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Forward Bends for Peri & Post Menopause

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This class, hosted by Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics, is the second in a 6 part therapeutic series for teaching yoga to women going through menopause and those who are post menopausal. We started in a supported version of Viparita Dandasana and Supta Virasana to open the chest before forward bending. The recommendation is to keep women more supported during menopause and ask them to sharpen their practice once they are post menopausal. The end of the class started with supported Janu Sirsasana and ended with Viparita Karani. This short sequence of 4 poses is a sequence Bobby also recommends to prevent and to minimize hot flashes. 

Asanas: 
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
Model: Kathleen Cunningham Credit: Clark Quinn, Yoga Journal 2001
English name: Inverted Two-Footed Staff Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
Supta Virasana
Supta Virasana with a Partner
English name: Reclining Hero's Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Intermediate
If your thighs insist on sliding apart in this pose, you might try one of two short-term solutions: bind your thighs together with a strap positioned around the mid-thighs; or squeeze a 2- to 3-inch thick book between... more
Supta Padangusthasana
Model: Erich Schiffmann
English name: Reclining Big Toe Pose
Practice type: Core Poses
Practice level: Beginner
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I
Model: Sondra Loring Photo Credit: Robert Sturman
English name: Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Intermediate
One can put the belt around the foot and extend the trunk.Do not lift the shoulders or contract the neck.Do not turn the right buttock out. Keep the trunk straight.Do not lean forward.Do not turn the left foot out.Keep... more
Parsvottanasana
Model: Netta in Parsvottanasana for 2nd Trimester Pregnancy
English name: Intense Stretch of the Sides of the Body Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Press into the big toe mound of both feet to internally rotate thighs.Pull the abdomen towards the spine. Lift the torso out of the pelvis. Extend towards the head to reach the knee. Stretch the spinal... more
Gomukhasana
Model: Sara Stover
English name: Cow Face Pose
Practice type: Seated Poses
Practice level: Intermediate
Do not extend your lower ribs forward. Practice the arm action first before incorporating the legs.
Prasarita Padottanasana
Prasarita Padottanasana D
English name: Extended Feet Intense Stretch Pose
Practice type: Standing
Practice level: Beginner
Learn to spread the legs apart without allowing the feet to slide and slip off. Learn to press the outer edges of the feet, like the application of the brake to a vehicle.Learn to concave the back using the arms and... more
Janu Sirsasana
English name: Head of the Knee Pose
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Pascimottanasana
Model: Cynthia Woodring
English name: Intense Stretch of the West of the Body Pose
Practice type: Forward Bends
Practice level: Intermediate
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Model: Sara Agelasto Credit: Peter Agelasto
English name: Whole Body Bridge Formation Pose
Practice type: Backbends
Practice level: Beginner
Stretch the spine towards the neck, keep the heels firmly on the ground. 
Viparita Karani
English name: Legs Up the Wall Pose [or] , Inverted Action Pose
Practice type: Restorative
Practice level: Beginner

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