About Feminine Embodiment Yoga
Yoga as you know it, is rooted in a masculine tradition, initially designed for and practiced by men.
I’d been practicing traditional hatha yoga for a number of years before I came to Feminine Yoga.
While the traditional style helped me a lot and is something I still love & partake in, Feminine Yoga was what really allowed me to fully embrace myself as a woman:
my view point,
my entire experience of the world suddenly felt valid
…where before it had felt ‘not normal’ somehow.
Feminine Embodiment Yoga = a style of practice that has been designed specifically for the female experience so you can LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN.
Feminine Yoga: Benefits Of Regular Practice
If you are a woman who is ready to PARTNER WITH, EMBRACE and LOVE your female body and perspective then this is the approach to yoga that will genuinely support you to do that.
Some of the many benefits of this easeful & transformative practice are:
- releasing stress and tension from the body and mind
- anxiety reduction & relief from nervous system over-stimulation
- hormonal balance
- emotional release and empowerment
- increased libido and fertility
- creating menstrual ease (learn to access to the power of living in flow with your monthly cycle)
- awakening your lower body and connecting with your primal energies (pelvic intelligence)
- sensuality as a spirituality practice (which can be brought into the everyday moments of your life)
- increased confidence, magnetism and joy
- healthy, supportive sisterhood
This is a practice that meets the cyclical nature of our biochemistry (our incredible womb life in all its phases), the structure of our female skeleton and musculature (our wider hips, our breasts, our vaginas) and also invites and allows our sensual nature to be expressed.
Features of a Feminine Yoga practice
Feminine Yoga shares many similarities with any other yoga class - there’s mats and movement and breathing…
The differences are quite subtle but make all the differences to you feeling truly nourished as a woman. Here’s a little summary of how this practice differs, but I can only do it so much justice in words! It’s really something that has to be experienced :)
Emotional expression through sounding - your feelings are invited.
Feminine Yoga invites you to use a breath/sound rhythm throughout the practice and this is what you give your greatest focus to.
Our breath is incredibly powerful and healing. By inviting sound into the practice, you are able to give expression to your inner world of thoughts and feelings… which brings release and creates space in both your body and your mind.
Rather than have to centre yourself and or transcend what you feel, this practice teaches you how to ‘feel your feelings’ and holds emotions as a sacred aspect of our humanness. This practice guides you to trust in what you feel as much as what we think. And that capacity extends waaaay off the mat and into everyday life.
Feminine Yoga works with a lot of slow, spiralling movements to reflect how the feminine energy moves (feminine energy = creative energy, have a look at the crown of a babies head as an example of this!). Moving in this manner allows our feminine energy to flow the way it naturally wants to which brings with it a release of the physical and mental tension from this powerful life-force energy being restricted by our more linear, masculine ways of moving and operating.
Less cueing, simple movements:
The emphasise in a feminine yoga practice is on guiding you into your body, and into yourself. Rather than lots of instruction on alignment or balancing, binds or inversions, Feminine Yoga uses a lot of slow, simple and repetitive movements that are really easy to follow. This allows you to go deep within yourself and gives you space to intuitively move and breath in a way that feels most natural and releasing for you in that moment.
No striving or pushing:
Feminine Yoga emphasises YOU as the ultimate authority on your body and what feels right for you. This removes any need to ‘keep up’ and teaches you somatically what it feels like to truly listen to your body versus pushing ourselves and overriding her in favour of improving, perfecting and becoming ‘more’. This practice teaches you acceptance of yourself as you are - right here and now.
With this being a women’s only space, Feminine Yoga makes way for authentic connection and sharing with other women which can be deeply soothing. Feminine Yoga is a space where you get to drop all the “masks” and just be authentically a woman, in all your depth and beauty. This helps us to grasp that beyond the roles and titles and the chores and obligations of our lives we are all manifestations of the same divine feminine source. We are all unique and powerful in our own right.
Feminine Yoga FAQs:
I've never done any yoga before! do i need to try a more traditional practice first.
In a word - no.
Feminine Yoga is really approachable. Safety and acceptance are two pillars of the space that is created for you to practice in, making it especially supportive to those completely new to yoga.
You will frequently be encouraged to honour exactly where you are at throughout the practice and reminded that whatever you are experiencing is valid and welcomed.
I'VE TRIED A FEW DIFFERENT KINDS OF YOGA BUT I FOUND IT REALLY COMPLICATED!
Yoga doesn't need to be overwhelming, dynamic or intense to have profound effects on your body and mind…in fact what a lot of modern women need these days to create more balance in their bodies and lives is less intensity rather than anymore! The feminine approach to yoga offers a high degree of simplicity with a focus on slow movement, deep rest and emotional release through sounding.
can i practice feminine yoga when i have my period?
Feminine Yoga is a practice that is incredibly flexible to meet the changing needs of our bodies as we go through not only our monthly menstrual cycle, but also major life transitions such as pregnancy, birth and menopause.
On a bio-chemical level, you are different every single day as a woman so we need a yoga that allows you to HONOUR this, not disregard and override it.
In Feminine Yoga we regard menstruation as a SACRED experience for a woman. By learning to partner with our body and understand our natural rhythms, you open yourself up to the potency of your femininity.
I’m here for you…
For any other questions or to ask about your specific circumstances specifically, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, if you feel called to this practice, join me at one of my upcoming events! Details below…