A Women's Body has Cycles
A women's class is designed to meet the specific needs of women through their monthly moon cycle as well as through all stages of life:
Support a Healthy Menstrual Cycle: Increased energy, less PMS and other symptoms, boosted immunity
Fertility/Conception & Pregnancy: Creating a physical, emotional, pschological container for new life, managing nausea, heartburn, blood pressure, energy levels, boosting nourishment to the fetus/baby
Peri-Menopause Transformation: managing hormonal fluxes, heat flashes, inflammation, mood swings, joint pain
Bolster the Wisdom Years: maintain bone mass and sensitivity/structure of the feet to avoid falls and breaks, manage pain from conditions that come with age, avoid memory loss and dementia
Women Need Connection
The word yoga in Sanskrit can be translated to mean connection or union. Women are designed to work together collaboratively; to share work loads and emotional loads. When we don't have this outlet, we can feel isolated, alone and depressed. A women's yoga class gives women the freedom to express themselves, to share and to listen, to receive and to give. Through this practice, we become better able to support our lives outside the yoga room.
Women are Designed to Accommodate
Our physical bodies are designed to accommodate a whole hew life form! And, emotionally we are more open to change since our bodies are always going through a monthly cycle. A women's yoga class is offered to accommodate ALL WOMEN regardless of their physical size, age, culture, ethnicity or sexual preference.
All levels welcome
My story....Why I'm teaching Women's Yoga
I am not confused, that I am a privileged white woman who has grown up in an era and a country where I rarely felt held back as a woman. Growing up as a child in a progressive family and community, I competed physically in sports with boys and never hesitated to raise my hand in class to ask a question. But, I was educated by my mom that this was not always the case. My great grandmother whom I met as a young child was a suffragette and one of the first women delegates to the national conventions after women received the vote. My mom's family considered higher education simply a means for a woman to get her MRS. degree. But in the space two generations, I was a girl who rarely felt held back and always considered myself to be equal in value to boys. I worry that young women today, under 25, don't really understand the profound change that has taken place in our country and much of the world in a very short time. Changes that could still easily be reversed.
And yet, I remember distinctly the change that came about for myself around adolescence. I noticed that it wasn't “attractive” for a women to appear physically strong and intelligent so I began to tone that side of myself down. Even so, I had my share of gossip going around about how I was prideful or stuck-up or cold (hmmm, does this sound anything like a current women candidate for president?) Even now as a 46 year old women, it doesn't feel completely safe to fully express my authentic self as a woman. Even with all the opportunities I've had in life. Even with all the support I've had to succeed in life. Imagine a woman who didn't have all my opportunities, who could barely support herself and her family financially and had NO emotional support to express her self. Thanks to my parents, I have never taken my situation for granted and always had a deep compassion and desire to help other girls and women.
As a child, I would travel every summer from the People's Republic of Davis, CA to East Texas to visit my grandparents. They were kind and generous people who supported many people in their community. But, it was still a community divided very strictly on race and economics. We would drive by shacks where large families of African-Americans lived to their multi-million dollar church which was all white. They had a housemaid, who had helped raise my mom and her brothers. With little more than an elementary school education, she was still working as a maid into her 70s. Due to generosity and a changing of the times, her children were able to get an education and have better lives, but I realized that when she was young, there were not other choices for her.
I also had the amazing opportunity when I was young to live in other countries. I spent a summer in a village in Africa. It was profound to experience the feeling of being a minority. I observed the lives of women there, a country where they still performed cliteradectomies on young girls. The women worked from before the sun came up in the morning until after dark to make sure that their children had food and their houses and crops were tended to. But, what I really enjoyed was being a part of the women's community. In more traditional cultures, women and men often do most of their activities separately. There was an ease and camaraderie in working aside your sisters and mothers and daughters. We all pitched in. We all mourned losses. We all took joy in gains. I still felt my position of privilege as an educated white female, but it did not distance me in my heart to the women I met and connected with.
Later, I went to graduate school to study international agricultural development with a focus on health and nutrition education for women. It has been shown in many studies that food security and sustainable development are most effective when women are supported in micro-enterprise and agricultural. They have the extra-incentive of making sure their children are nourished. I worked on a train the trainer project which was working to train women in African and Latin America on hygiene, nutrition and family planning. We had to find culturally sensitive ways to help women in these countries talk about women's issues. I rejoiced in the thought of women all around the world coming together to help each other to create sustainable livelihoods, health and nourishment for themselves and their families.
I will not for a moment pretend that I truly understand the plight of a woman who is being held down or held back due to her color, ethnicity or economic situation (which are most definitely interrelated), but I will say that never for a moment have I been confused about this problem. To me, my status as privileged gives me the duty and honor of using my power to help others. Obama said it so eloquently in a speech one time. He said, when a door has been opened for you, you hold it open for those who are behind you.
I may not completely understand it because of where I come from, but I do respect that there are women who come from cultures where it is taboo to be in a room with men they aren't related to. In this case as well, I would like to provide a place for them to feel comfortable doing yoga. In fact, Geeta Iyengar started a women's class in Pune, India for this reason, because she heard from many women that they didn't feel comfortable coming to a class with men and putting on yoga shorts or pants. Geetaji didn't think they could properly practice yoga asana in a sari with all that fabric draping around. So, she created a women's class.
And so, I created the women's class at Adeline Yoga Studio. It is an experiment. Some weeks we simply do an invigorating practice together. Other weeks, we have pregnant women who join and are being supported in doing a practice for the new life they are gestating. Another time, we address emotional upheavals and hormonal imbalances. Sometimes, women come when their on their period because they don't want to feel pointed out in a regular class. These are all good reasons to have a women's class, don't you think?
My vision, it for this class to be a sacred container for women to practice in. A place where women can come and be accommodated, included, supported and empowered. I hope that you will join us some week.....
All levels welcome