[Ad] In this post I’m going to talk a lot about women and femininity, and specifically look at how to become more balanced using feminine yoga poses for feminine energy, to nourish the mind and body. But what does that mean?
What is Feminine Energy?
I’ve mentioned previously that I sometimes have to use specific language (keywords) to keep Google happy, and that’s exactly why I’m using the term ‘feminine energy’. So what is feminine energy?
In this case feminine energy refers to the qualities strongly associated with women, such as nurture, empathy, and connection.
These attributes tend to be innate and instinctual, and they’re intrinsic parts of us; in this sense you could liken feminine energy to your soul.
I’m not personally very spiritual, but I greatly appreciate the mindfulness and meditative aspects of yoga, and its physical and mental benefits for wellbeing and personal growth. Yoga could be considered a physical representation for the way we aspire to live our lives: supple, yet strong; confident and assured, but with grace.
It’s natural in life to sometimes get so busy we forget to pay attention to ourselves and our needs, but tuning into those essential and intimate qualities of our feminine nature can help us to feel more balanced.
Whether or not you’re spiritual, yoga can be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and self-care as a woman, and the postures in this post are particularly profound for enhancing feelings of strength, power, and femininity.
Getting Started With Yoga
If you’re a beginner, you may be interested in reading more about how yoga can benefit wellbeing, and the various types of practice.
If you’re wondering what equipment you’ll need, it’s not much. The essentials are flexible clothing, and somewhere comfortable to practice – you may like a yoga mat but this is not necessary – a rug from somewhere like Lawrence of La Brea is perfectly adequate. Having a water bottle to hand is recommended, and then you’re good to go.
Feminine Yoga Poses For Feminine Energy
These poses are ideal for building strength and stamina, practicing mindfulness, and becoming attuned with your body as you ask it to perform challenging, feminine poses.
During these postures you can also concentrate on the positive feminine traits you wish to embrace and develop, such as gratitude, self-awareness and acceptance. Spirituality and intuition may also form part of your practice, if this is something that resonates with you.
Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)
Dancer’s pose is a challenging balance posture, where you reach back like an archer for the foot, opening the heart and chest, and lengthening the spine.
This is a great pose for building stability, strength, and flexibility. Stand tall, soft bend in one knee, and shift weight to the foot to anchor yourself. Reach back and press the elevated foot into your palm, using the resistance to open up the back and shoulders.
Mermaid Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
The mermaid posture inspires our playful side, and allows us to embrace the carefree element of our personality which can too often be diminished through increased age and responsibilities.
This pose is a deep hip opener, wonderful for tight flexors, which are common in modern life. Start with squared hips and tall torso, bend the back knee and reach back, bringing your other arm overhead to link fingers. Keep feet flexed.
Wild Thing Pose (Camatkarasana)
Spirituality is strongly linked with yoga, and in this context you’ll often hear the expression ‘open heart’; this posture is a powerful heart opener.
Start in downward dog, shift weight to one side and roll to the edge of the foot, inhale and lift your hips upwards, stepping behind with and staying on the of the other foot. Reach overhead and behind with the other arm, to open up the chest and heart.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Following the theme about physical representation of our mental state, this pose is all about balance and restoring harmony. The focus required to maintain stability can help to bring calm and a sense of peace.
Stand tall and drive weight into one foot. Bringing hands to your heart, bring the other foot as high as you can into the opposite thigh, drawing the knee back to open the hip. Challenge yourself with hands meeting overhead.
Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I)
Also fabulous hip openers, the warrior poses are not technically difficult, yet the focus they command is potent! You will need to demonstrate strength, stamina, and balance in warrior postures.
By holding these poses with precision, we reconnect with our inner strength, nurture our confidence and courage, and honour our fierce femininity.
Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)
Reverse Warrior Pose (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
Garland Pose (Malasana)
Garland pose is a wonderful stretch for the legs, and can help soothe menstrual symptoms.
It’s impossible not to see the femininity of this posture!
Goddess Pose with Kali Mudra (Utkata Konasana)
Last, but definitely not least. In Hindu mythology, the goddess Kali is associated with fertility, sexuality and creativity. She represents divine femininity and liberation from ego and the strength and stamina required for this posture are a beautiful depiction of these qualities.
If any pose is about celebrating your inner womanly goddess, it’s this one.
Goddess pose is a powerful posture which opens the hips and chest, and may be practiced with feet flat, or up on the toes for a challenge.
Start with wide stance, driving knees out over toes, back tall, with thighs as close to parallel to the floor as you can manage. Reach arms overhead and interlink fingers except index, which should point skywards with intention.
By practicing these yoga postures with intention, focusing on mindfulness and embracing our feminine traits whilst letting go of those that don’t serve us, we can begin to feel more balanced and in tune with our inner selves.