"OUR HANDS ARE A VITAL EXTENSION OF COSMIC ENERGY THAT ENABLE US TO RECEIVE, GIVE, TOUCH, AND BE IN TOUCH WITH, CREATION." - MAYA TIWARI
Conscious, informed and empowered, Dani specializes in Streeroga and Prasooti Tantra (Women’s Health) and herbalism. She works with women from pre-conception to Post-partum Care. She is also the Co-founder of Autism Naturally (www.autismnaturally.com.au) with Dr. Rama Prasad and the founder of Soma-Shakti Postpartum Care (www.soma-shakti.com.au)
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us - we are massive fans of the meaningful work you are doing.
Whilst there is a current resurgence in the interest of Ayurveda, this lifestyle medicine has ancient roots, can you tell us why Ayurveda is at the heart of your business?
Thank you so much! Ayurveda inspires me every day. It has transformed my life completely since I began my studies in 2011. My teacher Dr. Vasant Lad shares Ayurveda from his heart into the heart of his students.
So I became so inspired in this science that helps us live in harmony with nature, with our environment and gives us the empowerment of understanding this microcosm (body) that is just a picture of the macrocosm (universe).
All my work is inspired by this beautiful ancient and holistic science of Life.
What led you on the path to Ayurveda for fertility, pregnancy and postpartum?
I was also trained as a panchakarma technician and for me it felt always so nurturing to care for women.
I believe deeply that women that choose to have children have an important mission. Which is to bring conscious children into this world. Mothers are mostly the ones that are raising the next generations.
So I fell in love with the practice of Ayurveda for conscious conception, which is to prepare the body, mind, and soul to attract a soul that will choose you in this life to be their mama and papa. And then I fell more in love with the practice of postpartum in Ayurveda.
There are so many women who experience postpartum depression, who experience difficulty in bonding with their babies, and this is all creating an impact on the babies sub-conscious.
I believe that when we nurtured and nourished the mother, then the baby gets also nurtured and nourished. Allowing the light of their hearts to continue to shine in their highest expression without fear or insecurities later on in their lives.
Would you be able to explain to us the concept of Ayurvedic postpartum care and how the use of belly-binding is incorporated?
The concept of Ayurvedic postpartum is about caring for a mama after childbirth. It is explained that the mother enters into a very vulnerable period after birth, nature is offering her a special time for deep rejuvenation if taken care of it properly.
Also, Mom is experiencing a lot of empty space within her body that will have an effect on the mind and can lead to anxiety, depletion, feeling overwhelmed, and not supported. Postpartum care is all about nourishing and nurturing the mother so that the elements within herself can go gently back to their natural state.
According to Ayurveda, belly binding or wrapping helps to support the mothers nervous system. Mama feels more grounded and stable. One of my postpartum mamas described as a hug!
How would you define self care? And what does your daily self care routine look like?
For me, self-care is to take the time to nurture ourselves with love and with simple things that bring joy into our hearts. My daily self-care routine is waking up before sunrise, doing my meditation, being in silence, and connecting with my heart.
My other second favorite self-care routine is abhyanga, oil massage. Such a beautiful offering to the body, mind, and soul!
We couldn't agree more!
As an Ayurvedic practitioner who focuses on women’s health, do you have any specific advice on how women can nurture themselves during the moon cycle and other times of major feminine and hormonal transitions? Or do you have a fave recipe for this time of month?
Yes! During the moon cycle is a time to pause, be gentle, and embrace it as a time of purification.
I suggest to not do any exercise or engage in lovemaking. Gentle restorative yoga asanas for moving prana is lovely, and some gentle walks. Taking this time to eat easy to digest meals, and to allow the emotions to be as stable as possible.
Also, I recommend not using any tampons or cups because it obstructs the flow of (apana vata) the natural downward movement of energy that is allowing the blood to flow from the womb.
I love to eat during my moon time barley porridge with saffron, ginger, and rose petals.
If you could give our followers just one piece of game changing advice what would it be?
To re-connect to the natural rhythms of nature.
What’s next for you?
To continue being of service!
We love that Dani!
And follow her journey as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner & Herbalist @SOMA.SHAKTI and as a Women’s Health & Postpartum Ayurvedic Care practitioner @Orchard St. Clinic