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 health conditions is growing rapidly and scientists and health professionals don't know why.
I believe the decline in our health and wellbeing is partly down to the suppression of our menstrual cycle. Ignoring our cycle, whether due to reasons around shame, guilt or trauma, simply being indifferent to it or taking hormonal contraceptives puts a tremendous amount of psychological and physical stress on us. Over time, this can manifest in mental health and/or reproductive issues. Much of our health issues are being misunderstood and misdiagnosed, causing us to feel like there is something wrong with us. The problem lies not with us but the way in which we relate to our menstrual cycle.
In Ancient India, the word for female genitalia was 'Yoni' which translates to 'Sacred Space' and 'Source of all life'. A woman’s ability to bleed without dying and to create a life from her own body is alchemy - a true magical power.
My purpose is to teach people about the multi-layered, biological, psychological, and spiritual system of evolution that lies within a woman's body through the practice of Menstrual Cycle Awareness. I have a holistic and heart-centred approach with the aim of weaving spiritually and science together to help women innerstand themselves better.
One of my mentees whispered to me at the start of her journey, "Is Menstrual Cycle Awareness magic?". I replied: "No. Your menstrual cycle is! Becoming aware of it has allowed you to feel the magic." 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 in women. Once a woman adopts a cyclical lifestyle, she starts to discover herself and feels like she has 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 journey.
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.
In 2020, I completed their Menstruality Leadership Programme which allowed me to deepen my relationship with my own cycle as well as 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.