Definition - What does Yoni mean?

Yoni is the Sanskrit term that symbolizes the Hindu goddess, Shakti, who is the representation of feminine power. Consort of Shiva, Shakti is considered the divine force and the divine mother. According to Tantric texts, yoni is the source of life.

Yoni has been worshipped since ancient times, along with linga. Yoni mudra is one of the yogic seals that may be used while meditating.

Yogapedia explains Yoni

Yoni, the creative power, is a part of the shiva linga, which represents Shiva and Shakti. The base of the linga is the yoni, representing the female sex organ. Shiva linga symbolizes the union of creative energies of Shiva and Shakti, or male and female.

Tantric teachings do not consider yoni just as a female sex organ, but associate it with the Divine power. Shiva, the god of destruction, is all-powerful only when he is with Shakti, the source of life or creation.

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