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My Secret Place


I want to share with you
a place inside me
even lovers don’t know about.

Where pain and pleasure meet,
merge in their intensity,
bringing me to shudder and convulse,
shiver and weep.

Where everything I avoid
and everything I am seeking
are the same thing.

The depth of me,
essence of my human heart,
truth unveiled.

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Let everything open you



With Her circle of Shaktis, Goddess appears wherever you look,
whispering, “Let everything open you.”

She can be fierce like a storm
and She can be so very gentle, like the opening
of a flower, like a warm breeze lifting the hem of your skirt.
There will be days when you feel a trembling open,
a ripping open, a falling apart.
There will be days when all you need to open is a belly laugh,
or to speak up, or to get a good night’s sleep.

Let everything open you.

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What can we do?


Image of Goddess Kali was displayed on to the iconic Empire State building in New York in August.

Dear Courageous One,

What can we do?

Maybe you, like me, have felt this question grow louder in your heart the last weeks of witnessing the biggest Refugee Crisis since the second world war as large numbers of human beings are forced to leave their homes risking their lives searching for a new life in Europe for themselves and their families.

When I feel our sisterhood and the practices that we engage in within our Yogini circle, it brings me to tears knowing how we all contribute to such profound healing for the world.

This summer the Goddess showed me the ripples of our practice and prayers, how it touches and influences EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, human hearts and ocean creatures, the stars and trees—we are all creating and being created by each other.  I know this in my heart, and yet sometimes the urgency to do more can be so overwhelming.

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This is what I know…

Luis Llerena

Guest blog by Maxima Kahn

That you were born with unique gifts that the world needs at this time, that you have a place and purpose here, that you were in fact called forth in this time and this place, in this body, with these gifts and challenges, because we need you. You have a unique role to play, and no one else can fill it. You being you and sharing your gifts is extremely important for the well-being of the whole planet.

That you were almost certainly raised to be someone other than who you really are—either by your parents, your schooling, your society, your culture and/or the traumas that happened to you. You’ve inherited lies and confusion about who you are that stop you from being who you really are, from giving your gifts, and living as the love, freedom and joy that you are. That underneath those lies are glittering truths that will set you free and empower you to shine.

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3 practices that help me relax while speaking in public


Photo: Bibbie Friman

Having trained more than 400 women in the art of creating and leading an ongoing Women’s Temple group, I often receive questions about how we can deal with fear and insecurity as leaders.

For me the solution is not to build up a new and shiny “confident me”, but to cultivate the capacity to stay present and relax open even when unwanted feelings like fear come to visit. Any identity we cling to suffocates our connection to the wild intelligence that we are and dims how much Presence we are able to transmit to others.

The world doesn’t need the plastic version of you: what we are hungry for is the medicine of Presence, generously given through the broken, imperfect, glorious and fully alive you.

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Dare to be Beautiful

IMG_5433_croppedGuest blog by Anita Wiger

I’m sitting on my balcony viewing the ocean, reflecting on my weeks in Corfu.
A month long Yogini ashram with
Awakening Women.
My life feels like a movie, a good one.
Not a Hollywood feel good movie, more the independent black and white one.
Interesting and not what you expect.
A little dramatic, real, raw and beautiful life changes over the years.
I can hardly believe it.
This summer, this life.

All my different choices.
From my work as a hairdresser, cool chick in black, wife, being a mum, to assisting in women’s groups, Lifedancing teacher, guiding women, taking care of my mother, leading the Yogini assistant team, Stylist and Coach, selling and buying houses, a new building project in Portugal, to body work, and this summer
Hello, give me a break!
So surreal and yet so totally natural.
I’m pinching myself, is this for real?

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A Feminine Body Needs a Feminine Medicine

Bibbie Foto Beate Maul and Gianna Irmisch (3)

Guest blog by Drs. Beate Maul & Gianna Irmisch

In our medical practice of Chinese medicine and psychotherapy, we meet many women each year who have to make essential decisions concerning their bodies and souls. Many of them feel the pressure that a medical system filled with fear and a lack of time and compassion puts on them. They find it hard to hear the voice of their own body among all the voices around them giving advice or even telling them the supposed only way to recover. Sometimes it seems like there is no “feminine way” to heal in this jungle of professional advice.  Continue reading →

There are mothers.

Poem by Mette Welhaven Næss



There are mothers.

There are birthmothers.

And there are stepmothers.

There are adoptive mothers

and there are soul mothers.

There are real life mothers

and there are heavenly mothers.

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Oxytocin: The Healing Key within the Female Body

corfu4Guest blog by Sophie Jane Mortimer

My most eye-opening moment in the Awakening Women Leadership Training was learning about the ‘Goddess hormone’ oxytocin, and the science behind the healing bliss of Women’s Temple.

Chameli began her oxytocin talk by explaining that up until about twenty years ago, all stress research was done on male subjects. The female body’s hormones fluctuate so much that it is challenging to measure hormonal responses, so researchers simply didn’t include them in their studies. Thankfully, a group of pioneering researchers embarked upon a ground-breaking study. What they found could have a potentially radical impact for women, especially women who are engaged in a healing journey of any kind.

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Guest blog by Nicoletta Abbate

Silence is the knot in my throat I have known since I was a child
of withheld tears running back inside
it has the taste of immeasurable pain that cannot be held by loving arms
so it gets swallowed back

It knows the sadness of others that has no river banks
and so it engulfs and floods the whole of you.

Silence has claimed love words from me too
and it has robbed me of moments of joy and connection
and sometimes of the possibilities of softening in a loving embrace.

Silence has no words
and yet fights to find them.

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The Great Pause


The day will come when we will turn a corner,
and the Great Pause will scoop us up.
It is not a mistake: it will happen to ALL of us,
yet we keep death hidden in the
corners of our consciousness we refuse to face.

We keep our breath shallow;
we keep our ecstasies under control,
our intimacies safe.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti Talks With Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche — Gold…


You’re welcome.


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An Encounter with Durga: What I Learned While Riding a Tiger

Vanessa Nova
Guest blog by Vanessa Nova

It was an afternoon in February, but the sun was warm and bright and there was a fire building in my belly. I had been in retreat already for several days, gathered with Chameli and yoginis from around the world, in a quiet valley in the foothills of the Himalayas. The air was clean and sweet to breathe, and felt thick with a sacred buzz, a pulse of spiritual energy like none I’d felt in any other place I’ve traveled.

In the afternoons we were free to practice our personal sadhana. We were to work with a chosen goddess in our own way and I had chosen Durga, the Hindu warrior goddess, powerful demon-slayer, goddess of victory of good over evil, who stands for truth, justice, and empowerment. I was longing to be compelled along my path, knowing all along, that I have a job here, a contract to fulfill in this lifetime. For years it was a fight, an uphill battle. I carried this knowing like a burden. It was larger than life. How could I ever make a difference? Little old me?

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Womanifesting: New Year the Feminine Way

Guest blog by Lisa Sch1475802_569760476430348_1176561554_nrader

The power of the womb gives birth to all things. It is completely astounding that this feminine body knows how to take a drop of liquid seed and create the miracle of life. So in this month of new year beginnings, let us not be seduced back into the hyper-masculine conditioning of frenetic pushing to produce outcomes. Let us remember to be wary of hopping on the rah-rah resolution train barreling through town.

When our action flows from authentic inspiration and enthusiasm, it feeds us and increases our Shakti. When we slip into the old pattern of efforting to make things happen, exhausting ourselves in “hurry-up-not-enough-all-alone,” we can feel the difference. If we ignore the message, our feminine soul will surely offer us either gentle or more forceful feedback. And thank goddess for that. Remember that we signed up for this, dear sisters, to be emissaries of the new way.
We are awakening women.

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What if I said Yes to the Moon?

Catrin Welz-Stein

 Guest blog by Clare Dakin

What if I said yes to the moon?
What if I let my calendar mind fall quiet and forget
Let that incessant load of lists get parked
Over there,
by the side of the road
That I used to follow
when I thought I knew who I was
when I thought I knew what I was

What if I fell still enough to hear the tides
The ones that rise and fall me
The ones that deeply inform me
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Durga Ma


Om Durga

You can be sure
She is awake
Summoned by the gods again
For battle

Perplexed by their own chaos
They quietly confess they need her
Now more than ever
To move mountains
Put out fires
End the endless fighting
And lay down their shame
For what they have created
For what they have destroyed

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Retelling the Adam & Eve Story: A Talk by Eve Ensler

In this powerful talk (featured below), Eve Ensler retells the story of Adam and Eve in a way that empowers and liberates women rather than condemning them for Eve’s choice to eat the apple from the Tree of Life.

Through reframing this creation myth, Eve puts into perspective the shame engraved in the history of women, the insatiable pressure for approval from our fathers and father gods, and the gift of female intuition, whose power can spark revolutions.

“This is the time for radical change,” she urges.  “This is the time to come into our bodies to dance and drum and rise. This is the time to stop apologizing for our belief that it is possible to live in a world where everyone gets fed; taken care of.” Continue reading →

108 Women’s Empowerment Movies (Updated with Links)


Dear Yogini Sisters,

We asked you on the AWI Facebook Page to share your favorite movies about women’s awakening and empowerment, and here is the list of movies compiled from your responses, updated with descriptions of each movie and a link to the trailer and reviews.

May this list feed your heart and soul during those warm, cozy nights spent on the couch…

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Can feminine spiritual practice change the way we work?





There is a soft glowing buzz behind the scenes here at AWI, as we are preparing for sadhana start tomorrow. It is a deeply moving experience to feel the energy of so many awakening women gathering together again and again, so much gratitude is here,
for all the women who take a stand for a saner world (For the benefit of all.)

And I also feel unspeakable gratitude for the work flow and systems we in the AWI team have created together. It has been many years of patience and steep learning curves, but I can honestly say that today there is a sense of ease and joy in all we do and create.

Many women have asked me how we can do so many programs, how we can create
so much without being exhausted,
and I find this inquiry intriguing and worth looking into.

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