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April 27, 2015
Yoga Training for Women Only
Women practice yoga for a variety of reasons. Some seek out the time spent on the mat as a way to relax and escape from the stresses and responsibilities of daily life. Some look to yoga as a means of physical fitness and enjoy the challenge that advanced level yoga postures bring. Most come to yoga for a combination of these reasons; to unite the mind and body and enjoy the time spent just for them.
It is important that yoga instructors be mindful to the needs of their female students, as they may require a different kind of training than the male students in class. Since so many women state that they come to yoga for stress relief and mental clarity, it would be prudent to address these issues during class. Speak to the fact that yoga often unearths emotions that have been stuffed deep down inside, and it is normal to feel emotional during or after class.
There are specific physical considerations to take into account with female yoga students. There are times during the monthly cycle that a woman's yoga practice should be altered to accommodate the physical and hormonal changes that take place. Some practitioners discourage inverted poses during menstruation and instead focus only on healing or restorative poses during this time. Focusing on seated poses such as the Baddha Konasana or Cobbler's Pose has been found to be helpful to relieve cramps associated with menstruation.
Practicing yoga during pregnancy and after delivery is an incredibly beneficial practice, but one that requires knowledge and care on the part of the instructor. Pregnant women benefit from pre and post-natal yoga classes thanks to the specific poses and movements practiced, as well as the camaraderie found among the students in the class. Pregnancy is a very special and spiritual time for women, and adding a yoga practice to the experience is nothing but beneficial.
Yoga training is a practice that all can benefit from, and women can attest to the profound effects it has on emotional and physical health. There is a practice for women of all ages and skill levels. Practicing yoga offers women a means to calm their minds, strengthen their bodies and restore a sense of calm and peace within themselves.
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