Violence Against Women | Ahimsa Hatha Yoga 54 mins | Yoga with Dr. Melissa West 253

by Melissa West on November 14, 2014

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Violence Against Women

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Namaste-Yoga-253This class dedicated to end violence against women. It is an aspiration practice where we strive for a world without violence. In yoga we call this ahimsa or loving kindness. In this class we honour all women who are living in situations of violence and oppression, those who have survived abuse and assault, those who have spoken against their oppressors, those who remain in silence, and all of us in the world who come together collectively to offer our support to end violence and offer our support, strength, courage and loving kindness in the world.

This is not just a class to point out women who have experienced violence, oppression and sexual assault, but the brave communities and courageous women who have stood up against their oppressors in public and private ways and offered their support to the women who have survived these experiences.

Violence against women has long been something kept in the shadows. Women have been shamed into keeping their stories quiet. There has been a taboo against talking about sexual assault and domestic violence. One of my yoga students said, “Most of the women are ashamed that it happens to them, feel guilty, think it is their fault and are afraid or have no idea how to end the abuse situation.” It is my hope that by offering this yoga class today, by showing our support as a community through dedicating this practice to ending violence against women, we bring this issue out of the shadows and into the light.

To prepare for this class, I spoke to men and women in our yoga community about how their yoga practices had supported them to overcome positions of abuse and control in their lives. I was comforted and encouraged by the way that yoga strengthened and encouraged their strength of spirit from the inside out.Many women living in situations of domestic violence or those supporting friends and family members living in situations of abuse of power spoke of how their yoga practice helped them to find strength, courage and a voice in a situation that seemed powerless.

My Intention today is is twofold:

To Give Women a Voice. Through this voice may we speak up publicly, in confidence and may we respect the right to choose silence.

May all have courage and strength and know they are worthy of love.

Did you like today’s show? Share it with a friend or email it to a coworker. Like it and subscribe to our channel. Leave your comment below. Today’s question is: This was an aspiration practice, who do you dedicate this practice to today remembering you can always dedicate the practice to yourself.

If you need support after today’s class here are some hotlines where you can call and get support in our most viewed countries:

USA 1-800-799-7233

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UK 0808 2000 247 0808 2000 247


New Zealand 0800 733 843


If you liked this class and you want to go deeper we have value added content on our membership site to support you in taking your practice further:

Waxing to the Full Moon

Waning to the Dark Moon

Flowing with the Phases of the Moon

We have a whole section on our membership site where we will dedicate our practice to you or pray for you whatever you are going through.

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Props Needed: block, meditation cushion, blanket, or chair for seated practices

Yoga Postures/Yoga Asana: Seated  Meditation Position with Ganesh Mudra/Sukhasana with Ganesh Mudra, Tiger Pose, Lion’s Breath/Simhasana, Lunge Pose/Anjaneyasana, Pigeon/Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Goddess Victory Squat/Utkata Konasana, Goddess Victory Squat/Utkata Konasana, Moon Salutation/Chandra Namaskar, Cobra/Bhujangasana, Matsyendrasana/Lord of the Fishes Pose, Upavistha Konasana/Yin Yoga DragonFly Pose

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