Womb Yoga Workshops | SAN FRANCISCO, USA
1 October 2017 | 10am – 5:30pm
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
at Yoga Tree – Potrero Hill, 1500 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103
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.
“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
Promoting Menopausal Health
10am – 1pm
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
2:30pm – 5:30pm
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.
Cost and Booking
Registration is recommended for both Sat 30 Sep and Sun 1 Oct 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.
These workshops are for women only, of all ages and levels of yoga experience. Pregnant women and babes in arms are warmly welcome. Health care practitioners with an interest in women’s health are also welcome provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.
The workshops qualify for Continuing Education credit with the Yoga Alliance or credit in the Yoga Tree 500 or 1000-hour Teacher Training.
Space is limited; sign up in advance to secure your spot.
Sat and Sun: $250 Sat or Sun $125
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Pre-course reading: Please read the Introduction to Yoni Shakti available for free here: www.yonishakti.co/shop/introduction-yoni-shakti
STATEMENT of INCLUSION
A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:
"Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.
Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.
I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.
I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome."