and rebalance, giving our body optimal support to self heal.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowels or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.
In endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would; it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated and inflamed, eventually developing scar tissue and creating abnormal tissue that binds organs together.
Endometriosis is often compared to cancer in how it behaves and grows. But it’s not fatal. Yet women with endometriosis often say that the pain can be so difficult to live with, that they feel like dying. You survive but the illness can make it feel very hard to fully live. Endometriosis is considered a chronic illness without any cure.
Painful periods and ovulation
Pain during or after sex
Pain with bowel movements or urination
Diarrhea or constipation
Joint and muscle pain
THE CAUSES OF ENDOMETRIOSIS are not clear from a medical perspective. Some of the theories are:
– Backward flow of blood through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity during the monthly cycle
– Genetic; the risk of endometriosis is 10 times higher in women who have a first degree relative with the condition
– Suffering from consistent stress
– Inflammatory condition
– Imbalanced functioning of the immune system
– Toxins in our environment and in our food
– Estrogen imbalance due to the toxins. Estrogen encourages endometriosis to grow and shed
FROM A YOGA PERSPECTIVE
For our body to feel good and work well, the energy, or life force which flows through it has to be able to flow freely. The energy center which is connected to our womb is called the 2nd chakra. When this energy center is unbalanced or blocked, we feel physical and emotional pain, and the flow of our blood and our ability to create life (either babies or our own life in a way we dream it) obstructs our creative expression, our relationship to everything, our sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality, and energy for life. This is when we can easily feel a struggle between what we long for and what we believe the world around us expects.
When using Yoga as a therapy, we adapt the practice of Yoga and the Ayurvedic system of health care and wellness to the needs of women facing health issues. This is not usually possible in a regular Yoga class.
In my one-on-one and group classes, I specifically focus on menstrual health. My approach offers a wide range of tools which I found very useful during my own healing process, and which I have had the pleasure of passing on to other women.
The foundation of my work is Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga with an emphasis on breath and body awareness, mindfulness, written reflections, visualizations and relaxation.
Alongside Yoga tools, I also combine coaching techniques and exercises in creativity such as drawing, collage and photography.
I offer nutritional advice and knowledge for inflammation and hormone imbalance to better help your body feel replenished and supported in its healing
I recount women’s history and rituals around menstruation and fertility in order to bring back this lost and vital knowledge.
My classes offer an opportunity for us to connect as women and to share our stories of life and womanhood with each other. It’s a wonderful opportunity to feel empowered, to be witnessed, to feel cared for, to learn from each other, and to understand that we are not alone. My classes provides a safe, non judgmental haven for your voice to be heard and supported from the group.
I am always amazed with the magic which always happens when you bring a group of women into a circle. We learn so much and gain so much healing from being in each others presence.
We end each class, or private meeting with clear next steps for you to bring into your life, putting your insights and what you learned on the mat into action for real long lasting transformation to happen.
Providing you with tools for finding your sense of empowerment and strength from within
Helping you reconnect with your body
Bringing about focus in all aspects of your life
Reminding you that you have the freedom and power of choice
Deepening your awareness of your body and your emotions
Helping hear your inner voice and innate sense of direction
Connecting you to an inner sense of support and belonging
Connect you to your heart, to your essential self and knowing an inner abundance
Healing emotional wounds
Connecting to a community and breaking isolation
Lowering your stress and calming your nervous system
Boosting your immune system, thereby reducing inflammation
Helping to balance your hormones
Easing pain and tension in the body
Reducing fatigue and rejuvenating energy
Creating core strength, healthy alignment and stability
Moving blocked energy
Helping to increase endorphins for natural pain relief
Improving pelvic circulation for better blood flow
Helping your brain to change its patterns, habits and beliefs
Private Yoga Therapy
Weekly group Yoga Therapy classes
Public speaking around women’s menstrual health and its history and how Yoga Therapy can make a difference
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In North America, Australia and Europe, 1 in 10 women have endometriosis and it’s considered a chronic illness without any cure and can lead to infertility.
But I didn’t always know that. When I was in the worst place with the endometriosis, I felt very alone. My journey from pain, fatigue and disempowerment to regaining health, hope and liberation has led me to a well of information from which I am eager to share. Through Yoga Therapy, life coaching and using creativity, endometriosis has ironically become my passion rather than my enemy. I would have never imagined that to be possible!
By looking at what causes an illness like endometriosis through the eyes of Yoga, I began to see a much bigger and fascinating picture. I explored women’s menstrual pains, PMS and fertility issues in connection to creativity as a whole.
When we talk about menstrual and fertility problems, there is an imbalance in our reproductive system in the part of our bodies where we create life. In Yoga, we go a step further; we look upon this ability to create to go beyond simply creating another human life. We see it as the birthplace of how we choose to create our own lives too.
When we do seek medical help, we are most often told that the pain in our abdomen and the strong emotions are a normal part of menstruation.
History and other cultures show that the so-called “curse” in fact can be a quiet time for reflection, cleansing and renewal. If we take the time to be still, relax and listen, we can turn our pain and emotional darkness into new light and insights.
What if our bodies were not out to make life difficult for us, but rather, trying to get our attention and bring us back into balance? What might happen if we began to listen?
My experience working with women is that when we do find a way to step up and be present with what is truly happening, when we stop and ask what needs to be healed, not just in our bodies but in our lives, when we begin to connect to our true selves, then we’ve taken the first steps toward healing and living full lives.
When we live with pain, we feel blocked from doing so much in life. How would it be if we actually began feeling good about our menstrual cycles?
If we were aware of this natural rhythm and followed it, gaining insights, awareness, a sense of connection, focus, balance and strength from it, if we honored and relaxed into this amazing cleansing of the body, and our emotions.
Would we still have such severe pains and moods swings? Would we still have a hard time becoming pregnant?