Yogini Shakti Pregnancy

A conscious Pregnancy Blog for YOGINIS
by Ashley Albrand
LOVE YOUR BODY!!! ALLOW YOURSELF TO LOVE EVERY CELL.
~mantra
I am amazing
I am love
I am peace
I am bringing my baby down easily & effortlessly. 
OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI 

LOVE YOUR BODY!!! ALLOW YOURSELF TO LOVE EVERY CELL.

~mantra

I am amazing

I am love

I am peace

I am bringing my baby down easily & effortlessly. 

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI 

Foods to eat after the baby is born 

~within the first three days after the baby is born have your man or mom or friends, saute the trinity (onions, garlic, & ginger) until soft & they become as one. Serve with whole grain toast & steamed zucchini. This is very good for bringing your energy up after birth for both mom and dad, strengthening the nervous system and the garlic is a good natural antibiotic.

~other great foods to bring in when nursing

  • Tapioca Pudding- brings in great milk
  • Pregnancy tea-helps bring in good milk
  • lactating tea- helps bring in good milk
  • yogi tea- very good for healing, energy & digestion
  • Mung Beans & Rice- great predigested protein
  • Protein Shakes
  • Sauteed Almonds

~Foods after childbirth to help heal the Uterus

  • Gingered Almonds

1tbsp ghee (clarified butter) or unrefined oil~ 10 almonds with skin~ 1tbsp ginger grated and peeled~1tbsp honey. Cook the almonds with the ghee on a medium heat until the skins start to pop. Add the ginger until crisp, at the end add the honey-raw-do not cook it. 

  • Ginger Curry

1/4lb ghee or unrefined oil~ 3 onions peeled and sliced~ 3” piece of ginger peeled & sliced~ 2tbsp turmeric~ 3 cups yogurt (soy or regular) . Cook the Ginger and onions with the ghee until golden brown, then add the turmeric (will turn red). At the end add the yogurt. Eat the curry with basmati rice. This recipe helps to bring in the Milk. After the milk has come… DO NOT eat it. 

  • Tapioca 

I buy the Organic instant from whole foods and I substitute the milk for coconut milk

~Breast Milk Quality

  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Peanuts and other nuts
  • sweet potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Tahini (sesame seed butter) 
  • Adzuki beans
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Whole Grain Millet & Brown Rice
  • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Freshly made juices
  • Clover and alfalfa leaf tea 
  • PLENTY OF GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES (eat a salad every day with plenty of other veggies, sunflower seeds, etc added) 
  • Probiotic Supplement 

Maternity Pants I love 

VICTORIA KEEN 

Her designs are not technically maternity, but it doesn’t matter because they are awesome and super cozy. The roll down top is nice and loose.. I’m still wearing mine when nothing else fits. She has amazing gear & its all sustainably made in NYC. yum

Ingrid & Isabel 

The belly legging by Ingrid & Isabel is so comfy/supportive you will want to wear them everyday. They are reasonably priced and will last for the entire pregnancy without getting too small. I think they will be great afterward too I will let you know! 

To Eat For Two Does Not Mean Quantity, It Means QUALITY

As a yogi for a decade plus I have felt a vast shift in my consciousness by adhering to a plant-based diet. There are many reasons for this, one of them being the principle of Ahimsa, or non-harming. We can enjoy greater health benefits without heavy use or any use of animal products in our diets. About 7 months before I became pregnant spirit encouraged me & my partner to add farm fresh organic eggs to our diet. This is a karma free food if source of eggs & treatment of chickens is investigated & proven to me loving, nurturing and clean. The vibration of the animal spirit is transferred into our bodies when we consume the animal product. For more information on how animals are treated go to PETA.com . For an even greater understanding of speciesism  see the documentary EARTHLINGS.

Conscious & mindful (yummy & healthy!) sources of protein for an expectant mother~

  • Protein Shakes. Blend Protein powder , nuts, fruit, soy rice or almond milk, carob. Add wheat germ for extra iron, add almond oil for for stretching skin. add DHA oil.
  • Add protein to salads. nuts, wheat germ, tofu, tempeh, olives (very alkaline) avocado, coconut, bean sprouts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, ground sesame seeds. ~ try different salad dressings, avocado, lemon tahini, nut butter dressings. 
  • Use whole grain sprouted breads or crackers for sandwiches (the more pure sprouted the higher the protein.)  Add protein to sandwiches; Tahini, sprouts, tomatoes & avocado. Bean spreads (cooked & mashed) lettuce, bell pepper, pitted olives. Pesto & tofu. Tofurky & tempeh. Nut butter & jelly. 
  • Bring Protein into your soups: steam a type of veggie (zucchini) & blend with soy sour cream, a little veggie broth and herbs. 
  • Eat lots of little snacks~ veggie sticks with hummus or guacamole. ~apple slices with nut butter, tahini. Molasses provides calcium, potassium & iron, add it to warm hemp milk or put into oatmeal, millet, corm meal. Sprinkle Brewers yeast onto anything, shakes, rice, salads, veggies. It adds protein, vitamin B phosphorus & iron. 
  • Veggies also have protein as well as needed minerals. eat often; broccoli, green veggies (beet greens, collards, kale, swiss chard, spinach, squash, beets, pumpkin, celery. Eat Radish & Daikon radish (great liver support) Artichoke (liver cleanser) bananas (also eat the white from the skin of the banana to balance the metals in the body) Avocado (high in protein, good oil and healthy fat) Pumpkin, Hemp seeds! Kelp & seaweed. Flaxseed. 
  • Calcium is needed to build the bones of your baby. Listen to your body & if your craving calcium try raw goats milk cheese. A few slices here and there will be great for both you and your baby. Some other great calcium choices include
    • Broccoli
    • Greens (Kale, Chard, Mustard Greens, Bok Choy)
    • Spinach
    • Soybeans
    • Tofu
    • Nuts (Almonds)
    • Dried figs
    • Apricots
    • Molasses
    • Calcium enriched fruit juices (orange juice) 
  • PRANA IN FOOD~ prana, aka the life force is a basic component to living life with vitality. We can gather energy, or life from many different places- the sun, sacred places, nature. We get prana from the air when we breathe. We get fire energy from the sun (more in the summer months) We get water energy from clear unpolluted drinking water.  We get earth energy from the foods that we eat. From our food we also intake prana. Foods with the most prana are foods without altercations. such as, fresh fruit, sprouts, and veggies. Foods with the least amount of prana are processed, “boxed” foods such as tv dinners or fried chicken or fish. Pregnancy is a time when the most energy is needed from your food, as much of a woman’s energy is being used to help her baby grow strong and healthy. Choose to at foods highest in vitality, which radiate a strong life force! Don’t complain about it being challenging to eat during this time. Go to the natural health food store and MARVEL at the choices we have been given in our lives. Remember our ancestors having to grow all their own food and go without. Put yourself in the spirit of a woman in a 3rd world country without fresh drinking water or enough food to feed her unborn baby. Challenge yourself to eat in A BRAND NEW WAY. Your pregnancy will be healthy & joyful if you eat conscious foods with high prana! 
  • Blessing your food: Pause for prayer each and every time you eat. Bringing mindfulness into the present moment helps to let go of what we have been doing. Bringing our attention to the nutrients we will be bringing in and giving thanks & gratitude for the bounties placed before us also helps create the digestive juices needed to process & utilize the prana in the meal. 
  • Weight gain during pregnancy. Normal is 25-50 pounds. Consult your midwife. All bodies are different. 
  • WATER: The body needs more fluids during pregnancy. Blood volume increases up to 1/3rd. Drink a lot of water! Your amniotic fluid shifts every three hours & with the pressure of the womb on the intestines the extra water helps to prevent constipation. Drink at least 2 quarts of water a day. Drink lots of pregnancy tea (raspberry leaf) as well as it; tones the uterus, reduces pain and brings ease in childbirth, enriches colostrum found in breast milk, strengthens the entire reproductive system, coordinates uterine contractions in birth, decreases chances of miscarriage or premature babies, aids mother to carry baby full term, alleviates morning sickness and nausea, tones and regulates the uterus before, during and after childbirth, increases milk supply & is high in vitamins and minerals. 

8th and final segment of Pre-natal yoga for energy and intuition. In the segment you will totally relax and find deep restoration with yoga nidra. This technique has been used for thousands of years to bring healing and balance into your body. 

Segment 7 of Pre-natal yoga for energy & intuition. 

second deep hip opening plus pranayama. 

balance & ease. 

om shanti 

Pre-natal yoga for energy & intuition segment 6

Segement 6 is a long & deep rajakapotasana pigeon pose. 
Use as many pillows and blankets as you can find around your house. Find a way to make yourself feel cozy. Deep breathing. 
You will walk so much easier after this!

Segment 5 of my Pre-natal prana flow practice for energy & intuition. 

This segment offers an active psoas opener & a very deep restorative psoas opener. 

Segment four of my Pre-natal Yoga for energy & intuition.

This is the second side of the energetic standing asanas. 

Perfect for beginners, pregnancy or anyone seeking a gentle 10 minute flow.