In honor of V-Day and One Billion Rising, Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and a survivor of physical violence, created an yoga empowering sequence for women.
It's V-Day on Saturday! No, we're not talking about Valentine's Day (though it's that, too). V-Day is the worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls founded by The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler. February 14 also marks the third anniversary of the One Billion Rising campaign, a call to action based on the shocking statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.
In honor of this year's Rising (a new escalation that calls for a radical shift to end the global epidemic of abuse that women face worldwide), Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and a survivor of physical violence, created an empowering sequence for women.
"As a physical violence and abuse survivor — and thriver — one of my central aims in life is to help other women like me find their power," she says. "This to me doesn’t mean the power over anyone else, which can be a destructive and disempowering way to become just the same as the ones who hurt us. Rather, I love to see women reclaiming their power over their own happiness, and their ability to love themselves more than they ever thought possible. This finally breaks the cycle of toxicity, repetitive relationship dysfunction, and despair from the inside out."
Nardini says this sequence will help you draw into your self-relationship in order to drop the baggage from around the heart, "so you can more easily let go and let be the heaviness of the past but retain the ability to set empowering boundaries from here on out with an open heart — and a strong core."