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Claudia Turske’s Hormone Balance Through Yoga: A Pocket Guide for Women Over 40

By Lynn N. Capri

How to Regain a Feeling of Well-Being Without Turning to Hormone Replacement Therapy reveals:

1. The startlingly high number of women with hormone imbalances
2. How yoga stimulates the production of hormones, relieves stress and improves mood
3. Why yoga is healthier and more effective than medicine

Menopause Is Natural ~ Treating Its Effects Should Be, As Well

37.5 million American women are currently in one of the three stages of menopause: perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause. Women experiencing “The Change” not only face unique challenges that affect virtually every system in their bodies, but their emotional health and sense of well-being suffer as well. With once-popular hormone replacement therapy now being called “controversial” by many in the medical community, and skepticism increasing in the general female population, where do health-conscious women turn to feel like themselves again?yoga-class-copy

Hormone Balance Through Yoga: A Pocket Guide for Women Over 40 focuses on hormone balance through glandular stimulation as a natural way to treat the symptoms of menopause. This approach appeals to the growing number of women seeking holistic remedies for this serious but common (and, fortunately, increasingly less taboo!) health concern. Because hormone balance yoga works with the body to stimulate hormone-producing glands, practitioners enjoy drastically reduced menopause-related discomfort while at the same time experiencing relief from virtually every other side effect (fatigue, anxiety, depression) common to women undergoing the “change of life.”

The exercises outlined in Hormone Balance Through Yoga also promote overall flexibility, which results in better health and physical condition. While most of the poses are effective in alleviating stress and sleep disturbances, as well as improving mood and concentration, other poses increase muscle tone,
flexibility, bone density and overall fitness. The poses in Hormone Balance Through Yoga are illustrated with full-color photos along with carefully detailed exercises.

An example of one of the beginning exercises that stimulates hormone production in the ovaries is Adho Muka Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog): start on all fours with your hands shoulder distance apart and your feet and knees hip distance apart. Curl your toes under. Gently breathe in and out: your practice begins. Move your knees backward about 6 inches. Making sure your hands and feet are well grounded, draw your pelvis upward and gently pull your shoulder blades together. Leave your knees slightly bent. Spread out your fingers and press into your fingertips to powerfully stretch your arms (be careful not to hyperextend your elbows). Rotate your upper thighs backward and apart, keeping your back long, and push your buttocks upward. Then, slowly stretch your legs and pull your tailbone downward until your heels are on or near the floor. Your gaze should be directed downward and your neck should stay long. Take three deep and long Ujjayi breaths ~ a breathing technique that is explained in Hormone Balance Through Yoga. This position opens up your shoulders and pelvis, stretches the sides of your body and creates a deep sense of awareness for what will come next.

A Hunter House book distributed by Publishers Group West, Hormone Balance Through Yoga ~ ISBN 978-0-89793-572-2, is available in bookstores nationwide or may be ordered by calling 1-800-266-5592.

Two other Hunter House books on yoga worth checking out:

Yoga for a Beautiful Face is that rarest of yoga books that both introduces readers to proven face and skin tightening techniques. It encourages beginners to stay with face yoga until they have mastered the breathing and exercise lessons, then gradually instructs readers on the basics of beginning yoga, where they learn, not only poses, but the connection between inner and outer energy and beauty and proper breathing. Author Lourdes Julian Cabuk teaches beautiful face yoga year-round in three different countries.

Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga is the yoga book for the rest of us. There are a million books out there for yoga superstars, but for people who constantly travel for work, have disabilities, or even for people who have extreme limitations of mobility, there’s author Emily Slonina, who has been teaching yoga for the “rest of us” for 20 years. The poses are healthy, gradual, and virtually anyone can benefit from them.

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