Ayurvedic Approach to Menopause

June 6, 2023

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Ayurvedic Wisdom around Menopause

Ayurveda's take on menopause is different than that in the west. It's not looked as a disease but rather a time in life to embrace your inner wise woman. Menopause is classified as the first full year without a bleed.

Menopausal Hormones

Both estrogen and progesterone decline in the body during the menopausal years. Both hormones are connected to ojas and tejas in the Ayurvedic world.

 

  1. Ojas- Is related to the kapha dosha. In Ayurveda there are 7 layers of tissues and ojas is built up after it's passed through the 7 tissues.
  2. Tejas- Is related to the pitta dosha. It acts as the subtle essence of agni. It helps transform the digestive fire.

 

Which means during menopause you want to keep pitta and kapha balanced. Pitta should reside in the core and kapha should not be depleted.

 

Stress

If stress is high it will affect the nervous system. If the nervous system becomes unbalanced vata dosha will also start to play a factor in the body.

That can look like:

  • Cortisol levels increase
  • Blood Pressure increases
  • Heart Rate increases

The monthly bleed we experience is a release of pitta in the body. So when that stops we need to make sure excess pitta or heat doesn't arise in the body.

The Doshas & Menopause

Vata

  • Dry Skin
  • Scanty bleeding during perimenopause
  • Digestive discomfort and constipation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble focusing
  • Anxious and fearful
  • Bone Loss

 

Pitta

  • Hot flashes
  • Irritable and cranky
  • Heavy bleeding in perimenopause
  • Excess heat in the body
  • Heart imbalances
  • Anger, jealousy
  • Inflammation, red skin

 

Kapha

  • Weight gain
  • Sad, depressed
  • Feeling heavy
  • Lack of focus but due to feeling dull

Tips to find balance

Increase rasa

  • Abhyanga
  • Drink Water
  • Shirodhara

 

Strengthen Agni 

  • Eat a vata pacifying diet that doesn't aggravate pitta.
  • Enjoy CCF tea in between meals
  • Minimal snacking
  • Circadian Fasting (eating between a window of 12-16 hours)
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol

 

Mindfulness 

  • Yoga Nidra
  • Pranayama- alternate nostril breathing to calm vata or sheetali to reduce excess heat in the body.
  • Meditate before bed to help aid in sleep.
  • A daily yoga asana practice
  • Try not to live in the past and release things from the past that no longer serve you.
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I specialize in hormonal & postpartum support using Ayurveda as the guide. 

I host a weekly podcast, Peaceful Power Podcast and have written two cyclical living books- Divine Body Wisdom and Ayurvedic Approach to Healing Your Menstrual Cycle. 

I graduated from Shakti School in 2019 as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. I'm a 500 HR Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic postpartum doula graduate from Inner Sun & Moon AyurDoula Program. I've specialized in pre/postpartum fitness since 2007. 

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