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Yoga of the Womb: Part 1

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Gateway of life

Yoga is so much more than a practice of downward facing dogs and backbends.

In Sanskrit the word Yoga means ‘union’ or connection. Yoga of the womb is engaging with our womb space using yogic practices of breath and movement to re-align with our wisdom that resides within – a divine nest of art where creation begins.

Yoga of the womb means in simple terms ‘Union with the Womb’.

“Womb yoga brings us home to ourselves as women. To honour the natural cycles of our womb life is to dance in time with the cosmic rhythms of the universe”

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

“In tantra there are two important poles of energy known as Shiva and Shakti. They are opposite poles of energy. Shiva and Shakti are intertwined together in the body. Shakti is the creator. Shiva is the seed.”

Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

The Yoni Shakti is the energy centre of the Womb. This energy centre is the home of all creativity. Be it a baby, a painting or a poem, creation starts here. Many of us are not connecting to this space, and have blocks in our womb channels, leading to health problems associated with the womb, menstrual difficulties and pain.

To reconnect with this creation energy is by far the most powerful initiation we can have in a female body – by uniting with and honouring this part of ourselves we are literally connecting to the Gateway of Life. We all were birthed from a womb; this whole area is a power-house of creativity.

Once we fully embrace this part of ourselves, we can also connect our womb wisdom with the energy of our beloved masculine side, as together they can create a trueness and depth that can really heal this planet. A couple who connect through Sacred Union using the wisdom of the womb will eventually embark into a state of Samadhi – perfect union, a state of oneness, and complete ecstasy of superconscious perception.
The union can then perceive the entire universe, where the souls merge with the Divinity inside. It is a homecoming of the highest order.

And we can get there also as women by practising to reconnect with our Yoni Shakti and womb wisdom daily.

Why Womb yoga?

I’ve been a practising yoga enthusiast for many years now and originally began yoga for flexibility as well as to feel healthier, sexier and toned. I pushed myself in daily asana classes. Practising hard to become “perfect” and conquer each pose, every alignment, embody them and become a master.

I became the perfect “yogi”.

Then I found out that a yogi is the term for a man who practises yoga. I had embodied the masculine form of yoga to a structured, chiseled art.

Over the last few years I have been delving into and studying womb health and yoga for women and stumbled across the book Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore Tuli. I found the book after my yoga teacher training and straight away felt a resonance with the messages in this book.

Uma teaches that we already are perfectly aligned. There is no need for adjustments. There is no goal of perfection to achieve because we already are perfection itself. During a womb yoga session we feel our way into each position, honouring where we are at in our monthly cycle and adjusting our practise to be in alignment with this.

By listening to our body we become our own yoga teacher. We know our own bodies better than anyone else ever will!

It is natural for us cycling wombs to have more energy when we are ovulating and not so much when we are bleeding. It is therefore paramount that we honour where we are at in our menstrual cycle when practising yoga. It is also important that we honour our needs in all areas of our lives. On and off the mat.

Perhaps a full 90 minute fiery yoga practice is not what our body best needs when there’s blood descending from our womb. When our body is at the end of a cycle, what she needs most is rest, nourishment and support.

The practise of Womb yoga reconnects us back to this inner knowing. The wisdom that we have within. The practise reminds us of our power, our sovereignty, but also our deep connection to the Mother, the Earth, and each other.

Our Womb will thank us for giving her the support she deserves.

Join me next week where we’ll be exploring womb yoga as union, and womb breathing.

 

Womb art
Womb Art by YoniHeart

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