Menopause can be one of the most challenging stages of a woman's life. Every day becomes an adventure when your raging hormones take over. Ever been in a crowded room and felt like somebody just cranked up the heat? Had the urge to bark at a friendly neighbor just because they said "good morning"? We all have days when we feel anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed.

You do have options. You see all the ads and have been reading about hormone replacement therapy. You know there are medications that might help. But you want a different solution. You want to be in control and manage your menopause symptoms naturally. On your terms.

Yoga might be the answer.

What Stage of Menopause Are You In? There are different stages of menopause and menopause can begin at different points in a woman’s life. And it’s not the same for everybody. Perimenopause is usually considered to be the transition. You should always consult your doctor or health care professional when you feel you might be experiencing symptoms in this early stage. But the transition from perimenopause to menopause can take any number of years and, again, is different for all women.

Are Menopause Symptoms Taking Control? You’ve heard about the common symptoms of menopause. You’re living many of them. Hot flashes and night sweats seem to be at the top of many lists, followed by mood swings, migraines and headaches, weak bones, and weight gain. Hot flashes, whether mild or severe, can wreak havoc in our daily lives. Mood swings can strike at any moment, sometimes forcing us to cry uncontrollably. Sound familiar? Many women also experience debilitating headaches or migraines and are laid up for hours at a time. And while more a condition than a symptom, menopause can also impact our bone health.

Yoga Can Help. When many women think of yoga, they conjure up images of twisted poses, chanting, and strange music. But today’s yoga movement is much more mainstream. And accessible. You’ll find that practicing yoga regularly---whether at home or at the local studio---can help calm your nerves, relax your mind, and relieve many of the menopause symptoms you’re experiencing.