Here at the Center for Sacred Window Studies, we share voices from many perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the sacred weeks post birth, and the experience of humanity is experienced in countless ways. We learn by listening to one another and honoring our stories. The views and opinions of our writers do not necessarily reflect the mission, viewpoints or opinions of the Center for Sacred Window Studies.
My name is Christine, and in 2009 I was a student at The Kripalu School of Ayurveda and pregnant with my second child. I began to wonder how I could apply the traditions of Ayurveda to myself and hopefully have an easier postpartum experience than the first time. A classmate recommended The Sacred Window School. As soon as I connected with Ysha Oakes, I knew I had come to the right place. I now had answers to so many questions about how to make this postpartum window better! I felt empowered, I felt inspired, and I enthusiastically drank in all of the knowledge I could before my baby was born.
I am writing this today, 9 years later, because my experience was so drastically different from my first sacred window (which did not feel sacred at all!), that I dedicated my Ayurvedic practice to working with women, from pre conception through pregnancy, birth and throughout the sacred 42 day postpartum window, where magic happens and where there is so much that can help if a mother knows how.
I did not have a doula to help me with the Ayurvedic recommendations, but there was so much I could do on my own with a little help from loved ones. I patched things together not once, not twice, but for three more children! And for my fourth little guy, I finally had the Ayurvedic postpartum doula experience I had given to clients for all this time with the loving care of Julia, one of our amazing instructors here at The Center for Sacred Window Studies.
Three years ago, the founder of the original Sacred Window School, the beloved Ysha Oakes, passed away. She was a wealth of knowledge, with an enormous heart and an endless devotion to spreading this tradition. Her death rocked our community and it seemed unfathomable that there would be no future trainings to the many students wanting to learn. I teamed up with a small group of former students and faculty of Ysha’s school to keep her work alive, and create a modified program that would enable interested students to continue to study. We have continued to grow and dream, and this new school is born.
I am honored to be blessed with our incredible instructors and mentors, who inspire me and have helped this come to fruition. I dedicate this school to all mothers who bring new life, and to all those who lovingly facilitate the powerful process mothers and babies must navigate. I give special gratitude to Suzanne for always being there, and for holding my hand during this journey.
Christine Eck, Director of The Center for Sacred Window Studies