Usha Anandi. 7 | JUNE | 2019
The intricate connection between humans and land is undeniable.
As one of my favorite authors, Robin Wall Kimmerer shares, “The land knows us, even when we are lost.”
Our inner ecology is directly connected to our relationship with the ecology of our external environment. We can trace the numbness, pain, and challenges with fertility many modern women experience to our severed relationship with Mother Earth.
Eastern Yogic teachings share that the body is made out of the five elements; space, air, fire, water, and earth. We all come from the Earth, we are born from Her. When we disrespect the land, we disrespect ourselves.
If we desire to thrive instead of just survive, we must reclaim our right to live fully alive, connected, and in harmony with the Earth. To re-enliven our decaying relationship with the Earth is to reclaim the parts of ourselves that we have forgotten, shamed, and cast aside.
I know you are ready, and that’s why you’re here.
Ancient cultures across the world have used ritual as a vehicle to commune with the all-powerful energy of the Earth. Today I’m going to share with you one of the most simple, powerful, and effective rituals that I love to share with my students – yoni steams.
Thriving cultures bow down to the all-powerful source energy located in the womb. The word ‘yoni’ comes from Sanskrit origin and the sacred land of India. In this context, it is used out of appreciation, not appropriation. Yoni ‘sacred passageway’ or more literally, ‘source’. I choose to use the word yoni out of respect of the sacredness of my being – the womb.
When we forget our inherent wholeness, sacrednes, and vitality, rituals can guide us home.
Perhaps that is why yoni steaming is becoming so popular, as more and more of us awaken to the fact that we have been lead astray and find ourselves living far from our center.
For centuries, wise women have practiced this ritual to awaken, honor, and harness the power of the womb.
The ancient Greek women of Delphi would gather together and squat over the natural steam offered from the geysers and springs of the Earth. They would invite the warm steam into their wombs to open up the tissues and relax their area of creativity and procreation.
While studying with my teacher, Doña Maria Carmen in Mexico, I learned the traditional use of baños or baths, which are created with warm water and special medicinal herbs to clear the womb of unwanted energies and enhance fertility.
With respect to the traditions of ancient and still flourishing cultures, we can integrate these healing techniques to form our own self care practice – what we call the ‘Yoni Steam’.
Yoni steams work by relaxing and opening the tissues of the pelvis while simultaneously integrating the medicine of the chosen medicinal herbs into the womb. They also increase fertility and aid in balancing hormones as the steam encourages fresh blood flow to invigorate the womb.
Women can use the medicinal steam for the following experiences:
Yeah, when I said this ritual was powerful – I wasn’t messing around! Learn more about how to prepare the ritual by following the instructions below.
Yoni steams are not suitable for those who are…
- Currently using an IUD for contraception. Steaming can cause the muscles of the uterus contract, which have the potential to shift the placement of the IUD and decrease its efficacy. And although I have never seen this in my personal practice, it’s still worthy to note the possibility. Remember, the more frequently you steam and the longer your sessions, the more likely this result. Out of integrity, I mention the contraindication here in hopes to empower you with the information needed to choose for yourself and prevent unwanted pregnancy.
- Currently pregnant. To protect the Mother and baby from infection, the lining of the uterus builds in thickness throughout pregnancy. Any activity that causes the uterus lining to contract and cleanse itself, like yoni steaming, should be avoided. Some practitioners use yoni steaming after 38 weeks to help soften tissues and prepare the body for labor, if this is something you desire to try, only do so while under the care of an experienced provider.
- Currently menstruating. The physical release of blood from menstruation is accompanied by a downward, detoxifying flow of energy. The energy of steam is naturally upwards moving and lifting, which is why steaming is so beneficial for pelvic organ prolapse, among other conditions. To avoid disrupting the downward energy and to honor the physical and energetic release of menstruation, plan your steaming rituals for another time in your cycle.
Directions for Yoni Steam Preparation
1 large pot with a lid
2 – 3 cups of fresh, filtered water
Towel, skirt, or cloth to cover and direct the steam
Journal and pen for integration afterwards
Prepare 3 cups of boiling water in a big pot on the stove.
Hold herbs to your heart + womb to set an intention for the ritual. To learn more about my favorite herbs for steaming, click here.
Place herbs intentionally in the pot + cover for 3-5 minutes, while you meditate + hold one hand on the heart, the other on the womb.
Place your pot on the ground in your sacred space.
Cover your front + back with your two towels, so that the steam is funneled directly into your yoni + pelvic zone.
Remove the lid of the pot and ALWAYS place your hand over the steam first to make sure that it’s not too hot.
Use one of these positions to move your yoni over the steam for 5 to 15 minutes and breathe deeply, feeling your intention radiate throughout your body.
After the Ritual
Release the medicine back to the earth by taking the pot and depositing the plants outside. Out of respect and reciprocity, never place your used herbs into the trash. – Rather, take them outside – this signifies gratitude to the plants and the spirits that move through them. Allow 10 – 15 minutes afterward to be alone in sacred space free from electronics to journal and integrate the teachings of the plants.
Yoni steam rituals are a powerful tool to reconnect us with Mother Earth. When using the ritual, specific medicinal herbs should be chosen with care to support your desired outcome.
In my 6-Week Online Womb Sciences Immersion, I talk extensively about the pathology and specific herbal remedies for common conditions like painful periods bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, fibroids, and so much more.
In this course, you’ll learn much more than just yoni steams – you’ll also receive revolutionary education on the nervous system, female anatomy, practices for healing womb trauma, and menstrual cycle reclamation.