Thank you for visiting the YONI SHAKTI resources page. I have here made available a range of written, visual and audio material to support understanding and practical encounter with the yogic and tantric practices shared in my book Yoni Shakti. In particular I am keen to empower readers who resonate with the messages at the heart of the book to spread those messages through, for example, sharing the Introduction and the Womb Yoga Manifesto with those friends, studio-owners and yoga teachers in their lives who may need to receive these messages. The practice guides are extracts from the book describing some key techniques of Womb Yoga. The complete set of ten Yoga Nidra practices to support the stages of our lives as women are also available to download from this page.
I hope that this material is of value to you on your yoga journey. In order for the materials to be widely accessible, I have, (with the exception of the book herself), chosen not to charge for any item. Instead, I have simply offered them for free download. If you value the materials, then I invite for your to contribute whatever feels appropriate through the contribute page. These contributions reflect the value you place on the material, so please pay whatever you feel you want to. Monies received through this site are used to support the maintenance and updating of the site, and to pay for the additional design work and sound engineering involved in rendering the material beauteous, pleasing and useful.
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This nine page pdf is an excerpt from the beginning of Yoni Shakti. It’s the introductory material that sets out the scope of the book, and presents some very radical and exciting ideas about women and power and yoga and language. It’s my belief that this is one of the most vivid and exciting parts of the book, so I am glad to share this with you here. I do hope you enjoy reading this download, and I’d be glad to hear from you once you’ve read it – there are many topics for discussion presented here. Lets get some debate going amongst the thinking yoginis…
In this, the final chapter of Yoni Shakti, there are many reflections on recently uncovered abuses within the yoga world. The chapter concludes by considering practical strategies to prevent the continuance of such abuses.
This striking eleven page pdf sets out the basic principles and guidelines for practising womb friendly yoga. It is a manifesto advocating respect for women in yoga practice. It includes: a clear exposition of why honouring womb cycles is the foundation of a refined and sensitive yoga practice for women; a set of straightforward guidelines for safe practice of yoga during the many special times of a woman’s life, including during menstruation, pregnancy, when using an IUD, postnatally, during peri-menopause, and when hoping to conceive. Guidance on issues including inversions, bandhas and pumping breaths. This is a useful reference for any yoga teacher whose classes include women, or any yoga studio manager who runs yoga classes attended by female students.
How to do this beautiful practice: form & flow.
This spacious thirteen minute yoga nidra practice is the opening invocation to Yoni Shakti. In this version, the word YONI is used to locate energy in the cunt.
It may be an interesting experiment in the power of language for you to listen to both versions of this yoga nidra, this one and its sister track which uses the word CUNT to locate energy in the yoni. Enjoy! And compare your responses. Maybe your reactions to the differences between yoni and cunt change with repeated listening? I’d be glad to hear your comments, so if you’d like to share your response please email me.
This spacious thirteen minute yoga nidra practice is the opening invocation to Yoni Shakti. In this version, the word CUNT is used to locate energy in the yoni.
It may be an interesting experiment in the power of language for you to listen to both versions of this yoga nidra, this one and its sister track which uses the word YONI to locate energy in the cunt. Enjoy! And compare your responses. Maybe your reactions to the differences between yoni and cunt change with repeated listening? I’d be glad to hear your comments, so if you’d like to share your response please email me.
This twenty-six minute yoga nidra practice is an invitation to settle into spacious awareness. It is an open, feminine and welcoming practice. The rotation of consciousness uses the image of a constellation of stars. The practice in this form was first shared at the Return to Centre Women’s Retreat at Cae Mabon, in Snowdonia in 2013: http://returntocentre.org.uk/#/cae-mabon/4550555760. This version was specially recorded for Yoni Shakti readers in my own studio in Stroud, and has been sound engineered to render it clear and very easy to hear. The original practice arrived during intensive yoga nidra practice in preparation for the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training programme. For more details see www.yoganidranetwork.org. I hope you enjoy the practice. The practice is described in prose on pages 435-441 oof Yoni Shakti and it connects to the energies of Kali as a guardian protectress of time and change.
This forty minute yoga nidra was created to dignify and honour the experiences of menopause as a powerful spiritual initiation. The central experience of the self-anointing is rooted in a ritual meditation that was part of the spirituality module of Alexandra Pope’s Women’s Leadership Apprenticeship 2012. The experience remained vividly with me and returned as the perfect nidra practice when I was writing the menopause chapter of Yoni Shakti. This is a recording of the practice described on page 451-2 of Yoni Shakti, and it has been valued not only by the menopausal and perimenopausal women with whom I have shared it but also by younger women seeking to affirm self-confidence and trust in their own power.
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