Women’s Issues & Yoga

I am coming around the corner and I can see the end … I graduate from Piedmont’s Deep Yoga teacher training program at the end of this month!

Last night in yoga teacher training we went over two topics: Women’s Issues and Being a Yoga Teacher.

I’ve been looking forward to the women’s issues topic as it is very important to us as teachers.

According to  a study done by Yoga Journal in 2012, 82.2 percent of yoga practitioners are women.

The women’s issues we discussed were the three transitions women can face in life: menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.

We did a yoga practice as if we were pregnant. Ann, who was teaching us last night, had us strap on “pregnant bellies,” which was a wool blanket and a yoga strap to keep it on.

It was a fascinating experiment, especially since I have never been pregnant. It was a great way to show us some of the physical limitations that can occur with a pregnant belly.

We talked about challenges each transition can face and the various yoga tips to help women take on the transitions safely for themselves.

My posting has been pretty sparse lately. But school is winding … Continue reading

Yawn … so sleepy

I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly. I drink lots of water.

But I feel tried most of the time. I don’t sleep well.

I fall asleep just fine. Usually I zonk out on the couch while watching TV. But I wake up during the night. Sometimes just once or twice. Sometimes 5-6 times a night. Sometimes I fall asleep quickly. Other times I feel like I am awake for hours. I try to not look at the clock.

There are times when The Husband will ask how I slept. Then he tells me how he slept great. I usually know this as I was watching him sleep … sometimes contemplating his murder. (Just kidding about that last part.)

So many other women I know don’t sleep well either. Why do women have such a hard time sleeping?

The Sleep Doctor says, women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives. Research shows they are more likely than men to experience difficulty sleeping.

The above-linked post also says this can have to do with hormones, menopause and peri-menopause and raising children.

In the article titled, Why women have trouble sleeping and strategies to sleep better, it says women’s tireless … Continue reading