When I speak to women about the benefits of a yoni yoga practice, as I say the words “Yoni Yoga” they often look at me a bit perplexed.
When I elaborate, “I help women mitigate the physiological and anatomical side effects of peri-memopause and menopause” they smile and often say “Oh, I could use that”.
I don’t even have to list the benefits; they get how my work will help them feel better in their bodies.
And yet, listing the benefits is a good reminder that women come to Yoni Yoga for different reasons. I work women in their 30’s wanting to get ahead of peri-menopause. I work with women in their 70’s for whom menopause was lost in the dust years ago. I also work with a growing posse of young women in their twenties whose body armoring and pelvic tension is preventing them from getting pregnant. Feeling uncomfortable in their body is what all these women have in common. For some it’s dealing with physical discomfort, every thing from body aches to wild mood swings. For others it’s dealing with emotional discomfort, any thing from of low self-esteem to being steeped in our cultural hangover of a negative body image. And for other’s it’s the spiritual discomfort of knowing they have a deeper purpose inside but have yet to reveal its true nature. Another thing all these women have in common is the discomfort they feel is a very real constant in their lives. The good news is that the benefits of a yoni yoga practice can address all of these concerns. With a conscious embodiment practice like Yoni Yoga as an ally, we can begin to shift our perspective of the meaning and opportunity of our shift in fertility and the common side effects that we all feel.
Whether you are still actively menstruating, or moving through
peri-menopause and into menopause, the benefits of a Yoni Yoga
practice will help promote life enhancing qualities in your pelvic floor;
the place within a women where her greatest support resides.
The 5 benefits of my approach to Yoni Yoga include:
1) Refined neuro-muscular activity in the pelvic floor muscles
2) Increased lymphatic circulation within the belly region
3) Enhanced blood flow within the fascia
4) Activation of important nerve endings
5) Integration of the brain and pelvic bowl
6) Disruption of Adrenal Exhaustion
Though the reduction of estrogen has physiological effects on the body, in our transition into peri-menopause, there are mind-body practices and approaches to mitigate changes in elasticity, sensitivity and the moisture producing ability of the vulva-vaginal tissues. Additionally, the pelvic floor supports all of your abdominal organs, including the bladder and bowels, and as we age we are wise to improve the neuromuscular activity of this import support. You may want to read my Blog post The 5 Reason to start a Yoni Yoga Practice to see if you have a match with one or more of the physiological and anatomical concerns listed. Even if it’s just that your menopause muffin is growing and you would like some support to reduce its impact on your life.
If you are still wondering if a Yoni Yoga practice is for you, keep in mind that a well-balanced Yoni Yoga practice will address,
- Emotional hypersensitivity
- Loss of self-confidence
- Constant mood swings
- Mental disorientation or stress
- Lack of concentration and loss of memory
- Physical tiredness and fatigue
- Physical tension, stress and body armoring
- Urinary urgency
- Overall irritability, anxiety and depression
- Low libido
- Painful sex
- Loss of interest in sex or low sexual enjoyment
When I work with clients or students, I employ an inter-disciplinary approach by blending of somatic yoga, Yoga Nidra, pelvic floor yoga, mindfulness meditation, whole brain integration protocols, and Interactive Guided Imagery. The main goal of my approach to a yoni yoga practice is to help a women feel more comfortable in her body. And while it may appear that I only focus on the anatomical and physiological side effects, I also create an opportunity to awaken or support the development of a spiritual practice. I feel a daily conscious embodiment practice like yoni yoga provides a daily grounding that supports us to sail more smoothly through this major life change.
If all you are seeking greater comfort in your own body
as you move from menstruation through peri-menopause to menopause,
and would like to achieve the benefits of a yoni yoga practice,
you are in the right place.
As a result of an interdisciplinary approach to Yoni Yoga, the benefits that accrued to my clients and students include…
- A reduction in emotional hypersensitivity
- Access to whole brain thinking
- Improved memory and problem-solving
- A reclamation of a sense of self worth and self esteem
- An elevation of physical and sensual vitality
- Healing of unresolved past issues or negative imprints from childhood
- A balanced view of body image and an empowered sense of self
- A greater appreciation of the pleasure principle
- A deep appreciation of their brain-body-yoni connection
As you can see this list highlights a spectrum of growth that ranges from improvement in physical, mental and emotional symptoms all the way to the deep personal transformation and spiritual embodiment that is possible with an integrative Yoni Yoga practice. This spiral path of growth mirrors the evolutionary path of spiritual and conscious awakening and yet, I invite my clients to focus in the area that best suits their current need and lifestyle.
If you would like an introductory consultation please use my call scheduler in the right margin and I’ll look forward to answering your questions.