New women’s yoga class to help women going through perimenopause and menopause

A head shot of Diana Briggs, Yoga Teacher in Christchurch, Dorset

We are delighted to be launching a new yoga class at our studio in Christchurch, Dorset this September for women going through the perimenopause and menopause. Qualified yoga therapy and women’s health yoga teacher Diana Briggs will be teaching the class which aims to support women dealing with symptoms, offering breathing techniques, support and information that can help manage some of the symptoms.

Perimenopause…. Menopause….

Many people are aware that the menopause is when your periods stop but are less familiar with the term ‘perimenopause’. There is, in fact, a lengthy list of symptoms that you could suffer from during the years of perimenopause. Perimenopause occurs when you start to present with symptoms due to hormonal changes but are still having periods. Menopause is the stage when you have not had a period for 12 months.*

The symptoms of perimenopause can range from the well-known hot flushes to:

  • joint pain
  • mood changes
  • migraines
  • brain fog to name a few.

On their own, these symptoms may be uncomfortable and manageable. But putting all these symptoms together can lead to a very difficult and challenging time for the individual and their families. Many women lose not just their confidence, but end up losing their job, their partner and their sense of self. 

Woman of menopause age standing in forest

Having the right information is vital to helping you decide how to move forwards, be that naturally or medically. The severity of symptoms varies greatly and getting the correct help and support is so important. Perimenopause is not something to ‘get through’. No awards are given out for those that make it without medical help. Likewise, there is no shame in taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). 

Sadly, there are very few NHS menopause clinics. Diagnosis can be hard to confirm but do not be afraid to get a second opinion. 

There are some fantastic blogs and information to help women going through the menopause and perimenopause, such as:

Liz Earle Wellbeing
Home of the real Liz Earle and her Wellbeing magazine team. Look good & feel great with recipes, videos & ideas from her print & digital magazine.
Dr Naomi Potter | Menopause Consultant | Online Consultations Dr Naomi Potter is a menopause consultant in New Malden Surrey, she runs weekly Menopause clinics at Groves Medical Centre, in Wimbledon, London and New Malden, Surrey.
Home | Newson Health Menopause & Wellbeing Centre The new centre totally dedicated to women’s health and wellbeing – Providing an holistic approach to treating the menopause. Contact us on 01789 595004.
MegsMenopause – #1 Women’s Health Platform – A Woman Is Forever Menopause and Women’s Health advice curated by Meg Mathews. All that women over 35 need to know about their changing bodies and lives. Treat your menopause!

Exercise is one thing that can help with both the physical and mental symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause.

Hence why we are launching our new class specifically aimed at supporting local women in and around Christchurch in Dorset to help. If you, or someone you know, is looking for ways to alleviate symptoms of the menopause then please give us a call on 01202 473800 or email Join Diana on Thursday evenings from 19:00 – 20:00 for a supportive and restorative women’s yoga class with like-minded women.  


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