Personalized support for women in menopause.
Whether you are experiencing your first symptoms of peri-menopause, have navigated hot flashes and hormones without a single drop of sweat, finding it challenging to stay in relationship, or excited for the next chapter of your life to begin but don't know where to start, Maria can help you navigate home. Every women's experience of menopause is unique. It can be a revelation, a reckoning or a rest stop, sometimes all three in one twenty-four hour period.
Yoga classes focus on deep rest, self care, understanding and community. Quiet the mind, reduce stress, soothe the body. Class is open to all peri-menopausal, menopausal and post-menopausal women. A space where you don’t have to think or make a decision, Yoga for menopause. Practice as a way to connect to the part of you that is changeless to help with all the parts of you that are currently changing.
Classes are limited in size and require pre-registration.
New Class Series starts October 7th, 2018 Register Here.
Peri-menopause and menopause can leave us feeling surprised and abandoned by our bodies and by our culture. Together we create an individual program that meets your needs. A personalized program could include inquiry, writing, drawing, breathwork, yoga poses, self care practices, laughter and discovery. Menopause is hard, my goal is to lighten your load, make the experince easier and help you recognize you are not alone.
I don’t do “fancy” poses now, no arm balancing or headstands, my body wants the opposite. I crave stillness, breath, slow openings, quiet, calm, space to feel and hear what my body needs, what I need. On my yoga mat this is what I seek. This is also what I teach.
I'm post menopausal, if you choose the common definition, one year past your last menstration, and menopause hit me much harder than I thought it would. It's why I have created the yoga class and offer individual sessions. I wasn't finding what I needed and felt very alone.
I was introduced to yoga in 1999 and have been teaching since 2003 my practice and teaching has evolved to reflect my life, as your life as evloved to reflect your loves and experiences. Hot yoga to vinyasa to restorative to yin. Life is in flux, our bodies our in flux, this is natural. We deal with what shows up in the best way we know how, it helps to have knowledge, understanding, acceptance and compassion for ourselves. Knowledge is power, intuition in wise, paying attention can be profound, seeking support is sometimes required. I'm here to support you.
From my Blog May 7, 2018
Poster Child of Menopause
Sometimes we are only able to find bravery when we get pushed to an endpoint. Peri-menopause / menopause recently became my endpoint. I spent last summer looking for a yoga class for menopausal women in Houston.
I was so fatigued mentally and physically from the internal, driverless rollercoaster I had involuntarily been placed on. I sought relief. Now. Give me aid in the form of yoga that is physically nontaxing, give me community, a sense of belonging, a sense of this-is-all-going-to-be-okay.
I found nothing.
Granted I didn’t look hard, I didn’t scour the internet. I’m a lazy researcher. I did a few google searches; I asked yoga teachers had they heard of a class? Did they know of a teacher? Did they know anyone who was addressing this topic?
This answer surprised didn’t surprise me; we live in a culture that loves the young, the fertile, the new. Menopause isn’t considered sexy, beautiful or inspiring (yet). There are all types of yoga classes: yoga and beer, partner yoga, yoga and chocolate, yoga for runners, yoga for cyclists, yoga for kids, teens and elderly, prenatal yoga, aerial yoga, yoga for depression, acro yoga, babies and me, yoga for big bodies, yoga and dogs, even yoga and goats. Any yoga for menopause? Nope.
So what did I do?
“I can’t believe that a city of Houston, 4 million people, doesn’t have a yoga class for Menopausal women!”
I felt sorry for myself. (and other women who I imagined might be in the same boat as me.)
“Typical, what I want isn’t available here.”
“Is it just me struggling and having a hard time?”
I took it personally.
“Enough with celebrating all these other stages of life, quinceaneras, wedding showers, baby showers. Where’s the shower for women entering menopause? What about me?”
I felt selfish.
“Get over it Maria; you’re lucky enough for having good health in general.”
And I got angry. (Okay, deeply annoyed)
Because I didn’t want to be a complainer, I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself, I didn’t want to panic or take it personally or feel all alone because I knew, I knew it couldn’t possibly be just me– and most of all I didn’t want to become one of those bitter older women that responds when asked about menopause with…
“Good luck with that.”
“Get used to it.”
“It takes at least a decade until you feel better,”
“It’s downhill from here,”
I didn’t want to be resigned.That’s a powerless mentality; I’m not going there, nothing doing, I didn’t want that for myself, (or for my sisters.)
And what I haven’t yet mentioned, yet is obvious, is that there was a giant concrete and rebar deep wall of resistance within myself to embrace this new reality. I’m not middle-aged, that’s for other people, not me. I’m only in my early 50’s that’s not old.
Why such resistance?
From the image, I have in my mind of what a menopausal women looked like in high school. An unhappy grey-haired, rather egg-shaped with swollen legs older lady who complained about everything, was bossy and a not very nice houseguest. She was a former co-worker of my mom's that came to visit. Her image is seared into my ninth grade mind.
Why would I embrace that?
Or that’s what I thought. But now I’m starting to. I didn’t want to become the Poster Child for Menopause yoga in Houston, but now I am hoping that is what happens.Now it’s an opportunity. I’m hoping I can help change perceptions of what menopause looks like in 2018 and break stereotypes for myself and others like me that find themselves in a dated relationship with her belief systems. I’m not saying it will be easy, I’m working on a list of the pros, and it’s lagging behind the cons. However, I’m passionate about changing perceptions and belief systems that are engrained.
I want to reduce suffering, mine and yours,
Because suffering is optional.
Pain, loss, grief, will happen but we don’t have to stay in pain. I continue to learn through my own lopsided perceptions that I suffer because I have made assumptions, because I have jumped to conclusions before having all the information, before letting myself ask. Does anyone else feel this way? Does anyone else need relief?
So this menopausal women is teaching a Yoga class for menopausal women in June, and instead of feeling shame about the label I’m looking forward to the conversation and bringing good news to balance the imbalance. Isn’t that what yoga does? Destruction for rebirth.
Sometimes an endpoint becomes a start point. You don’t have to brave, just willing.
Dr. Christiane Northrup, The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change, 2006
Christiane Beerlandt, The Key to Self-Liberation:1000 Diseases and the Psychological Origins, 2003
Wendi Jensen, The Healing Questions Guide: Relevant Questions to Ask the Mind to Activate Healing in the Body, 2015
"We are always in the process of becoming.
Menopause is a process not a one time event, it's a practice of listening, learning, acceptance and transformation."- Maria