I know many women don’t have access to someone who can hold this safe space for them. Even though 100% of women will go through peri menopause and 80% will experience sometimes debilitating symptoms, our world has a long way to go in supporting this significant transition for 51% of the world’s population. At that crises point I had to embrace the yoga concept of Santosha. Total acceptance of What Is. Here was me on my knees, unable to think straight or with any energy to help myself, and forced to accept that I may well lose my business, my reputation, and ultimately, my sense of self. In actual fact, it was the ego that died (again) that moment I stopped clinging to my past definition of ‘self’ and surrendered to accepting the help I needed in that broken moment in time.
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YA Senior Yoga Teacher Linda Stephens specialises in women's health. She has done exstensive post graduate trainings in pre and post natal yoga, and yoga therapy for peri to post menopausal women.