Samjhana is a visionary photographer and natural cycles mentor who empowers women to connect with their cyclical nature and discover their true radiant self. She guides you to align yourself with the seasons of your menstrual cycle, to manifest with the moon phases, and to explore the archetypes of the feminine – so you can reach your fullest potential.
Over the past 8 years Samjhana has guided hundreds to say yes to their true radiance, allowing them to see themselves anew on an insightful photographic journey in nature. Her ability to see a person’s soul and capture their unique beauty on camera has helped many women transition from self-critical to self-confident, and supported them along their personal, professional and spiritual path. Samjhana founded Goddess Portraiture following an exhibition in 2009 called ‘The Goddess Within’ that won great praise from curators for its artistic excellence and ability to heal the subject’s self-belief.
From Period Pain to Period Pleasure
“In my teens I suffered unbearably painful periods and was prescribed the contraceptive pill to suppress my cycle for 18 years. This never felt like the right solution and I had many failed attempts to come off it until discovering the work of Alexandra Pope. I was so relieved, her book ‘The Wild Genie’ meant I could finally begin my healing journey. 9 years on and with the help of other menstruation mentors I’ve completely transformed my relationship to my cycle, to my monthly bleed and I’m delighted to say that a few mild cramps is all I experience today.
I’m not a qualified doctor, nurse, nutritionist or practioner of any type of known therapy, nor do I wish to train as one. I am an artist, I see beauty all around me and I use my photographic art to transform perspectives and heal wounded hearts. I use colour and nature’s elements to inspire connection and awaken people to the wonder of life giving force that lives within us all. This guidebook is intended to bring the beauty back to our menstruation, to reignite our connection with our true nature as life givers. I’ve drawn upon many sources to offer a summary of the juiciest and most practical guidance to help busy women get more from their day-to-day activities.
Painful and/or irregular periods are extremely common and are often a sign that things are out of balance. If you suffer with cramps, vomiting, loose bowel, fainting or any other adverse symptoms then I can truly empathise. I can also say with confidence that you can move past this. Like me, many women around the world have healed themselves naturally, of period pain but also of conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, endometriosis, thyroid and adrenal issues. And like me, they’ve made it their mission to help women with what they’ve learned on their journey.
I recommend many great books for further reading. My intention with the Women’s Wisdom Dial is to provide a tool that compliments the work of these great Authors. Natural solutions are circulating in the growing sisterhood of women around the world. A sisterhood of women who are committed to becoming fluent in the language of our bodies and live in partnership with our hormonal tides”
Samjhana is devoted to sisterhood and offering an alternative lens that challenges the media’s distorted projection of beauty and releasing the taboo around menstruation.
Working in sync with my menstrual cycle is one of the best gifts I’ve given to myself. I love my Wisdom Dial and what I’ve learned from the guidebook. It’s taught me how to listen to my body, my period pain has decreased significantly and my energy levels are through the roof! It’s even deepened my relationship with my husband. I’m a busy business owner and the last 3 months have been my most productive in ages – the proof is in my bank account!
If you’re thinking that it won’t work, give it try. Like me you’ll be glad you did! Julia Bernard-Thompson
I love my Wisdom Dial, it’s been really helpful for me in rekindling my relationship to my cycle and it’s also allowed me to schedule time to rest. I feel more at peace and l that I have the solution to my problems inside me. Jonita D'souza
I’m more accepting of my cyclic nature now and this has improved my relationship with myself. I really enjoy each phase more and don’t feel the need to be in the energy of late spring/summer all the time when I feel my most productive and emotionally clear! The darkness of autumn and winter supports me to be more inward and reflective and the value I’ve place on this increases each month! Catherine Hale