“Where women are respected, there gods dwell. Where they are disregarded, there all deeds go in vain.”
– Manusmrti lll.55
In Vedic times, women were respected and held in high esteem. This did not mean that a woman’s sadhana should mirror that of a man’s, or that one was better than another. In fact, it was understood that our bodies and physiological needs do differ throughout the different stages of life – and Yoga practice is to be tailored carefully to each of these crucial stages. As the body was sanctified, and viewed as a temple for the Spirit it was considered an obligation for each human being to take good care of the body making it a fit vehicle for the soul’s journey. This was done in a multitude of ways including through the practice of asana and pranayama.
In Yoga: A Gem for Women, Geetaji Iyengar writes:
“A woman goes through four stages of life; childhood, adolescence, middle age and old age, through which physiological changes occur and internal conflicts arise that need to be addressed. The three milestones in a woman’s life are menstruation, pregnancy/delivery and menopause. Stabilization of one’s physical and mental states during these times is achieved by asanas and pranayama”
In this virtual workshop, Gloria Goldberg will share a wealth of teachings all diving deep into women’s practice, including sadhanas for the different stages of life.
- You will also receive a video recording of the live session which you can review later, and have access to for 4 days after the completion of the class.