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Shayoon is a woman of substance and soulful energy. Enthusiastic and proud to advocate for breastfeeding, a cause near to her heart (literally, she’s 8.5 months in!).
Comfortable in her own skin, and determined to help others feel the same - her new book Wake Up, a quick guide for getting your spirit together, is out this winter.
Motherhood has definitely given me a completely different mindset than before. As well as declined my psyche from no sleep. I see everything through a completely different lens.
Everything became so much more substantial and absolute.
Motherhood actually re fired all my chakras and senses again. My brain and heart was exploding in ways that I never was able to reach and explore before. It’s magic.
My intention was always to breastfeed and I was super excited to share this journey with my baby boy. I had Ayaah at home so I didn't have a lactation consultant on hand. I thought I was doing it correctly until I had scabs and blisters on my nipples. I was incorrectly only allowing him to latch and suck from my nipple not the entire areola. Once, corrected, we were both much happier.
I remember waiting and waiting for my milk, and then on day four it came and I was so mesmerized.
After giving birth I was so enthralled and enchanted and proud of what I and my body had just accomplished, and when my milk came my mind was blown once again. Every new moment I was just in disbelief. How cool are we women? I mean my god, this is the most real raw and beautiful force of nature!
I absolutely love breastfeeding Ayaah. I rarely pump. I am blessed to be with him everyday all day, but if I really have to I will pump in case I need to be gone for a few hours.
I quickly became an advocate for normalizing breast feeding.
I have seen first hand the shame and embarrassment people feel, and the way in which they are treated when feeding publicly. I wanted to make it a point to hopefully empower and educate and support this movement.
I have been asked to leave or move in restaurants when feeding him, and I was not going to accept that! Ayaah is 8.5 months and I am still exclusively feeding him and loving it.
How cool are we women? I mean my god, this is the most real raw and beautiful force of nature!
Motherhood is fucking hard. There are so many times, even now, that I want to break down and cry. Every day is different, and everyday is new. One day it could be great and the next it could be the complete opposite.
I chose to have a natural lotus birth at home. I prepped for it in every holistic way possible. I wanted a water birth which didn’t happen. I quickly learnt its not up to me - your baby will choose how and when he wants to come.
I had the complete opposite of everything I prepped for. It was wild.
Words cannot describe the pain I endured for 17 hours straight with no drugs. It was the most excruciating pain, but I had to surrender and just be. And you know what? I would do it all over again because nothing, I mean nothing, will ever beat the feeling of giving birth, and of feeling like a fucking warrior goddess that did it.
The most important thing I have ever done for my health is the work - the true soul work that everyone must do.
Cleaning out all the old programming, de-conditioning the conditions and hitting the reset button on the brain. That’s where true health lies.
I put my life, work, love life and self-care on hold for a very long time! I had a really rough and tough recovery. I couldn't even walk properly for months after birth.
I had no help, no babysitter or nanny, and still don't .. it was really hard on my soul. However, I came out, I healed and now I feel on top of the world!
Every single day I start my day with prayer, meditation and thankfulness. I am not centered and balanced without that. My healing work is mostly remote and scheduled, so I usually schedule clients during nap times.
I also take Ayaah everywhere with me. If I am shooting, or healing, he is with me, strapped to me or sleeping, or awake sending his healing energy as well. The boy has been on over 30 flights already! I do set aside time for for gym and self care which is really key for me.
I do what I can, and I have learned to surrender to the fact that I am now a mother and things do not have to be so regimented and perfect.
When it comes to food I eat everything. I am such a foodie, but I eat really well. I am big on clean eating and drinking clean pure alkaline water. I have a machine that makes water from air and removes all toxins. Disease and cancer cannot exist in an alkaline body.
The most important thing I have ever done for my health is the work - the true soul work that everyone must do. Cleaning out all the old programming, de-conditioning the conditions and hitting the reset button on the brain. That’s where true health lies.
My new book drops this winter. It's called Wake Up, A quick guide to getting your spirit together. I talk about all of this in there if you're interested in learning more.