"What an honor to be able to host Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, one of the most knowledgeable, insightful and passionate yoga teachers in the field of women's health and wellness. Don't miss this opportunity!" —Jane Austin
Uma's practice is life-changing; a comprehensive approach to yoga that unearths the innate wisdom, power and energetic potential that comes when we embrace – rather than resist - the physical, emotional, and spiritual realities of being a woman at any stage of life. —Chrisandra Fox Walker
Womb Yoga is all about reconnecting with the deep blood wisdom of cycles throughout the whole of a woman’s life, from pre-menarche to post-menopause. It is for all women, with or without wombs, menstruating or not menstruating. This way of yoga is a truly multidimensional approach which enables women to access the inner guidance of their source wisdom so that they may more readily reside in well-being and peace with their experiences as women. It utilizes every dimension of yoga practice to promote optimal health—from Total Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) and meditation, to dance-like flows of deliciously feminine asana (posture) flows, and supportive structural attention to the intimate relationship between posture and pelvic health.
Registration is recommended for both days as the content is structured as a coherent workshop series. Drop ins for Saturday or Sunday are permitted as the content for each day can stand alone.
This is the first opportunity in the Americas for women of all ages and all levels of yoga experience to enjoy the teachings presented in Uma’s radical book, Yoni Shakti.
These workshops are for women only*.
“Womb Yoga brings us home to ourselves as women. To honor the natural cycles of our womb life is to dance in time with the cosmic rhythms of the universe.” Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Ph.D.
Saturday, September 30
Promoting Menstrual Health and Fertility
Menstruation is the foundation of optimum fertility, and this workshop will be of interest to all menstruating women, also to those women seeking to optimize their fertility and effective contraceptive methods, and to those women who have ceased menstruating but may be interested to understand how menstrual health can be supported through yoga practice. Women will experience how yoga can ease menstrual symptoms, support an intimate recognition and acceptance of their menstrual rhythms and provide an understanding of natural fertility. There will be restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimize prana (energy) for menstrual and reproductive health.
Promoting Postnatal and Peri-Menopausal Health
This will explore how multi-dimensional yoga can promote optimal health during postnatal recovery and peri-menopause. It is rooted in the understanding that the postnatal recovery period can in fact extend for many years, and that experiences encountered during birth can have a very long lasting impact on women’s well-being that can re-surface during peri-menopause. Uma shares practices in this workshop that can provide deep support and healing for these experiences. There will also be supportive and nourishing practices to nurture women’s deep vitality.
Sunday, October 1
Promoting Menopausal Health
Women will experience how yoga can promote and support deep health and well being through and beyond menopause. They will encounter yoga practices that can alleviate some of the challenging symptoms of menopause including deep exhaustions, memory loss, hot flushes and vaginal dryness. They will delight in a series of nourishing poses and breath work to promote self-acceptance, embracing of change and the awakening of a deep vital energy for a positive transformation during this time of great change. It is rooted in the understanding that welcoming and honoring menopause is to step into a powerful spiritual initiation that celebrates the wisdom of women’s post-menstruating years.
Creativity, Sexuality and the Cycles of our Lives
What is the relationship between creativity, sexuality and the cycles of our lives? How does energy move, as creative and sexual expression, and how does she get blocked?
This experiential workshop is to provide practical experience of yoga that promotes healthy creative and sexual energies. There will be an introduction to the Great Wisdom Goddesses Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild creative poet). An overview of common creative and sexual challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses to support the expression of women’s creativity and sexuality.
These workshops qualify for Continuing Education credit with the Yoga Alliance or credit in the Yoga Tree 500- or 1000-hour Teacher Training.
Pre-course reading: Please read the Introduction to Yoni Shakti available for free here: yonishakti.co/shop/introduction-yoni-shakti.
Questions? Email email@example.com for more information.
You also might be interested in Total Yoga Nidra, also to be led by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, which takes place Friday, September 29th at Yoga Tree Potrero. For more information, click here.
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Ph.D., met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, and teaching yoga since 1994. She’s a yoga therapist specialising in women’s health, a mother of three, author of several books, including the radical Yoni Shakti, co-founder of the Yoga Nidra Network and Total Yoga Nidra. Uma’s workshops and talks are nourishing, irreverent, friendly, welcoming, challenging and hugely delightful fun. Her teaching style is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending, giving time for questions and answers and discussion.
Would you like to know more before you book? Check out Uma’s free resources online:
Video introduction to Womb Yoga and Uma talking about why rest is revolutionary: wombyoga.org
Ten Total Yoga Nidra recordings plus a selection of individual chapters from her book, Yoni Shakti: yonishakti.co/resources
Videos of three Womb Yoga sequences: yonishakti.co/videos
Three more Total Yoga Nidras, listen to Sita's story and six beautiful chants: yonishakti.co/audio
Practice Guides: wombyoga.org/resources/practice-guides
More Total Yoga Nidras by Uma and others: yoganidranetwork.org/downloads