Whether you are someone who menstruates, used to menstruate or is yet to menstruate, or know someones who menstruates, (so essentially, pretty much everyone!), the environmental impacts of menstrual products may not be something you're aware of. Environmenstrual week in the UK (19-25th Oct) hopes to change that by raising the issues involved, promoting alternatives … Continue reading Environmenstrual week
We probably think we know what the history of women in yoga is. My assumptions were that yoga was originally, and until about 100+ years ago, a male-dominated (or even male only) tradition. This is what most books and articles say. However, recent research on the history of yoga e.g. Norman Sjoman's book on the … Continue reading Women, yoga history and new understandings
This is a huge book. Huge in size, huge in scope, and huge in terms of the content. My review here will not do justice to all c.650 pages of Yoni Shakti: a woman's guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra. Having finished reading it almost a year ago, in my mind it … Continue reading Yoni Shakti – a book review
A few notices of local yoga and meditation events in mid/west Wales have come to me recently so I'm doing a quick blog post about them. Typically a couple of them clash! [Updated 20th July '14 with more events] Sat 26th July 2014 Midsummer meditation - day retreat for women 10:30-4:30, small cost … Continue reading Yoga and meditation events this summer
Recently I was asked to run a short session at a local women's group (Merched y Wawr, lit. Women of the dawn) meeting. The women range from 40s up to 80s, with most of them over 60. I knew we'd be in a small-ish room, and that nearly all of them had never done yoga … Continue reading Simple stretches for beginners, older people, or anyone!
A couple of weeks ago I was away at the Womb wisdom yoga retreat which was held over a weekend at Hawkwood College just outside Stroud. This retreat was led by two women: Uma Dinsmore-Tuli who taught the yoga and meditation, and Alexandra Pope who led the menstruation cycle sessions. I booked to go as … Continue reading Womb wisdom yoga retreat review
I read on another yoga blog that Uma Dinsmore-Tuli has released three pregnancy yoga videos which are freely available to watch. Each one is about 10 minutes long, and the three are: warm up, main routine, relaxation. They feature three pregnant women each at a different trimester, so you can follow the woman who matches … Continue reading Free pregnancy yoga videos with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
A friend recently asked me why women are advised not to do inversions if they are on their period. I explained briefly that it's mainly because when we're standing upright the blood flow is down and out, but when we're inverted the blood is then going the other way. Judith Lasater explains it slightly better … Continue reading Inversions and menstruation