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Sex Birth Trauma with Kimberly Ann Johnson

Aug 25, 2023


In this episode, Kimberly and Uma discuss the controversial updated edition of her book “Yoni Shakti” which Kimberly has used all throughout her writing and classes. Uma describes the legal battle she faced from the yoga industry when she wrote about all kinds of abuses happening in certain yoga schools. They discuss how yoga technologies which stabilize and help us understand our nervous systems have been co-opted by commercialization, creating much harm for practitioners, and taking away our intuition. They share how perimenopausal and menopausal women have a role to play in speaking out against systems of oppression and abuse as well as how intergenerational circles can enable all of us to make change against failing systems and create liberation for all.



Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher trainer and retreat leader with special expertise in women's health, including birth, pre-and post-natal yoga, and yoga for positive menstrual health and fertility. She works internationally, sharing yoga retreats, trainings and empowerments that support the natural arising of prana shakti: the power of life. She trains specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidra and Yoni Shakti Well Woman Yoga Therapy for menstrual and menopausal health, pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery. She is co-founder of the Yoga Nidra Network and has developed Total Yoga Nidra, Wild Nidra, Yoni Nidra and Nidra Shakti: radical creative and intuitive approaches to sharing yoga nidra. You can follow Uma’s writings and offerings on her website linked below.


What She Shares:

–The cancel campaign against “Yoni Shakti”

–Revealing abuses in the yoga industrial complex

–Discernment, intuition, and nervous system technologies

–Power of crones speaking truth

–Yoga for liberation


What You’ll Hear:

–Cancel campaign against “Yoni Shakti”

–Revealing multiple abuses and investigations in yoga schools

–Censoring of yoga school abuses in first edition

–Uma sued for “defamation” of a guru already in investigation

–”Yoni Shakti” back in print

–Toxicity of the Yoga Industrial Complex

–Turning to yoga after sexual boundary ruptures

–Yoga technologies and nervous system repairs

–Politicizing and patriarchal overtaking of yoga

–Powerful birth initiations

–Discipline and discernment versus control

–Entering ethical arrangements with trust, agreement, and discernment

–Cultivating intuition and understanding nervous systems

–Eradicating individual intuition through prioritizing certain knowledge

–Moving beyond legality and consent as baselines for human interaction

–Educating potential yogis on abuses of power

–Yoga schools and structures not fit for purpose anymore

–Deciphering stressful events through perimenopause

–Navigating climacteric menopause

–Uncontrollable rage speaking on behalf of those without voices

–Role of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women to speak up

–Intergenerational groups of women

–Fierceness and integrity of crones

–Commercialized and colonized yoga trying to have maidens forever

–What are you willing to risk?




IG: @umadinsmoretuli