I went to my first yoga class in Denver, CO a few months after my youngest baby was born in 2010.
It seemed like a good workout and a great way to relax at the same time. What more does a postpartum mama want?
A good friend from The Rocky Mountain Miracle Center in Denver had invited me. I loved the hot yoga and how much I sweat.
Then I moved to Lafayette, LA in June 2011 as a single mom. It took a few weeks to find a yoga home and someone to watch my babies while I went. There were only about 3 places in town that taught at the time.
So I started going to the studio I could ride my bike to and found myself sitting in the Yin classes with all the old people more than the hot and powerful “yogacise” classes.
I questioned why I liked the yin classes more…I didn’t break a sweat, I was only 27 (not 72 like all the others haha!), I was already super flexible, it hurt more, and I balled my eyes out every single time I went… for a year straight.
My sweet teachers probably thought I was a hot mess. Rightly so – I was. Nonetheless, I persisted because it was the only safe place I could release relationship heartache, stress and worry, and all the issues in my tissues.
Fast forward to 2015, I finally found myself capable of beginning a mysore ashtanga practice – where you go and do the same asana practice each time at your own pace.
Although it took my body to a new level of strength and capability, I found the practice to be more rigid than my liking. So, I searched to find a style of yoga that was more pleasurable and free flowing.
I had spent over a year crying my eyes out in yin and another few years pushing my edge, so naturally, I wanted something in-between – something that felt pleasurable, but allowed me to release whatever I needed to release too… in a way that felt safe!
Then I went to Tantra school where my teacher, Layla Martin, taught me that there was a lineage of female gurus in India that taught a pleasurable, ecstatic yoga practice. Luckily, we know about them today because the men thought it might be a good idea to mention in the texts when the Muslim’s invaded India.
These tantrikas even had a Sanskrit word for every pleasurable sound a person could make during a yoga practice.
But do you ever hear about a pleasurable and ecstatic form of yoga where you can safely go to release and express whatever you need to release and express without being judged or feeling like you’re “too much”?
Yeah, probably not. That’s why I had to re-create it.
I call it yoni yoga. And if you’ve heard of and have a jade egg, you can use it with your practice, or not, whatever you prefer.
Yoni is the Sanskrit word for the vulva and womb area of the female body and it means “sacred space”.
A woman in deep connection to her yoni experiences greater self-love, more personal power and freedom, ecstatic pleasure, and more joy within her body.
One of the many benefits of yoga is to restore connection to your body. But, the yoga we know today is a style of yoga passed on by male practitioners that often disregard the important pelvic region of the female body.
And if you have a yoni, you might find it a bit rigid too.
Unless you’re like most of us, and feel disconnected or numb down there. Which is exactly why you need to experience yoni yoga yourself.
Reconnecting a woman to her heart and yoni is often the missing piece in personal empowerment for women today.
By the time we’re teenagers, most of us have disconnected from our power center in the pelvic area due to guilt and shame around our bodies, perceived imperfections, unacknowledged life transitions such as menarche, birth, postpartum, and menopause, traumatic sexual experiences, or even a traumatic birth process.
To bring a more feminine approach to the yoga world, yoni yoga is a style of yoga and breathwork that I’ve developed specifically to reconnect and re-sensitize you to feeling and sensation in your pelvic region.
It’s my intention that through this practice, you’ll connect back to your life force and your power center so healing and integration can occur from within and personal empowerment can be restored.
If you’re interested in experiencing this female-centric yoga style that’s pleasurable and ecstatic and where you can safely release and express whatever you need to without being judged or feeling like you’re “too much,” I’m holding a 3-hour Yoni Yoga workshop this Saturday, July 22, 2017 at The Yoga Garden from 3:00-6:00.
When you leave the workshop you’ll feel:
1) A greater sense of self-love and acceptance
2) Powerful and capable of creating whatever you want in your life
3) More sensation and pleasure in your body
Click here for the event info and to let us know you’re going!
To your pleasure,