The History of the Yoni

The History of the Yoni

The ‘Yoni’ is the Sanskrit for womb and sexual organs. It has also been used to mean ‘origin’ or ‘source’. Yoni is used to describe the genital erogenous zone - mons [pubis], clitoris, clitoral hood, labia majora, labia minora, vaginal introitus, and perineum[1]. In Hinduism, Yoni represents the goddess Shakti who controls the forces of the universe. 

The Yoni has been worshipped since the 4th millennium BC. Archaeologists have found figurines with exaggerated breasts and genitals that are believed to be fertility symbols. Unlike Western culture, where female sexuality and genitals are associated with shame and taboo, in ancient cultures, the yoni is worshipped for its power and associated with the natural cycles of the moon, our planet and life itself. 

In Tantric tradition (originating from the 1st millennium CE), the yoni is immensely powerful; yoni is the source of desire, pleasure and manifestation. Sex (with the yoni as the portal) was a way to experience the divine. 

In modern times, many women have been moved to reconnect with their yoni through methods like yoni eggs and yoni steam. It’s claimed that yoni eggs originate from ancient eastern medicine (however there is no evidence to confirm this claim). Yoni eggs are believed to strengthen the pelvic floor and increase sexual pleasure by placing them inside the vagina. Yoni steam is an ancient practice to ease menstrual cramps and regulate the menstrual cycle. The practice involves sitting over a container of hot water and herbs; the steam is believed to clean the yoni. 




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