"Yoga Nashit" is a method of practice that combines the tradition of yoga with the understanding of the unique mode of action of the female body.
This practice method provides a feminine interpretation of not only the different poses, but also - and especially – the deep insights that yoga can offer women in their changing life cycles.
Yoga is an ancient tradition, evolving out of deep attention to the individual, the nature around us, the person's relationship with him/herself and his/her environment, and in fact, life itself. The word yoga means unification. Union with oneself, with one's environment, with God, and so on. The inception of yoga is not in its physical practice but in its mental practice, the practice of the consciousness. Physical practice developed at a later stage, out of the belief that the mind and soul live in a body that needs comfort and stability. Its development and elaboration throughout history have been the work mainly of men. Most yoga practitioners were men, and thus adapted yoga to their own gender and body.
When I started practicing yoga with women, it slowly dawned on me that even here women are different from men. Different: not less good, not less capable, but structured differently. And therefore they need to work differently. I realized that yoga practice that is not adjusted to the female body can cause damage in the short- and long-term. Furthermore, in the traditional practice of yoga, in all methods, there is no comprehensive and in-depth consideration of the female body.
For example, the pelvic area in women gathers significant information about their lives, body, and soul. Yoga Nashit allows in-depth exercise of the pelvic area, the area that has to provide support and stability in any daily activity. By strengthening and using this area correctly through regular practice, women can reduce and even eliminate impairments, such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, bowel incontinence, pain in the pelvic area, and more.
It is important to know that most of us, if not all, will suffer at some point in our lives from weakness of the pelvic floor. One day, we will lift our babies or grandchildren in our arms and experience leakage... or even while lifting bags from the supermarket. Or, we enter our home and we lose control of our bladder only because it was difficult to insert the key into the door lock. Or we experience pain in the pelvis, or hip joints, and the pain prevents us from moving, from sitting, standing, or even having sex.
Yoga Nashit offers accessible and simple tools to handle, treat, prevent, and even correct such problems. This damage is caused by routine living: we are affected by gravity, as well as by pregnancies, giving birth, infertility problems, menstrual cycles, menopause, stress, depression, and more. Everything is connected to, and affects the pelvic area.
Thus, women can cope better with the menstrual cycle, fertility problems, with symptoms such as migraines or recurrent fluctuations associated with menopause by practicing Yoga Nashit.
With Yoga Nashit we learn to deeply understand the daily impact of hormones that constantly change our physical, mental, and emotional experience. We learn to acknowledge their influence over the years and we practice poses and breathing that help regulate hormonal activity and allow it to work at its best.
In Yoga Nashit classes, the following information is important: Are you pregnant? Do you suffer from constant stress? Are you undergoing fertility treatments or did you give birth recently? Have the symptoms linked to menopause already begun to appear? Do you experience incontinence, or pelvic organ prolapse? Even if you are preparing for an operation or after surgery, you need to powerfully change lifestyle habits so that the problem does not repeat itself! This information is part of the practice, and helps to customize the practice for women, depending on their situation.
Yoga Nashit works using the stabilizing musclse – the deep muscle group that stabilizes the rest of the body's routine movements, but is overlooked by most exercise methods. When these muscles are allowed to work effectively, they support and stabilize the skeleton, so that body movements are performed more correctly.
Muscle strengthening reduces possible damage to the body, such as back pain, herniated discs, shoulder belt tension, weakness of pelvic organs, and much more.
Practicing Yoga Nashit involves considering women's life cycles, and the possibility to examine them through the unique lens of yoga. This is achieved through breathing exercises and insights from the philosophy of yoga, as well as through connections to recent sources, medical and alternative, which offer a different way of understanding the female mind and body. In particular, my work was influenced by Dr. Christiane Northrup (the author of Women's Body, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause).
I had, and still have, the privilege to accompany women through the changes that shape their lives including women who were undergoing fertility treatments over the years and conceived long ago. I have met women during pregnancy and thereafter; women who suffered migraines for years, and who, following practice, forgot how their lives had depended on their headaches; women who found themselves not menstruating, mainly because of what I call the "energy squeeze," following intense physical activity more suited to men, and who returned to make friends with their menstrual cycle and thus with the essence of their femininity; women who told me that they never experienced orgasm and did not understand sexual pleasure, who, following practice, entered a new world; menopausal women who use Yoga Nashit to reduce symptoms and particularly to make friends with who they are in this chapter of their lives.
Yoga Nashit grew out of my long term relationship with these women. It starts with listening to the body's voice, and through it, listening to emotions, mental feelings, changes, and the relationships in our lives. The tools of Yoga Nashit will allow you to conduct a new dialogue with your body, your soul, and especially to improve your quality of life.
When we listen to ourselves, to our pelvis, to the pace of our cycles, to our breathing patterns, to the deepest needs of our body and mind - we can listen better and with less effort – to all those around us.
I give thanks every morning anew to the women who have accompanied me on my journey, to those who opened their hearts to me, and helped this knowledge to flow.
A big and personal thank you is sent to all the teachers of Yoga Nashit - Yoga for Women's Health, who share my vision, who are dedicated to the mission of women's health through yoga - without whom this knowledge would not spread to many other women.