The song of rain on earth
She calls us from our dreams,
We feel the dawn moon on our skins,
Stand barefoot in the dance.
In India, the ones who know
Call this song ‘Devi’s hymn.’
They hear her voice in rain on earth
And feel her rhythm in its fall
And know that we
In this womb of her world.
She holds us here so we can grow
Within the night that is her womb
Each breath we breathe,
Each song we sing
Each time that our hearts break,
Another piece of us grows strong
Until we are awake,
And ready to be born. . .
(Excerpt. Full text of complete poem on Uma's Patreon Page
Rainy May, Full Lunar Eclipse Greetings
Blessings dear Yoni Shaktis!
I'm trusting that you are safe and well under this full lunar eclipse, and that you can find yourself even one moment to pause, exhale and take stock of all that is arising for you right now.
It's a powerful moment in the turning of the year, as the full green May energy is vibrant and alive. My heart is lifted by the white hawthorn blossoms blazing radiant in our hedgerows here in Stroud, and I listen to the rain that has been falling abundantly all through the whole month of May,
At this time, I invite you all to take a moment to pause to welcome in reconnection, and to offer thanks to She whose body is the Earth, to offer gladness and appreciation for the great power of life Herself, growing in abundance through the rain and into the lengthening days here. This evening, in celebration of this special moon, I'll be hosting a special Full Lunar Eclipse session of our full moon gatherings.
Give Back to India and We GIVE BACK TO YOU
We owe the root of all our teachings to our teachers from India. And right now India is in need of support to cope with the current COVID wave. We have collaborated with our friends at Yoga United to offer a PRIZE DRAW - to give back to you when you GIVE BACK to India. All you need to do is TELL US that you have given money (it doesn't matter how much because every little helps) to any one of the many community and charitable projects that are supporting Indian people right now (we give you a full list of recommended organisations here) and then once we know you have given, we shall enter you in a great prize draw with amazing prizes, included Yoga United fair trade yoga products and places on our courses - the Yoni Shakti Well Woman Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (see below), the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher & Facilitator Training course, and others (here's a full list of prizes) . . Give back to India so we can give back to you! Prize Draw ends 31st MAY!
Creativity and Sexuality
June is the perfect time to welcome in the abundant fecund power of creativity and sexuality, the twin forces which are two aspects of the same powerful life force from which everything arises. On Saturday 12th June I'm offering a full day of explorations, of these two powerful energies, with plenty of yoga nidra integration time, and the opportunity to enjoy delicious and nourishing practices to nurture both your capacity for sensual pleasures and your creative flow.
New Books and Old Favourites
Speaking of creative flow, I'm delighted to report that we just signed a contract for a new little book on yoga nidra (Yoga Nidra Made Easy!), which will be following hot on the heels of the long awaited Nidra Shakti the Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Yoga Nidra, which we aim to be published in the Autumn of this year.
If you can't wait til then, to get sneak previews of this massive 770 page book please step into the Patreon Circle where I share gems from this enormous project (including some of the 40 + illustrations), and will be offering pop up live zoom calls to read and share some of the treasures of Nidra Shakti with the Patreon circle over the summer months, in advance of the publication later this year.
You can also join me as we dive deep into the exploration of Yoni Shakti, in the Yoni Shakti Book Club in June and July.
Even Juicier Online! yoni Shakti Well Woman and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Courses
Following the great feedback from super delighted students who attended these courses in their first online versions at the end of 2020, we are glad to let you know that these flagship trainings are available for booking now. Our Online courses offer a uniquely juicy Zoom experience, with contributions from a magnificent team of tutors, midwives, experts and inspiring therapists from around the world. If you've been thinking about taking either of these coursers, now is a great moment to dive in and join us for the intensive nine day start of the nine month Yoni Shakti Well Woman Online Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in July, and the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training in September and October.
Last of All - THANK YOU for your support!
As we pass the one year anniversary of the Yoni Shakti: The Movement Campaign to eradicate the abuse of women in yoga, we are delighted to announce we have nearly reached our goal of 1008 supporters!
Thank you to all those of you who have already supported us to share this information far and wide! And for those of you who have not yet joined us, I'd like to remind you that we'd love to have your support in this global movement to eradicate the abuse of women in yoga and to reclaim yoga as a tool for healing and justice.
So closing, I'd like to invite you to settle into a pause under this eclipsed full moon, and to emerge into the light of the summer with renewed clarity, energy and inspiration to do our part in being the change for the good that the world needs right now. AND once you have paused remember to enter our PRIZE DRAW by telling us what gifts you have given to which of the many different charities and community projects that are supporting COVID relief in India right now. No matter what you give or where you give it - you will be entered into our PRIZE DRAW - IF you let us know what you have given. We give back to you when you give back to INDIA - THANK YOU! Prize draw ends 31st MAY!
Yours, in Her Service
With great respect and love to all girls and women, we send warm wishes for your well being.
Upcoming Online Events
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Upcoming Events and Courses
in the UK
▽ ENGLAND (LONDON) ▽
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▽ ONLINE VIDEOS FOR HOME
LEARNING AND PRACTICE ▽
Meet the Mahavidayas
In this 70 minute online video, Uma talks about the ten Mahavidyas, the Great Wisdom Goddess, from her unique Source Power perspective, drawing upon the practices from her book entitled Yoni Shakti.
Creative and Sexual Pleasures
In this 100 minute online video, Uma shares insights and practices about the integration of creative and sexual energies for a fully vital and powerful life. Sections 1-4 are talks by Uma, sections 5 and 6 are practices drawn from Uma's book, Yoni Shakti.
Yoni Shakti Practice Series
This is a 34 minute online video of live recordings of 5 practices connecting the Womb Yoga and Source Power teachings found in Yoni Shakti.
The Breath Series Complete
In this 100 minute online video, Uma demonstrates her unique source power inspired breathing sequences inspired by the Yoni Shakti and Womb Yoga series. Practices in this collection are The Circle of Flowing Breath, Full Yogic Breath, The Healing Breath, The Golden Thread Breath, Combination Ujjayi and Golden Thread Breath, Peaks and Valleys Breath.
The Mermaid: Sacroiliac Stabilising Practice
Uma guides you through the Sacroiliac Stabilising practice, aka The Mermaid, a series of movements which supports lower back health and is really great for menstrual health, during pregnancy, menopause and in recovery from a hysterectomy.
The Complete Series for the Liberation of Energy Part 1
Welcoming the breath of life into the land of your body: a series of movements and breath to awaken healing vitality and to promote ease of movement in every dimension of being.
The Complete Series for the Liberation of Energy Part 2
Welcoming the light of awareness into the land of your body: a series of movements and breath to awaken vitality and ease of movement in every dimension of being.
The Complete Series for the Liberation of Energy Part 3
Welcoming rivers of honey into the land of your body: a series of movements and breath to awaken vitality, delight, healing and ease of movement in every dimension of being.
The Complete Series for the Liberation of Energy Parts 1, 2 and 3
Three different but connected videos, each one based on a similar series of physical movements, but with a different ’story’ that changes the emphasis and the effect of the practices upon the physical body, the vital energies flowing in that body, the state of mind and heart, and the intuitive awareness and connection to life.
Sitaram Mother Nurture Yoga: Pregnancy Yoga
A 60 minute online video featuring demonstrations by yoga mothers from Sitaram yoga classes with a focus on student experience and plenty of clear close ups to show you what to do and lots of helpful modifications to keep everything comfortable. Suitable for women new to yoga and also for more experienced practitioners looking for an inspiring approach to some of the less-taught aspects of pregnancy yoga.
Sitaram Mother Nurture Yoga: Yoga for Birth
An online video featuring demonstrations by yoga mothers from Sitaram yoga classes with a focus on student experience and plenty of clear close ups to show you what to do and lots of helpful modifications to keep everything comfortable. Suitable for women new to yoga and also for more experienced practitioners looking for an inspiring approach to some of the less-taught aspects of pregnancy yoga.
Sitaram Mother Nurture Yoga: Post-natal Yoga
An online video featuring demonstrations by yoga mothers from Sitaram yoga classes with a focus on student experience and plenty of clear close ups to show you what to do and lots of helpful modifications to keep everything comfortable. Suitable for women new to yoga and also for more experienced practitioners looking for an inspiring approach to some of the yoga that promotes postnatal recovery and is also fun to enjoy together with your baby.
IN DEPTH ONLINE COURSES
Yoni Shakti: Well Woman Yoga Therapy Online Immersion
This course gives you everything you need to know to start making friends with your menstrual cycle. It includes key yoga therapy practices for each phase of the menstrual cycle, with deep relaxation practices to nourish your well-being, and friendly chats to share top tips and hints to live in harmony with your cycle.
Total Yoga Nidra Online Immersion Experience
This course covers a combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works. To get a feel for the course, how about trying a one-hour taster session?
The Total Yoga Nidra Online Immersion Experience is also available
in FRENCH and coming soon in Spanish and Polish
Sleep Well with Total Yoga Nidra
This course provides those suffering from insomnia with an understanding of how sleep works and of how to sleep well, as well as the basics they need to apply the practice of yoga nidra therapeutically to their condition. To get a feel for the course, you can try a one-hour taster session.
Go to the resources section of yonishakti.co website, the new home for Womb Yoga and Yoni Shakti, for lots of lovely free yoga nidras, videos and more.
For Yoga Nidra related courses and events go to: www.yoganidranetwork.org
1-1 sessions with Uma
▽ LIVE ON ZOOM OR BY PHONE ▽
There are some different ways that I can support you in 1-1 sessions:
1. Listening and mentoring (30 minutes or 1 hour sessions)
Sometimes what is needed is just time to be HEARD - I can listen in to where you are, and provide mentoring for personal and professional issues. We can do these sessions on the phone or via Zoom.
2. Co-creating a Total Yoga Nidra practice to support where you are in your life (one hour session)
This session starts with a fifteen minute sharing, followed by a 30 minute yoga nidra practice tailored especially for your requirements at this time, and then we have time to reflect and orient before the end of the session.
3. Yoga therapy session (1 hour session).
This session starts with a fifteen minute sharing, followed by a 30 minute yoga therapy practice tailored especially for your requirements at this time, and then we have time to reflect and orient and consider how to implement this in your life before the end of the session.
4. Motherpeace Tarot Reading (30 minute session for short questions, or 1 hour session available for longer enquiries)
This session starts with a tuning into the cards, asking the question you are wanting to ask, and then is followed by time for me to spread and read the cards for you. I work mostly by sharing back to you the questions that the cards indicate would be helpful for you to reflect upon.
5. Motherpeace Total Yoga Nidra Session (one hour session)
This session starts with a tuning into the cards, asking the question you are wanting to ask, and then is followed by time for me to spread and read the cards for you. I then invite you to get ready for the yoga nidra and share a 30 minute practice with you that shares all the questions that the cards indicate would be helpful for you to reflect upon, in the format of a Total Yoga Nidra Practice.