So let’s get steamy, shall we?
First, let it be made clear that I’m choosing to use the Sanskrit word yoni in place of vagina or vulva.
Vagina means “sheath” as in a sheath for someone’s sword. And similarly, vulva means “wrapping”.
Although I believe it is both empowering and important to know the anatomy of your body, these terms are heteronormative and phallocentric, so instead – I choose consciously to use yoni.
Yoni is a Sanskrit word, known as one of the oldest recorded languages, each unique Sanskrit word is embodied through vibration. Quite literally meaning, if you speak it or hear it, some understanding of it’s meaning registers in your being – whether you intellectually understand it or not.
Yoni translates to “sacred passageway” or more literally, “Source”.
And in a world where our anatomy is often shamed, abused, and objectified by both ourselves, society, and others – we need all the remembrance of the sacred Source of all life that we can get!
As a postpartum doula, I have seen yoni steaming work WONDERS for my postpartum clients on their journey of healing after birth.
But that’s not all this ritual is good for. I’ve seen it work wonders in the following situations:
- Painful periods
- Postpartum healing
- Menstrual irregularities
- Miscarriage + Abortion
- Difficulties in conceiving
- Womb trauma
And even if you don’t have any experience with any of the above, you might still want to give the ritual a try to form a deeper connection with your womb.
And while the patriarchal medical system largely continues to discount the efficacy of a practice that has been proven through time-tested evidence provided by midwives, doulas, and herbalists alike…
There are a few studies that prove the benefits of the practice – here’s my favorite.
Remember, just because there’s no “proven scientific evidence” according to some sources, doesn’t mean that steaming doesn’t work.
Long-term clinical studies and trials are complicated, arduous, and most importantly – EXPENSIVE. Due to their large expense, they’re usually backed by pharmaceutical companies who have an interest in the results.
We’ve reached a day and age where even science is political.
Why would a pharmaceutical company that profits off of your prescription(s) back research that could cause loss of business? Short answer: they don’t.
Though through empirical evidence and clinical experience with thousands of clients myself, I’ve seen what yoni steaming can do.
And that’s all I need, to know it can work.
If you’ve arrived here and you’re still not sure exactly how to prepare a steam, check out the previous blog:
But now, let’s talk about positions for steaming, because being comfortable while you steam SO important!