ABOUT NAARI woman
Reclaiming the ancient wisdoms of herbalism, yoga, Ayurveda, and calling upon traditional women's rituals found throughout the world, Naari Woman helps restore the connection many of us have lost to our own roots, and to the rich culture of being female. By bridging the ancient with the modern, Naari Woman helps infuse a sense of sacredness and personal empowerment into your everyday life.
Naari is a Sanskrit, and Hindi word, which means ‘woman’. This word paired with the English word 'woman' is our way of reminding you that while you may have one foot in the modern world, ancient traditions for feminine healing, wellbeing, and empowerment are within you. Universal, and inclusive, these ancient truths have been gathered from across the globe, yet all share a similar message, which is to utilize the wisdom of nature to nurture, and nourish the body, mind, and spirit. Naari Woman will guide you as you reconnect to, and restore your own cultural lineage, while exploring the wisdom of traditions far and wide.
In particular, during the first 40 days postpartum, there is a rich, cross-cultural history that many modern women are not aware of. This missing information and care contributes to the overwhelm of the new mother; feelings of isolation, and possibly a lack of confidence in her ability to care for herself and her child. Postpartum anxiety, and depression are at near epidemic level in the modern world. Women were not meant to do it all alone, and certainly not with the added pressure to ‘bounce back’ as soon as possible. Rather then resuming life as usual, we need to acknowledge the woman has gone through a total transformation. There is no bouncing back, there is only stepping further into her power. She may never feel like her ‘old self’ again, she is reborn as a mother.
Women are meant to be supported as they assume their new and important role. The narrative of the independent woman who can ‘do it all’ herself has in many ways done women a disservice.. We must be brave enough to be vulnerable, especially during this sacred transition. How paradoxical is the experience of motherhood: as this is a time of stepping into your power most fully, and yet it is also a time in which you are in need of the most support. Healing ourselves, and receiving support during this time is not a privilege, or treat, but a right, and necessity.
According to Ayurveda, the first 40 days postpartum dictate a woman’s health for the next 40 years. In this tradition, this sacred time allows for mother and baby to stay home, be cared for, heal, and bond through their tremendous transition from one body to two. There are recipes, and dietary wisdom that have been passed down from a time when we understood how certain foods and plants offer healing, and support.
Beautiful traditions of healing touch, digestive aids, herbal concoctions, and belly-wrapping were administered by a relative, or local wise woman in the community. Most often a woman did not have to pay for this support, it was given freely by her community. Today, hiring a postpartum doula, which is a woman who comes to assist you during the postpartum days after giving birth, is a gift that many of us may not be able to give ourselves. Some women are not even able to take a maternity leave. It is my intention that Naari Woman helps to bring the specialness and sacredness of care to mothers in this powerful and vulnerable time, regardless of circumstance. So that the postpartum window and new motherhood can be the most beneficially transformative times of yours - and your baby's life.