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YisforYONI:EmpoweringVaginaIconography

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mylittleyoni Artist & Entrepreneur
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Y is for YONI: Empowering Vagina Iconography


My Little Yoni reminds women to connect with the unique, creative, expressive power of their VAGINA. 

Yoni is the Sanskrit word for vagina, meaning "sacred gateway," "source," or "womb."

In 2017 women are rising worldwide. My Little Yoni is a symbolic representation of women's beauty, resilience, and power to make change.

This post describes the magical journey that led to the creation of My Little Yoni. We hope it inspires you to follow your dreams and to banish doubt.

How It Began:

It began with a dream… literally.  A geek for naming things and all things women’s empowerment, Ariel first came up with the name MyLittleYoni.com. She knew it was going to be something special for women, but didn’t know what exactly. 

A few weeks later she had a dream about these amazing, colorful, fun, quirky characters that looked like Yonis, with eyes and smiling mouths, hearts and wings, some with arms and legs, and all with an incredible playfulness and freedom! My Little Yoni was visiting Ariel in dreamtime and letting her know they wanted to be made in real life! She woke up excited, now knowing what the name belonged to!

Ariel meditated on the vision and asked the the spirit of My Little Yoni about where the best place to have them made might be. While Ariel was already clear on the design, she knew she wanted to bring masterful seamstresses on board to help with the actual sewing of the dolls.  The message she received was very clear: My Little Yoni needed to be made in Bali, Indonesia!  

Why Bali?

Bali is filled with an aura of intention and ceremony.  Steeped in ritual and sprinkled with gorgeous temples, the island is known for having a high ratio of sacred artists, who weave prayer and positive intention into their creations.  My Little Yoni required having a high level of artistry and loving positive intention in its crafting so that the mission of what they represent would translate into their creation, without losing any of its magic.

With Bali decided on as the birthplace for the Yoni dolls, Ariel began making travel arrangements for her trip.

She said “no” to tempting offers (like a week of adventure and performing at Burning Man), in order to stay committed to this most precious assignment of making My Little Yoni a reality.  

She reached out to several friends who had clothing and jewelry made in Bali to get in touch with potential artisans prior to arriving on the island. Having meetings already set up seemed like the rational and prudent thing to do before traveling to the other side of the world… But for some reason, things just weren’t lining up!  Friends either responded with the same sort of story, “I just don’t know anyone in Bali who could make something like that,” or she got no response at all.  

But rather than going into anxiety or stress, Ariel brought her conundrum up with the Yoni gods :) She went into meditation and asked for guidance. The message she received was clear: simply go to Bali and have total trust that the perfect person to make My Little Yoni would naturally be magnetized to her.

Really? Travel to the other side of the planet on blind faith?  That’s quite a tall order, you sassy yonis!

However, Ariel obliged.  She trusted the intuitive guidance that if she continued to try and set things up prior to arriving in Bali that she would, a) stress herself out b) waste her time and energy, and c) miss out on the synchronistic magic of Bali that's possible when it comes to merging strong intention with inspired creation.


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Even though it stretched her way beyond comfort level or logic, when it came time to embark on her journey, Ariel was prepared only with sketches of the My Little Yoni design and a strong faith that she would meet the perfect artisans to bring this vision to life.

After a delirious first night’s sleep, Ariel’s dear friend Ceslie took her to a beautiful lunch in the countryside overlooking hand-terraced rice paddies.  They met a friend of Ceslie’s for lunch, and over some chilled rose water, Ariel shared about the purpose of her trip. YONIS. My Little Yoni, to be precise.  Amazingly, this brand new acquaintance suggested Ariel connect with a local woman named Madé, (Mah-day), a very skilled seamstress, who lived a few villages over. They set up a meeting for the next day!

Less than 36 hours after arriving in Bali, Ariel sat face to face with one of the sweetest women she had ever encountered. Even though there was lots of giggling and probably some thoughts of “who is this crazy lady all about making plush yonis?” Made agreed to make the first prototype of My Little Yoni. She told Ariel that she had a pattern maker she would take the project to and that they could meet again in a week’s time to go over results. Ariel gave her all of her hand drawn designs and crossed her fingers for a successful first round.


A week later they met and Madé had some bad news.  The pattern maker had refused to take on the project saying that in Bali they don’t make stuffed animals or three dimensional cloth objects!  It was too complicated for the pattern maker to do.  Madé explained that in Bali children played with carved wood toys and that to make a 3 dimensional cloth object or toy was totally outside of the Balinese framework.  However, before Ariel’s spirits could plummet too far, Madé said that when the pattern maker said “no,” that she had decided she would personally try to make Ariel's design work!  It wasn’t easy, but Madé tried until she was satisfied with a first prototype to bring to the meeting. 

Ariel was overcome with gratitude for Madé's determination and commitment to the vision. Even though it would take them two more rounds of prototyping to dial in the design that was true to Ariel’s original dream, Madé turned out the be the perfect woman to help bring My Little Yoni into physical form.  

Years later Madé and her team in Bali still work for My Little Yoni, making this empowering symbol a one-of-a-kind reality for every woman who shares in the magic. 

Partnered with V Day, My Little Yoni supports the worldwide movement to end the exploitation of women & girls.

My Little Yoni Website #readmylips

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mylittleyoni
Artist & Entrepreneur

Ariel White is an artist, entrepreneur, teacher, and investor. Founder of Amant, a digital media company for Lovers, Ariel brings together art, products, and messages that support women in feeling beautiful, well-pleasured, and sensually expressed. Ariel has been in the fields of embodiment and [...]

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