SEASONAL SELF-CARE BLOG
Q & A with Bahareh Hosseini
Posted on March 5th, 2016
Learn about Bahareh Hosseini and her connection with Wise Earth Ayurveda. Barhareh will be leading the Women’s Ayurveda: Womb Shakti Medicine weekend on April 9-10.
Where are you from originally?
I’m originally from Iran but have been living, studying and working in Toronto, Canada for over 15 years. I absolutely love New York, and so glad to be 1 hour away so I’m planning on visiting more often.
What is Wise Earth Ayurveda?
Wise Earth Ayurveda is a distinct sadhana based education of Inner Medicine Healing, employing a unique learning model that informs that you have the power to heal yourself. This is different from other contemporary schools in Ayurveda which are largely based in clinical and prescriptive methodology.
One can work towards healing and inner harmony by recognizing and employing the following:
Wholeness: Realizing the true Self to be one with nature
Simplicity: Practicing humility through surrender to nature’s intelligence
Ahimsa: Harmony: Committing to inner harmony
Memory: Restoring cosmic, cognitive, and ancestral memory
Rhythm: Honoring nature’s nourishers: Food, Breath & Sound
Sadhana – Sacred Practice: Aligning every activity in accord with nature’s rhythms
Consciousness: Cultivating inner awareness and knowingness
You have worked closely with Maya Tiwari. How did you get connected with her?
I connected with Maya through her books years ago, ever since I began my Yoga Teacher Training and when I seriously started studying Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. In person however, I connected with her when she visited Toronto on Tour a few years ago, where I was volunteering at the event. We kept in touch after that event and for me this relationship has brought the teachings in the books alive in a way I couldn’t have ever imagined. I am deeply grateful that I have been able to continue to study and work with Maya.
When did you become interested in Ayurveda? How long have you been practicing?
I became interested in Ayurveda when I first heard about it through my Yoga Teacher Training in 2007. At the time I was working as an engineer and my lifestyle of working in corporate offices and a nuclear power plant though sacred in it’s own way felt very foreign and non-feminine to me. I started experiencing health issues in my 20’s and I knew that wasn’t right. After I finished the Yoga Teacher training I immediately started reading more and then studying through books and in-person locally in Toronto with Matthew Remski (http://matthewremski.com/) , in his home studio which really helped me see the world in a different way. I recognized even early on that for me the gift of Ayurveda is in self healing and wellness education and not necessarily in clinical practice and in prescribing medicines. At the same time I felt the need to explore the world of healing and art of medicine in a more diverse way so I delved into studying Shiatsu Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) for 5 years full time, which meant I had to quit my lucrative engineering career path, and I gladly did so.
I have always continued on learning and practicing Ayurveda alongside the other modalities I’ve learned, in specific currently teaching other yoga teachers and my Acupuncture/Shiatsu patients and incorporating it in my treatments.
What is a women’s Shakti powers?
We all have Shakti powers, men and women. But of course as women we have a special relationship with it.
Shakti is the primordial feminine power that moves within the body and psyche of every female through a specific prana that circulates within the two lower chakras. Manifested as the pro-creative energy, shakti-prana flows within the genitals, womb and belly of a woman. It allows us the maternal and creative powers that we have as women, this is not limited to physical procreation or mothering, but creating and manifesting of ideas, art of medicine itself. It allows us to be natural nurturers of our communities, our men, our children.
What are signs that a woman’s Shakti prana is disturbed?
This may manifest in emotional imbalance, as well as physical…a prime example is our menstrual cycle that is not in line with our regular rhythm, or fertility issues. But in general our very creative and maternal powers as women gets disturbed, which in turn affects our work, families, our relationships and our health. In our modern lives, it is almost a given that our shakti prana is disturbed, as we live so much of our daily lives away from Mother Earth.
How has Wise Earth Ayurveda changed you as a person?
Wise Earth Ayurveda has definitely changed me as a person; meaning it has really improved my faith and confidence that I along with other women have the shakti, and the inner medicine healing powers that sustain us and will protect us, and that all of that does not require any extravagant or expensive tools or supplements but rather in our daily rituals of living we can celebrate our being-ness and maintain good health and vitality. In addition, For me, as an Iranian woman raised in a society where the feminine has been oppressed, abused and violated against for so long, I re-gained the confidence and power naturally inherent in me to continue with my dharma and duty in life without fear.
How can Wise Earth Ayurveda practices help women?
Ayurveda in itself is a more feminine form of medicine, Wise Earth in specific, founded by a woman, is really focused on bringing that healing power which is ours back into our own hands, especially as women and inspired by Mother Earth. We are guardians of the Mother Earth as Women and most closely related to her. By coming back to our roots, we can then very naturally and intuitively flow with that energy which has created us and continues to support us.
I am so happy to be visiting and exploring Ayurveda with NYC’s Yoginis, I am sure it will be an encouraging and fulfilling weekend as we bring these teachings alive together as a group.
Join Barhareh for her transformative workshop Women’s Ayurveda: Womb Shakti Medicine weekend on April 9-10.