Usha Anandi. 09 | AUGUST | 2019
Written by Daniela Escobar (Prema), Ayurvedic Practitioner & Holistic Health Educator. Read more about Prema and book a consultation with her here.
The best gift you can offer to your future baby.
The ancient holistic science of Ayurveda offers us the necessary tools to create a healthy environment inside and outside of ourselves for conscious conception to take place. Ayurveda guides us on how to be in harmony with our environment through the cultivation of sattva (purity & clarity) in our body, mind, and heart.
“Children are born to help intensify the burning of karma and to learn the various lessons of the path towards self-realization.”
-OM EinDor Berov
Bringing a soul into this world is a big commitment and comes with significant responsibility. It requires an endless fountain of support and love to the expecting family, including trained prenatal specialists.
When you become a parent, ideally you want to be able to offer your baby a safe and loving environment, where its soul will be able to have the necessary tools to nourish the flame of spiritual awakening.
It is said in Ayurveda that a conscious conception will allow a higher soul to come into this world not only to fulfill a physical life but more importantly, a spiritual life.
The yoga tradition explains that couples should bring children into this world only if they are ready to show them the path of Universal truth — a spiritual practice that ultimately leads to a life of truthfulness, love, ahimsa (non-harming), studying of Self, awareness, and surrendering to the Divine.
According to Ayurveda, to conceive a healthy child, proper menstrual periods and ovulation (suddha artava), and pure and potent semen (suddha sukra) together with a balanced mind by both parents is necessary.
Ayurveda recognizes that body, mind, and soul are interconnected and essential in the process of conscious conception. It considers that the mind of both parents should be filled with purity and harmony to bring a healthy baby into this world. At the moment of conception our consciousness will affect the consciousness of the baby throughout his or her life.
How can we bring more harmony into our minds?
Daily practice of meditation
Eating wholesome vegetarian fresh foods
Seeing miracles happening around us (sunrise, flowers blooming, beautiful sky, rain, and whatever you are ready to see as miracles)
Being free from all types of intoxicants
Offering all your actions to the Divine
Having daily showers and wearing fresh clothes
Putting incense around our homes
Elevating our consciousness by reading articles that bring higher vibration or listening to positive talks.
Sharing love and laughter with friends and family
There is a statement out there that says: we are what we eat.
So, it all begins in what we consume. The way we nourish our bodies and senses is the same as how we nourish our consciousness. Following a healthy lifestyle according to our bodily constitution and the seasons it will allow harmony to fill our body, mind, and soul.
Steps towards conscious conception for both partners:
Once intentions are clear and one has consciously chosen the path of becoming a parent, they are ready for the next steps:
The first step is when a person’s heart is open to becoming a parent, and he/she starts to develop a connection with his/her future baby’s soul, which gets stronger over time.
The second step is for parents to discuss how their lives will be fulfilled when their baby is born and how they will support each other.
The third step is to begin to prepare for a healthy pregnancy through the three stages that Ayurveda recommends.
All of these practices will establish a bond of love between parents and their future baby’s soul even before conception takes place.
The three stages that Ayurveda recommends for the preparation of the body are:
To prepare the body for pregnancy, Ayurveda teaches that the cleansing of the body is essential.
This stage can be done at different levels. The most basic and simple form of detoxification will be to eat wholesome fresh foods, avoiding processed foods, sugar, caffeine, or any intoxicants for a minimum of three weeks.
A more detailed cleanse that will target the gut and the digestive system is a kitchari cleanse. Which consists of a mono-diet of mung beans and rice with digestive spices that will allow the digestive system to rest and reset. For more information on kitchari cleanse visit this link.
This cleanse can be done from a period of 7 to 14 days depending on each individual and their needs.
For a more advanced cleanse you can get in touch with an Ayurvedic practitioner that will guide you through a personalized detox program like panchakarma (ayurvedic advanced detoxification and therapies program) which will focus on each partner’s bodily type, any imbalances, toxins, and concerns; with the purpose to bring it into its optimal state of well-being.
During panchakarma, any obstruction or imbalances in the reproductive tissues will be addressed.
The second stage is called Rasayana or rejuvenating therapies and herbs.
This stage will enhance fertility in both partners and will create healthy Beeja (Seeds) – ovum and sperm. This is the stage where all the tissues of the body are appropriately formed and nourished through a wholesome diet and specific herbs that will create good quality tissues and will boost the immunity. Therefore nourishing the reproductive organs to prepare for conception. This period will take around 3 – 6 months.
It is essential to first clean the body before consuming Rasayana herbs or foods in order for the body to properly absorb all the Soma (nourishing) qualities.
Some examples of Rasayana are:
Having healthy oils in every meal.
Eating dates, almonds, and spices like saffron.
Herbs like ashwagandha and shatavari
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Doing daily oil self-massage
Filling one’s heart with love
After these two powerful stages, the final step of ritual takes place.
Many different rituals are explained in the Vedas with the purpose of making this event more auspicious. Their intention is to guide us on how to engage in an appropriate act of lovemaking to create a more positive energy for conscious conception to take place.
Some of these rituals are:
Both partners should take showers
The bed should be prepared with clean sheets
Partners should practice oil massage on each other
Create the perfect environment with candles and incense
Soul gazing and words of affirmation
Doing pranayama (nadi shodhana) before lovemaking
Synchronize the breath with each other
When lovemaking women should be laying on her back and man on top
Lovemaking should not be done during the daytime, dawn, or dusk, an eclipse, full moon, or new moon, when hungry or thirsty, or within two hours after eating
Mind should be calm and peaceful looking to connect with each others soul.
With the help of your practitioner and a jyotishi (astrologer), you can choose the perfect time during rutukala (favorable period of conception) to determine when this event should take place.
The choice of conscious conception is the most beautiful gift that you can offer to that higher soul that has chosen you as parents in this lifetime. It will be a sweet, focused, and dedicated experienced for both partners.
It is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the yamas and niyamas (yoga’s ethical guidelines), spirituality, and Ayurveda, all of which will guide you towards Universal Truth. It is a time when karma will be intensified and when the heart will love in ways you never thought possible.
I offer much gratitude for sharing my enduring love for Ayurveda and my mission to bring more awareness to couples on how to best bring a soul into this world.
With much love,
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