Power of Yoga to Heal the Feminine Divine

yoga Yoga is an amazing tool for pulling us back into ourselves. This inner thoughtful-ness creates awareness of where we need to work on personal health challenges from a space of loving kindness.

Are you a Go-Go-Go kind of girl? No, not Go-Go girls of the 60's!  I mean the over-energized kind of gal... doing, doing, doing, all the time.  I suggest a more relaxing form of yoga to create introspection and calm.                                          (I need to practice my advice!)

Or, are you a gal who moves through the day and daily tasks in meditative motion? (I envy you!)  An upbeat, energetic style of yoga to stir up your yang energy would be more your style.

Yoga has a fine way of balancing the human body; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Yoga can help ease the symptoms of an unbalanced female cycle and move healing energy throughout your body.

A great pose, exercise, for easing PMS, menstrual headaches, menopausal symptoms, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, painful periods, lumpy breasts, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and other menstrual related symptoms is the Deer Pose Exercise.  It is a simple routine and takes about 10 minutes.

deer exercise

 

Part 1

 

  1. Sit upright (in a straight back chair if you need the back support) so that you can press the heel of one foot against the opening of your vagina.  A steady and firm pressure against the clitoris is required.  If it is not possible to place your foot in this position, then place a fairly hard, round object (such as a tennis ball) against the vaginal opening and hold in place with your bent legs. This makes it easier on your knees if you are not used to yoga poses.
  2. Rub your hands together vigorously.  This will create heat in your hands by bringing the energy of your body into your palms and fingers.  Place your hands on your breasts.  Relax and feel the heat from your hands seep through your skin and into your breasts.
  3. Rub your breasts slowly with outward circular motions.  Your right  hand will turn counter-clockwise; your left will turn clockwise.
  4. Rub your breasts in this circular manner for a minimum of thirty-six times. Rub a maximum of 360 times.  Do this exercise up to two times a day. The longer breast massaging can create menstrual cessation. Staying at the level of 36 circular breast massage rotations will not create menstrual cessation.

When you practice the Deer Exercise, try to avoid touching your nipples.  A woman’s nipples are very sensitive and easily over-stimulated.

Part 2  

  1. First, tighten the muscles of your vagina and anus as if you were trying to close both openings. It will feel like you are trying to draw your rectum and outer vagina upward inside your body. This is a kegel exercise.   Hold these muscles tightly for as long as you can comfortably.
  2. While doing kegels, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind the upper front teeth, and hold it there gently.  Leave tongue in this position all the while doing kegels.
  3. Eyes are closed and focus your attention, your inner vision, to the space between your eyebrows.  This draws healing energy to your pineal gland.
  4. Relax and repeat the anal and vaginal contractions, with tongue in place and inner eye focus.  Do this as many times as you wish.

You may feel energy sensations up and down your spine and throughout your body as healing energy goes where it needs to go to heal areas in need of healing.  These energy sensations may be different each time you practice the deer exercise.  You also may not feel these energy shifts.  Both experiences are normal.

breast massage

The outward rubbing of the breasts (as described above) is called dispersion. This breast massage motion may reduce and prevent lumps and possibly cancer of the breasts. Massage is an amazing healing tool as it keeps energy and body fluids moving. Dispersion massage also helps to decrease the size of breasts that are large and flabby.

The reverse this direction is an inward motion. Now the right hand circles clockwise and the left hand circles counter-clockwise.  This is called stimulation massage.  The effect of stimulation massage is to enlarge undersized breasts. Some practitioners say to avoid the stimulation massage if you have a history of breast cancer in your family.

Do this exercise in the morning upon rising and at night before retiring.  It is an amazing tool to have in your female healing toolbox!

Ablation? Is This for Real?

Ablation?  

Seriously?  

Fry the Inside of My Uterus?

Ablation is defined as removal of material from the surface of an object by vaporization, chipping, or other erosive processes.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ablation). This definition alone, erosive processes??, would make me shudder and stop to think about what was being recommended for my body, my precious uterus.

“Stop your heavy period and restore your life” is NovaSure’s advertising hype for uterine ablation.  Wow, my life needs restoring because I bleed?  Really?

The opening paragraph on the NovaSure’s website is a scary Patriarchal MindSet, PMS as Wise Woman Susun Weed aptly calls it.

Heavy bleeding is a symptom that there is an imbalance in a woman’s body.  Eroding the endometrium will not heal this imbalance.  Correcting the imbalance will heal the heavy bleeding and prevent more complex female health problems down the road of life.

Address the cause not the symptoms.

I would look at the woman’s diet and lifestyle to unravel the causes of her heavy bleeding symptoms.  I would suggest diet and lifestyle changes that were fitting to her unique, individual needs.  I would recommend herbs (wild yam to start) to assist in healing the imbalances in her whole body.  How about easing stress to prevent the cortisol steal that creates female hormonal imbalances?

These lifestyle medicine healing choices make more sense to me than burning away the endometrium, the uterine lining.

wild yam

 

I am an RN and Holistic Health Educator Healing support person.  I worked in Maternal Child Nursing for 12 years before leaving to focus on Wise Women centered care; holistic health education, and healing support.

I first heard of this uterine ablation while sitting at my healing table working with a beautiful female soul.  She told me she had this procedure 10 years prior, at age 32!  I then gently said, “Wait, what? Please explain that to me again.”  I was shocked to say the least but maintained my compassionate energy.

When I removed myself from standard medical care, I lost track of new procedures created to “solve women’s issues.”  Consequently, I am paying attention again, not to recommend the procedures, but to support women in healing and avoiding such body altering procedures.

Not wanting to make her feel bad for her choice; I opened my ears, heart, and soul and listened to her story.  I was amazed and frustrated at how she was convinced that burning away the inside of her uterus, the endometrium, was just the thing she needed to do to solve all her womanly problems.

I have since heard this story, many times over, and it breaks my heart.  Red tents are needed in every community to remind women of the wisdom of their own body, to listen and hear what the symptoms of heavy bleeding are struggling to tell them.

When will our culture stop viewing menstrual flow as "The Curse," something to hide and be ashamed of.  When will we once again embrace the life-giving energy that women's moon flow is.  Menstruation creates the miracle of reproduction... how we all are here!

My wish is to be able to support women in these situations.  By sitting with them, listening to their “her-stories,” and helping them to unravel the causes of the menstrual symptoms.  The body will heal when we remove the cause(s) of the health symptoms and nourish the body back to health with nourishing, Wise Woman supported, life-giving choices.  Lifestyle changes centered on whole food eating, whole health living (lifestyle medicine), and herbs to nourish and heal the woman’s beautiful female organs and her entire body, every cell in her body, would be how I would create a Red Tent for every woman I am blessed to support on their healing paths.