Only three known species go through menopause: killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, and humans. Two years ago, scientists suggested whales do this to focus their attention on the survival of their families rather than on birthing more offspring. But now this same team reports there’s another reason: older females enter menopause because their eldest daughters begin having calves, leading to fights over resources or lending a helping hand to help raise their calves. The findings might also apply to humans, some scientists say.

Do you know what is happening during the menopause? Are you concerned about the changes? Worried about the side effects of HRT? Would you like to understand how to prepare yourself before or after the menopause? What is ‘normal’ and when should we seek help from our GP? Book into our day retreat and find out more.

Learn how to boost your energy, improve health, gain ideas on what can help with night sweats and hot flushes, female dryness, mood swings, and aching joints.  Is soya good or bad? What about diet, herbs, alternate support and treatments? Should you be exercising and if so what kind of exercise? Come with your questions and concerns.

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Menopause and Yoga day retreat 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

  • 9:15-9.30 tea & raw energy balls
  • 9.30-11.30 Yoga for menopause by Jo Kuszmar
  • 11.30-12.00 Walk (weather permitting)
  • 12.00-13.00 Light lunch
  • 13.00-15.30 Talk & Q&A

Cost: £60     To secure your place please email or

Jo Kuszmar – Jo is an Oxford based svastha yoga teacher (means ‘Wellness’ broadly speaking) interested in eastern models of health, particularly the role of yoga and food in keeping well and for treating specific conditions. Jo is also a shiatsu therapist of 25 years standing and utilised her understanding of oriental energetic & yoga to manage her own menopause.

Jo’s main specialism, which has risen out of this field, is in posture. she has been interviewed on Woman’s Hour, the World Service and recently on PM, the news programme on the subject. Articles have been written about her work in both The Daily Mail and The Telegraph.

Who is this retreat for?

  • In your forties or fifties and want to find out more
  • Keen to understand how and if you can prepare yourself for the menopause
  • Perimenopausal
  • How can you look after yourself after the menopause

The menopause: The word menopause actually means your last menstrual period. Meno- refers to your menstrual cycle and –pause literally means stop. However, the actual definition of being menopausal is when you have not had a period for one year.

The term perimenopause is often used as this is the time in which you experience menopausal symptoms but are still having periods. These periods are often more irregular and scanty than they used to be.

Often when you read about menopausal symptoms this also refers to perimenopausal symptoms.

The average age of the menopause in the UK is 51 years, however this can be earlier for some women. Symptoms of the perimenopause often start at around 45 years of age. If the menopause occurs when you are under 45 years of age then it is called an early menopause.

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