When you ask yourself what it will take to restore personal and planetary wellness, what comes to mind?
For me, an important piece of the puzzle is detoxification. To truly live in balance we must detoxify our environment, our relationships and, of course, our own bodies.
By now you are aware of the importance of detoxing your body. You understand that every day you are subjected to an onslaught of chemicals in your air, food and water, and that these unfavorable substances must be eliminated from your body in order to function optimally.
Yet, while eliminating toxins such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals from your system is critical for your wellbeing, it’s really only half of the conversation. Of equal importance is emotional detoxification – the release of the stored thoughts, memories, traumas and emotions that hold you back.
Painful memories, emotional scars and self-doubts persist in our bodies as emotional toxins. Like filing cabinets, our bodies store the memories and traumas that remain unprocessed throughout our lives. These stored emotions concentrate in the most powerfully charged parts of our bodies, becoming toxic if they are not released.
Emotional toxins create blockages that stifle ambition, hinder creativity and limit intuition. They can even contribute to the development of disease. They often hold us back from becoming our most extraordinary selves, and they create barriers to realizing our dreams, fully expressing our purpose on planet Earth, and making an impact in our lives and careers. Yes, it’s that big.
As women, we store many of our emotional toxins in our most potent energetic powerhouse – our yoni. The Sanskrit word for vagina and womb, “yoni” is a way of referring to the physical and energetic entirety of a woman’s reproductive system. The yoni is a highly emotional center of a woman’s body, the place from which you radiate your truest purpose, and cultivate your potential for personal and planetary transformation. Your yoni has the capacity to bring ecstatic pleasure and cultivate life, so is it any wonder that it is also your center of power as a woman?
When you understand the importance of detoxifying your body and the critical role your womb plays in your life, it becomes glaringly obvious that clearing your yoni of both physical and emotional toxins is essential.
The answer lies in the wisdom of an ancient healing practice called the yoni steam.
A time-tested folk remedy, yoni steaming has been known to clear physical and emotional toxins from the female body. In Mayan culture, it is a form of spiritual bathing.
A yoni steam is done by allowing the mild steam of water infused with yoni steaming herbs to permeate the exterior of the vagina for 20-30 minutes. The ancient practice is revered by women and healers around the globe for its ability to gently but effectively cleanse, tone and revitalize a woman’s most sacred energetic center.
On a physical level, yoni steaming works similarly to the way a steam room is used to draw toxins out of your body via the skin, or an herbal steam is used to clear congestion from your nasal passages when you have a cold. Likewise, steaming the exterior of your vagina draws out toxins and clears congestion from your womb. Yoni steaming utilizes healing botanicals and hydrating steam to increase circulation, open pores, thin mucus, dislodge stuck tissues, and release of toxins in all their forms. The gentle heat and moisture cause physical toxins to be released from cells into the lymphatic fluid, which is expelled from the body as sweat. The process, which involves mild warmth and zero pressure, is relaxing, gentle, and feels absolutely wonderful.
Yoni Steam Health Benefits
There are a myriad of tangible results associated with physical detoxification of the yoni, including reduction of discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with the menstrual cycle, treatment of uterine abnormalities, reduction of the symptoms of menopause, improved fertility, and more rapid healing after birth. Remarkably, many times women experience these results after doing the treatment just a few times.
Yet, many women who have discovered yoni steaming find that the practice elicits deeper and more subtle effects than physical benefits alone. They find that yoni steaming brings a more profound connection with themselves, their bodies and their natural cycles. When combined with meditation and intentionality, steaming releases emotional toxins, resulting in a sacred experience that inspires greater self-love and initiates powerful forward motion in their lives.
It is the body’s imperative to be as healthy and efficient as is possible. And while it is true that your uterus and vagina are self-cleaning and self-regulating organs, yoni steaming is a natural way to support your body to function optimally. The treatment is equally effective and profound as a dietary cleanse in terms of its impact on your body and mind as you eliminate that which has been weighing you down.
Are there any drawbacks to yoni steaming? Not many, as long as you follow a few simple precautions. First and foremost, never try a yoni steam while pregnant or if you have any sort of infection. Secondly, yoni steams should only be used while you are not menstruating, and are not recommended for women with an intrauterine device (IUD). Finally, always be sure the steam temperature is mild so as to avoid scalding. As long as these simple precautions are followed, yoni steaming is a safe and effective holistic health treatment!
With a planet in peril, now is the time to dig deep, reconnect, and light up our best selves in service to all beings. Women play a critical role in elevating the quality of life for all at this turning point in human history, and it’s time to rise to the occasion. To do so, we must eliminate not only the physical toxins from our bodies, but the emotional toxins that that hold us back from doing our best…in service to ourselves and our collective future.
Sierra Brashear, MA is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, DONA-trained doula, herbal alchemist, wellness educator and founder of Vibrant Souls yoni steams. Inspired by the rhythms and elements of nature, Sierra weaves her knowledge of Ayurveda into the products and lifestyle design programs she offers. She invites you to join her 16-week program, The Art of Fertility | Journey to Conception — to clear toxins and nourish your mind and body in preparation for an easeful conception and healthy pregnancy. Sierra is also co-founder of Cultivate Balance and Moon Bath, and lives in Boulder, Colorado.