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40-HOUR YOGA FOR MENOPAUSE WELLBEING

TEACHER TRAINING

Hi, I’m Margot Porter

We become teachers to share the life-changing benefits yoga has gifted us, right?

I’m passionate about sharing the knowledge and specialised yoga practices for menopausal women I’ve been exploring and teaching for over a decade.

With knowledge comes the power to take charge of your health and wellbeing through menopause and beyond.

Are you ready to support yourself and confidently guide your students through this significant transformation?

Training Outlook

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Expand Your Knowledge

 

  • Learn about the different stages of menopause and the common signs of transition.
  • Learn how Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the West view menopause and harness their knowledge.
  • Explore seasonal narratives for menopause and lunar charting the Wise Woman’s way.
  • Design classes using  a guide for Four Focus Areas that support women experiencing common signs of menopause.
  • Learn about the nervous system changes that affect our mood, energy and sleep patterns.
  • Unravel the physiology of hot flushes and brain fog, and how to address these in a class context.
  • Learn how menopause affects women’s hearts and lungs and which yoga practices help.
  • Understand the changes in muscle strength and bone density (osteopenia/osteoporosis).
  • Understand the changes in women’s pelvic health including prolapse, and how to cue appropriately.

Book A Virtual Cuppa with Margot

Jump on call and let’s discover if the program is right for you.

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Evolve Your Teaching

 

  • Learn to seamlessly incorporate relevant menopause knowledge with specific pranayama, asana, mantra, mudra, and relaxation practices, and modifications into your general class.
  • Build your own library of classes by exploring Four Focus Areas for common menopause signs and mind-body transitions.
  • Craft your own menopause workshops using specialised Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing class guidelines.
  • Explore a variety of feminine themes to build your classes, workshops, retreats, circles, and yoga nidras.
  • Meet the 10 Wisdom Goddesses who can guide us through the fire.
  • Experience the power of a Wise Woman’s circle and learn the art of facilitating an inclusive safe space.
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Prerequisites

  • You must have completed RYT-200 yoga training minimum.
  • You are currently teaching or have taught for a minimum of six months.
  • You wish to share specialised menopause wisdom with your yoga community.
  • You identify as a woman.

The what, why and how of menopause from a yoga and Ayurvedic approach backed by modern science.

 

HOLISTIC. PRACTICAL. EXPERIENTIAL.

Empower Yourself

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Learning Support

 

  • 1 x online introduction Wise Woman circle
  • A comprehensive printed and digital manual
  • Transcripts for yoga Nidras and meditations
  • Nutrition for menopause presentation by Mel Bald (qualified nutritionist)
  • Guides for supplements, adaptogens and Ayurveda herbs
  •  Videos, resources, quizzes, and yoga practices for pelvic floor health at menopause by Lisa Fitzpatrick (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher)
  • Downloadable PDFs of all PowerPoint presentations from the training
  • 5 x post training Zoom teacher’s circles
  • A small group learning environment
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    Upon Completion

    • .40CPD points with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia

    “At her first bleeding, a woman meets her power.

    During her bleeding years, she practices it.

    At menopause, she becomes it.”

     

    Traditional Native American saying

     you’ll receive a printed copy of the Take a peek inside.

    The Program

    Each day: Themed Focus Area practice, theory, language gardens, teaching practicums, asana labs, a daily afternoon restoration, and practice facilitating women’s circles around the Four Focus Areas including journal prompts, pair work and self-reflective practices to go deeper.

    You’ll receive a printed copy of the manual, circle booklet, and assessment workbook. All presentation PowerPoints, the manual, circle booklet, and assessment workbook are available online.

    Pre-learning: Hearing the Call

     

    When we reach our 40s and 50s, our bodies and minds begin to transition, and we can experience intense physical and psychological turbulence. Specialised yoga practices are a tremendous support in navigating this natural wave of change.

    While this transformation is not easy, it is significant because we are undergoing an initiatory process. We are birthing a new self: our Wise Woman.

    Pre-learning: Read the first three sections of the manual and you’ll

    • Connect yoga philosophy to menopause (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Koshas, Chakras, and Vayus).
    • Receive an overview of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western (HRT) perspectives of menopause.
    • Meet the Maha Vidyas – the 10 Wisdom Goddesses from the Tantra tradition – who can act as guides through menopause.

    In the introduction Zoom circle (recording available), you’ll

    • Meet and greet the Wise Women before we gather in person.

    • Learn about the different stages of menopause and explore a range of uplifting narratives including a seasonal one.

    • Introduce yourself and reflect on where you are on your journey.
    Day 1: Going to the Wellspring

    Many women reach menopause in a state of exhaustion and physical depletion because our culture doesn’t respect this sacred feminine transition.

    On day one, you’ll learn the science behind the hormonal changes and how to support women experiencing anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and overwhelm.

    Day one, you’ll

    • Experience Focus Area One practice with an opening calling in the goddesses Kali and Tara.
    • Enjoy a vata dinacharya across each day and understand how it supports the nervous system.
    • Be introduced to language gardens where we build word banks for each Focus Area everyday.
    • Learn what is happening at menopause.
    • Explore a seasonal feminine narrative of menopause and lunar charting the Wise Woman way.
    • Discover how stress impacts hormone balance, the vagus nerve and Polyvagal theory and how to thread this into a yoga class.
    • Experience a self-nurturing yoga practice for anxiety, overwhelm, interrupted sleep and fatigue (kidney and bladder meridian lines)
    • Deconstruct the practice and learn how to create your own yoga  classes to soothe and pacify vata.
    • Practice hosting a Wise woman circle for Focus Area One.
    Day 2: Dancing With Fire

    For many women, menopause is announced with hot flushes, strong emotions, and shifting moods as we begin to navigate the cauldron of change within.

    On day two, you’ll learn the science behind hot flushes, night sweats, menopause rage, irritability and brain fog (focus area two) and which specialised yoga practices can support you and your students.

    Together on day two, we’ll

    • Experience a Focus Area Two practice.
    • Learn about the physiology of hot flushes and strategies to support students physically and emotionally.
    • Discover which specific yoga and pranayama practices can help release heat and hot emotions.
    • Appreciate the changes in your brain and understand why you are experiencing brain fog, irritability, and forgetfulness.
    • Experience the benefits of Kriya for your brain and how to use it as a tool for hot flushes.
    • Create yoga sequences to cool and reduce pitta and nourish the liver and gall bladder meridians.
    • Understand the importance of including restorative yoga in your sequences.
    • Practice hosting a Wise woman circle for Focus Area Two.
    Day 3: Crossing the River

    Menopause is a profound transition, and some women may experience periods of low energy and mood, grief and sadness. Navigating this experience with kindness and compassion is essential for a healthy menopause and rising up to embrace our second spring.

    You’ll learn which specialised yoga practices can support Focus Area Three: low energy and mood, lethargy, lack of motivation, grief, sadness and depression. We look at how to cue for pelvic floor health at menopause.

    On day three, you’ll

    • Experience an uplifting practice designed to address Focus Area three signs
    • Unearth the key elements to create a warming, stimulating heart-opening Kapha for courage and resilience.
    • Learn about the profound changes in  the changes in a women’s cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
    • Get an overview of how pranayama can help women as they age.
    • Learn how to navigate and talk with ease about grief, sadness and depression within a yoga class context.
    • Understand the changes in pelvic floor health at menopause and how to support women with prolapse.
    • Enjoy a specialised prolapse sequence in person and in the online portal
    • Practice hosting a Wise woman circle for Focus Area Three
    Day 4 : Claiming Your Crown

    Revolution. Step up and collect your crown, queen. As we grow beyond the sphere of focused nurturing of family and career, we gain perspective of the broader connections to both community and the universe. Menopause is a distillation of all that is wonderful about you. It’s time to celebrate the possibility of spring and fully inhabit your version of your Wise Woman.

    You’ll learn the science behind the changes in your muscles and bones and which specialised yoga practices can help build muscle and bone strength, relieve achy muscles and joints, and support pelvic floor health.

    On day four, you’ll

    • Understand changes in women’s muscles and the best ways to build muscle through menopause and beyond.
    • Learn about inflammation at menopause and why muscles and joints may ache or feel sore.
    • Discover what’s happening to our bones and learn how to work with students with osteopenia and osteoporosis in a class setting.
    • Understand how to teach bone-safe transitions and namaskars for students with osteoporosis.
    • Honour our journeys with a rite of passage closing circle.
    Follow-up Circles : Embodying the Wisdom

    In the five follow-up circles, we’ll look at each Focus Area and share:

    • how we are embodying the training in our practice.
    • how we are threading our learning into general classes.
    • how to expand a class into a workshop, immersion or mini retreat.

    The final circle allows you to present a workshop running sheet for feedback from the group.

        Celebration. Connection. Community.

        Ready To Get Started?

        MELBOURNE, 2024

        INVESTMENT //  EARLY BIRD $1,297 (finishes August 23rd), FULL PRICE $1,497

        September, Saturday 21st to Tuesday 24th, 8.30-5.30 pm, 2024.

        Prana House, Thornbury, VIC

        What´s Included in the Training

        + 4 DAYS OF IN-PERSON TRAINING WITH A CERTIFIED TRAINER AND SENIOR TEACHER

        + A COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL

        + A WELCOME GROUP CIRCLE (ZOOM)

        + ACCESS TO ONLINE RESOURCES

        + INDIVIDUAL EMAIL SUPPORT

        + POST-TRAINING SUPPORT AND Q & A ONLINE (FIVE ZOOM CIRCLES)

        + 40 POINTS, YOGA ALLIANCE, YACEP, YOGA AUSTRALIA REGISTERED COURSE (UPON COMPLETION OF ALL ASSESSMENT TASKS)

        SYDNEY, 2024

        INVESTMENT //   EARLY BIRD $1,297 (finishes September 23rd ), FULL PRICE $1,497

        November, Saturday 23rd to Tuesday 26th, 8.30-5.30 pm, 2024

        Yanada Sydney studio, Ultimo, NSW

        What´s Included in the Training

        + 4 DAYS OF IN-PERSON TRAINING WITH A CERTIFIED TRAINER AND SENIOR TEACHER

        + A COMPREHENSIVE MANUAL

        + A WELCOME GROUP CIRCLE (ZOOM)

        + ACCESS TO ONLINE RESOURCES

        + INDIVIDUAL EMAIL SUPPORT

        + POST-TRAINING SUPPORT AND Q & A ONLINE (FIVE ZOOM CIRCLES)

        + 40 POINTS, YOGA ALLIANCE, YACEP, YOGA AUSTRALIA REGISTERED COURSE  (UPON COMPLETION OF ALL ASSESSMENT TASKS)

        Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing Teacher Training

        Payment Plans Available

        MELBOURNE, September, 21st-24th, 2024

        Payment plans are available for the early bird price.

        A non-refundable deposit of $497.00 is required to reserve your place.

        2 payments of $400.00 with the last payment by August 23rd.

        Payment links or EFT details and an installment schedule can  be arranged with Margot to help make this possible for you.

        SYDNEY, November, 23rd-26th, 2024

        Payment plans are available for the early bird price.

        A non-refundable deposit of $497.00 is required to reserve your place.

        2 payments of $400.00 with the last payment by September 23rd.

        Payment links or EFT details and an installment schedule can be arranged with Margot to help make this possible for you.

         

        I find it incredibly easy to recommend this course to any yoga teacher seeking the knowledge and guidance required to support women through menopause. If anything it exceeded my expectations. It was so well thought out and easily the best course I’ve done in years.

        It is detailed, thorough and covers everything I’ve ever wanted to know as well as things I’d never thought about before doing the course. I appreciated your wisdom, quirky sense of humour and the way you made everything fun and light. I am now very confident to take this knowledge and use it with my students.

        Bhavani, yoga teacher 20+ years, March 2023


        The course was simply amazing – a great balance of practical practice for each stage of the menopause journey, comprehensive theoretical presentations, asana labs, self-reflection and of course lots of opportunities to share and learn from other participants in a welcoming and non-threatening space. All of this was backed up with a comprehensive manual providing so much more information than I could have hoped for. I would definitely recommend this training to anyone looking to explore the topic in greater detail, or simply for your own wellbeing. Margot is really well researched, a great teacher, and a loving and kind wise woman!

         

        Jane Crosswell, October, 2023

         


        Margot’s 40hr teacher training gave me the tools to become the strongest, best version of myself, through yoga, mindset and health techniques and tips. We all need positive role models as our health and hormones change. I recommend sensational Margot, her knowledge, yoga techniques and caring attitude are EXCEPTIONAL.

         

        Sonia Barratt, March 2023

        Margot you SEE everyone. Your depth of experience and humility are beautiful. The themed days made all the info accessible. YES, I’d recommend this course to every woman. I’d be surprised if you attended this training and didn’t have one “a-ha” moment, or in fact, many. No matter where you are in the life journey, pre, peri, post, or smack in the middle of menopause, there’s something here for you (and to share with your loved ones!

         Suzy Goss, March 2023

        Licia

        Do it. This training is not only to improve your yoga skills and career but mostly for you, as a yoga teacher. We are blessed for having the amazing tool of yoga that can touch so many people but to be a good teacher we need to study and gain wisdom.

        This training taught me many rudiments and concepts around menopause from different points of view (yoga, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine…) and I am using those understandings to go deeper within myself. This training is to support ourselves in order to be able to support others. Margot is a goddess, so wise and delicate but also strong and kind. She creates a safe space to be ourselves, to cry and to smile together.

         

        Licia Ficulle, March 2023

        This training is amazing for anyone interested in the secret women’s business of menopause. This is a sacred time that need to be seen and recognised for the transformation that it offers. It’s time to drop off the secret and normalise this time in our lives. This training is rich in both scientific research and the colourful wisdom of the ancient teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and TCM. As a total bonus to me, we also explored ceremony and women’s circles which can support rich internal growth and acceptance through the menopause years. I have so much more knowledge now that I am excited about sharing with friends and any women who are ready to experience menopause as their transformation of coming into their own wisdom and energy, owning their own wisdom and energy and experiencing life through their own true nature.

        Madhu Puri, yoga teacher 10+ years, March 2023

         

         

        Margot has a unique ability to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels equal and heard. Her varied presentation styles kept the training engaging, and there was an extraordinary amount of well-delivered precious content. Margot’s expertise in guiding us through the intricacies of menopause and yoga was truly enlightening. I gained valuable insights into my own health and well-being, and the conversations sparked within this supportive group of wise women were both stimulating and enriching. Margot’s passion and genuine commitment to helping women navigate through menopause were evident throughout the training. Her knowledge and warmth created an environment where I felt encouraged to share my personal menopause journey and be inspired by others. Margot’s Menopause Yoga Training Course has been a life-changing experience for me. I have found a deeper understanding of menopause and yoga, also the desire to share this knowledge with other women. Thank you, Margot, for an unforgettable and transformative experience!

         

        Leah Micallef, October 2023

         

         

        Is Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing Teacher Training for Me?

        Absolutely yes, if:

        • You’re a qualified yoga teacher (minimum 200 hours), you’ve completed training and are currently teaching.

        • You’re seeking in-depth knowledge and skills to help women navigate menopause with yoga.

        • You want expert education to support yourself as a teacher and women through menopause.

        • You aspire to expand your tool kit to be a more impactful yoga teacher in all your classes.

        • You wish to offer Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing classes or workshops as an additional revenue stream for your business.

        • You want to prepare for the path ahead and know what you can do now.

        • You’re seeking teacher training that prioritises personal practice, reflection, and self-exploration.

        • You welcome all questions to guide your journey and are willing to step outside your comfort zone and explore new territory.

         

        Maybe not right now, if:

        • You are not interested in supporting women aged 40 – 60 who may be suffering from menopause symptoms in your classes.

        • You feel uncomfortable talking about women’s issues in a way that are inclusive.

        • You are uncomfortable sharing in a circle or don’t wish to be self-reflective through responding to journal prompts.

        • You feel women should not make such a fuss over menopause and just get on with it.

        • You are not particularly open to engaging in self-reflection.

        • You do not feel that you need to receive feedback on your teaching.

        • Your personal yoga practice does not have a place in your schedule, and value in your life.

        • You don’t appreciate questions as teaching tools.

        • You do not really value the art of teaching as a craft to master.

        QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU COMMIT?

        Frequently Asked Questions

        Do I need to have completed a RYT-200 yoga training when I enroll?

        Yes, you need to have completed your RYT-200 because Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing is advanced training,  We approach developing classes from a therapeutic or an energy-shifting perspective to address symptoms of menopause transformation and educate women about the changes in their bodies and minds, therefore I assume you know how to instruct poses and pranayama practices. It involves a fair amount of specialised knowledge and skill-based learning, and the common denominator is you have completed basic yoga teacher training.

        What if I'm not teaching at the moment?

        The training is open to any teacher who has completed a minimum of RYT-200 yoga teacher training and has taught for at least six months. You don’t need to be teaching now but you must be confident in planning classes.

        What if I'm a man, or a pre or post-menopausal teacher, can I still do the training?

        Absolutely.  This training is for all teachers who want to support menopausal women in their classes. With this training, you’ll learn how comfortably share information about menopause, how it affects a woman’s body and yoga practice.  You’ll learn to seamlessly incorporate relevant menopause knowledge, how yoga can support women and offer modifications for common signs into your general class. You’ll also learn the skills to deliver a specific Yoga for Menopause Wellbeing class and how to create an inspiring menopause workshop.

        How long do I have access to the online materials?

        You have access to the online materials for the lifetime of the training. This means for as long as I run the training.  This is a potent space for growth in the program when coupled with personal practice. Watching the presentations and creating classes using the class guidelines is a great way to really absorb the teachings.

        How much time will the assessment tasks take?

        Time is allocated within the structure of the face-to-face training for you to complete your assessment tasks and seek clarity on the tasks. If not completed over the four days of the course, you’ll have 3 months to complete your assessment. The assessment ask will take around 2-hours to complete.

        Refund & Cancellation Policy

        The training has limited numbers because this allows for a personable, tailored and comprehensive immersion style training experience. A non-refundable cancellation policy is in place to ensure the highest quality training and support can be delivered to all participants. Exceptions can be made for reasons including illness or injury where the person is physically unable to attend the training. A refund will be issued minus administration and fees of $50.00. Your deposit is non-refundable – exceptions for financial hardship. There will be no refunds for arriving late or leaving early. 100% attendance is required to receive your 40-hour CPD points. In the case that the trainer, Margot Porter, cancels the training a full refund will be given.