What Does Meditation Have to Do With Trying to Conceive?

I often describe fertility struggles as a path of spiritual endurance, because no matter whether you practice religion or not, your resolve and faith is tested over and over. This challenge seeks to help you dig deep and find your resolve and confidence through the many practices you will experience. These practices will help to ease suffering, break through limiting beliefs, regain touch with yourself and your partner, and increase your resolve to keep trying and your enhance your faith in your body.

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You Want Me To Steam What?

About five years ago a group of my friends facebook messaged me dying with laughter over an article they had found on vaginal steams asking me if this was legit? I had a chuckle because it was rather common place to me and I had forgotten about the shock value at first blush with it because I prescribed it so often in my fertility practice AND because I had such high regard for the Mayan Tradition. Long story short- I educated them all with some jokes here and there and I believe most of them have tried it by now with glowing comments like,

"It's actually quite nice."

"Who knew my lady parts deserved a facial."

and, "Why have I never heard of this?"

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Adaptogen Series- Rhodiola Rosea

And newly married Siberian couples routinely receive bouquets of Rhodiola as a sentiment towards increasing fertility. In men it improves erectile dysfunction, low libido. In women it relieves amenorrhea and infertility caused by minor hormonal imbalances or stress. And because of its additional ability to control blood sugars, it can be useful in the treatment of Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  

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The Skinny On Acupuncture for Fertility

How soon should I come in for treatment?

The sooner the better. This doesn’t mean we can’t help you if you are late in your journey. We’ve seen it all from, “I’m trying to decide if I want to have a baby,” all the way to, "I’m having an IVF procedure in two weeks and I heard acupuncture can help.” After 10 years of doing this, my personal preference is to come 3 months prior to IVF if possible and as soon as you have made the decision to start trying to conceive. 

With natural conception the sooner we can regulate a menstrual cycle, educate and correct any timing issues, do diagnostic tests, and introduce the concept of becoming more Yin in order to receive life, the sooner we usually have success.  

With IVF we want to build the foundation to it’s peak level BEFORE going into a cycle. This is even more important when you concider the fact you will potentially harvesting eggs that will ultimately turn into more than one child. 

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Using the 6 Realms of Our Lives to Manifest Desires Through the Chakra System

Most of us think that we can't possibly or we don't deserve to excel in all areas of our life. We believe that if everything is great, the only thing left is for us to crash and burn. Even more of us sub-consciously believe that by limiting our selves in one area we are protecting ourselves from the reality of failure in an area we don't want to fail in.

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So What Are Your Chances of Getting Pregnant? 9 Things to Consider if you are Putting Fertility On the Back Burner

Low blood sugar also causes insulin resistance. So if you skip breakfast, live off of coffee until 3pm, are known to get HANGRY, trust me when I say you are potentially doing just as much harm to your fertility as someone that is overweight and flirting with type II diabetes.

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Press Here to Get That Baby Out Pronto

Alright ladies, here are some acupressure points you can use to induce labor naturally or help a stalled labor get back on track. To be clear, please don't start these until your are full term. Also, because we are using pressure instead of needles (acupuncture), it's going to take some effort on your part. What do I mean by this, I mean you or your partner are going to have to do them every hour or so and sometimes for days to really get things rolling. So, don't try it once and decide it didn't work. Make a decision and keep at it.

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It's the Monthly Episode of My Uterus Strikes Back

Herbs that address the root cause of your painful periods can help to make your time of the month barely noticeable and less like a trip to yet another dreaded star wars movie. The best part is, because they work on the root cause typically you only have to take them for 3-6 cycles before they have a lasting effect.

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Nourish to Flourish

You have to feed something if you want it to grow right? Whether it's your child, your dreams, or your meditation practice; you must show up and give it the attention it deserves. Join me the month of April for sunrise meditation every Saturday at north shore park, next to the volleyball courts. This month we will begin 25 min prior to sunrise. Start times are as follows....

April 2 6:53

April 9 6:47

April 16 6:40

April 23 6:35

April 30 6:26

As always these classes are open to any level and are completely donation based. This month's suggested charity is the Beth Dillinger Foundation. They do so much in our community from feeding underprivileged children, to providing college scholarships to at risk teenagers that have turned their lives around. To find out more and donate, click here www.bethdillinger.org/donations.html


See you at first light or in the gap!  



Springing Forward and Giving Back

First of all, Hi! I've missed you all and I'm back and ready to rumble with you through some serious self growth. After all, Spring is all about growth, right?

Where have I been? Well, I got married to the love of my life, won four amazing stepsons in the process and managed to take a little R&R in my favorite place in the world, Big Sur.

I'm refreshed and inspired to get back on the horse of leading you through weekly recorded meditations, blog posts with info you can actually  use, finishing up those virtual programs to empower women everywhere to embrace where they are at in their fertility process, and live sunrise meditation classes if you are lucky enough to be in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Check the ladypotions FB page for start times for Saturday morning meditation classes held at North Shore Park, on the sand next to the volleyball courts. Usually class begins 20 min prior to sunrise. All levels are welcome. No cost except a little extra shut eye and some frustrations your ready to let go of. If you are inclined to pay it forward in some way I suggest the hemotology- oncology stem cell transplant division at all children's hospital. A dear friend has just come home to work there and their work is nothing short of miraculous giving little kids a second chance at life. Donate directly here 

If I don't see you on the sand I'll catch you in the ethers. XO


P.S. Here's some shots of the last month that were overflowing with light and love....

 My favorite place in the world and quite possibly the best place to give someone their mantra, #BigSur

My favorite place in the world and quite possibly the best place to give someone their mantra, #BigSur

 I'm a lucky girl #loverofthelight

I'm a lucky girl #loverofthelight

 Seriously the best flowers and florist a girl could ever luck into @Izasflowers  and a ninja photographer @simpletreasuresflorida who got over 2,000 candid shots- my heroines 

Seriously the best flowers and florist a girl could ever luck into @Izasflowers  and a ninja photographer @simpletreasuresflorida who got over 2,000 candid shots- my heroines 

 Best 2nd kiss ever

Best 2nd kiss ever

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 And finally, because sunrise meditation makes everything better, even your honeymoon 😍🙏💥

And finally, because sunrise meditation makes everything better, even your honeymoon 😍🙏💥

No Wonder It Feels Like My Ovaries are Trying to Kill Me

Have you ever stood up mid way through your cycle and felt like you were being pinched from the inside out by your ovaries? The pain is brief, but the struggle is real for all of about 5-15 minutes. I'd swear sometimes there is a small statured man in their trying to punch his way out.  

Middleschmertz- also know as pain mid cycle pain (named for the doctor who figured it out) can happen during ovulation. Some women will feel cramps or bloating for about a day during ovulation, others will simply notice a sharp one sided pain that is brief and fleeting indicating a high likelihood that ovulation just occurred. We used to think that ovulation happened in a quick burst, but recently a camera during a pelvic surgery in the UK caught the entire thing on camera and it lasted 15 minutes. Anyone that looks at these pictures will have an understanding of why they experience middleschmertz and that it's normal. P.S. This picture isn't graphic, however, I wouldn't open it up during a meal unless you are completely desensitized to the amazing feats of the human body. When I say feats, I mean wierdness. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7447942.stm

While brief pain mid cycle may be a normal part of how mother nature works, PMS that starts at ovulation and lasts for two weeks is not normal! If you experience bloating, mood changes, digestion changes, and abdominal discomfort for more than a couple of days leading up to your period, herbal medicine a few lifestyle tweaks could very easily give you your care free life back. Qi stagnation is most likely the culprit, and formula like Free and Easy Wanderer or ProSoothe II could bring relief as soon as 1-2 cycles. As always, consult your qualified herbalist before self prescribing anything!

Cheers to pain free days ahead!

How to Spot a Great Teacher

There are a lot of teachers, coaches, mentors, and consultants out there these days. More than that though, there are countless people looking for direction.  The funny thing is, the ultimate teacher lives inside each one of us. It's just rare that we get quiet enough to listen,  or that we have enough self compassion to fully accept ourselves flaws and all. Try and listen to yourself, you know the answer. When you get stuck, find that teacher that permeates greatness and isn't afraid to share, even if you do outgrow them. It might very well be the person you least expect.

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