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Magical Menstrual Yoga: Nourish the Womb, Love your Flow

Why should we see women's cycles as sacred?

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Every Cycle is a Vision Quest

When we bleed it is the end of our cycle, the time when our blood releases from our womb and back to the earth. Every time we bleed it is because we have integrated and finished part of a chapter we are studying about ourselves. This is a radical and revolutionary way of looking at our cycle. Every cycle is a vision quest for wisdom and growth. The theme for this ‘moonth’ may be relationships, self worth, sexuality, security; you’ll have to look deep within yourself to see. There’s a multitude of different topics the Womb may be guiding you through, and by journaling throughout our cycle we can reflect back and bring awareness to the topics arising and what we’ve learned. Then our cycle ends and she oh-so-kindly releases for us that which we no longer need, while integrating the wisdom from the journey into our very being. We can look at our menstrual blood as an invitation to rest for a few days while we process our quest.

Painful Release and Heavy Flows

(A spiritual reflection)

My feeling has been that when I have a particularly heavy or painful menstrual flow, the experience is a direct reflection of my own inner healing process. If I am releasing a lot of blood during menstruation I have found it is connected to having a lot of emotions/tension to release. The pain I feel is a calling of my womb, calling out at my resistance to allowing the release to happen. Perhaps our blood is releasing a trauma or heartbreak – pain can also be associated with this experience. Ask yourself this question – what am I releasing this cycle? Why am I in so much pain? Place your hands on your womb and listen; she will give you the answer.

In my experience I have found the most pain comes when I am refusing to give her the space she needs to release. When I am disconnected from my womb and her needs, she speaks to me loud and clear – and as soon as I check in and honour her needs, it’s like she smiles at me and the pain dissolves. A part of us is dying at this time and it is important that we acknowledge this. The blood does not care if we have lots of work to do, or commitments to see to, She is the creator of life, and She really does come first. If we do not honour this, she will tell us. Louder and louder, until we pay attention.

So, after that introduction, let’s move on to some yoga poses for womb health.

 

The following yoga poses can be found in the book Yoni Shakti’ by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and are particularly useful for menstrual cramps and heavy flows.

 

 

Hare Pose (Sasankasana) with Fists and Pillows

With this pose I like to have a hot water bottle handy to place over my lower back whilst I’m leaning forwards.

Begin upright, sitting back on the shins, legs comfortably apart- make sure there is space for your belly to come forwards between your legs.

Big toes can be touching behind you.

Place a cushion or bolster between your legs for extra comfort.

 

 

Making fists with your hands, place one fist over each ovary.

As you exhale round the spine and move buttocks back towards heels.

Rest forehead onto a pillow in front of you.

The fists stay pressed gently into the ovaries.

 

 

If comfortable here stay for a while, breathing deeply into the womb area.

When you are ready to come out release the fists first and use your hands to help lift yourself upright.

You may feel the fresh gush of Chi flowing into the ovaries as you release the fists.

 

 

Surrender and Worship (Pranamasana)

Avoid during pregnancy, or if you have fibroids in the womb that are painful under pressure. During menstruation this may or may not feel comfortable; explore gently yourself.

This pose is a powerful physical gesture of surrender. The entire front of the body is connected to the earth. Allowing the whole front of our body to feel a deep connection to the earth womb assists in grounding us and giving us healing frequencies from the earth.

Laying flat on the floor, big toes touching, hands joined in prayer position above the head, ideally forehead to the floor, if needed place a folded blanket under the forehead.

Allow the weight of the body to be held by the ground.

Breathe deeply, with every exhale surrender deeper into the earth. Stay here as long as you like, a great place for reflection and contemplation.

 

Please note:
These above poses can be comforting during menstruation. Please bear in mind that as they may assist with discomfort they WILL NOT necessarily cure ongoing pain and menstruation issues. However, ongoing issues can be addressed by creating a deeper, loving connection with the womb and by getting to know her. Journal. Track your cycle. Move your hips – at every opportunity. Treat the womb as your beloved and she will repay you tenfold!

 

Let’s co-create a world of happy wombs and yoni’s and love the source of our reproductive and creative power once again! For more information around menstruation, yoga and the womb check out my Facebook page @yoniheartcentre or my Instagram @yoniheart.

 

Blessed be yoginis
YoniHeart

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