Written by Sierra Brashear
Photography by Stepha Lawson
“Yoni” (योनि) is a Sanskrit word meaning "vagina", "womb", “goddess” or "origin of life". The yoni is the seat of the female consciousness, the sacred womb space within each of us from which we vision, create and birth our dreams.
For countless women, a deep connection to the power of the yoni, and the tools for keeping her cycle in a healthy rhythm, have become an allusive mystery. Lost amidst generations of patriarchy and a modern medical industry largely dominated by men, the ancient women’s wisdom that honors and supports our monthly blood seems to have fallen secret.
Yet the yoni does not allow any of us to truly forget – she cries out. She seeks our love and she seeks our attention. And when she does not feel heard, we experience her cries as discomfort within our womb. Many of us feel her cries in the form of cramps and exhaustion associated with our periods, others struggle with fertility, abnormal uterine growths, or pain during sex.
Ladies, this kind of discomfort is a sign that it’s time to listen to your yoni.
It’s time for the sacred mother lineage that carries the wisdom of the feminine spirit to re-emerge in order for us to experience true wellbeing and live as our most vibrant selves. This is essential so that we may heal our wombs, and with them, our communities and the planet.
Just as our grandmothers intended, the ancient women’s wisdom that re-connects us to our sacred cycle, and gracefully heals us from the inside, is simple. These natural remedies are not only simple, they are accessible to each of us. They do not require years of education, expensive spa treatments, or even doctors. Many women’s folk remedies can be practiced from home, returning our healing and pampering back to our own hands, where it belongs.
One beautifully simple, women’s healing treatment is called yoni steaming.
Yoni steaming is a powerful ancient remedy that has been used for centuries by women worldwide to support deep feminine wellness. Also known as vaginal steaming, chai-yok (Korea), or bajo (Guatemala, Mexico & Belize), yoni steaming is a holistic health practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to gently permeate the exterior of her vagina.
Yoni steaming is a self-care treatment that provides effective support for the female reproductive system, improving menstrual health and fertility, and providing detoxification and relaxation for the body and mind. Using this simple home remedy, countless women have ended years of painful menstruation, achieved the dream of conceiving a child, or released trauma stored in their womb. In Maya-land, midwives traditionally utilize yoni steaming as a postpartum treatment, supporting the yoni to cleanse and heal itself after birth. Yoni steaming can also be enjoyed as a practice for deepening the connection to the feminine spirit of the womb, to cultivate positive sexual energy and access the creative potential that lies deep within.
Is your yoni calling out for some loving attention? What is she telling you, and how can you respond to her call?
Heal your womb with a yoni steam at home.
The yoni steaming process is easy. Here’s how to treat yourself to this delightful self-care ritual:
Simmer 1 heaping cup yoni steaming herbs in 2 quarts of water with the lid on for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat for 5 minutes.
Carefully pour the herbs and water into a 3-quart stainless steel or glass bowl, and place this in the bottom of a 5-gallon pail.
Place a yoni steam seat over the top of the pail, disrobe from the waist down and sit on the seat. The steam should feel warm on your skin, but not hot (if it feels too hot, stand up so as to avoid burns). Wrap blankets around your legs and body to hold the heat in. Staying warm through the process is essential.
Sit in place with your yoni enjoying the gentle steam for 20-30 minutes as you meditate, read or journal, allowing the steam to gently work.
Afterwards, lay down in a warm bed for at least an hour, or preferably for the entire night. Place your hands on your womb, and send loving, healing intentions into her as you drift into a blissful sleep.
Honor the practice by knowing how to yoni steam safely and effectively.
Anytime we give ourselves and our precious bodies a treatment at home, we should be sure to do our research and listen to our intuition. As you consider trying a yoni steam at home, be aware that a yoni steam should not be done under certain circumstances, including: in the case of pregnancy, during menstruation, or with any kind of intrauterine device (IUD). It is also wise to avoid yoni steaming in the case of an acute infection, illness or fever, or in the case of open wounds or inflammation. Finally, exercising simple caution during yoni steaming will help you to avoid burns. Never yoni steam with a continuous heat source, and test the temperature of the steam with the back of your hand before exposing your sensitive vaginal tissue. The steam should feel pleasantly warm, and you should immediately move away from the steam if it feels too hot.
To support you to steam at home, you should use a carefully crafted blend of yoni steaming herbs. The Vibrant Souls Devi Steam™ blend contains 100% organic aromatic, toning and healing herbs, some rare, all of which healers and midwives have used throughout history to support the female reproductive system.
Vibrant Souls also offers a unique yoni steam seat. This handcrafted wooden seat is the perfect size for any woman to steam using the method described above, and can be stored easily in a closet or cabinet. The seat is handmade from Baltic-birth wood in the Vibrant Souls family workshop in Colorado.
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The time to heal our wombs is now.
It is time for women to light up our innate wisdom, activate our true power, and engage at the highest level we can in order to meet the challenges faced on the planet. As carriers of the divine feminine, this potential to make change lies within our sacred womb space. Yet, for too long, we’ve been disempowered when it comes to listening to and caring for our yoni and her cycles.
Today, countless women are recalling the wisdom of our grandmothers. With simple, accessible home remedies like yoni steaming, our generation is taking feminine health and wellbeing back in to our own hands. And the world will be better for it.
Sierra Brashear, MA, is founder of Vibrant Souls, a wellness company that makes organic yoni steaming herbs and nourishing herbal tea blends available to women around the world. Through Vibrant Souls, Sierra also offers doula care, placenta encapsulation and belly henna services to the Boulder, Colorado community. She is currently studying to become a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine with Alakananda Ma at Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula.