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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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Shakti Dharma — the unique thread of you in the vast tapestry of existence



You spend lifetimes comparing yourself with others,
wishing you could be more like this and less like that.
Stubbornly you cling to your flaws, collecting evidence and reasons
for why you have to be fixed before you can fully shine.

Busy building wobbly towers of new and shiny selves,
the freedom you long for seems always just out of reach.
Yet its sweet fragrance keeps pulling you closer, again and again,
to the portal of a terrifying vulnerability we have become so skilled in avoiding.

It is from this very door of intimacy you hear the ancient call from the deep feminine.
Kali, Inanna, Lakshmi, Durga, Saraswati, they all are challenging you
to take a chance, in this lifetime, to trust that you are not a mistake. Continue reading →

The Yoga of Compassion



Oh Sister,

This breath, this life, this earth…so full of incomprehensible suffering,
so full of unfathomable beauty. The trance of division so strong,
and yet open awareness–the medicine–is here, always available.

This summer we have witnessed horrendous, unbearable tragedies in the world.
We have cried, shut down, prayed, felt the depths of helplessness and compassion. Continue reading →

85 Women’s Awakening and Empowerment Movies (List)


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

Here is the list as a PDF that you can download

(feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below)


  1. Whale Rider
  2. Persepolis
  3. The Color Purple
  4. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  5. As It Is in Heaven (Sweden)
  6. Water (Mira Nair, India) Continue reading →

Dear Yogini Sister..


Dear Yogini sister, you have responded to the call. I bow. Feed your intention. Stay rooted in compassion, empathy, encouragement and intuition, and it will navigate you through the fear. Fear is just a feeling, coming and going, your deeper intention is the voice of evolution.

:: Chameli Devi

The power of the word Yogini



Dear Chameli,

Thank you for joining us to the word ‘Yogini’.
Thank you for connecting us to something so huge, powerful, beautiful and divine. We are women who each in her own way is practicing her faith ~ whatever it may be. We’ve been doing it for years and years.

Being Indian, the word yogini is not unfamiliar. But I would not have used it or rather dared to use it. I’m comfortable with the word ‘sadhika’ ~ which means a woman who practices her sadhana. But it does not have the fire power of the word yogini.

A yogini for me is a woman who burns with the fire of her practice, who is uncompromising with her soul-work, who continually lives on the edge of her consciousness ~ forever aware and awake. Tinge of madness, dollops of compassion, mirth and joy. She’s forever tapping into mysteries. She’s loved and feared at the same time. She’s her own guru. Its good to know that there’s a word that fits all this. Continue reading →

A Shadow Work Practice


This practice is sort of intense.

It is about bringing the monsters in the basement– the exiled parts of ourselves —

up into the warmth of awareness, so that they no longer can run the show from the shadows.

Make sure to connect with your feet and your body before you begin.

Put a hand on your body, on your heart perhaps, or belly.

Make sure you breathe, deeply, through out the practice.

The practice is to watch this short animated film from Steve Cutts.
It is about the disconnected, consuming, abusive, lonely part of ourselves.
This part is you. And the awareness of this part, is also you. Continue reading →

Do you want a Temple Name?



We have already received many hundred requests for Temple Names, so we will have to close the offer for now. If you submitted a request but cannot see it here, it came in too late. Thank you so much for participating.

We will let you know when we will open this offer again.

Dear Yogini sisters,

For the next days I will give Temple Names to the awakening women in our community.
Yes, that is you.

A Temple Name is a meditation, a koan.  A Temple Name will support you, soothe you, hold you, remind you, or (if you are lucky) stretch you right over the edge of your limited sense of self.

It is not a public name and you don’t keep this name forever, it changes as life is evolving.

This is a gift free of charge. Continue reading →

Dear Yogini Sister…


There is something profound that happens when you begin to see and claim your place in a lineage. Your assignment as a Yogini is indeed aligning with a sacred, unbroken circle of wise women who are in this very moment midwifing the new life into our world. Continue reading →

The return of the Goddess will not feed or satisfy the ego


There is a lot of talk about feminine awakening and empowerment these days, and one of the pitfalls I see playing itself out in the collective right now, is that the old paradigm of competition and greed, of “more-for-me” has learned to mimic the deep feminine.

With that I mean that there is a danger that we use the language and the imagery of the feminine to feed the old patterns of ambition and endless improvement. Now we are not only being told that we should be better and smarter and richer, we should also “find our inner Goddess”, get our “tantra on”, be more radiant,  we should “do” the feminine perfectly. Continue reading →

Dear drama, I’m breaking up with you…


Oh, the drama…

When you feel that knot in the belly,
when there is a court scene playing in your head,
when you panic, when you worry,
when you regret it the moment you push the send button.

When you hear yourself say yes. Or no (again!),
feeling that familiar shrinking inside.
When it’s not enough, or way too much.  Continue reading →

Sacred Storm


By Denise Reynolds
Written during a torrential rain and thunderstorm
in the Yogini Initiation retreat, Rishikesh India – February 15, 2013  


Sacred union of earth and sky,
Dancing all the elements.
Sky penetrating Earth with life-giving water.
Filling Her, quenching Her
Becoming the life-blood of Gaia. Continue reading →

Can you leave the tempting hooks of drama dangling in thin air?


Living a life in a woman’s body you will, in any given moment,
have feelings.
Sometimes light and easy,
other times more rough and fiery,
and yes, everything in between.
It is unavoidable,
and in itself it is unproblematic. Continue reading →

I no longer want to be Better than you


Guest Blog by Katy Stevenson Wirth

In my heart of hearts,
I no longer want to be
Better than you
Smarter than you
Thinner than you
Prettier than you
Faster than you
Stronger than you
More accomplished than you
More creative than you
A better mother than you
A better friend than you
Better educated than you
ANYTHING more than you. Continue reading →

She is singing the world into being, through you



A Yogini engages in Sadhana so she can stay rooted in 
a wide and transparent view,
also in times of rough contractions.

In some martial arts they use the expression “to freeze at the level of the attack”.
In ordinary life, that would mean something 
similar to if someone was to grab your arm,
your energy and attention would automatically 
narrow in
around the place of contact where 
you are held in the grip.

Or if some area of your life feels stuck and frustrating,
your attention tends to get sucked 
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This Dance is a Prayer (Video/Dance/Spoken words)

We pray

We pray

We pray

How does love act faced with the unbearable?


The Dalai Lama says that compassion is to bear the unbearable.
How do we do that? How do we bear the unbearable?

We all have places where we contract and close in fierce resistance.
One of my strongest challenges is the pornography/human trafficking industry, its abuse of innocent children and selling of women.

For many years I worked as a therapist for teenagers who had been involved with prostitution from a very young age. I got to know how precious and fragile these girls were in their early womanhood. Their hopes for the future where often covered over by a hard shell of cynicism. They had prematurely lost their childhood, their vulnerability turned to shame. But deep in their hearts, their innocence was still undeniably beautiful.

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