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Rumi’s invitation

In today’s newsletter I emplore you to join me in the AyuDoula work. Then I opened my book of poetry, such a beautiful gift from my recent postpartum client … Love Poems from God — Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West, translated by Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin Books, 2002). This one is by Rumi….

Balancing Hormones and Cortisol

The stress hormone, cortisol, is Ma Nature’s way of taking care of Baby, no matter what, and research shows it runs high for about 10 days after birth. Natural? Yes. So let it be? Please, no! Once good support is in place, cortisol levels naturally come down before 10 days, and mothers do most of…

12 Factors for Baby’s Development

Ayurveda defines 12 factors contributing to the quality of baby’s development. Visualize if you can, how nutrition can influence all these 12 factors: 1) Paternal influence 2) Maternal influence 3) Soul/ past life karmas (aatmaja) 4) Agni – Tejas (physical and mental digestive strength) 5) Soma – Ojas quality (immunity strength) 6) Vayu – Prana…

4 Key Foods Throughout Pregnancy

According to Ayurveda, there are 4 key sattvic foods used in varied ways throughout pregnancy for most mamas: new basmati rice, pure ghee, butter and milk. These foods are naturally sattvic (harmonious and pure), building, easy on the digestion when properly used, and do not create mental and emotional negativity in their nature. For vegan…

Panchakarma — Ayurvedic Cleansing for Conception

To prepare for receiving the highest vibration soul and providing the healthiest new body for their baby, the mother and father both to need to calm and balance their doshas, eliminate ama and reduce rajas and tamas in their minds. This manifests as a need to purify body and emotions in some way. Ayurveda spells…

Ojas: The Essence of Baby’s Development

Ancient Ayurvedic texts by Vagbhat describe–in detail–embryonic nourishment at conception and for gestation by the 5 elements. They describe the seat of the soul as a sixth tissue (the nervous system), which is the next to last tissue in the sequence of tissue nutrition in the body. The quality of mind and connectedness to this…

Best Lactation Herbs

My 5 Favorites in the first 10 Days Whether you are an Ayurvedic, Chinese or Western herbalist, you may have a few favorite lactation herbs already. There are so many herbs to choose from. When I ask myself, what are the top herbs for early postnatal use, then ask again, what are the top ones for…

Why I used an AyuDoula part I

After my first born, I didn’t Birth is so empowering, lifechanging, and I’m deeply grateful Mother Nature and my husband made me a mother, in spite of the fatigue, loss of sleep, mush mind, health issues and the colic that developed for I don’t even remember how long. I loved my baby, loved being able…

Ayurveda’s advanced diagnostics

May 27 through July 31, 2014 Intensives, Seminars, Webinars and Herb Making Sacred Window is sponsoring 2 significant intensives in June plus a rare advanced seminar series beginning May 27th, with one of the best advanced instructors of Ayurvedic medicine in the country.  If you have not studied with Vaidya Bharat Vaidya yet, you are in for a feast of insight, knowledge and…

Mama’s Herbs and Manas Herbs

The “It depends” Rule A big, “it depends” rule in Ayurveda and “Terrain” medicine makes teaming up with an advanced practitioner, or learning advanced use of herbs especially important for mothers with complications.  The same thing is true for all of us as we move through the seasons of our lives. An herb may be…