Yoni Shakti: The Movement

Eradicate abuse of women in yoga: reclaim yoga as a tool for planetary healing and justice.​

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THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!

 

The Movement

Imagine a world where all women and girls are free from shame, oppression and abuse, able to live in resonance with the power of their natural rhythmic cycles and in connection with their inner wisdom.  

We want a world where everybody’s sisters and daughters are safe to pursue their spiritual journeys of reconnection free from abuse.  With your help and the help of a global network of millions of yoginis and yogis, we want to help all women to be aware of how to ensure their safety and sovereignty within the often oppressive and disempowering orthodoxy of yoga environments, and to give women the courage to speak out. We intend to dismantle harmful structures and beliefs that create conditions for the abuse of power in yoga teacher-student dynamics. 

This is the central message of Yoni Shakti:  A Woman's Guide to Yoga and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra and and we're pledging all the funds raised from the launch of the revised and updated edition, available here first, to this movement and public awareness and education campaign.

To make this happen we need to spread the word, to educate yoga practitioners, teachers, teacher trainers and studio owners around the globe. We need your help to do that.

We hope you'll support us in spreading the word about this Public Awareness and Education Campaign that enables us all to work together to Eradicate Abuse of Women in Yoga and Reclaim Yoga as a Tool for Healing and Justice - this will involve sharing Warning Signals, creating book clubs, distributing of educational materials, support for educators so we can JOIN up the DOTS and ensure our sisters are safe to practice yoga free from abuse.

The updated and revised new edition of Yoni Shakti includes a comprehensive, practical checklist of 13 Warning Signals that, both protect the safety and sovereignty of women, and empower sisters to spot the potentials for harm within the often oppressive and disempowering orthodoxy of yoga environments.  Also outlined are nine practical, simple and direct Calls to Action that can be taken when abuse is revealed.

Through this campaign, we aim to empower, educate, and resource the Yoni Shakti network of 1000's of women to share the "Empowerment Kit" which includes:

1. Updated Preface
2. Womb Yoga Manifesto
3. The Thirteen Warning Signals of Abuse
4. The Nine Calls to Action

5. Compilation of Evidence
6. List of Corrections

Our intention is to reach 1008 yoga teachers, teacher trainings and studios around the globe.  We need YOU to help us reach this goal.

This is an invitation to join a circle of yoginis and yogis in solidarity.

Help us as we continue to grow this campaign and spread the word fast, and end the abuse of our sisters and daughters.

Join us in Yoni Shakti: The Movement and together we can reveal the truth, honour the survivors, raise awareness and dismantle the structures that harbour these harms. 

Your generosity is invaluable, thank you so much!
Uma and the Yoni Shakti Team

 


How Can You Support The Movement
10 ACTION STEPS

 

  1. Become a supporter (We need 1008 supporters)
  2. Download the "Empowerment Kit" documents
  3. Place the "Empowerment Kit" documents on your website or blog with a link back to YSTM
  4. Share the "Empowerment Kit" documents  with your yoga students, colleagues, yoga studio, teacher training and yoga organizations if you belong to one 
  5. Share the "Survivor Support Resources"
  6. Join the YSTM FACEBOOK GROUP
  7. View the YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
  8. Follow YSTM INSTAGRAM
  9. Purchase the UPDATED & REVISED YONI SHAKTI BOOK if you have not already or if you already own an earlier version of Yoni Shakti, you can purchase the UPDATED PREFACE
  10. Every time you share the "Empowerment Kit" with a friend, you help to grow this movement. Share on Facebook, email it to 5 friends, tweet about it and invite your friends to join the YSTM FACEBOOK GROUP

 

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Email for more information: info@yonishaktithemovement.com

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Campaign Allies

Alexandra Pope
Ashleigh Freckleton
Dianne Bondy
Dr Mark Singleton
Felix Price & Diahanne Love Holder
Jacqueline Hargreaves
Jane Austin
Jason Birch
Laura Doe-Harris of the Yoniversity
Laurie Hyland Robertson
Lucy Arnsby-Wilson DPsych
Melanie Swan of the Sacred Womb
Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer of Red School
Yoli Maya Yeh

Campaign Empowerment Kit Documents

Campaign empowerment kit documents

Here you can download the all campaign empowerment kit in either A4 or US Letter format. What you download is a zip file which you will need to click on to extract the documents inside, this is most easily done on a computer but with some fiddling can usually be opened on most tablets and phones too.

Survivor Support Resources

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Here is a document detailing many survivor support resources.

Global Map of Support

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Maija Klamer

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Fra Mini

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Rachel Sermanni

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Aneta Idczak

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Ruthann Gagnon

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Lillie Jewell

Peter Turtle-Wolf

Peter Turtle-Wolf

Virginie Nass

Virginie Nass

Valerie

Valerie

Sajni Shah

Sajni Shah

Maria Ferragamo

Maria Ferragamo

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Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Ben Jarlett

Ben Jarlett

Tiffany Allen, MA, LPC, RYT & Quirk Wellspace, LLC

Tiffany Allen, MA, LPC, RYT & Quirk Wellspace, LLC

Katherine Garde

Katherine Garde

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Nadine Vasco de Lima

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Valentina Frasca

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Bhavna Patel

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Jennifer Andrews-Smith

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Rhian Davies-De Souza

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Alyce Biddle

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Cleo Rea Cleo Hatha Fusion Yoga

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Anya

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Prema Clarke

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Mandala Yoga

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Þorgerður Gefjun Sveinsdóttir

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Sarah Lambert

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Clémence RACLOT

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Alisa Phillips

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Emily Chiswell

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Ashleigh Trollope

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Holly Parks

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Lena Nova

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Ashleigh freckleton

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Wendy McCartney

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Christie Roe

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Jane Bennett

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Vicki Greer

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Sandy Jordan

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Sarah Monroe

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Marie Fayet

Lucy Ackroyd

Lucy Ackroyd

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Rebecca Paterson

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Elena Fanfani

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Sara Nori

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Stacia DeSalvo

Sharon Love

Sharon Love

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Veena Rabadia

Rachel Van Sickle

Rachel Van Sickle

Pia Götz

Pia Götz

Yoganet

Penny Horner

Penny Horner

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Lily Ayre

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Yogacell yoga

Jo

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Mélanie Roy

Mélanie Roy

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Victruyoga

Hilary Snider

Hilary Snider

Be Woman Project

Be Woman Project

Lyn Hill

Ms Grace Sandels

Ms Grace Sandels

Lisa Wehbe

Lisa Wehbe

Inner Wellness Studio

Inner Wellness Studio

Olga Chwa

Olga Chwa

Charlotte Friedrich

Charlotte Friedrich

Carmen Lee

Carmen Lee

Andi Minghiat

Andi Minghiat

Amber Sawyer

Amber Sawyer

samantha scully

samantha scully

Laura Létourneau Tremblay

Laura Létourneau Tremblay

Louise Pitman

Louise Pitman

Marie-Cécile Pouliquen

Marie-Cécile Pouliquen

Zen Yoga Cricklade

Zen Yoga Cricklade

Tiny tree yoga

Tiny tree yoga

Elly Boulboul

Elly Boulboul

Amanda

Amanda

Yotism

Sanga Yoga

Sanga Yoga

Julie Francis

Julie Francis

Emma

Emma

Sam Rhodes

Sam Rhodes

Kate Frost

Kate Frost

Wildflower Wellbeing & Yoga

Wildflower Wellbeing & Yoga

Karen Willson

Karen Willson

Heather Janesky

Heather Janesky

Jess Healy

Jess Healy

Emma @ EmBodhi Yoga and Wellbeing

Emma @ EmBodhi Yoga and Wellbeing

Naomi Pereira

Naomi Pereira

Heena Kang

Heena Kang

Kim Duran

Kim Duran

Lopa van der Mersch

Lopa van der Mersch

Edda Huld Sigurdardottir

Edda Huld Sigurdardottir

Gemma Williams

Gemma Williams

Ásta Arnardóttir

Ásta Arnardóttir

Mel Blackshaw

Mel Blackshaw

Hedda Malde

Hedda Malde

Diane Przybilla

Diane Przybilla

Katie Tang

Katie Tang

Sally Douglas

Sally Douglas

Rachel Cross

Rachel Cross

Carmen Hoyas Ramos

Carmen Hoyas Ramos

Jessica Louise Leitch

Jessica Louise Leitch

Anne Tison

Anne Tison

Anne Tison

Anne Tison

Brenda Rock

Brenda Rock

Helen Moss

Helen Moss

Francis Penfold

Francis Penfold

Mazie Soto

Mazie Soto

Debs Elizabeth de Vries

Debs Elizabeth de Vries

April Heaslip, PhD

April Heaslip, PhD

Sonia McFarlan

Sonia McFarlan

Sarah Hutchinson

Sarah Hutchinson

Stacey Ramsower

Stacey Ramsower

Jaylyn Bernachi

Jaylyn Bernachi

Charty Durrant

Charty Durrant

Mandy Brinkley

Mandy Brinkley

Norman Blair

Norman Blair

laura hancock

laura hancock

Eva Teja Tschiderer

Eva Teja Tschiderer

Thea Maillard

Thea Maillard

Gayle Keenan

Gayle Keenan

Odette Rowe

Odette Rowe

Emily Bandeira

Emily Bandeira

Shuntao Li

Shuntao Li

Sophie Hutton

Sophie Hutton

Juliana Proskourina-Barnett

Juliana Proskourina-Barnett

Amanda

Linda L Davis

Linda L Davis

Jenny Etheredge

Jenny Etheredge

Kimberley Luu

Kimberley Luu

Nicole Caodie

Nicole Caodie

Melissa Danielle

Melissa Danielle

Rick Archer - Buddha at the Gas Pump

Rick Archer - Buddha at the Gas Pump

Christine Davie

Christine Davie

Alice Chapman

Alice Chapman

Chris Webb

Chris Webb

Olivia Hickman

Olivia Hickman

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amanda louise michel arruzza

ARIEL CHRISTOPHER

ARIEL CHRISTOPHER

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Yoga with Anna

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lorraine taylor

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Lucy Lock Yoga

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IsabellaVirgara

CAYTLYN DEE

CAYTLYN DEE

Adrienne Egan

Adrienne Egan

Sivani Mata Francis

Sivani Mata Francis

Jessica Healy

Jessica Healy

VIrginia Compton

VIrginia Compton

Nirlipta Tuli

Nirlipta Tuli

Nina Haley

Nina Haley

Cecilia Allon

Cecilia Allon

Dr Uma Dinsmore Tuli

Dr Uma Dinsmore Tuli

 Endorsement and Support

This campaign has been hosted by us with the endorsement and heartfelt support of our Yoni Shakti network of teachers, as well as:

Josna Pankhania, Project SATYA, Matthew Remski, Laura Doe-Harris of the Yoniversity, Jane Austin, Dr Mark Singleton, Yoli Maya Yeh, Felix Price & Diahanne Love Holder, Ashleigh Freckleton , Dianne Bondy, Melanie Swan of the Sacred Womb, Alexandra Pope, Sjanie Hugo-Wurlitzer of Red School , Jacqueline Hargreaves, Jason Birch, Lucy Arnsby-Wilson DPsych, Laurie Hyland Robertson ..

"I applaud Uma’s response to the abuses revealed in Satyananda yoga.  It is with gratitude that I welcome her campaign to address abuse and oppression in the global and transnational yoga industry."  Dr Josna Pankhania.  Human rights activist and seeker of truth, justice and healing in yoga.

“To me, this evolutionary circle holds everything onto which our humanity, values, and ability to be of service to one another relies — consciousness that has shifted from supremacy and conditional protection to equanimity, justice, and freedom — put into heartfelt practice with the utmost care. In deepest gratitude to all.”  Christie Roe

"I'm all in with my support for the Yoni Shakti Movement. Women need a safe and supportive space to practice yoga free of judgment, bullying and harassment.”  Jane Austin, Founder/Director Mama Tree Prenatal Yoga School. Director of Prenatal and Postnatal Program at Yoga Tree

"Now more than ever it is time to protect all of us against the continued abuses of power towards women. I endorse the goals of Yoni Shakti the Movement and support this campaign."  Dianne Bondy, Author of 'Yoga for Everyone'.

"Uma's work against the abuses of power in yoga is vital and timely. I applaud and support her efforts."
Dr. Mark Singleton, Senior Research Fellow, Hatha Yoga Project, SOAS University of London.

"I am so grateful for you using your voice and privilege to speak out, step up and work towards a world where all sisters are safe and free."  Lucy Arnsby-Wilson, Psychotherapist and Yoga Therapist

"The work of creating safe spaces for all cannot wait, and it's exciting to see what the yoga community can do with a compassionate voice. I wholeheartedly support Yoni Shakti the Movement."  Laurie Hyland Robertson, Editor in Chief, Yoga Therapy Today, and Founder & Director, Whole Yoga & Pilates

 

 

 What your contributions have funded

This is what we project the crowd-funding and public awareness campaign will cost for one year. Any funds we raise above and beyond will go to fund further public outreach and campaigning. We will track our progress and give you monthly updates about the success of the public awareness campaign. 

Crowd-funding Campaign Costs

  • Campaign Management: £1000
  • Campaign Consultation: £350
  • Warning Signs, Evidence and Calls to Action PDF design and prep: £500
  • Book club set up and admin: £1,000
  • Uma’s teaching and administration costs for campaign events: £2,000 
  • Gift fulfillment and tech support: £1,000
  • Contingency and Indiegogo Campaign Fees: £2150

Public Awareness Campaign Costs

  • Public awareness campaign for yoga practitioners, staff costs for one year: £4,000
  • Public awareness campaign for yoga teachers, staff costs for one year: £4,000
  • Promotion and social media campaign for one year: £2,000

 

GOAL: £18,000
TOTAL RAISED: £33,091

 

Thank you so much for helping us reach and exceed our goal!

 

THANK YOU to all you who helped to make this campaign a success, BUT we still need your help to spread the word and TAKE ACTION!!!

Be A Part of Yoni Shakti: The Movement

Thank you!!

Background

Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra was published in 2014. A key section of the first edition was removed prior to printing because author Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s hard-hitting description of the contemporary Yoga Industrial Complex as a ‘stinking palace floating on a lagoon filled with corpses and shit’ was considered too offensive to publish at that time. 

Sadly, Uma’s censored prediction in that first edition has now been recognised widely to be the truth. The past few years have seen innumerable revelations and investigations of sexual, financial, physical and emotional abuses committed by teachers under the guise of ‘yoga’. There is now hardly a single ashram, school or yoga institution that has not been exposed to be harbouring these harms. The abusive power dynamics common to many individual yoga teachers and gurus have also been reported by brave women who have spoken up, and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, like lots of other women in yoga, has now heard too many of these stories to keep quiet any longer. She is now fully committed to sharing the evidence presented to her, including the names of teachers and places that she wouldn’t want anybody’s sisters or daughters to go to. Her intention with this campaign is to educate yoga practitioners, teachers and yoga teacher trainers worldwide to call out existing harm and to prevent future abuses of power.

The uncensored and revised new edition of Yoni Shakti includes a practical checklist of warning signals to protect women in yoga, and a new Warning Prologue sharing a number of powerful statements in verse and prose. It also presents a comprehensive list of organisations and individuals that have harmed women and girls under the guise of the spiritual teachings of yoga. Yoni Shakti Updated and Uncensored is available online from May 2020.

About Uma

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD is a writer, visionary, radical yogini, eco-feminist activist and Total Yoga Nidra advocate. Practicing yoga since the age of four, and teaching since 1994, Uma is a yoga therapist certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (CIAYT), with special expertise in yoga therapy for women’s health. She is a mother of three, and has written four books on yoga, including the massive and highly influential Yoni Shakti. 

About Team Yoni Shakti

This campaign is run by a committed team of women who are passionately, personally and professionally invested in the goals of the movement.  This team is Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD (Founder), Sophie-Jane Mortimer (Campaign Consultant), Nina Haley (Campaign Manager)  Cecilia Allon (Phase 1 Campaign Manager), Jessica Healy (Campaign Social Media Manager) and Shri Steep (Assistant Campaign Social Media Manager).  This team is supported by an extraordinary global web of allies, yoga teacher trainers, teachers and practitioners.  We are working as an open network, through heartfelt connection, trust and love without a formal hierarchy.  

Campaign Team

gathering in a circleDr Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Sivani Mata, and other women walkingDr Uma Dinsmore Tuli saying thankyou