Categories for Self-Care Rituals

The Magic of The Steam: The Sacred Practice of Yoni Steaming

Yoni Steaming. If you’re hip in the world of self care and womb wellness- you’ve probably heard of it. Maybe you haven’t. Either way, we’re here to get down and steamy. To answer some common questions, and see just what the deal is with this incredible practice. If you aren’t a devotee yet, you’ll surely be converted after just one session of what some call “A hug for your vagina.”

 

While it may seem like a new trend in the world of wellness, yoni steaming is a practice that goes back from ancient Mayan healers and midwives performing bajos to Korean healers with the practice of Chai-Yok.

 

Yoni or vaginal steaming gives us the chance to dive into the portal of the divine. To spend time with an area so many of us neglect outside of sex and birth. To purify and clear away the generations of heaviness we feel in our wombs. To deepen the intimacy and connection we have with ourselves, so that we can extend it out to the world around us.

 

Heat and warmth are a necessary part of our healing in many ways. In many traditional systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, cold equals stagnation. Heat allows things to move through. This is especially true in regards to our reproductive cycle and postpartum. Steam allows the sensitive tissues of the yoni to gently open up, while the medicinal benefits of the herbs slowly wrap around your womb, working their magic. 

 

The benefits of yoni steaming are endless. It helps support people through the postpartum time, fertility issues, those with fibroids, or menstrual, bacterial and hormonal imbalances. Yoni steaming helps to regulate periods, as well as ease bloating and cramping. This practice increases sensitivity, improves your sex life, and helps to heal trauma we carry in our second chakra- which is the seat of our fertitlity, abundance and creation. 

 

To set up your yoni steaming area, you will first need a seat. Mahina sells beautiful, wooden seats- lovingly handmade on the island of Hawai’i. Get one for yourself hereSimply place your seat over a 5 gallon painters bucket, with a heat resistant safe bowl to hold your steamy mixture. Many people simply put a pot (reserved for steaming) into their toilet- a built in v-steam seat! For a serious tush workout you can just hover over your pot sans seat. Whatever your option, you may choose to line your seat with a towel to keep from burning your sensitive tissues.

 

Now for the steam itself. You can use our blessed, all organic, wildcrafted, yoni steam herbal blend by ordering online. We always encourage fresh herbs if you have them available. By creating an experience around cultivating and tenderly picking your herbs, you create a ritual around your connection with the land, and the land within you. 

 

If you choose to create your own mixture, here are some common herbs to pick from:

 

Calendula: Has anti inflammatory properties, helps to aid in the healing of scar tissue, vaginal tears, and hemorrhoids, making it great for postpartum. 

 

Lavender: Known for its incredible calming properties, this peaceful plant helps to regulate the menstrual cycle.

 

Rosemary: Another powerful plant packed with antimicrobial abilities. Rosemary helps to inhibit yeast growth and stimulate menstruation.

 

Mugwort: With its wonderful antifungal abilities, mugwort is a great all around addition to your herbal blend. It also helps to balance female hormones.

 

Basil: This beautiful botanical has been shown to help ease painful periods. It aims to minimize cramps, PMS, and other issues.

 

Please do not use essential oils in your steam, as they are too concentrated for the delicate tissues of the vagina.

 

Make sure to allow your to herbs steep long enough to fully reap the benefits. About 5 minutes in boiling water, and an additional 10 with the lid covered and the heat off. Wave your hand over the mixture to make sure it isn’t too hot before taking your seat.

 

Like many self care practices, we urge you to create a ritual around your yoni steam. Start by setting the space- clearing the area, lighting candles, incense or using aromatherapy, dim the lights, and breathe deeply to ground down into your body. Cover you feet and body to keep the warmth inside- especially in the postpartum time.

 

Soak in the magical medicine you have created for yourself for 20-35 minutes, you may need to swap out the water mid-steam if it loses too much of its heat. You can put on calming music, a guided meditation, or simply sit in quiet- taking it all in. 

 

During this deep practice, you may have hidden things coming up. Allow it to move through you, tears, moans- whatever it maybe. Remember that the only way out is through. Feel it, digest it, and let it pass.

 

Yoni steaming is not recommended for those are currently pregnant, have an iud, have open wounds, or are currently menstruating- although it is great in the week leading up to your period. If you are steaming postpartum, wait about 5 days or if you had a c-section 6 weeks. 

with steamy love, Alila Rose Grace CEO of Mahina Menstrual Cup

Falling into Autumn: Rituals for the Equinox

In the northern hemisphere, after the Fall Equinox, the days get shorter as we move from summer to winter. From a time of liveliness and extroversion, to a time of turning inwards and reflection.

 

No matter where you are in the world, Equinox’s are a time for rebirth. For change.They are a pause in between the extremes. Days of equality. Where night and day are balanced. They are a time for reverence and celebration for all that has come, and all that has yet to come.

 

We love rituals around here, and what better time to create one than the powerful tide of Fall Equinox? On the two days of the year where we have equal amounts of night and day, the forces within us become balanced. It creates this portal with which we can dive into and plant seeds for manifestation, as well as wipe away self limiting beliefs that are holding us back.

 

I invite you to dive in to this magical day open, ready to receive, and ready to unfold. To support you in your Equinox journey, I have compiled a list of offerings and rituals perfect for this potent day.

 

Time in Nature

 

As always, Mother Nature calls us back again and again. She beckons you to put your feet to her ground, to swim in her waters, to feel the air like her breath against your skin. She asks you to feel the shifts as she moves through her seasons. To witness the mirroring of the same shifts happening within you. Savor her last days of late summer. Give endless thanks for all that she does for us.

 

Gratitude is the Attitude

 

Fall is harvest time. While many of us have access to fruitful abundance year round, the Equinox serves as a reminder to give gratitude to the harvests in our lives. Write it out. Make a list, a loving brainstorm, a compilation of doodles- something that allows you to see before your eyes the very tangible abundance that you are giving gratitude for. What harvests have come to fruition at this marking of transition? This could be anything from the food in your garden, opportunities that have flowed in, loved ones in your life, anything. Once you get started, you won’t be able to stop. Share it with your loved ones. The attitude of gratitude is infectious. 

 

Offerings are Everything

 

Keeping in tune with the attitude of gratitude, it’s time to give back in your way. Keeping the channel of giving and receiving open, means offering in ways that feel meaningful to you. Volunteer, offer your hand in support, cook a friends and family meal. One of my favorite ways to show my gratitude to the Earth, is to create an altar with supplies she gives me. Feathers, stones, rocks, fruits, berries. Whatever calls to me. I find a quiet spot in nature, and I create a mandala on the Earth’s skin. Decorating her with the materials she so generously offers. I sit in her peace, and breathe in the mysteries of the Universe. 

 

Nourish The Bod

 

Your body does a lot for you. So much. Talk about gratitude. Wow. Just as the Earth changes with the seasons, so do our bodies, and with that, our needs. Eating seasonally is not only beneficial for the planet, but for your health as well. This is a lovely time to pop into your local farmer’s market and ask your farmer friends what their favorite seasonal goodies are. Seasonal squashes are the first thing that comes to mind. With their hard exteriors, yet rich and delicious center, fall squash are the perfect medium to create medicinally packed meals. Infuse root veggie stews, mashes, and roasts with power packed ginger, garlic, turmeric, and other delectable herbs. Boost up your immune system through your diet before the upcoming sicko season. 

 

As the weather cools down, my taste for tea tends to pick up as well. In this late summer, early Fall time, I’ve been loving a fresh steeping of ginger, hibiscus, rosehips, and chaga mushroom. Experiment making your own fresh teas with herbs and things you find in your garden, or in the bulk section of your local market.

 

Honor Your Intentions

 

Any shift is a time to set new intentions. Tune in to what is truly calling to you in the upcoming year. What would you like to see harvested come next Autumn? Much like the gratitude exercise, writing these intentions out is powerful. Put pen to paper and don’t hold back. Push past any feelings of shame, guilt, or unworthiness, and communicate to the Universe just what it is your heart desires. Hold a ceremony over the list. A really powerful tool I’ve found for manifestations, especially when it comes to shame and guilt, is to use a mirror. Light some candles, set the tone, and stare into your own eyes. Repeat your list of intentions and desires over and over again, maintaining eye contact with yourself. You may cry, you may feel the discomfort of being so present with yourself, but you are saying loud and clear what it is you are calling in. And that you’re not afraid to face it.

 

Come Together

 

Last, but certainly not least, get together with your chosen people. Us humans are here to celebrate, to connect. We forget sometimes, what with all the distractions laid out before us- that this is our purpose. Come together over food, over art, over love, over all that is beautiful. Come together to laugh, to cuddle, to cry, to sing, and to dance. Fall into the network of support and abundant love that holds every single one of us.

Navigating Climate Change with Open Hearts

“Nature gives us everything for free. Nature doesn’t charge us money. All that nature asks of us, is that we protect it.” -Unknown

 

Living in cities, being bombarded with screens, and eating food from plastic containers- we sometimes forget that we are of this Earth. That our bodies are a microsom for the world around us. Our relationship with the Earth is a direct reflection of our relationship with our bodies.

 

This is especially true for women and female bodied people. As the Earth houses our bodies, we house the bodies of future generations. Whether we are conscious of it or not, every change that the Earth goes through, we feel in our bodies. 

 

The uprooting or devastation of trees and forests, we feel it in our lungs. The insane amounts of trash clogging our oceans, we feel as discombobulation in our nervous systems. The further we get away from grass, the less grounded we become. 

 

With all that’s happening in our world, it’s easy to become disheartened and disillusioned. But if our goal in these bodies is to become more open hearted, more connected, more loving- then how do we grapple staying aware of the world around us, without being filled with fear?

 

The first thing we need to do is check in with ourselves on the deepest level. In what ways am I choosing fear over trust and love? What steps can I take to first care for my body and soul in a way that I am constantly reaffirming that I am a part of this Earth?

 

This can be done through any number of ways. Breath, it all begins with your breath. Breathing in love and grace, breathing out anything that must be purged and cleansed. Practices that you already hold sacred to yourself such as Yoga, meditation, time with loved ones, and artistic expression. Putting your feet and hands in the dirt, if you don’t have any nearby, try rubbing the dirt from your potted plants in your hands. Go in water. If you don’t have a natural body of water near you, taking a salt bath is an incredible way to neutralize any anxiety, and connect with the elements. 

 

Do what resonates with you to come back to center. From this place, we can then go out into the world, and see what we can do on a bigger level. 

 

How much we stay up to date on current affairs, is such a personal decision. One that we often have trouble discussing, for fear of disagreements- because there is so much emotional charge to it. But part of being an active and engaged citizen of the world, is paying attention to what is happening around us. To do this in a constructive way, I recommend setting limits and boundaries. Use incredible discernment as to where your information is coming from, and where their information came from. 

Set time limits for how long you spend absorbing social media and news. Notice signals in your body, like clenching from anxiety or fear, that may indicate it’s time to sign off. While engaging in discussions and healthy disagreements are necessary for expanding our understanding of the world- it may be necessary to set boundaries as to who you engage with on these topics, and how often. 

 

As we grow our awareness of ourselves and the world, we begin to adopt more and more everyday behaviors as to how we can change our daily habits to lessen our environmental impact. Here are some of the biggest areas that we can change to make a difference.

 

  • Food. Eating is something we do multiple times a day, which means that every time we put something in our mouths, we have the choice to make it as conscious as possible. Shopping locally, minimizing animal products and cutting back on packaging are two huge steps you can take in your food consumption journey. Buying in bulk with your own containers, as well as going to your farmer’s market for produce are two awesome ways of doing this.
  • Self care. Changing the products you use during your moon time can significantly impact your consumption as a female bodied person. “About 43 million women in the United States use tampons. A woman who uses tampons monthly will buy more than 11,000 in her lifetime.” (1) Not to mention the many harmful chemicals in conventional feminine care products. By not using them, you are preventing them from being absorbed by your body, as well as the Earth. By making the choice to switch to a menstrual cup like the Mahina Cup, you are making an impact- one period at a time. 
  • Transportation. Walk, run, carpool, public transportation, dance, skip, crawl, or swim to your destination. If you have the option and ability to not drive somewhere solo- then by all means do so. 
  • Communicate. Communicate what you learn, how you have lessened your consumption, your love and reverence for the Earth. Be open to new ideas and ways of living. Communication is key. Passion and understanding creates a ripple effect.
  • Donate. Your dollar goes a long way when you contribute to organizations making an active effort to protect, converse, and restore our planet. 

 

No matter how you choose to navigate the world of climate change, consumption, and personal impact, I invite you to lead with love. Frustration and fear can make us push up against walls, that can polarize or paralyze us. Coming from a place of love, allows us to be open to what blindspots we may have, and addressing those of others’ from a heartfelt place.

 

Little by little, day by day, we can and will make a change. For ourselves, for the Earth, and for all the beings that inhabit it.

 

More information:

 

  1. http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/healthandscience/cumulative-exposure-and-feminine-care-products/

 

Summer of Self Love: DIY Spa Tips and Tricks

In this summer self love session, we’re diving in head first into a pool of coconut oil and body scrubs. 

 

That’s right- a full breakdown of how to do a DIY spa day. All with goodies you can find in your kitchen and garden!

 

Do it step by step, or pick and choose what works for you and your schedule. 

 

First things first: Set your sacred space.

 

  1. Make space for a cozy zen zone, where you can relax while you lather yourself. Lay out some blankets (maybe a towel- it could get messy). Make some tea. Light a candle. Put on your diffuser. Burn some sage, or your cleansing tool of choice. Make the space. Your space.

 

  1. Place one hand on your heart, one on your belly, or wherever feels meaningful. Take a few moments for deep breathing. Settling into your space, and into your body.

 

I like to start off my spa session with a simple hair mask. You can let this soak in while you treat yourself.

  1. Melt half a cup of coconut oil (avocado or jojoba work wonders as well) slowly over low heat.
  2. Pour into a bowl, and put a couple drops of essential oil in. Rosemary, peppermint, and sandalwood are my favs.
  3. Slowly work the mixture on detangled hair, from tips to roots, massaging the scalp once you get there.
  4. Leave in for the duration of your spa session. You can even leave it in overnight, or as hair protection when you swim in the pool or ocean.
  5. When you’re ready to wash out, use your regular shampoo and conditioner. You may need to wash twice!

 

Let’s get that beautiful mug of yours shining and glowing with a full facial. I like to do two masks back to back. Feel free to do both, or one or the other.

 

  1. Use your favorite exfoliator, or make your own by mixing a tbsp of ground coffee (you can utilize your used grounds from your morning cup), a tbsp of coconut or avocado oil, and a drop of essential oil. Gently massage into face. You can make extra to use on your body- careful, this can get messy and slippery!
  2. Put a few inches of water in a medium sized saucepan, bring to a simmer. Drop in one or two drops (not too much!) of essential oil. Eucalyptus for clearing and energizing, lavender for relaxation. Fresh herbs work great as well. Sit with the saucepan in front of you. Place a towel over your head and the water to create a mini sauna. Sweat it out, stay for as long as you feel comfortable. This is also great for congestion and sniffles.
  3. Make a clarifying and toning facial mask by mixing 1 tbsp of activated charcoal powder, a teeny dash of apple cider vinegar (this can be astringent, you can just use water, or a little bit of both). I also add a dash of iodine or spirulina powder. Place a generous layer on your face. I like to paint it on with a clean makeup or paint brush. Leave on for ten minutes, wash off with a washcloth you don’t mind getting dirty. A great alternative to this is a plain egg white mask. You can use the yolk in your hair!
  4. My biggest skin secret is a honey mask. Use raw, organic honey. Put ¼ tsp of probiotic powder into the honey (you can break open a probiotic tablet and use that). Apply generously to face and neck with hands or brush (again- mess warning!). Leave it on for ten minutes to an hour. Lick off whatever drips on your mouth!
  5. Once you’re fresh and clean, finish with your regular skin care routine- no cleansing necessary. I like to use my favorite rose spray, serum, and facial oil. Take extra time to massage your lotion or facial oil into your face and neck. Use a jade roller or Gua Sha tool if you have. 

 

Take a relaxing bath or steamy shower to wash out your hair mask, and exfoliate using your coffee body scrub.

 

Massage more warm oil or lotion into your body. Start with your feet, slowly working your way up, all the way to your shoulders. Don’t be afraid to be sensual with your loving self. Take time with your feet, thighs, stomach, and breasts. Show yourself all the love you deserve.

 

Breathe.

 

Now that you’re silky smooth and buzzing all over, nurture your mind with some meditation, music, writing, art, reading, or whatever tickles your fancy face.

 

There you are loves. Enjoy your spa-ing! x

 

How to have a Healthy, Luscious and Pleasured Yoni

Yoni is a sacred, sanskrit word that translates to “source of all life” or “sacred space” referring to a woman’s holy grail, aka vagina, between her legs. It is of utmost importance that we properly take care of our yoni.

 

Our sexual energy is power source and our pleasure is our gateway into the universe.

 

Pleasure has many forms. Pleasure is being in the company of a loved one, pleasure is dark chocolate melting on your tongue, pleasure is cuddles with your pup, pleasure is soaking in the sun’s rays and pleasure is getting lost and wild in nature.

 

Pleasure is a way that we move through life.

 

When we bring our yoni into balance, her potential for pleasure amplifies. Imagine cleaning out a dirty hose, or removing the kinks, this would lead to more water pressure. More water pressure is your juices flowing freely and ecstatically!

 

Below are my cherished tricks to amp up your pleasure portal with holistic self-care practices. Because let’s face it – you, yes YOU, deserve it!

 

Repeat after me, “Pleasure is my birthright.”

Again, “Pleasure is my birthright.”

And one more time, “Pleasure is my birthright!”

 

Ok, now you’re ready :).

 

1. CUCUMBER MASSAGE

This is one of my absolute favorite practices, especially living in the hot, humid tropics. Cucumbers are hydrating, ph balancing, alkalizing and anti-microbial. They are easy to find and extremely effective.

 

Pick a local, organic cucumber of medium size and width (play how you wish – the mini cucs are fun and easy too). Whatever size you chose, peel the skin. Take some time and space to yourself where you can really offer this practice as a self-devotion ritual.

 

Light a candle, put on some soft music, lock your door and prepare your temple.

 

I always begin with bringing one hand to my heart and one to my yoni/womb and connecting the two with my breath and intention.

 

Once you are ready, slowly bring the cucumber to your yoni lips and gently guide it in.

 

One of the great benefits of this practice is it naturally massages the vaginal canal while gently exfoliating off dead skin.

 

Slowly and with presence, bring the cucumber in and out of yoni while slightly rotating, it should feel cool and refreshing.

 

If at any point there is pain or discomfort, stop, check in and breathe.

 

I recommend this practice once or twice a week especially if there is any heat, yeast, bacterial imbalance or irritation from friction. It’s also a fantastic way to instantly bring down the body temperature!

 

 

2. Yoni Blossom Wand

This magical wand is not a luxury, rather a healing medicine! She is an herbal clay wand, antimicrobial and antifungal, that instantly exfoliates, detoxifies and tightens the vaginal canal.

 

As we cleanse out the yoni, things will come up – old lovers, traumas, trapped memories and emotions, ect. Our womb is our chalice, everything in our life creates a snapshot that is instantly stored in our sacred center. For this reason, it is important to leave time for emotional release and integration when using these tools and practices.

 

If you’ve ever been on hormonal birth control or anti-biotics, suffered from candida, bacterial infection, yeast infection or recurrent UTI, Yoni Blossom Wand will be your best friend! As your vaginal canal begins to rebalance herself, your yoni will transform into a sweet succulent nectar blossom! Say goodbye to itching, burning, yeasty, uncomfortable, inflamed, and insecure yoni blues!

 

Take her slowly and consciously, light candles, play soft music and ask consent with your yoni beforehand.

For a user guide and purchase details: Journey Here

 

 

3. Let her Breathe!

Organic cotton undies is the way to go! It is a breathable material that also absorbs moisture. Wearing organic cotton undies is an easy way to keep your yoni breathing, dry and held in softness. Best to avoid tight, latex, and non-breathable materials for your sweet sister down below. This causes blood flow restriction, excess heat, moisture, and can trap bacteria that leads to infection.

 

There are some epicly awesome sustainable brands available that you can sport in style.

 

I prefer and recommend natural-made loose, flowing clothing with no panties as much as possible. Your yoni needs to breath and it’s amazingly sensational to feel the fresh wind blowing on her. Especially if you are following the above protocols for alkalizing and detoxifying your yoni, you will notice no more heavy discharge which allows for a confident panty-free experience!

 

It is especially important that you allow your yoni space to breath freely overnight. If you live in a cold climate, experiment with organic cotton loose fitting pj’s or a sexy nighty.

 

4. YONI STEAM TREATMENTS

Yoni Steaming is an ancient ritual, for healing and awakening of the entire pelvic bowl. Regular yoni steam treatments stimulate and clean out the lymph system, expel toxins and aid in cleansing the uterine lining of membrane buildup. It will also assist in thinning excess mucus leaving behind only vital, fertile sweet tasting and smelling fluids.

 

Steaming your yoni also increases circulation which in turn amplifies your sex life by increasing sensitivity and receptivity to touch and stimulation.

 

Creating a home yoni steam ritual is an easy way to honor your holy temple each and every week! You will feel more grounded, empowered, balanced and an overall sense of vitality from this deep self-care practice. Yoni steaming is not only a physical practice, it works on an energetic and psychic level as well.

 

It is truly inside out healing.

 

For a detailed guide, benefits and to purchase your very own home yoni steam spa set: Journey Here.

 

 

5. YONI SUN BATH

Open your legs and let the Light in, literally! This is one of the most ancient and potent tools for awakening energies in the yoni while giving her a sweet, warm sun soak. Your yoni lips (labia) will absolutely adore the vitamin D and it has been shown to actually boost the immune system and help alleviate yeast.

 

In the 1930s, before antibiotics, sunlight therapy (heliotherapy) was favored by the medical community and was proven to be the most successful treatment for infectious diseases.  The sun’s rays are deeply healing and also extremely activating. This practice invites and calls in the golden glow of life-force vitality into your whole being.

 

For a detailed guide on Yoni Sunning: Journey Here

 

6. YONI + PELVIC FLOOR MASSAGE

Just like a full body massage, a yoni and pelvic floor massage has many amazing benefits. The yoni is no different from the rest of the body in the way that she stores tension, memories and trauma. Due to her extremely sensitive nature, she is more susceptible to store unhealed emotions of the past and present. Most diseases, imbalances, sexual shame and inability to experience joy and pleasure steams from build up and/or blockages in the yoni and pelvic bowl.

 

A compassionate and intentional massage will assist in unlocking these holdings, freeing you to experience more of who you Truly are.

 

Your yoni has a “voice” of her own. She has secrets to share, ancient remembrance, soul-filled guidance, deep feminine wisdom and emotions and pain to release. By giving her this Gift of presence and loving touch, you will begin to tune into and hear what she is yearning to tell you. You will become your own guide and Guru.

 

Always start with consent and intention.

 

Remember- the slower you enter, the deeper you go.

Start with light touch, moving and stimulating the lymph system.

 

You can do this solo or with a partner you trust, safety is Key!  

 

A dear sister of mine always says “the yoni is shy, you have to open all other channels first before she is ready” – this is especially true if there is any sexual trauma. The most important thing here is to relax and follow your breath, only go as far and deep as you feel safe to do so and know you can always come back.

 

Leave lots of space for emotional release and integration. This is a primary part of this practice that often gets left behind. It’s nice to work the entire pelvic girdle, thighs (inner and outer), buttock, and womb area before going inside.

 

I also recommend some focus on jaw, neck and craniosacral release to assist in total surrender. Approach your body holistically, every part of it has a unique role and essence to discover. Grab your favorite essential oil, dilute into coco oil, flip on some juicy tunes and enjoy your sacred self!

Feel welcomed to reach out with further questions, to share discoveries or to book a private session and go deeper into any of the feminine landscapes.

 

Blessings Beautiful Angel.

Cheers to your yum yum yoni!! xx

 

In gratitude,  

Alila Grace, founder of Mahina Menstrual Cup

 

3 Potent Practices to Blossom with Spring

As we welcome spring into our homes, our gardens, and our wardrobe, we can also invite spring into our Being.

Spring is a time of clearing out the old to make space for the new. It’s a fluttery, flirty energy that feels like a blossoming, open to embrace the increase in sunlight. In the sacred cycle of the Archetypal Feminine, spring time can be linked to the Virgin/Maiden energy. The Maiden is the lightness of heart and body that emerges after a heavy, dark winter of blood/moon time. The Maiden represents new beginnings and a purity of heart, womb and spirit. She portrays the innocence of childhood, where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe, are alive. The Maiden Goddess appears when a woman is pursuing her own desires and ideas for herself. The Maiden puts herself first, she does what she wants, when she wants to do it.

Here are 3 potent and fun practices to Awaken your Spring Goddess:

 

  1. SHAKE LA BOOBIES!

This practice focuses on releasing tension, stored memories and trauma, from the heart chakra (Anahata). There is an ancient Egyptian myth, “When you transition from this life, your heart is weighed against that of a feather.” It often makes me wonder, “How light must my heart be to weigh less than a feather? How many lifetimes of hurt, pain and sadness am I holding in my heart?” and “How light is love to weight less than a feather?!”

This home-play is a perfect way to find spring lightness in your heart.

 

  • Put on your favorite tunes, lock your door and turn off your devices
  • Drop your shoulders and open your heart
  • Bring your hands to prayer in front of your heart center and take 3 deep, long, juicy breaths. With each open-mouth exhale, allow authentic sound to escape your tongue.
  • Set an intention to dust off the old cobwebs of your heart; perhaps there is a particular person, moment, or emotion you are ready to release.
  • Close your eyes and begin with a gentle bounce, inviting yourself to surrender to your wild inhibitions – play with the unlimited ways to jiggle, shimmy, shake, rattle and roll your beautiful breasts. If they are sore or tender, slow down and keep breathing.
  • Keep laughter on your tongue while inviting lightness in your heart.
  • Keep la’ boobies bouncing for 5 minutes, allowing the sweet sweat to drip like nectar.
  • Bring your hands to your heart – notice any sensations, notice any feelings, notice any memories arising.
  • Take 3 delicious inhales, and exhale ‘Ahhhhh’
  • Journal your experience.
  • For a deeper integration, leave space for a full breast massage. Check out some how to tips here.

 

2. WOMB CLEARING

This Womb Clearing  exercise helps to release stagnant energies in the womb. As woman, we are intrinsically open and receptive. We take on various energies constantly, without consent or consciousness. Mostly, we carry energies from past and present lovers, for up to 7 years.  We also absorb energy from family, community, friends, co-workers, etc. It’s imperative we ‘clean house’ often and reclaim our womb, our source of power, as our own.

This is an extremely powerful and effective practice – give yourself space and time to drop in fully. You will find that you may wish to do this few times, as deeper layers arise and certain characters need to be cut numerous times before the energy is actually released.

 

  • Be sure you are alone and uninterrupted – – turn off your cell phone and lock the door.
  • Lay comfortably on the floor with soles of the feet together and knees spread like a butterfly. You may wish to add a pillow or rolled blanket under your outer thighs for extra support.
  • Close your eyes and place your hands over your womb in an inverted triangle, thumbs and first fingers together.
  • Breathe down into her – listen for her pulse, her voice; feel for her warmth and tender softness.
  • Settle into a quiet space, let go of the day, the to-do list, what’s for dinner, what your last conversation was, etc
  • Take 3 deep, long juicy inhales and exhales. With each exhale, open your mouth and feel your body surrender to the earth/surface beneath you.
  • Invite yourself to journey back in time and invite one person, place, memory, or moment to come forth into your inner vision.
  • As an image appears, see all the places where energetic cords are connected and intertwined – the heart, womb, solar plexus, third eye.
  • Focus clearly on one cord at a time; feel it’s connection to you and all the sensations or memories that arise.
  • Take a big inhale and on a 3 part exhale, imagine cutting the cords with 3 ‘HA, HA, HA.’
  • Feel. Breathe. Notice.
  • Thank each connection for all the lessons and ways that they have served your evolution.
  • The trick and the truth is the connection will dissolve only when you find forgiveness and peace with it. When you can find gratitude, it will no longer have power over you.
  • Continue for 20-30 minutes or for as long as it takes to clear the memories or emotional charge.
  • Journal your experience.

 

3. COMMITMENT BALANCE

This is one of my favorite journal exercises that I do almost every moon. It allows us to see visually, where we are focusing our precious energy. We have the most amazing gift of unlimited potential, and the more we focus on the things that are of service to us, the more energy we have for creativity, play, love and connection.

I find that so often I say “yes” to commitments out of fear, boredom, lack of clarity, lack of direction, or just trying to please everyone. The Maiden energy is clear on what she wants, and unapologetic in her approach (think about your teenager self!)

This practice is an invitation to let your ‘No’ serve your “YES”.

 

  • Find a cozy, quiet and uninterrupted space where you can drop in.
  • Take out your journal and favorite writing utensil.
  • On the top of the first page write, ‘All the things I’m committed to.’
  • Give yourself some time to free write all the things that you are regularly committed to – this includes relationships, family, work, community, exercise and education classes, etc. Write down all your roles.
  • Now flip the page and at the top of this page write, ‘All the things I wish to commit to.’
  • Again, allow yourself to free write – this includes all creative projects, connections, travel, certifications, hobbies, various classes. Write down all your goals.
  • Now, go back to the first page, evaluate your priorities and begin crossing things off the list that you are willing to release in order to make space for your soul’s passions.
  • Remember, in order to add any new commitments, whether it be creative venues or that relationship you’re calling in, you must make space!
  • Clean out the closet of your commitments and begin anew.

 

Have Fun, be Silly – Keep it Light!!

In gratitude,  

Alila Grace, founder of Mahina Menstrual Cup

 

5 Radiant Femme-Boss Hacks to Uplevel your Game

When we step into ‘boss mode’ we often step into our masculine. We make to-do lists, schedules, non-negotiables and get hyper-focused on the bottom line. Having the ability to integrate our masculine is an invaluable tool that really anchors stuff getting done, and effectively. However, when we are too busy pushing and grinding, we can forget to open to unknown variables and flow with spontaneity.

When we are driving hard and fast in our masculine, we often finish the day exhausted, depleted and drained. The masculine essence is very penetrating, using his strong will and determination as the motivating driving force. The feminine essence is receptive, open to emotions expressing and plans shifting. She is tuned in and turned on to life. She uses her 6th sense to be in the right place at the right time, thus being more efficient and effective with her time and energy.  

By adding your soft, sweet and sexy feminine into your day you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done while actually enjoying yourself!

See if you can notice the difference when you are operating from your masculine essence versus your feminine essence. Make it a fun experiment to find that sweet spot where you can remain receptive and effective.

Here are 5 femme-boss hacks to spice up your day.

 

  1. ‘To feel’ list rather than ‘to do’ list

Rather than beginning your day with your ‘to-do’ list, get your day jamming with your ‘to-feel’ list. Write out 3-5 desired feelings for the day. How you wish to feel is usually at the core of what you wish to achieve. Instead of landing an account, how will that account make you feel when it lands? Instead of prepping dinner before your kids get hangry, how will it feel to have a beautiful nourishing spread waiting for your hungry family? By focusing on your feels, you will set your day in motion for success!

We don’t have control over our external environment, however we do have control over our emotional body and reactions. By focusing on our feelings, and creating a list that aligns with them, we set a day in motion for success and magic!

 

  1. Prioritize Pleasure

Yes mama, I know you have SO much to do, and trust me, I get it! However, hear me out. I know from experience that if I am juiced up, have endorphins flowing, feeling beautiful and freshly orgasmed then my work is 3x’s more effective, creative and focused!

When we prioritize pleasure we amp up productivity! It can be a difficult switch to make when we already feel like we don’t have any extra hours in the day to give to anything, let alone pleasure. Pleasure may often feel like a luxury that only comes on the weekends or special occasions. Trust me , when you prioritize pleasure or add it into your to do/feel list you will get more done in less time. Try it out!

After a juicy night of love making, the next day my house is clean, things are baking all day, meals are made on time, work is flowing and I am more playful and engaged with my daughter. Did I suddenly find a time hack?! YES, play and pleasure!  

 

  1. Wear clothes that allow your belly to breath

This is an important and often overlooked one.

Ever heard the saying, “dress for success?”

In order to align with our divine feminine, our belly needs space to breath. Our belly is the foundation of our feminine essence and carries all the wisdom of the ages. In order to tap into her fully, we need to allow space for her to breathfully. Imagine the difference you feel when you wear tight yoga pants vs a long flowy dress. Our feelings and energy can often directly correlate to our outfit and how comfortable we feel both physically and emotionally.

Even when I have a home work-day I love to put on my fav dress, dangly earrings and gold glitter because I choose to feel good and look beautiful – for me.

Try wearing clothes that allow your belly space to express herself and take little breaks throughout the day to take some deep belly breaths.

 

  1. Hydrate with Blessed Water

The divine feminine is water, flowing and embracing. She can be soft and gentle or wild and rapid. Water is receptive to intentions infused into it. This is proven science;Dr. Emoto showed how human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Take a moment and bless your bottle of water. Speak your intentions for the day, your goals and/or your to-feel list, into your water and witness how your day mirrors these back to you.

Our bodies are about 60% water and are constantly shifting at a molecular level with the words we speak. Staying hydrated is number 1 for staying on your game no matter what your role is. Blessing your water is a sure way to get the results you want while embodying your Divine Feminine.

 

  1. Make everything an altar

The feminine loves to beautify everything she touches. She places flowers on her desk, arranges meals in aesthetically pleasing ways, places crystals in her water and pulls tarot cards to start her day. Whatever your day brings, make it your job to make it more beautiful than you found it. Entering and working in a clean and beautiful space is invigorating and inspiring. When we see beautiful, we feel more beautiful. Take an extra moment in your day to make your desk, or your kitchen, or your car an altar. By adding that sacred feel, we are actually letting the universe know we understand it’s bigger than us. We are allowing and inviting the universal forces of creation to weave through our day. When we make everything sacred, it’s amazing how much it divinely aligns naturally and effortlessly for us.

Get it gurl!

Comment below and let us know how you love to up level your game!

xx, Alila Grace Founder Mahina Menstrual Cup 

Protect your Assets, Magnetize your Magic and Strengthen your Energy Field with Kundalini Yoga

Are you constantly trying to protect your energy and ward off danger?

Are you wary of things being ‘too good’?

 

I know you’ve been hurt before. It makes total sense that you have built protective mechanisms to feel safe in the world. I understand why you are constantly smudging your space and clearing your belly.

 

The thing is, if we constantly continue to give our attention to clearing and processing we will continue to magnetize more and more to continue processing and protecting. My friend Matt Kahn lovingly calls this the ‘Cosmic Janitor’ – it’s time to put the broom and smudge stick down, we no longer need to sweep the karmic basement.

 

As the feminine, it is our nature to want to open, to surrender and to allow. When we build walls around ourselves, we begin to close off to the magic. We stop talking to strangers and allowing people in. We may find ourselves  in a constant state of judgement or spells of protection.

 

In a universe of ‘all is energy’ how do we find the balance between completely trusting the flow and also holding practical discernment?

 

Imagine this: the world is our external mirror, reflecting back to you what you  put out. So every time we drop a token of love into the collective, another reason to love returns. Every time we judge, criticize, or dramatize, the universe will continue to feed that story. This means we get to choose what we desire to have reflected back to us.

 

If you look into the mirror and smile you will receive a smile.

If you look in the mirror and frown you will receive a frown .

This is a micro-cosmic lens of the macro-cosmic reality.

 

Ok, stay with me.

 

Obviously we don’t have complete control over our external circumstances and how other people around us behave. However, we do have control of our emotions and our thoughts. We have control over how we wish to perceive our external environment.

 

We have control over our sensing of danger lurking or magic awaiting.

 

Here’s the secret, if we spend consistent quality time strengthening our energetic body, refining our mind and focusing on the good, then we can spend less energy on protection and discernment. With a strong auric field, which you can think of as  an extended energetic outline of your physical body, danger won’t even be attracted to you. . When we take the time to fill ourselves with love and light, that is exactly what we will magnetize. So we can spend more time celebrating and less time processing – hallelujah!

A refined human has an aura that can extend up to nine feet. A strong aura automatically uplifts and improves mood, as well as the whole body system. It is a subtle space that interweaves us with the universe and allows us to attract opportunities, vitality and wealth.

 

Our aura provides natural protection against disease and a negative environment. When the aura is weak, there is a sense of vulnerability to everything around us, like germs, attitudes, and emotions. When our aura is defragmented we feel shrunken, confused and dim.  

 

“The aura changes. You are ten trillion cells. They change every seventy-two hours.  A person can lie, but the aura doesn’t lie. You can very rhythmically read it; it will tell you everything. We want to grow in our strength, right? That’s the purpose of life: to be vital, to grow, so we can face every day, every person, every relationship, everything with excellence.”

-Yogi Bhajan

 

Let’s experiment. Here  is an invitation to spend the next 40 days taking 5-10 minutes daily  to strengthen and light-infuse your auric field. Do this at the beginning of the day to set the tone and intention of the day. Journal your progress and report back.

We want to know how it feels when you can open and trust more.

We are eager to hear how the magic flows into your experience as you focus more of your energy on strengthening from the inside out rather than protecting from the outside in.

 

Here are 3 easy and potent Kundalini Yoga practices or Kriya for Strengthening the Aura.

This kriya can be found in Sadhana Guidelines manual available at The Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings.

 

Sat Nam,

Alila Rose Grace, Founder of Mahina Menstrual Cup 

 

  1. Stand up and bend forward so the palms are on the ground and the body forms a triangle. Raise the right leg up with the knee straight. 
Exhale and bend the arms and bring the head toward the ground. 
Inhale and raise up to the original triangle pose. 
Continue this triangle push-up for 1 minute. Switch legs and continue for 1 minute.

  1. Sit in easy pose. Extend the left hand forward as if grasping a pole so the palm faces to the right. 
Cross the right hand beneath the left, palm down. 
Drop the thumb so the palm faces the right. Grasp the left hand (put the right fingers over the left hand). 
Inhale and raise the arms to 60 °. 
Exhale and bring the arms down to shoulder level. 
Keep the elbows straight. Breathe deeply for 2 to 3 minutes. Then inhale and stretch the arms up. Relax.

 

  1. Bring the arms in front of you with the hands at the level of the face, palms facing each other about 6 inches apart. As you inhale, swing the arms down and back. 
Exhale and bring them forward to the original position. 
Continue for 3 minutes with deep rhythmic breaths.

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A Holistic Guide To Heal Yoni Yeast

Yoni (Sanskrit — योनि ): womb; sacred space; vagina.

Your yoni is an intricate, dynamic system – a galactic universe. She has her own pH, microbiome, ecosystem, delicate hormonal dance and built-in security to assist in maintaining a healthy equilibrium. Your yoni naturally wants to be in balance, and will clearly let you know when something/someone is throwing her out of whack.  She has a voice and speaks to us in symptoms. The more out of balance one becomes, the ‘louder’ the symptoms will get until they are unavoidable. If we learn to listen to her gentle guidance, we become a magnet for living a joyful, sensual, creative and abundant life! Signs she’s not happy – UTI, yeast infection, rash, smell, PMS, cysts, and the list goes on.

One of the most important holistic self-care tools is deep listening. Allowing space, stillness and introspection: journaling, meditating, massaging, and seeking guidance from your yoni. It may seem woo-woo, or so easy it couldn’t possibly work. My promise is the more you love and devote to your yoni, the more your yoni will be the juicy, self-cleansing, orgasmic powerhouse that you desire!

Make sex sacred! Every person that has entered your yoni will energetically leave an imprint for up to 7 years! Not only that, if your partner is carrying any yeast or imbalances of their own, it can throw off the pH of your yoni. Yes, that means the diet and lifestyle of your loved ones also greatly affects you. Sex can be conscious, loving, with full consent, holy and divinely delicious. It should never be forced, out of guilt, a drunken blur, disrespectful, pushy or with any thoughts of ‘I know I shouldn’t.’  

Your yoni is your temple, treat her as such!

Emphasize whole foods and hydration. There is an amazing link between our mouth and our yoni, both physically and vibrationally. If your gut flora is overly acidic, this will greatly affect your yoni flora. If you’re healing from a more stubborn yeast/candida infection it’s best to avoid all sugar, alcohol and inflammatory foods. Incorporate nutrient rich greens, spirulina/chlorella and turmeric. Remember, holistic means the whole body working together, not just treating one symptom in one area of the body.

 

HERBAL PROTOCOL FOR DITCHING THE ITCH:

  1. Peel a garlic clove and insert directly into the yoni 3 nights in a row (you will most likely have garlic breath – remember the yoni and mouth connection!). Garlic is nature’s antibiotic and will work with you to fight off the yeast overgrowth.

 

  1. Place a few drops of oregano oil (make sure you use a high quality oil) into purified or fresh spring water and drink every couple hours. Oregano oil is astringent and drying with anti-microbial properties; it will soak up an internal damp condition and help clear yeast in your gut.

 

  1. Peel an organic cucumber and insert vaginally for relief. Cucumbers are cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and will pull out heat.  You can use the cucumber as much as desired, however at least 2-3 times a week is most beneficial.

 

  1. Insert organic coconut oil directly into the yoni after solidifying in the fridge. Be sure to put a towel under you to keep your sheets from getting oily. This is great to nourish and help re-lubricate the yoni after the 3 nights of garlic. The cooling benefit of the coconut oil will also offer soothing relief. Coconut oil is also an antimicrobial and anti-fungal powerhouse. You can add a little turmeric powder to help draw the yeast out. A light yoni massage will help the oil absorb plus offer some healing touch. You can also use sesame oil or olive oil.

 

  1. Take a good oral probiotic. See what’s at your local natural food store. It’s best to take one with different strains. I love Garden of Life, and they have a few different options. You can also insert the probiotic vaginally overnight after the garlic treatment. If you chose this method, be sure to get one that is not encapsulated.

 

As with anything, ask your body, and never do anything that doesn’t feel right or forceful. If your condition worsens or doesn’t get better please reach out to us for a private specialized consultation or visit your holistic health care provider.

 

Leave a comment below, what has or hasn’t worked for you?  

Breathe deep, you got this!

I’m here for you,

xx Alila Grace, Founder Mahina Cup 

 

Period Hacks: 9 Ways to Ditch the Cramps and Liberate your Cycle

Your period can actually be a time of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, deep internal wisdom and pleasure (yes I said PLEASURE)! You have the choice to spend your energy avoiding and resenting your period or to honor and celebrate it. The way we approach anything in life, is how it will be mirrored back to us.

Give yourself the greatest gift, enjoy your monthly flow!

1. Exercise – Get the blood and lymph moving and break a sweat! Don’t just lay in bed with your feet up taking pain pills and feeling sorry for yourself. Get your comfy pants on and get your body moving, dancing, expressing and undulating. I’m not suggesting you run a marathon, however exercise will keep your energy circulating and is the best way to alleviate cramping. Exercise also releases dopamine, the ‘feel good’ hormone.

2. Fresh Air – Take deep and long breaths in the the fresh outside air; the more nature time the better! Turn off your phone and go for a walk (barefoot if possible). Let your mind wander, find gratitude for the all the elements. Let your pace be slow and take time to smell the flowers. I also love to make nature altars out of leaves, flowers, acorns, ferns;whatever I can find.

3. Release Gravity – Go for a swim, in the ocean is the best if you have access, as it will also balance negative ions. A hot epsom salt bath with your favorite oils, candles and tunes is a perfect alternative.

4. Eat Light – This can feel somewhat counterintuitive, however it will make a huge difference in how you feel.  If you can avoid chocolate, caffeine and heavy foods (high fats and carbs) it will actually be a huge help in alleviating bloating, water retention, gas and excess bleeding. The cleaner your internal landscape is, the more easeful your shed will be.

5. Gratitude – I invite you to spend 5 minutes writing a list of ‘gratitude’ for your achy and amazing miracle of a uterus. Grab a pen and paper, set a timer and continue writing. Infusing gratitude into our life is one of the best things we can do, especially to alchemize everything back into Love.

6. Earth Belly Breathing – Go outside, find a sweet grassy or sandy spot and lay your belly on the earth. Imagine your whole body sinking into the embrace of the Mother Earth beneath you. Breath long and deep into your belly. Continue to invite your breath down, from your chest and into the center of your belly. On your inhales imagine yourself breathing in all the qualities you desire to embody: for example beauty, wisdom, grounded, powerful, radiant, creative, etc. On your exhales, release any stuck emotions or physical sensations, release any old patterns, lovers and habits. The Earth Mother is able to transmute and compost our waste into reusable, loving energy.

8. Yoni Steams – Regular Yoni Steaming can greatly affect your period. It can alter how much you bleed as well as relieve bloating, cramping, and PMS symptoms. Discover your Pain-free Period with the Ancient Art of Yoni Steaming.

9. Herbal Allies – Using plant medicine is a great way to assist in relieving painful period cramps. Ginger is my favorite herb for cramps. One study demonstrated that giving ginger capsules four times a day, starting 3 days before the period, works just as effectively as ibuprofen to treat menstrual pain. Cinnamon capsules taken 3 times a day for the first 3 days of your cycle can reduce pain, nausea and vomiting. This is also an excellent herb for heavy or excessive bleeding. Anti-spasmodic herbs are also amazing allies. These are herbs known for their ability to decrease muscle ‘spasms’ and alleviate pain. Crampbark is my go-to and is specifically known to help relieve uterine muscle spasms.

Download your complementary and detailed guide on 10 Ways to a Luxurious and Pain-free Period.

 

Enjoy your Liberation,

xx Alila Grace, Founder Mahina Menstrual Cup