Entries in yoga nidra (4)


Woman Yoga Therapy Teacher Training - or Ode to Uma

She’s travelling all over the place to spread her massive knowledge of women’s health and vitality from puberty to menopause. Womb Yoga she calls it. This weekend it was Copenhagen’s turn to learn from the womb guru: Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at Well Woman Yoga Therapy Intensive Teacher Training at Yoga Mudra. 

Uma is a tiny little lady, but it takes only one look at her to see that she’s as strong as an ox. She speaks The Queen’s English but mixes in perfectly pronounced Sanskrit whenever she gets a chance and always has a mantra or a story about the Hindu goddesses to go with her teachings. She has an impressive luggage full of anatomy posters, pelvises (pelvi?) with and without organs, a baby doll, flowers and books. It’d love to see her go through security in the airport... In spite of a cold she has the most beautiful singing voice and accompanied by her scruti box she chants mantras that leaves the shala vibrating with energy. She really is the kind of woman who deserves an ode. Or a lovely Sanskrit mantra.

As you might know I’m often quite hesitant with new styles of yoga (you can’t mess with tradition, right?), but even though Uma has invented her own yoga sequences for pregnancy, fertility, healthy menstruation and menopause, she knows her yoga and tantra and it is obvious that all she does is rooted in the old tantric and vedic traditions. Uma knows her stuff.

Mixing asana, pranayama, anatomy, mudra, bandha and yoga nidra Uma spent nearly 30 hours in three days teaching us how to help and empower women with issues from PMS over endometriosis to hot flashes during menopause. I never talked so much about yonis (yes, that’s Sanskrit for your C U Next Tuesday) and wombs, but as Uma says; we need to respect and honour women’s cycles. My yoga classes do consist of 99 % women, and as yoga is made by men - for men, we need a more feminine approach that embraces the womb, the female anatomy and shakti energy. 

And that is Uma’s dharma. Changing the world one womb at a time helping women awaken to a higher consciousness of the importance of their own health, self esteem and spiritual well being. As a step towards changing the whole planet.

You leave the 18 wombs gathered at Yoga Mudra this weekend a little more enlightened, Uma.

Hari om tat sat. Hari om tat sat.  

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Thanks for Restoring


What a great, uplifting experience to guide twenty-something beautiful yogis through gentle flows, restorative poses and yoga nidra this weekend. The yoga shala at SenseS was filled with calm energy, sleepy smiles and a little snoring.

I wish I had taken a picture of all the relaxed bodies stretched out across the shala floor to show you.

Thanks to the people there for sharing the energy and for asking for more events of this kind. Keep and eye on Senses.dk and Om shanti’s Facebook page to keep updated on other events. Until then I hope to see you for some sweaty Asthanga Vinyasa on Sundays.




Workshop Sunday the 25th of November: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

On Sunday the 25th of November I’m giving a workshop in restorative yoga and yoga nidra at SenseS. It’s really misleading to call it a workshop as you will only be working on relaxing.
Restorative yoga is especially beneficial for you if you feel stressed or are having a hard time relaxing completely. Or if you just want two hours of complete relaxation and learn relaxation techniques that you can use at home. Here’s a little description of the workshop. Let me know if you have any questions.

Restorative Yoga
The restorative practice leads you deep into your body and brings you closer to yourself. When we work with relaxation, internalisation of the senses and calming of the mind we balance the nervous system and let go of our ‘fight or flight response’. There are many benefits of a restorative yoga practice: you can reduce stress, depression and anxiety, you can balance your blood pressure and blood sugar and improve your digestion and fertility.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra can be translated to ‘yogic sleep’ and is a systematic method for deep meditation. You don’t have to have practiced meditation before to participate. You will be guided through a meditation that will make you so relaxed that you might fall asleep. But that’s OK. Your subconscious mind will still be alert and benefit from the practice.

The Workshop

We’ll start with waking up the body with gentle flows before starting our restorative practice. We’ll support the body with props like blankets and bolsters so that it can surrender completely into the yoga asanas (positions) and learn to actively relax our bodies. We’ll end the workshop with a guided yoga nidra laying down.

Bring a jumper and a pair of socks and a bean bag (eye bag) if you have one (a scarf will also suffice).

You don’t have to be young, fit or flexible to participate. And you don’t have to have any experience with yoga. You don’t have to be a member of SenseS to join the workshop. Just sign up at Senses.dk and show up with an open mind.

The workshop is taught in Danish.

Time: Sunday the 25th of November at 16:00-18:00
Place: SenseS, Sommerstedgade 7, 1718 København V
Price: 100 DKK for members of SenseS. 200 DKK for non members

Sign up on  SenseS.dk and join the event on Facebook to spread the word.


A Lead Asthanga Class