I used to feel like this but now feel pretty much the flip side ⬇️ Read the repost further down…🙏
Menopause Yoga teachings have been pivotal for me personally and I feel driven to share. Classes and upcoming workshops are now booking. Please take a look at the listings under “Events” on the FB page Yay4yogawellbeing or click on the links maybe?





Email [email protected] with any questions or to book your space 🤗💖

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Many women I talk to say menopause has made them feel disjointed. They’ve lost their sense of identity. Something seems ‘off’ but for many it’s hard to put in words. Many carry themselves differently, they feel invisible, their self esteem is on the floor. This side of the menopause transition often isn’t talked about much. Is it something that has affected you?

On the flip side there are plenty who say they feel rejuvenated and stronger and more in tune with themselves that ever before - they’ve found a voice and a ‘fvck-it-who-cares’ outlook that they didn’t have previously.

Would love to hear your experiences - good and bad - in the comments 👇🏼

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She wants to remind you how over-stretched you were, how exhausted you were, before all of this.
How much you needed a rest.
She knows you saw that, in the quiet and she wants you to keep that close, now life has started up again.
No more using stress, tiredness and lack of time as badges of honour.
You see now that life doesn’t have to be a race.
You know what value lies in the silence and the peace.
You met yourself again and she wants you to hold on tight.
Most of all she wants you to remember that the world won’t stop if you do.
Only Mother Nature can stop the world.
Take it slowly child of the universe, you're not here to burn out, you’re here to burn brightly. Protect that precious light of yours, you only get one.

Donna Ashworth


Art by Brian Kirhagis

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This Friday I’ll be joining other small local wellness providers to bring a Wellness Coffee Morning fundraiser for Ukraine.
Come and sample the taster sessions - book these via [email protected]
Browse the stalls, have a chat and enjoy free tea/coffee and cake 🍰☕️ What’s not to like? 😃💖
I will be following this advice.
Feeling generous…. Second winner is… 🥁
Norma Mitchell
And the first winner is……🥁
Ashleigh Reid 💖

Nurturing, supportive, informative. Specialise in Menopause Yoga (holistic approa

Operating as usual


Love this from .martin ♥️
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Never stop trying to figure out how to keep on your best path in this life. What ever that may be for you. It is your own personal combination of what works best for you!

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Why not gift a friend or colleague a free class or discount for a workshop in the new year?
get in touch by email at [email protected] or by DM and we can arrange a printed voucher, vaild for 6 months. You could even share this post and drop a hint for yourself xx
Vouchers cost £10.


I grew to love spending winters in Norway, where we lived for 15 years. Candles everywhere. A more relaxed approach to Christmas. Warm drinks and cinnamon rolls enjoyed outside cafes - me wrapped up warm, wool blanket over my knees, whilst my baby slept in her pram (hopefully). It's really hard to translate the concept, but safe to say there's a LOT of candles involved!
The first lunchtime at my workplace, I honestly thought someone must have passed away - candles everywhere and hushed tones. No - that was the way, every single day. Respite from the busyness of the world for a while.
In perimenopause especialy, women can become hypersensitive to noise around them, less able to tolerate the hustle and bustle of family life. We really benefit from making time to "escape from the world" for even just 5 minutes. Maybe you will gift yourself that time today?


Mmmm ♥️
A healthy nurturing winter warmer for you ladies ☕️
Emma's Nutrition has so much great advice on nutrition in midlife 🙌 Some of you will have enjoyed her yummy home-baked cookies at my workshops 🍪


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A gentle reminder about why you are utterly exhausted…

No one I know began this year on a full tank. Given the vicious onslaught of the previous two years (let’s just call it what it was) most of us dragged ourselves across the finish line of 2021… frazzled, spent, running on aged adrenaline fumes…

We crawled into 2022 still carrying shock, trauma, grief, heaviness, disbelief… The memories of a surreal existence…

And then it began… The fastest hurricane year we could ever have imagined. Whether we have consciously processed it or not, this has been a year of more pressure, more stress, and a race to “catch up” in all departments… Every. Single. One. Work, school, sports, relationships, life…

Though not intentionally aware, perhaps hopeful that the busier we are, the more readily we will forget… the more easily we will undo the emotional tangle… the more permanently we will wipe away the scarring wounds…

We can’t.

And attempts to re-create some semblance of “normal” on steroids while disregarding that for almost two years our sympathetic nervous systems were on full alert, has left our collective mental health in tatters. Our children and teens are not exempt. The natural byproduct of fighting a hurricane is complete and utter exhaustion…

So before you begin questioning the absolutely depleted and wrung-dry state you are in- Pause. Breathe. Remind yourself of who you are and what you have endured. And then remind yourself of what you have overcome.

Despite it all, you’re still going. (Even on the days you stumble and find yourself face down in a pile of dirt).

Understanding brings compassion…

Most of the world’s citizens are in need of a little extra TLC at the moment. Most are donning invisible “Handle with care” posters around their necks and “Fragile” tattoos on their bodies…

Instead of racing to the finish line of this year, tread gently. Go slowly.

Amidst the chaos, find small pockets of silence. Find compassion. Allow the healing. And most of all… Be kind. There’s no human being on earth who couldn’t use just a little bit more of the healing salve of kindness.

With love
Naomi ♥️


Love this (need this!) from Rosie. Brilliant advice as always.
I’ll add my late Dad’s advice “Don’t stare up the steps, step up the stairs” ♥️
Right…. 💪😅 onwards… Have a good day everyone x

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Join us for gentle yoga “release and rest”, this evening at Strachan Hall 7:15-8:15. Counteract the rising Xmas madness. I’ve an extra long relaxation in store for you 😴🤗
Email me to let me know you’d like to come [email protected]



Great blog from Petra, creator of Menopause Yoga
I take Magnesium from Newson Health online shop sold through Emma's Nutrition.

IS MAGNESIUM REALLY THE MAGIC MINERAL FOR MENOPAUSE? By Petra Coveney Magnesium is often touted as the magic mineral for menopausal women because of its important crucial role in whole body health, especially protecting your bones, brain, heart as well has helping to alleviate everything from depression and brain function to sleep issues, muscle aches...



"Shhhh! She is traveling between worlds right now. You can see her holding the tension of not knowing ~she is simply breathing into her unanswered questions.

Sometimes she drinks her coffee with quaking hands, not knowing where her relationship or her bank account is going. But this time, she is holding onto the tension of not knowing, and is not willing to hit the panic button. She is unlearning thousands of years of conditioning. She is not being split between the opposing forces of fight and flight.

She is neither naïve nor ignorant. She is a frontier woman, paving new roads & making new choices. She is willing to make a new transcendent possibility emerge. You may see her now ~ standing at thresholds, or at crossroads ~breathing into her body~ intently listening for inner signals. She's learning new navigation skills as she arrives at a most magical moment of her life."

Author: Sukhvinder Sircar



Find the simplicity in difficult times…
Stay happy, stay centred… this too shall pass. Theme for this week’s class 😃👍🧘🏻‍♀️ Spaces available - get in touch to join us. Strachan hall 7:15-8:15. [email protected]
Away to look up “affeurism” 😊



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“I don’t say no because I’m so busy. I say no because I don’t want to be so busy.” ~Courtney Carver


So true 🤗
I love to start classes with a “virtual” group hug. Usually brings smiles and encourages the production of happy hormones in the brain 😃🥰 Did you know that even women just meeting up together and connecting can help this process too?
Bring on the Oxytocin 🤗😃🧘🏻‍♀️


💫The magic of women’s circles 💞

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Just had such a lovely workshop with my Reset ladies. When your heart is broken...and you connect with people like this...well, it’s just magical xx no faces but our own, no explanations apart from all we want to share, feeling supported and celebrated because our open hearts are a mirror to one another...there is such a beautiful sense of belonging when vulnerable, open, trying hearts come together. Tears emerge unexpected. Smiles and laughter erupt. Deep breaths that only happen when you feel seen occur of themselves. No trying. No forcing. No fighting to be heard. Just speaking when normally you would be quiet. And reaching out when normally you would be hiding. So special. So grateful. It’s really been such a tender November. I feel my heart has been sewn together and then ripped open again this month. I didn’t see so much of it coming. Life is raw. I find myself wanting to just hold my womb. And take deep breaths. And wear big hoodie jumpers. Everything aches. My heart is on my sleeve. My eyes are tired. My brain is fried. But you have days like today and your heart is so stretched open from the rawness of life right now that you get to experience the beautiful things all the more because of that. You get to experience the union and the solidarity and the aha moments without any walls up or any other faces on. And that’s just priceless. Broken? Or broken open? Maybe they become the same thing eventually xx tag your beautifuls, darlings xx and to order my 2023 “I Started Calling that Girl Back” Calendar or Diary, follow the link in my bio. The first Calendar print run is on Monday xx


“Going home presents” from today’s workshop 😊😘

Photos from Yay4yogawellbeing's post 27/11/2022

Another affirming and humbling workshop today 😃
A lovely group of ladies enjoyed a “toe dip” into what to expect in menopause and finding out how to access calm. We shared anecdotes, tips, connection and inspiration, enjoyed a short Menopause Yoga practice, including Grounding Breath and a couple of restorative poses which we can take with us into Xmas🤪🙌😉
We finished the session with a beautiful sound bath from Vikki
Feeling tired but grateful 🤗😊🥰 Self-care has been had 🛁


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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger ...something better, pushing right back.”
Albert Camus

Mikhail Georgievich Abakumov - Screaming Spring.



Mmmmm - house smelling lovely as I whip up a few extra lavender eye pillows 💜💜💜
I’ll bring along these two tomorrow in case anyone would like to buy one at the workshop 👍🧘🏻‍♀️
If you’d like to order any for Xmas presents or just to treat yourself then pop me a message or email [email protected]
Pure soft cotton sourced from Banchory supplier, dried lavender and flaxseed.
The perfect companion for a quiet moment of constructive rest….something we women of a certain age will be needing over the festive season for sure 😅
Well actually any time as you’ll have heard me say many times before 🥰


Overwhelm is real in PeriMenopause. Tomorrow’s workshop will focus on counteracting overwhelm, finding calm in PeriMenopause and beyond. Sound bath by Vikki Cleal yoga to cap it all off ♥️
Although fully booked I’ve just had a couple of last minute cancellations so if you were sorry to miss it now’s your chance! Message me or drop an email to [email protected]
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Struggling to cope? 🆘
You're not alone. Menopause affects us all very differently (physically and mentally). Some women really struggle to cope with work, family, friends and relationships. Maybe you can't quite put your finger on it, but you’re not feeling okay. The most important thing you can do is ask for help, it's ok not to be ok. Speak to your friend, your partner, your doctor. Don't suffer in silence


It’s always worth it when you get to class though 😊🤗♥️🧘🏻‍♀️
I’m planning to offer an online class via zoom once a month in the new year. Let me know in comments or by message/email if you’d be interested in that. Whilst it’s wonderful to come together in person, we learned on lockdown that there is always a place for online yoga too, snuggled up in your own space at home.
Both are helpful in menopause. Both are valid 🤗 Both are (in)valuable in my opinion 🥰

Haha just sayin……

Shared from Lynn Miclea, Author ❤️

Photos from Yay4yogawellbeing's post 26/11/2022

Hoping for great focus as I do final prep for tomorrow’s workshop and sound bath 😅
Loving these adaptogenic coffees from .nootropics


Highly recommend Ekotex, based in Edinburgh, for yoga props like these beautiful bolsters. We routinely use these in classes and workshops. Super soft and supportive ♥️ Handmade and eco friendly 🫶

25% off on these handmade beauties too 😍 My Dad has finished a new batch and they are still my favourites!! I’m hand-filling each of these bolsters myself, which I really enjoy and gives me an excuse to move around a little! 😅


Chimpanzee mom meets her baby after c-section


We cover at least 7 of these in classes and workshops 👍♥️🤗🧘🏻‍♀️🫶
Especially important at this time of year x

(Spot the typo on 3&4 😂)

Can you add anything to this list?


This resonated after a day of struggling to settle to anything much 🫤 I’ve been away a few days and it takes time to regroup and ground myself. The menopause transition can feel really unsettling and a lot of what Menopause Yoga is all about is learning to allow yourself kindness and nurture and to go slow sometimes 🤗♥️
Thank you Donna Ashworth
Donna’s books of poetry are beautiful 📚♥️

Photos from Yay4yogawellbeing's post 22/11/2022

Loving this book ♥️
Been my driving companion over the long miles these last few days. Renewed my inspiration and will look forward to sharing snippets of its wisdom with you in class x
Another good add to my ever increasing library 😅📚


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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Albert Camus

Katsushika Hokusai - Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry (1834)


I love this! ♥️
Thank you Adele for showing me this gem 💎
I can feel a Zoom solstice class coming on, if anyone’s up for that?
Re-set the nervous system amidst all the Xmas hullabaloo 🤪🧘🏻‍♀️🥰
A mini-hibernation x

The winter solstice time is no longer celebrated as it once was, with the understanding that this is a period of descent and rest, of going within our homes, within ourselves and taking in all that we have been through, all that has passed in this full year which is coming to a close... like nature and the animal kingdom around us, this time of hibernation is so necessary for our tired limbs, our burdened minds.

Our modern culture teaches avoidance at a max at this time; alcohol, lights, shopping, overworking, over spending, comfort food and consumerism.
And yet the natural tug to go inwards as nearly all creatures are doing is strong and the weather so bitter that people are left feeling that winter is hard, because for those of us without burning fires and big festive families, it can be lonely and isolating. Whereas in actual fact winter is kind, she points us in her quiet soft way towards our inner self, towards this annual time of peace and reflection, embracing the darkness and forgiving, accepting and loving embracing goodbye the past year.

"Winter takes away the distractions, the buzz, and presents us with the perfect time to rest and withdraw into a womb like love, bringing fire & light to our hearth".

.. and then, just around the corner the new year will begin again, and like a seed planted deep in the earth, we will all rise with renewed energy once again to dance in the sunlight

Life is a gift ❤ a Happy winter to you all...
Written by Bridget Anna McNeil
Artwork by Jessica Boehman


Sharing from a fellow Menopause Yoga certified teacher 😊🙌

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Micro Stresses:

It’s sheet changing day today, and it’s just tipped me over the edge! 🙄

I’ve already got four loads of washing waiting to be done and two currently drying!
My washing machine sounds like it’s on its last legs (I mean when it spins we have to turn the TV up)!🤦🏻‍♀️😆

We’re getting work done in the house so there is “stuff” everywhere.

I’m tired. I didn’t sleep great last night. I woke up this morning with a headache.

The anxiety of being self employed is creeping in.
I worry that my classes aren’t full. I worry I’m not good enough.

I’m studying. Hard. And my post menopausal brain is finding it a wee bit more challenging than it used to.

I’m eating conveniently because it’s quick and I’ve always got somewhere to be or something to do.

All of the things I do to keep myself “well” are slipping and I’m annoyed at myself for that.

But I recognise all of the above and I allow myself to feel everything this comes up and I slowly begin to initiate the changes back into my life that bring me back into balance.

Why am I telling you this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Because I’m human. (And social media needs a bit more of that I reckon).
At this moment in time it feels a bit heavy and I’m ok with that.

It’s the ebb and flow of life.
It’s not all love and light.
And when I go to bed tonight (with clean bedding on) 😃
I know I’ll be alright.


Photos from Yay4yogawellbeing's post 16/11/2022

I have one, maybe two spaces in this Thursday’s class. 7:15-8:15 Strachan Hall. Come and rebalance yourself 🤗
This weeks theme - “Tune in. How do you feel? What do you need? Re-balance”
Email [email protected]


This will be a great afternoon to be tucked up warm and cosy inside at our Menopause Yoga & Sound Bath workshop. Enjoy, ladies 🤗
This event is fully booked 😍🥰 but if you’d like to be added to a waiting list or register interest for future just ping me an email at [email protected].


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I don’t know a single woman who’s not struggling in some way right now. In fact, most of the women I know are tired and stretched as they try to juggle and manage and satisfy and balance while trying to maintain some semblance of sanity.
It’s really hard to watch.
At the same time, I don’t know a single woman who’s not growing in some way right now. In fact, most of the women I know are energized and whole as they try to heal and repattern and let go and cultivate while trying to prioritize their deeper selves.
And that is really beautiful to watch.
Do you find these two things happening simultaneously within you, too? Lord knows I do. And therein lies the wonder of this whole crazy, lovely human experience.
I mean, stagnation is hard… but so is change.
Staying in a dysfunctional relationship is hard; so is leaving one.
Living in chaos is hard; so is living in rigidity.
Being stuck in old behaviors and patterns and habits is hard; so is creating new ones.
Lying is hard; so is telling the truth.
Taking care of other people is hard; so is taking care of ourselves.
Not having boundaries is hard; so is establishing and holding them.
Living in shadows is hard; so is stepping into the light.
Point is, none of this is easy. And yet, the experience of growth can be absolutely fu***ng magical if we can remember to trust the process. To trust our stardust. And give ourselves completely to the moment immediately in front of us – whether we’re sitting in the shadows, the light, or both at the same time.
Keep going. I love you.

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