Reclaim your menstrual sovereignty
Welcome dear one,
My name is Soraya Sheikh. I'm a Menstruality Mentor based in Bali and I teach women how to reclaim their menstrual sovereignty.
Around the world, the number of women with chronic conditions is growing rapidly and scientists and health professionals don't know why. I believe the decline in our health and wellbeing is largely down to the suppression of our menstrual cycle. For many, the menstrual cycle is a taboo subject and a source of shame. When we ignore something that is intrinsically part of us, it puts a tremendous amount of psychological and physical stress on us. Our health issues are being misunderstood and misdiagnosed which is resulting in us being made to feel that there is something wrong with us. However, the problem lies not with us, but with the way in which we and society relate to us and our menstrual cycle.
A woman’s ability to bleed without dying and her ability to create a life from her own body is a magical power. In Ancient India, the word for female genitalia was 'Yoni' which translates to 'Source of all life' and 'Sacred Space' but this has been forgotten by many. My purpose is to teach women about the multi-layered, biological, psychological, and spiritual system of evolution that lies within their body through the practice of Menstrual Cycle Awareness (MCA).
One of my mentees whispered to me at the start of her journey, "Is Menstrual Cycle Awareness magic?". "Yes! Our menstrual cycle IS magic!" I replied. By bringing awareness to our cycle, we start to form a healthy and intimate relationship with it which sparks a journey of self discovery and a depth of healing we may never have imagined possible. I've experienced first-hand that Menstrual Cycle Awareness is the missing link in the overall health and wellbeing of women. Since adopting a cyclical lifestyle, I've opened the door to truly innerstanding myself and I feel like I've come home.
Here on the Red Revelations website, I invite you to explore Menstruality and Menstrual Cycle Awareness further. If you feel called to tune into your inner, cyclical wisdom, I would be honoured to accompany you in your homecoming.
From my womb space to yours,
Menstrual Cycle Awareness Courses
Menstrual Cycle Awareness (MCA) is a practice that enables a deep innerstanding of each day, in each season of your unique cycle. It's the process of tracking your menstrual cycle, coupled with learning new vocabulary to help you describe your experience. My courses will give you the opportunity to form a healthy and intimate relationship with your cycle, resulting in you being able to navigate your life with more compassion and innerstanding.
"I bleed every month, yet I do not die. How am I not magical?"
Trust your process
Alexandra Elizabeth Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are co-founders of the Red School: The future of feminine spirituality and leadership and are pioneers of menstrual cycle awareness.
Each year, The Red School runs a Menstruality Leadership Programme which I completed in 2020. The programme allowed me to deepen my relationship with my own cycle and has provided me with a myriad of tools to be able to teach this critical work to other women.
I'm eternally grateful to Sjanie and Alexandra, as well as the Red School’s Menstruality Mentors, especially my personal Mentor Jady Mountjoy for supporting me in my homecoming.