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How can menstrual cycle awareness and conscious menopause enhance your health, creativity and leadership? That's the question we'll explore together in the Menstruality Podcast, brought to you by Red School, where we’re training the menstruality leaders of the future. Your host, Sophie Jane Hardy will be joined often by Red School’s founders, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, as well as pioneering thought leaders, troublemakers and culture-shifters to discover how you can unashamedly claim the power of the menstrual cycle to activate your unique form of leadership; for yourself, your community, and the world.

The Menstruality Podcast Red School

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

How can menstrual cycle awareness and conscious menopause enhance your health, creativity and leadership? That's the question we'll explore together in the Menstruality Podcast, brought to you by Red School, where we’re training the menstruality leaders of the future. Your host, Sophie Jane Hardy will be joined often by Red School’s founders, Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, as well as pioneering thought leaders, troublemakers and culture-shifters to discover how you can unashamedly claim the power of the menstrual cycle to activate your unique form of leadership; for yourself, your community, and the world.

    How We Run a Cycle Aware Business (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    How We Run a Cycle Aware Business (Alexandra & Sjanie)

    The hidden agenda of the menstrual cycle is to help us become more fully ourselves. As we deepen our cycle awareness practice, it plugs us into our calling, our vision, our unique way of expressing our genius. The realising of this calling  requires an outer structure, which often looks like a business. The beautiful thing is that the menstrual cycle can resource us along the way. 
    We’re in the middle of launching our brand new programme, Your Cyclical Business which is designed to support you if you’re a teacher, healer or creative, a freelancer, or a purpose-led entrepreneur to channel the wisdom of your menstrual cycle to create a thriving business.
    So in our conversation today we want to invite you behind-the-scenes of Red School to see how we work with our cycles (and for Alexandra her post-menopause process) to run our cycle-aware business.

    We explore:
    How resting and tending to your nervous system in inner winter is a key to managing overwhelm, and creating sustainable work rhythms without burning out.

    How each inner season of the cycle works in a particular way to help us move from self doubt and imposter syndrome to trust in ourselves and our creative process.

    How we bring the discerning energy of inner autumn to craft marketing strategies that allow Red School’s work to expand in an aligned way. 
    Join us for our upcoming Your Cyclical Business free webinar: https://www.yourcyclicalbusiness.com
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Sophie: @sophie.jane.hardy -  https://www.instagram.com/sophie.jane.hardy

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Power of Cycle Aware Movement, Exercise and Yoga (Le’Nise Brothers)

    The Power of Cycle Aware Movement, Exercise and Yoga (Le’Nise Brothers)

    Why do we need to adapt the way we move and exercise throughout the cycle? In today’s conversation we explore the physical and mental health benefits of cycle-aware movement, and how to adjust the way we exercise throughout the cycle month.
    Our guest, Le’Nise Brothers shares her own experience of  using diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to improve painful and heavy periods, anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome.

    Le’Nise is a yoga teacher, and Nutritionist, specialising in women's health, hormones and the menstrual cycle. She’s the host of the Period Story podcast, and the author of the new book, You Can Have a Better Period which came out in March - a practical guide to understanding your cycle and balancing your hormones with nutrition and yoga, for a calm and pain-free period.

    We explore:
    How to move in each season of your cycle, including slow flow yoga in inner winter, strength training in inner spring, high energy exercise to channel your ovulatory surge in energy and mood stabilising exercise in inner autumn.

    How can we move to support ourselves through pre-menstrual anger and anxiety? 

    How can movement help us if we’re experiencing menstrual pain, endometriosis, heavy periods, including healing yoga poses and even how to use orgasms as a form of pain relief.---
    Get your copy of Wild Power: Discover the Power of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power. It's here in the shownotes: https://redschool.net/podcast/35
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Le’Nise Brothers: @eatlovemove - https://www.instagram.com/eatlovemove

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Matrescence - The Initiation Into Motherhood (Amy Taylor Kabbaz)

    Matrescence - The Initiation Into Motherhood (Amy Taylor Kabbaz)

    Becoming a mother is a profound initiatory journey. Journalist and coach, Amy Taylor Kabbaz remembers exactly the moment when she split in two. Fifteen minutes after her child was born, she went from independent, ambitious, ABC journalist, career woman, to completely surrendered mother who would do anything for her child.

    That moment changed everything for her, and took her on her own personal pilgrimage to understand how motherhood initiates us. 
    She’s interviewed hundreds of authors, maternal health experts, and teachers. She’s been the anthropologist, in the trenches of early motherhood, trying to decipher why so many of us feel burnt out, overwhelmed, and addicted to being busy. And she’s emerged from that time knowing that matrescence is the missing link for truly understanding why women feel the way they do, and how we can revolutionise the way we think about and value motherhood.
    We explore:
    The fact that we’re not mothers at birth. Mothering is a verb - it’s a learnt act. And it gives us daily - hourly! - invitations to move from control, to surrender, if we are supported to cultivate the ability to trust our intuition. 

    How to hold onto the thread of ourselves as we to navigate the deep reorganising of priorities that happens in matrescence.

    How to meet a world that doesn’t recognise the deep shifts that are happening within us, even as we’re inside this deep initiation of matrescence.---
    Registration is open for our LIVE Mothering Your Daughter Through Menarche. We start on May 2nd. You can check it out here: https://redschoolonline.net/p/mothering-your-daughter-through-menarche
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @red.school - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Amy Taylor Kabbaz: @amytaylorkabbaz - https://www.instagram.com/amytaylorkabbaz

    • 1 hr 1 min
    How to Guide Your Child Through Their First Period (Emily Stewart)

    How to Guide Your Child Through Their First Period (Emily Stewart)

    Our first period is a big event. Today we’re exploring why it’s so important to support girls and young menstruators through this transition, as well as how we can resource ourselves as parents, aunties and carers so we can meet our kids where they are at and celebrate them .

    I’m talking with Emily Stewart, the founder of The Real Period Project. She's also a Celebration Day for Girls facilitator, and the creator of the Red School Mothering Your Daughter Through Menarche programme. Her dream is to see a world where the menstrual cycle is seen as an ally and teacher, and talking about it is a normal part of life.

    We explore:

    - How to practically prepare for guiding your child through their first period, including ways to resource yourself, as well as age-appropriate books and other resources.

    - Why it’s important to start sharing about periods when your child is young and receptive to exploring ideas, and before the teenage phase kicks in.

    - Our upcoming live round of our Mothering Your Daughter Through Menarche programme, how you can join, and how it will guide you step-by-step to nurture and nourish your child as they approach their puberty years and first period with curiosity, support and a readiness for the changes ahead.

    Join us for a live round of our Mothering Your Daughter Through Menarche programme. We start at the beginning of May, and you can join us here: www.redschoolonline.net/p/mothering-your-daughter-through-menarche

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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net

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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school

    • 58 min
    How to Navigate PMDD and Pre-Menstrual Rage (Chloé Caldwell)

    How to Navigate PMDD and Pre-Menstrual Rage (Chloé Caldwell)

    When author, Chloé Caldwell turned 31, her experience of her menstrual cycle changed. Her monthly outbursts of pre-menstrual rage and anxiety began to dominate her life and compromise her relationship.

    Compelled to understand the truth of what was happening to her, Chloé researched menstruation throughout history, read everything she could about PMS and was eventually diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD.

    In this episode Chloé shares honestly, generously and vulnerably about her journey through PMDD, and how —along with proper treatment— the medicine of self-acceptance, self-compassion, and transcending shame were the ultimate keys to relief.

    We explore:

    - Chloé's searching, galvanizing memoir about PMDD and how we must bring a multi-layered approach to managing and healing PMDD.

    - PMDD and relationships - including practical tools and approaches to navigate PMDD with your partner, children or other loved ones.

    - The “Jekyll and Hyde” nature of PMDD, why it is referred to as werewolf week, and how cycle symptoms, including PMDD can be a gateway to knowing ourselves and accessing our wildness and ultimately, growing into a fuller version of ourselves.
     
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    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net

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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Chloé Caldwell: @chloeeeecaldwell - https://www.instagram.com/chloeeeecaldwell

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Cycle Awareness Cultivates Embodied Activism (Ruby May)

    How Cycle Awareness Cultivates Embodied Activism (Ruby May)

    Ruby May, the founder of Know Your Flow is an earth-lover,  a truth-seeker, an edge-dweller and a mischief-maker passionate about how we can each midwife a culture of deeper connection – to our bodies, each other and our planet through menstrual cycle awareness.

    She writes: "We’re tired of living in a culture in which our worth is measured around how productive we are and nothing ever feels like enough.

    Where stress, numbing ourselves and bypassing our body’s symptoms are so normalized, and creativity and play feel like elusive luxuries.  And where intelligence is seen as something abstract in our heads, removed from the deep feeling, sensitivity and wisdom of our hearts and bellies.

    We don’t want to be bystanders and continue the status quo.  And we’re ready to be part of the solution."

    In this conversation we explore:
    How cultivating an intimacy with the rhythm and change of your menstrual cycle allows you to be an embodied activist - a change-maker who is rooted in cyclical intelligence.

    How to work with your menstrual cycle as a tool for identifying internalised oppression and how Capitalism lives in your body, for example; by being addicted to endless productivity, feeling rushed all the time, and prioritising your head over your body wisdom.

    The connection between revolution - or evolution - and community. As Ruby 'the world would be a better place if we tapped into the wisdom of our menstrual cycle' - don't create change. Bringing them into connection does.”---
    The Menstruality Podcast is hosted by Red School. We love hearing from you. To contact us, email info@redschool.net
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    Social media:
    Red School: @redschool - https://www.instagram.com/red.school
    Ruby May: @know.your.flow - https://www.instagram.com/know.your.flow

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

jowildheartatplay ,

Empowering

Your perspectives have change the way I relate to my womanhood in such strong ways. 180degrees… They allowed me to reorientate within my mestruality, or even orientate for the very first time. Being in my late 40‘s I am so very grateful I could still experience a couple of years tracking my cycle and not only having painfree periods for the first time but feeling empowered and loved by life’s wisdom. Updating old stories. Amazing grace thank you! And now helping me with this next phase of my life, menopause. Can’t wait for your book;)

Laurenmarywhite ,

A groundbreaking podcast

I look forward to this podcast coming out every week! These conversations inspire me to bring menstrual cycle awareness more and more into my life. It gives me the permission to rest and to embrace a more feminine way of living. Thank you Sophie

Kati LK ,

Amazing

I look forward to listening to these podcasts every week. I treat them like a ‘me time moment’ thats rich in wisdom and knowledge and kindness. This week i lit the fire and a candle to listen. I always feel at peace with myself when they finish. Thank you and look forward to one day having more than one a week! Such a nourishing listen always. At last something stimulating and powerful and positive to listen to.

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