What is a Yoni?
Yoni is Sanskrit for “Sacred Temple” and includes the outer vagina, vaginal canal, cervix and into the upper part of the uterus as well as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. The word Yoni includes the physical and energetic components of this space and is the center of our creativity as women. We can literally create life in this space if we choose to but we also birth ideas from this space. It is powerful.
What is Yoni Steaming and how does it actually work?
Yoni steaming is a practice where a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina and up into her uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries (womb). The warmth increases blood circulation to your yoni and it actually allows all of your organs to function more efficiently and properly because they are all connected.
How is Yoni Steaming done?
This practice is done by sitting on a beautiful low wooden stool with a hole in the top that allows the steam to come out. This is where you sit over to allow the herbal steam into your Yoni and blood stream. The women steaming is wrapped in a sheet and a blanket to keep the steam sealed in for warmth and to aid in the cleanse. The steam is warm/hot NOT hot/hot and it feels calming and comfortable.
Yoni Steaming is a Universal way of women that has been utilized as curative and preventive medicine for women since the beginning of time, at every age and stage of life – from menses, to postpartum, to post menopause. There is no one origin because it was practiced by our ancestors all over the world!
When steaming is unsafe/contraindicated:
-Menstruating (on your period/you have fresh red blood)
-Fresh RED spotting
-Extremely hot weather and no A/C or fan
-After Insemination (or IUI/IVF transfer) when Trying to Conceive
-When Prone to Continual Heavy or Spontaneous Bleeding Between Periods
Situations Where Steam May Cause a Reversal of the Procedure or Intervention: (It’s safe to steam but always up to you!)
-Endometrial/Uterine Ablation –procedure where the walls of the uterus are scarred over by being burnt.
-Tubal Cauterization/Coagulation – a procedure where a women gets her “tubes tied” by burning the fallopian tubes together to create scar tissue that acts as a barrier so no eggs can drop down into the uterus and no sperm/seaman can make their way up into the fallopian tube.
-Essure Birth Control- an insert placed in the fallopian tubes which forms a barrier around it which then blocks the sperm from getting to the egg. Although there aren’t any known cases it seems that vaginal steaming could potentially dislodge the insert or clear out the barrier around the Essure insert.
-Patch Hormonal Birth Controls That Prevent Pregnancy by Thickening the Uterine Lining and increasing Mucous so the egg cannot implant into the uterine lining. (ex. Nexplanon)
Situations Where Steaming is Safe:
-IUD – mild & shortened duration
-Hormonal Birth Control
-Bacteria or Yeast Infections
-High Blood Pressure