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Yoga for women

March 5, 2009
India has historically and culturally celebrated women in yoga. In fact, the very first yoga disciple in the universe is mythologically also a woman.

Below is a yoga practice to celebrate the female aspect and enhance it in all of us so that we are emotionally aligned.

Yoni mudra (Womb hand gesture)

This is a powerful spiritual practice and used as part of mind-control practices.

  • Sit in a meditative fashion, eyes shut. Ideally cross-legged or in other meditative poses like vajrasana or thunderbolt.
  • Interlock fingers, extending index fingers of both hands, ensuring their tips are touching.
  • Touch tips of each thumbs too.
  • This creates a yoni-like shape with your hands.
  • Hold hands at navel level.
  • Concentrate on the soft up-down movement of your breath at the abdomen.
  • Hold this pose and hand gesture for a minimum of three minutes.


  • Is used in meditative practices for higher evolution and personal growth.
  • Is very de-stressing.
  • This in turn helps control chronic ailments like blood pressure, respiratory problems, headaches etc, caused by stress.

    Shameem Akthar, yoga acharya trained with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Trivandrum, gives health and yoga tips directed exclusively at women.

    Catch more of Shameem's yoga writings and information about her upcoming workshops at

    Also see: GR8! Awards: Celebrating India's most accomplished women

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