The talk is a collaboration between Tessa, who runs this site, and Sophie Cleere of yogareading.co.uk. We are both yoga teachers who are passionate about women's health and therefore also menstrual cycle awareness for girls (and women!)
The talk focuses on using the concept of seasons for different phases of the menstrual cycle, in order to show how the cycle can be used as an inner compass for emotions, physical symptoms and energy levels. Rather than trying to constantly be 'superwoman', constantly giving and doing at 110%, we can pace ourselves and learn self-care. This models a sustainable approach to health and well-being.
The talk aims to improve girls' emotional literacy, enhancing body image and self-esteem using the menstrual cycle as a tool for reflection. Most of us were not taught this when we were young.
Tracking your cycle
There are different methods. You can use a simple diary method or a chart such as Alexandra Pope's menstrual chart (find here for free).
Two recommended apps are:
Sophie and I are planning to run a workshop with girls and their mums to support learning and sharing around menstruation, and also a retrospective Menarche Ceremony for women who did not get the support that they might have liked when their own period started.
We ran the latter last October and it was a wonderful event.
There are free menstrual literacy courses available at www.redschool.net, which we would whole heartedly recommend.
Let's support each other.
This drawing is from notey.com
Yr 7 girls at The Abbey, Reading (February 2017)
"The girls received the message well and appreciated the openness and relaxed way in which you both discussed the menstrual cycle with them. I feel that the talk made them more aware of what happens to their body and emotions/senses at different stages of their cycle, which will reassure them when they experience these changes (or even be aware of others going through these emotions)." Miss Lanaghan, The Abbey