Updated: Dec 1
It’s World Menopause Day. Do you find yourself in need of support during this transition? Ayurveda’s 5000-year track record is a testament to its effectiveness and ease of use. Nevertheless, Western medicine has been slow to embrace Ayurveda and other traditional healing modalities. But as more people seek to live healthy, preventative lifestyles instead of dealing with problems as they arise – the times they are a ‘changing! And we're here for you.
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World Menopause Day and Ayurvedic Support
It’s World Menopause Day.
According to the International Menopause Society, “The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.”
Keep in mind that in many parts of the world, menstruation was once revered as a time for women to recharge and reflect. Today, we’re expected to maintain 60-hour work weeks, drop the kids at soccer, make dinner, and organize our family calendar – all while bloated, cramped, not sleeping well, hot flashing, and suffering.
Contemporary lifestyles simply don’t support a balanced cycle. As a result, many people endure painful periods for years, even their whole lifetime and difficult perimenopausal transition and menopause. But with Ayurveda, menstruation from menarche to menopause doesn’t have to be synonymous with suffering.
Menopause can be a challenging phase of life, but Ayurveda’s time-tested support is here for you.
In recognition of World Menopause Day, we’re providing you with general perimenopause and menopause resources listed later in this article.
Women and Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease is the theme of World Menopause Day 2023. Here’s links to the Cleveland Clinic’s article on cardiovascular disease and Harvard Health. "Over 60 million women (44%) in the United States are living with some form of heart disease." according to the Center for Disease Control. Please read, educate yourself, and connect with your physician.
I remember decades ago, as a young woman listening to my wise OBGYN, who was providing education on breast self-exams (please keep up on them!). I still feel the shift in her voice when she looked me deep in the eyes and said, “but remember, while breast cancer is thought to be the number one health issue for women, it is not—it’s cardiovascular disease.”
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Ayurveda’s Healing Trifecta: a Framework for a Balanced Life
Create a path to health and healing with Food as Medicine, herbs, and Ayurvedic lifestyle practices (learn how to manages stress). To explore more on this topic, click here.
From menarche through menopause, Ayurveda guides you how to improve sleep, increase energy, improve focus, cultivate calm, decrease dryness internally and externally and in both mind and body—and to feel like yourself.
"Veena was able to help me regain my energy in just a few months and I’m feeling like my “young” self again! I love the food plan she designed for me, and all the supporting practices (am/pm routines, breathing techniques, herbs, and spice mixes) are so enjoyable to incorporate into my day. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda if you want to feel better and have more vitality.”
-Molly Rossini, Minnesota
Let’s start from the beginning of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates directly as the “knowledge” (veda) of “life” (ayu). Ayurveda is a branch of the Vedic tradition - an ancient Indian knowledge system, and the oldest wisdom tradition in the world - which is based on the idea that all of life, from the mundane to the majestic, is inherently connected and divine.
Ayurveda is often thought of as only one component: Ayurvedic medicine. While Ayurveda is a profound approach to holistic health and healing, this is just one small dot on the vast map of this ancient tradition. Ayurveda is a path, a system of living, a spiritual journey that lasts a lifetime.
Ayurveda uses food as medicine, herbs, and lifestyle practices like meditation and breathwork (pranayama) to balance the dynamic energies within our body – creating harmony throughout our inner and outer worlds.
What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda’s Place in Modern Medicine and Menopause
Modern “allopathic” medicine treats individual ailments directly. In contrast, Ayurveda treats the whole human – mentally, physically, and spiritually. The symptoms we associate with illness and disease are signs of a deeper imbalance within the body, and Ayurveda goes to the root cause of the issue to restore balance.
Ayurveda’s 5000-year track record is a testament to its effectiveness and ease of use. Nevertheless, Western medicine has been slow to embrace Ayurveda and other traditional healing modalities. But as more people seek to live healthy, preventative lifestyles instead of dealing with problems as they arise – the times they are a ‘changing!
The mind and body are connected. Food affects us both physically and mentally (think of someone who eats a lot of sugar or drinks a lot of caffeine). The outer world affects our inner systems. One size does not fit all (we all need different things for optimal wellbeing).
"Ayurveda is about clarity and specificity. Clarity of assessment, knowing what is going on with the doshic picture for clients is incredibly important. If the picture is not clear, how can the treatment be correct? My approach is to care for clients with that clarity, then, Ayurvedic treatment is simple, and easy for clients to integrate into their daily life." -- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
“Veena has helped me several times at various stages of my life to rebalance my doshas, and to bring me back to greater vitality. Veena’s herbal protocols and food recommendations are easy to follow and effective.
Combined with her beautifully guided relaxation and meditation practices, Veena offers a truly holistic to achieving and maintaining harmony in body, mind, and spirit—and living more peacefully and joyfully in an increasingly more erratic world.”
-Gabrielle Allen, California
As modern clinical trials validate Ayurveda’s ancient knowledge, this powerful wellness tradition is working its way into contemporary healthcare practices. As a result, more and more folks are embracing Ayurveda as a powerful way to integrate positive changes and bring their lives back into balance.
General Ayurveda Perimenopause and Menopause Resources
1. Our 15 Most Popular Related Articles: Ayurveda and Menstruation – Creating a Healthy Flow How to Cool Pitta and Reduce Body Heat with Ayurveda Ayurvedic Approach to Migraines and Headaches Wild List of Vata Imbalances Hot List of Common Pitta Imbalances Vital Vata – Ayurveda Guide for Autumn Cooling Foods in Ayurveda Ayurvedic Doshas and Their Impact on Your Life Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day 10 Ayurvedic Evening Rituals for a Calming Night Ayurveda Approach to a Better Sex Life How to Detox Emotionally|10 Ayurvedic Practices for Emotional Cleansing Ayurvedic Nail Analysis: What Your Nails Are Pointing to About Your Health Ayurveda Stool Analysis: What Your Poop Says About Your Health Ayurveda Tongue Diagnosis: What Your Tongue Is Saying About Your Health
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3. Food as Medicine tips: visit our food blog, selected as top Ayurveda recipe blogs.
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“I was tired of seeking advice from mainstream medical professionals, even my beloved midwives. I have long had heavy periods, but it took a turn a couple years ago, getting even heavier. As a result of so much blood loss, I had become highly anemic, irritable, sleeping restlessly, hooked on morning coffee, and suffering through bloating, craping, and spotting for a good chunk of the month.
With Veena’s help, I am now a firm believer that: A.) She definitely knows what is talking about and B.) Ayurvedic medicine can be trusted. I am grateful to have found Veena!” Angie D. -Minnesota
“Veena has literally changed my life. I was struggling with mental and physical symptoms that my doctor had no answer for. I thought I was going crazy and just making symptoms up.
“With Veena’s guidance, with herbs and diet changes, I soon realized that my symptoms were very real. After making the changes, I mae small victories along the way, and became better with each appointment with her.
Now almost 6 months later, I am a completely different person. I still have some things to work on, but with Veena’s help, I know I will be able to take control of my health and not leave it to Western medicine that was giving me little to no help and covering up my symptoms with another medication.
I highly encourage getting the longer package, especially if you are working with challenges with your monthly cycle. Working with Veen has been the best decision I have made for my health. You won’t be disappointed!” -- Maria Fumagalli, San Diego, California
“Veena has been a dream to work with! I came to her with a number of concerns around my digestion, skin, and menstrual cycle, and she has helped me find so much improvement in all areas and more!” – Meg McNeil, Boulder, Colorado
“I sought support from Veena related to irregular menstruation, skin issues, and overall stagnation. After a comprehensive assessment, Veena provided an intuitive yet simple plan that included recommendations for gentle changes to diet, daily routine, and a few herbal supplements.
The changes were profound. I had not had my period for six months and after four weeks of following Veena's suggestions, my period returned and has been regular since. Veena's approach works with available resources to make sure that change happens on a deeper level than medication can reach. I am so grateful for her help and would recommend her services!” -Anna, St. Paul, Minnesota
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There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 Step Meditation Process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.
"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."
- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.
3. Ayurveda Daily Routines: Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day
"Choose a couple of practices from the routines that provide you with the greatest support. Perform them while applying our two minute meditation technique and your mundane tasks, just transformed into a mellifluous meditation. This is meditation applied to daily life." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
Explore More: Ayurveda Breathwork Pranayama
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World Menopause Day and Ayurvedic Support --Saumya Ayurveda is here for you.
We all want to be heard, understood, and cared for as whole beings, not a set of isolated symptoms. True health is more than the absence of disease, which is why Western medicine so often leaves us feeling hopeless and unseen.
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Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.
She is President Emeritus and teaching faculty of the Meditation Center.
Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home, learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee.
These childhood experiences were the seeds of a lifelong passion. For over 30 years, Veena has dedicated her life to the world’s oldest healing system: Ayurveda.
She draws on this ancient wisdom to help others find their compass to a healthy life – and support those left wanting by Western medicine.
An experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veena’s deep, intuitive knowledge of Ayurveda empowers her clients to reclaim their fullest, most vibrant lives –mentally, physically, and spiritually. Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven in your lifestyle, naturally.