Ysha (Martha) Oakes
Founding Faculty, AyuDoula, LMT, Author
Ysha first heard whispers of Ayurveda for mama and baby with her daughter’s pregnancy, 35 years ago. All 3 of her children were birthed naturally, but with the third she experienced the difference 6 weeks of Ayurvedic postpartum care can make. Trained in 1991 as a Maharishi Mother and Baby Care Technician, in 1995 she founded the Postpartum AyurDoula training at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, and at age 61 became a licensed massage therapist after 20 years of AyuDoula care and massage work. She offered therapeutic aromatherapy in her practice since 1997.
Ysha was author of the e-book set, Touching Heaven, Tonic Postpartum Care/Recipes with Ayurveda and numerous articles, and presented at two NAMA (Ayurveda) national conferences and the MANA (midwives’) national conference. With blessings from Dr. Vasant Lad, Ysha founded Sacred Window School in 2010, offering online and hands-on trainings for beginning to postgraduate Ayurvedic students, from 6 experienced faculty, in over 35 courses. She lived in Albuquerque, NM, and continues her interest in self-realization of 40 years.
Sadly, Ysha passed away suddenly on May 25, 2015. Her work continues lovingly through the rest of her team and her students.
Acting Transition Manager, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, PK Specialist, LMT
Suzanne is a specialist in the transformative and effective medical practices of Ayurveda and related holistic health systems. She is a gifted healer with background in Ayurvedic medicine, western and Ayurvedic herbal remedies, marma therapy, Ayurvedic bodywork and conventional massage, and transformational hypnotherapy coupled with south Indian healing therapies. Suzanne graduated from California College of Ayurveda in 2001, and has studied with many fine masters of Ayurveda for over 15 years. She has been 2nd year faculty at CCA and Instructor at Mount Madonna Institute, and also has years of experience managing 3-21 day pancha karmas through all phases of preparation and post-treatment.
A skilled teacher, mentor and coordinator of Ayurvedic learning, Suzanne joined Ysha in 2014 to help her transform her live-class based school into an online, distance learning school. They worked together for countless hours and great devotion for 16 months before Ysha’s passing. Suzanne now is coordinating with the people listed below to help carry the Sacred Window School into its next incarnation.
Certified AyuDoula, Mentor and Cooking Instructor
Sonya Bastow, CPPAD, is a certified Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula. She trained with Ysha Oakes and Saraswati Burhman in 2002 through the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurved and has been serving families in the area with her highly appreciated AyuDoula services since. Sonya has co-taught with Ysha for years with her clear, practical voice from years of intimate and professional experience. She also studied CAPPA’s Birth doula, Postpartum doula and Lactation Educator trainings. Sonya is the devoted mother of two and has lived in Boulder, Colorado with her family since 1993. www.mettadoula.com
LMT, AyuDoula, Mentor and Bodywork Instructor
Ahara is a national Massage CE provider for 5 of our courses, an Ayurvedic Post Partum Doula, 40-Day Yogic Savadar, Pancha Karma Therapist, B.A. (Psychology), an Advanced Alchemical Aroma-therapist, Severe Trauma recovery specialist, Watsu, Healing Dance and Aquatic Bodywork instructor, has worked with Hawaiian Kahunas, taught yoga for 20 years and used yoga, meditation and water for her own personal rehab from debilitating accident. She works in Santa Fe NM with her trauma and life transitions team, seeing firsthand the lifelong difficulties in intimacy resulting when mothers and babies are not bonded. Ahara is often called on to support adults for deep mother/child bonding. She is a gifted teacher and healer, and assisted Ysha in massage, aromatherapy and Ayudoula foundations trainings. She now heads Sacred Window School’s Perinatal Massage and Bodywork Program.
Ayudoula, Activist, Artist, and Administrator
Andrea Murphy is an artist, a holistic health advocate, and a birthkeeper based in Sedona, Arizona, USA. She practices and teaches yoga, martial arts movement and circus arts, and serves women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum with yogic-infused childbirth education and ayurvedic postnatal care. She is a social entrepreneur; organizing, helping and traveling are natural expressions of her work. She has helped to initiate grassroots movements and organize nonprofits (Kids In Danger, the Windy City Bike Messenger Association, Chicago Couriers Union) and cultivate community groups (Sedona Circus and Sideshow, Sacred Circus, Mothership Gardens), and organize public performance art events. Her work has culminated in founding the Mothership Cooperative, a pending nonprofit corporation, a collaboration to celebrate and support the source of life, beginning with childbearing women at the time of birth.
Ayudoula, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Marma Instructor
Shweta Parmar’s became passionate about healing the planet by healing birthing as an AyuDoula after studying with Ysha at Sacred Window School. She formed BabyTheMama and offers her Ayudoula skills to the New York City area. Shweta has recently joined the faculty of Sacred Window School to teach Marma Chikitsa therapy. Her mission to heal from polycystic kidney disease and her endless search for her True Self ies driven by her reverence and love for Mother Nature, Ayurveda, Yoga Universal Oneness. As an Ayurveda practitioner/therapist of GutsierLiving, she supports people who eat organic and healthy and still feel bad, regain lasting energy in their day to day. She has served as Programs Director at Edgar Cayce’s Association of Enlightenment NYC, and Ayurveda Center of Balance NYC, both in New York City.
E.E., MS, Ayurvedic Cooking Instructor
Anupama Vaidya is a software engineer, skilled Ayurvedic cook, and mother of two growing boys. She co-teaches with her husband, Dr. Bharat Vaidya, for the herbal preparation and cooking hands on classes. Her cooking classes offer flavorful Indian style, gluten free, and most important, Ayurvedic preparations for different doshas, seasons and conditions. Their class notes are detailed and clear with valuable recipes and information. She teaches many delicious recipes for prenatal, postnatal and baby nutrition and health care. Anupama also co-teaches medicinal preparations for the Aushad Kriya and Rasayana classes, including decoctions, compounding, making infusions, cough syrups, medicated ghees, rasayanas, and family health care recipes. Her recipes are easy to make, straightforward, and utterly delicious.
Dr. Bharat Vaidya
BAMS, MD/OBGyn India
Consulting Physician & Senior Faculty for Sacred Window School
Dr. Bharat Vaidya is a skilled Ayurvedic physician who has practiced medicine in India, Europe and in the U.S., including obstetrics and gynecology, hospitals, the delivery room, elder care, public health, research and education. His combined training in Ayurveda and Allopathy totals 13 years including postgraduate specialties in Human Sexuality and Somatic Psychology. His practical knowledge adds another 20 years of experience. He has caught babies in Alabama, provided public health clinical care in Mumbai, and served private clients for many years in Colorado as well as his homeland, training Ayurvedic physicians himself in the family tradition of teaching Ayurveda. His family lineage dates back to Sushrut. He specializes in postgraduate education, including Ayurvedic OBGyn, ethnobotony and pharmacology, gerontology, rejuvenation, diagnostic criteria, history of Ayurveda, village wisdom and recipes, the bio-diversity of medicinal plants, and Ayurvedic food preparation, along with his wife, Anupama Vaidya.