Total Yoga Nidra and Yoni Shakti
Uma met Yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, teaching since 1994, and training yoga therapists since 1999. Uma spent many years within traditional yoga teaching guru-hierarchies, and in 2011 co-founded (with her husband Nirlipta Tuli), the Yoga Nidrā Network. An eco-yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for empowering women’s health, Uma is a mother of three, and has written four books on yoga, including the massive Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra, the influential pranayama guide Mother’s Breath, and co-authored The Celtic School of Yoga. She is the lead author of the forthcoming Nidrā Shakti: An Encyclopaedia of Yoga Nidrā. Uma has trained over one thousand specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidrā and Yoga for Women (including yoga for pregnancy, menstrual health, fertility, postnatal recovery, and menopause) and has shared over a million unique and responsive Total Yoga Nidrā practices in eighteen different countries. Her passion as a writer and as a teacher is to transmit the clarity of awareness, creativity and profound vitality nourished by yoga tantra. Her practice and teaching respects the cyclical powers of the living earth, and honours human life cycles as spiritual initiations (including conscious menstruation, menopause, birth and postnatal recovery). Uma’s yogini heroine is Lalleshwari, and she aspires to embody in her own practice and teachings Lalla’s combination of ‘… compassion, commonsense knowledge and resistance to authority’.