Yoni is the Sanskrit term for vulva. Yoni is translated as source or sacred space.
Many individuals in the wellness world use the word yoni to describe the female body. To some, vagina/vulva/pussy hold negative connotations and many womxn feel like they must reclaim and take back the terminology. Yoni is a term used primarily with respect and love. And if you know me, you know I love the word puss.
A yoni steam is what it sounds like—a steam for your yoni.
A bunch of medicinal herbs are placed in very hot water, emitting an herbal steam. You would sit over this brew and let the steam rise in your vaginal canal and uterus. It is an act of self-care and holds the potential to heal many ailments women face.
Benefits of this practice include
(information from mindbodygreen.com)
In the past couple of years I have done a lot of clearing and cleansing of my womb space. In order to step into the role of a women’s guide I had to heal myself first. I’m still doing the deep work- life in one long healing process- but I’ve learned a few trinkets of gold along the way.
Practicing these types of rituals is healing for your womanhood. It is a ceremony of the self-love and acceptance many of us have denied for so long.
Yoni love rituals deepen the connection to our seat of power, our womb space. As womxn of this day and age, our feminine essence has been rejected, humiliated and abused for lifetimes. This deep-rooted pain has manifested itself into many menstrual issues such as cramping, infections, cysts, infertility and more. We can use herbal remedies to heal naturally with the aid of nature’s medicine, and yoni steaming has proved itself to be a viable treatment for women's issues and health.
I used a blend of rose, raspberry leaf and yarrow as a steam the other day to invoke a sense of self love. My intention was to heal my emotional self. I have spent many years of my life being embarrassed and ashamed. It was time to make love to me.
How to Yoni Steam
The Yoni Love blend I created is composed of rose, raspberry leaf, yarrow, and mugwort to heal the feminine mind body & spirit.
Gather your herbal blend and place in a large bowl. Boil water and pour over the herbs. It is like you are making a infusion or tea. Place in bathroom or any space you feel most comfortable.
Light a candle if you wish, burn sage or play some music. Disrobe and take a few deep breaths. If you have an intention for your yoni steam, say it aloud or in the quiet of your heart.
Place the bowl on the floor and find some blankets or towels for your knees. You will be kneeling on the floor.
You can wrap a towel around your waist or wear a long flowy skirt to cover the bowl and keep the steam from escaping.
If you can squat comfortably, squat over the bowl, letting the steam rise up and into your yoni. It will feel pleasant- not too hot- but soft and warm.
You can take a rolled-up towel to place behind your heels to make squatting more accessible.
This is when your intuitive movement comes into play- do what feels best for you.
I did not wear a towel or skirt around my waist- I wanted to be free.
I laid into a wide legged child pose with the bowl in between my feet, my yoni placed right above the bowl.
You should feel the steam rise, if you don’t you will need to adjust.
I shifted around throughout the 20 minutes of my yoni steam. Moving around wherever it felt good. Make your yoni steam your own- it’s up to you to decide the time, the vibe, and the intention of the practice. Once you are done, you will feel fresh and relaxed.
You can make the act of cleaning up the herbs part of the ritual too.
Strain the herbs letting the water go down the drain. Imagine you are cleansing all pain or negative energy you would like to release is going with the water.
Close the ritual with a feeling of gratitude.
Thank you Goddess/plant medicine/life/love/whatever/whomever you feel like thanking.
Yoni Steaming is a sacred ceremony- to awaken the feminine power within you.
Practice yoni steams whenever you want, as many times as you want, as long as you’re not menstruating. If you would want to incorporate it as part of a health care regime, it may be worth it to check out the yoni steam thrones. Steamy Chick makes great ones.
Let me know what happens after your first yoni steam. I had many breakthroughs & a ha moments after mine. Taking the time out for this ritual allowed me to heal the divine feminine within me so I may be of greater service to the world.
This planet really needs some healing right now.