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?" Read More
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). Read More
Most women I come across trying to conceive have some level of adrenal burnout or Yang Qi deficiency. Not only does yang qi deplete naturally as we age, we over spend it when we burn the candle at both ends- you know overwork & overplay. I'm guilty for sure. When I first entered graduate school I could barely find my Kidney Yang pulse. It was sooooo depleted from climbing the corporate ladder, staying up way too late, running marathons, and ruminating way too long on making a major life transition. All the things I thought were good for me and important were draining my very life force. It was quite empowering to learn that I had control of how I spent this energy and that were ways to try and replenish what I already squandered. Read More
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. Read More
I'd always been fascinated by the limits of the human body. I was about to find out that pregnancy and birth provided a far greater teaching of the body's extraordinary capabilities than mere athletics ever would. Read More
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. Read More
I've spent the last year reading about habits and success. What makes one person full of will and another cave at the thought of pressure? I've learned quite a bit about what it takes to make a goal or resolution a reality and here are the key points that most of us get hung up on. Read More
Pregnancy is something that is received, never achieved. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
What do you do when your purpose is growing and shifting? How do you move forward?
Dive into change in my guest post "Everything changes, even your dharma!" featured on my teacher davidji's website. Read on to learn about that sweet spot, known as the intersection between the impulse to change and the knowledge of the path. Read More
Ashley: What do you think people will get out of combining these two great traditions?
Hillary: I think they will understand the vast importance of SILENCE. Getting quiet and turning inward is something that is so undervalued in our society and even looked upon as somewhat selfish by some. I think this experience will help people to experience a profound shift within themselves. I hope it will help them to see how yummy silence can be, even for small periods of time. Read More
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. Read More
If life stopped today...what would your legacy be? Read More
Giving back in the name of world peace! Read More
Atmosphere: Does it really matter for your meditation practice? Read More