“This is what my soul is telling me: be peaceful and love everyone.”
— Malala Yousafzai
It’s Women’s History Month and we’re reflecting on all of the insanely strong lady bosses who have made their marks on the world. From chancellors of countries to CEOs of major corporations to influential philanthropists and everything in between, women have impacted countless aspects of the world’s most powerful sectors that would never have been as successful without them.
Similarly (and unsurprisingly), women have pioneered different facets of yoga and meditation despite efforts to suppress them – because if the world hasn’t figured it out yet, we don’t take kindly to suppression.
Badass Yoginis You Should Have on Your Radar
Indra Devi – also known as the “First Lady of Yoga.” She was the first woman (and Westerner!) to study with Indian yoga master T. Krishnamacharya. She also opened China’s first yoga school. Casual.
Sivananda Radha Saraswati – the spiritual gangster who developed the gentle style of practice called Hidden Language Hatha Yoga. She passed on her wealth of knowledge to other eager yoginis when she established a primarily female, Western lineage.
Lilias Folan – she made yoga hugely popular in the U.S. after a 1970s trip to India inspired her to create multiple yoga-focused TV series. You’ve probably seen her warrior posin’ on PBS.
Karena Virginia – Karena has been a certified yoga instructor in the Kundalini and Hatha schools for nearly twenty years. Her theory on “Ask, Believe and Receive” has helped thousands of people attract the life of their deepest desire.
Geeta Iyengar – known as “Geetaji.” She has been empowering women to manifest their destinies and find their Zen since the early 1960s when she began teaching yoga in India. At that time, it was looked down upon for women to practice yoga, never mind teach it.
Speaking of Manifesting …
If you’re unsure of what it means to manifest or just need a brief refresher, we’ve got you covered. Spiritual healer Karena Virginia is back with Conscious Good’s own Cali Alpert to discuss the magic behind the phenomenon. Check out episode 4 of our podcast In Conscious Company for deets.