Ayurveda means "the science and wisdom of life". It is a comprehensive holistic system of health, originated in India over 10,000 years ago. Ayurveda covers practices such as yoga, meditation, nutrition, bodywork and other lifestyle practices, as well as medicine, all of which work together to create balance and health in the body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda understands and treats discomfort and dis-ease by understanding the imbalances in our constitutions, which, in Ayurveda, are comprised of three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Ayurveda looks at the individual just as that - instead of treating people with a "one pill for all" approach.
Ayurveda and the postpartum period
In Ayurveda, the six weeks, or 42 days following birth - the "Sacred Window" - are seen as crucial for both mama and baby. It is a magical time for the bonding of the mother, baby and father, but also a time for some much needed healing and restoring of the physical body of the mama. It is absolutely essential that the mama is able to have proper rest and nutrition in order to build a foundation of health that will last a lifetime. Ayurveda believes that the first 42 days after baby is born will set a mother up for the next 42 years of her life. This is an undervalued concept in our society, but, fortunately, Ayurveda recognizes the importance of “mothering the mother” and it is bringing back some of the old traditions that had been ignored for way too long.
Abhyanga uses the oleation of the body through long strokes, allowing for a gentle penetration of the tissues, stimulation of lymph drainage, as well as a deep release of stagnation in the subtle and physical body, restoring balance to the nervous system. Abhyanga promotes deep grounding and rest.
Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish that is known to gently detoxify and balance the body. Easy to digest, rich in protein and nutrients, calming, warming and grounding, it is the ideal meal when recuperating from childbirth.