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Wisdom of the Body

May 27, 2021

Listen to Jenna Furnari, co-founder of Ayurvedic Mamas, discuss supporting new mothers in the postnatal period. Jenna explains to Heather some helpful tools for navigating the physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental changes that occur once the baby arrives. Recognize the natural challenges that take place after giving birth, and learn how to set women up for success through the art of Ayurvedic self-care. A must-listen for anyone trying to conceive, having a baby or supporting fertility.

In this episode, Heather and Jenna discuss:

  • What a postpartum experience is like with and without an ayurvedic wellness practice
  • The difference between Ayurveda and conventional medicine in postpartum care
  • How you can support someone you love who is going through birth
  • How our health is intertwined with those around us
  • Mental health and mental illness or disturbance, insomnia, baby blues, anxiety, depression, aloneness
  • Vata dosha imbalance post pregnancy
  • The importance of communication
  • Women going through the postpartum period without support
  • Know what to expect after the baby is born to anticipate the support a woman may need
  • Women’s circles for the support of newly birthing mothers
  • DIY tools for postpartum support – meditation, sitting in a quiet space, and journaling
  • The importance of scheduling time for your self-care as a newly birthing mother
  • How to restore mother’s wisdom and grandmother’s wisdom in our society to improve family life
  • The importance of not getting sucked into binge watching Netflix and instead taking care of yourself.
  • Ayurvedic self-care tips for the postpartum period: Sleep more when you can, warm oil massage called abhyanga that you can do for yourself, eating easy-to-digest foods, soups, stews, kitchari, rice congee, bone broths, and being gentle and kind to yourself. 
  • How to do an abhyanga self-massage with warm oil on your own body.


Jenna J. Furnari is a Santa Monica-based Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner specializing in postnatal care for supporting women through mind, body, and spirit after giving birth. She is co-founder of Ayurvedic Mamas, a membership site that provides whole-body healing for women, and has trained Ayurvedic postpartum doulas from more than 15 different countries.  Following her own complete recovery of postpartum depression and anxiety, she is committed to sharing guidance and resources with mothers struggling with postpartum mood disorders through the holistic lens of Ayurveda. 

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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