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Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond [Paperback]

Suza Francina
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April 20 2003

Hormone Treatment Is Called Harmful-Washington Post, 7/10/02
Estrogen Use Linked to Higher Cancer Risk-Boston Globe, 7/17/02

31.2 million women facing menopause in America are concerned by these headlines. Most women today will live over one-third of their lives post-menopausal, but what about the age-old solution of hormone replacement therapy? In 2002 the U.S. government halted a major study of hormone therapy because it increased the risk of invasive breast cancer. Now, millions of women are left wondering whether they should approach menopause without hormones, suffering from hot flashes and low sex drive or take hormones and live in fear of being another statistic. Suza Francina has a simpler solution: Yoga.

In this practical book, Francina, a leading yogi and author of The New Yoga for People Over 50, shows how yoga can be a powerful tool to help women turn menopause into a positive and empowering experience, both physically and spiritually. Included are easy-to-follow, indexed photos of yoga poses that alleviate key menopausal problems including: hormonal changes; hot flashes; irregular bleeding; fibroids; stress and anxiety, mood swings, depression and fatigue; bone loss; heart disease and cancer.

Francina delivers a timely and truly heartening message to women: you don't have to get weaker or depressed when facing menopause, it can truly be an empowering, restorative time.

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This latest work from Suza Francina -- registered yoga therapist, certified Iyengar teacher, and author of The New Yoga for People Over 50 (Health Communications, 1997) -- is poised to join the auspicious ranks of The Woman's Book of Yoga, by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden (Shambala, 2002), among the key volumes for women seeking help from yoga in negotiating crucial life passages. Francina provides both how-to practice guidance and encouragement in plentiful portions. "Yoga can help us move joyfully into the second half of our lives," she writes, and her enthusiasm invites the reader to partake in the wisdom that follows.

Francina devotes most of the book to examining the role yoga can play in promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being in the face of dramatic hormonal changes, the potential for and onset of osteoporosis, and even the experience (and possible avoidance) of cancer and heart disease. She thoughtfully presents scientific research and her own experiences as a yoga teacher -- and a woman -- alongside the testimony of more than a dozen radiant "women of a certain age" who embody the vitality that yoga can help cultivate. The rest of the book (about 50 pages) outlines a compact but well-rounded practice that even a newcomer can readily begin exploring.

This practice is divided into several section: restorative poses for "crossing the menopausal bridge," supported weight bearing poses, supported standing poses, simple seated poses and relaxing lying down poses, hanging and backbending poses that require props, and poses "to learn under the guidance of an experienced teacher." Helpful appendixes, including an extensive list of resources and an exhaustive bibilography, are included. Taken together, the many elements of Francina's book constitute a highly readable and extremely helpful guide for women approaching, navigating, or reflecting on menopause, and those who love them.

About the Author

Suza Francina is the author of The New Yoga for People Over 50 which has been published in several languages and reviewed on dozens of health-related Web sites, including WebMD.com. She is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and registered yoga therapist with thirty years' experience in the field of yoga and exercise therapy. Francina teaches internationally and conducts workshops for the Yoga Journal Convention, the annual Prevention Magazine's Walker's Rally and the Omega Institute. She has written for many publications, including Prevention, Yoga Journal and Herbs for Health. Some of her books and contributions include Women's Health Care: A Guide to Alternatives, The Holistic Health Handbook , American Yoga and Living Your Yoga. She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Fit TV: Healthy Living (Body by Jake Productions) and the AARP Maturity Broadcast News. Her work with older students will be featured in an upcoming issue of AARP's Modern Maturity magazine. She is based in Ojai, California.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause July 18 2003
I read Suza Francina's book, "Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause" because I am a yoga student and a menopausal women. I am also a nurse working in women's healthcare. I was pleasantly suprised to find that this book helped me on a personal level as well as a professional level.
The book is a wealth of information that can answer many questions regarding menopause and what our bodies might endure.
The book explains how yoga can support one's health during the menopause transition. Topic's discussed are hormonal balance, fatique, hot flahes, pelvic health, osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease. The book shows how yoga can help women with any of these health concerns. The yoga poses suggested to relieve side effects of menopause are clearly described and illustrated with photographs.
This book is very inspiring and I highly recommend it to my associates, clients and friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soulful Namaste' to Suza for sharing her Wisdom! Sept. 13 2003
It is an honor to write a review for Suza Francina's new book Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause. I began my yoga practice with Suza over 20 years ago. Her inspiration led me to train as an Iyengar yoga instructor. After practicing with her through our pregnancies,we even gave birth on the same day! Now at the threshold of our menopausal years,I find her newest tome to be an invaluable resource for myself as well as many of my students.Her experience,along with many of her students personal stories invite the reader to feel less isolated and at ease as we make this transitional journey together. The technical aspect of the book is superb with clearly defined directions and the use of supportive props,thereby encouraging the deep restorative effect while remaining in the pose for a longer period of time. Suza has also chosen a variety of models who represent all body types. This dispells an old myth of the "perfect yoga body."Again, this illustrates her inclusivity as she celebrates and invites all women from every walk of life to nurture and balance themselves emotionally, physically and spiritually. I have watched her over the years experiment, resarch and gather her material to write this enlightening book. She has come back up from the depths of her study with an extraordinary pearl.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga and the wisdom of menopause July 5 2003
By C. Meek
The book contains wonderful stories of how yoga has helped women before, during and after menopause. The stories put a personal and real touch on the face of menopause and related health issues, such as osteoporosis, arthritis, and recovery from cancer. It's an inspirational book that helps us understand how yoga can transform -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
A definite keeper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Students' response to the sequences June 25 2003
For almost two years, I have been teaching Iyengar yoga to mostly seniors. The average age of the students is 75; the age range runs from 25 to 84.
The classes the city offers last ten weeks, and last week was the last week in one of these ten week sessions. Since the last week usually has lower attendance, I promised the class we would do a sequence from Francina's book for fatigue and adrenal exhaustion.
To make a long story short, I forgot what I had promised and didn't have all the props I needed in this larger than usual class. Boy, did the students let me know that I had promised them this sequence.
I shouldn't have been surprised.Whenever I have used a sequence from this book, the students have loved it and commented on the "good class." From an instructor's point of view, the book is well organized, the content is explained well, and makes a wonderful reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Women of All Ages Nov. 4 2003
Yoga and The Wisdom of Menopause is a great companion and asset to have as I approach and soon start to cross over that menopausal bridge. I especially liked the photos of real women our age and their testimonies.
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