Yoni - Divine Passage, Source of Life
|Yoni Mandala courtesy of Exotic India|
|Goddess of the Yoni courtesy of the Book of Born Free.|
|Courtesy of Erin Glasser-Devore Mindful Wellness|
Yoni (Sanskrit: योनि yoni) is a Sanskrit word with different meanings, most basically "vagina" or "womb". Its counterpart is the lingam. It is also the divine passage, or sacred temple (cf. lila). The word can cover a range of extended meanings, including: place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable.The relevance of this topic extends beyond the literal birth of bodies into the physical world, to include seeking wellness, restoration, longevity, and connection to a root source (such as the yoni located in the root chakra, the chakra of safety, comfort, home and connection to this planet. Vibrancy in this chakra correlates with a sense of security, belonging and self-worth.) A common yoga prescription for grounding the root chakra is to sit directly on the ground, on living earth if possible, or sit back on the heels and focus on the sensation of the ground supporting your body where it comes into contact with it. Inhaling, lengthen the spine upwards and feel the weight of the torso, lungs and above, moving away from the earth, stretching your crown higher. Exhaling, empty the lungs completely. Feel your weight firmly supported in your lower body, resting on the earth. Close the eyes to keep your focus inward and repeat.
Yoni work, prenatal:
As far as addressing the needs of mothers, I recently participated in a conversation between an expectant friend and a midwife & hypnobirthing advisor, Erin Glasser-Devore, of Mindful Wellness. The results were some powerful yoni medicine for expectant mothers whose babies have dropped into painful positions. I'll share here:
*If the cow pose in the above sequence is hard on the lower back, substitute camel pose done in this way
Glasser-Devore also recommends Spinningbabies.com, if the baby needs a more optimal position.