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Yoga of the Womb: Part 2

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Yoga meaning Union

Welcome back to part 2 of our series on womb yoga!

Coming back to the opening sentence of yoga meaning Union.

When we think of it in this broader sense, we are doing yoga when sitting on the sofa and breathing deeply. To do yoga does not mean we have to put on sparkly leggings, drink chai lattes and do downward facing dogs every day. To be a practitioner of yoga what we must be practising is a conscious connection with ourselves and the world around us every day.

We must become yoga. Come to Union with all life. The world is our yoga mat. We are living in the vinyasa flow of life! Since connecting to yoga in this open sense, it has become a lot less important if I can master a handstand or not. What is of value to me now is… how present am I in each moment? How compassionate am I to myself and others? Do I listen to and honour my bodies inner knowledge?

Am I practising love and kindness in every situation?

Also, since reconnecting with my womb space, I have been much more connected to dancing, singing and other forms of playful merriment. Surya Namaskaras and sequences suddenly felt way too serious and structured to me. My Shakti (feminine) energy has been rising. Dancing. She had been suppressed for so long and the feminine aspect can not be controlled – she is vast, endless and dark, both the giver and taker of life. The void. The unconscious. She is a dream. As we come to accept and celebrate the divine feminine, she will be heard, and become free, again. I now embody the term ‘wild yogini’ (wild woman practising yoga).

During ovulation my body is full of energy and creativity. At this time of my cycle, I may add that I find it quite beneficial to move my body in a more dynamic, flowing practise. The Shiva (masculine) energy still has his place in my being, just as yin and yang connect to one another. Now I’ve found a much more rejuvenating and rewarding balance between the poles of energy within. This is what we mean by union. Life’s about balance after all!

Womb breathing

One of the most simple ways to connect with the womb space is by placing your hands in Yoni Mudra (see the image at the top of this post). Yoni Mudra is making a downwards facing triangle with both hands, thumbs joining at the navel, the hands pointing down to the earth. I like to do this practise sitting cross-legged on the ground if possible. There is an option to lay down on your back, and use any support you require, like pillows and bolsters. Eyes are softly closed.

Once comfortable you can begin breathing into the womb space, feeling the area under your hands raising up as you inhale, and down as you exhale. Take time to really connect with the feeling of your womb. Ask yourself questions: how am I feeling, here, today? Where am I at in my menstrual cycle? How are my energy levels? How is my creativity flowing?

When we take some time every day to tune into our womb energy, we can listen to her, honour her needs more deeply and give her exactly what it is that will nourish her. We begin to build a friendship with our womb space, and an acknowledgement and love is formed.

It is primarily through this womb relationship that my life has changed dramatically. I have been able to use my creativity more effectively. I’m writing poetry more, my yoga classes have been so much more creative and fun. I’ve been dancing lots and lots. Expressing the Shakti creative energy is extremely beautiful and divine.

Through connecting with our Womb space we start to understand ourselves more deeply. We create space for our creations to grow, our life becomes more colourful and we ooze out her beauty like an opening flower.

If you would like to experience more information about Womb yoga or find out where your nearest class is please visit my Facebook page @yoniheartcentre, or the womb yoga website by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli also has lots of wonderful tips and online meditations for free.

Celebrating happy wombs worldwide!
With love,

YoniHeart

Womb art
Womb Art by YoniHeart

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