How to Support Follicle Health During the Yin Phase of Your Cycle

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle.

While I've posted before about how to support your yin phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle.

THE YIN PHASE

The Yin Phase is the time of your menstrual cycle during which your follicles are developing. Yin is related to the element of water and is associated with Winter. To activate your water energy, envision a snow scene, where the earth is blanketed with snow.  Imagine the silence and the stillness of the snow. Passive. Receptive.

But water can also be fierce, like the goddess, Kuan Yin. Like the ocean, it can be unrelenting. While it may look calm and still, there’s the potential for devastating intensity.  There is stillness, until there’s a volcanic burst of energy and activity that propels you into the next phase, maybe into ovulation, into action, into the energy of wood or spring.

During the Yin Phase, your follicle is being nurtured and nourished until the water energy bursts forth, encouraging an LH surge and ovulation.  This time is about gestation, of receptivity, of waiting and patience and being in the not-doing.

Yin, water… is one of the most powerful forces on earth. This power flows through you, accumulating in your womb. Femininity. True feminine power.

We have not necessarily been living in a culture where true yin feminine power has historically been allowed to be expressed. Many women live their entire lives without truly even beginning to grasp the magnitude of the power within them. Yin, femininity, is often seen as less than. Women often respond to the toxic masculinity of our culture by becoming the counterpart to that… perhaps allowing herself to believe that her true value lies in her ability to stay attractive. To look good. To be thin. To stay small.  Or perhaps she bypasses her true feminine strength, and absorbs the idea that true strength is forceful, yang, masculine strength. Perhaps she stuffs down her vulnerability and becomes “strong”, becomes a do-er, a go-getter, successful in the business world. Perhaps her idea of value is simply a reflection of our masculine-valued culture’s ideal.

Powerful. Driven. Tough.

True feminine power is not a reflection of anything. It is a force in and of itself, a force to be reckoned with. This force lies within each of us, often dormant.  Often waiting, hoping to be tapped into.

The energy of the Yin phase is about trusting that you are and you have everything you will ever need, contained within you. It is not about being strong enough or pretty enough or thin enough or smart enough.

It is about trusting that at every moment, every day, you have the ability to tap into this power and know, truly know and believe and feel with every cell in your body, that you are a freaking goddess. And that you have the ability to fill space with wholeness.

During your Yin Phase, I encourage you to focus on feeling your bigness, your abundance, your juiciness. Your follicles will follow suit.

Both my Fertile Mama Soak and my Fertile Mama Tea were formulated specifically to support women during the Yin Phase of her cycle. Use both on cycle days 5-11.

Encouraging Healthy Ovulation to Support Fertility

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle.

While I've posted before about how to support ovulation during your Qi phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle.

THE QI PHASE

The qi phase of your menstrual occurs around the time of ovulation and a few days after, approximately days 12-15.

Qi is associated with the element of Wood and the Spring season, and is all about tenacity, determination, drive and penetration.

This energy is about doing what you need to do to get the job done. If you think about tree roots growing underneath the soil, they get to where they need to go to get what they need to thrive. They don't care if there’s a sidewalk in the way. They’re going to bust through it.

They are purposeful and that’s the energy of the liver.

Healthy liver. Healthy wood energy.  

Most of us have livers that are so taxed and depleted and burdened by the day to day demands of life that the energy in our body becomes stuck or stagnant. As a result, we may feel stagnant in our life, overwhelmed when we need to do something. This is why I have all of my fertility patients do a significant liver cleanse, so that our liver and the energy in our body can have direction and directedness, penetrating clarity.

This is what is needed during ovulation.

Wood energy that is dysfunctional can manifest in a few ways. The first is a feeling of being really stressed out all the time, having a short fuse, feeling like maybe you’re always running around but never quite getting anything accomplished. Feeling like life is all work and no play.

Because we live in such a driven, work-focused society, our wood energy tends to be fairly activated, usually overly-activated. Or you might feel stressed and agitated, and have occasional bursts of frustration or even rage. While this does result in moving and clearing out that stuck energy, it’s often not the healthiest way to go about doing it.

Alternately, stagnant or depleted wood energy can manifest as a complete lack of motivation, inability to make a decision about the direction you want your life to take… depression. Feeling like you don’t want to do anything. It can feel like your life is at a standstill while the world turns around you.

The energetic that we focus on during the Qi phase is that your energy can move unrestrained, coursing throughout your beautiful body. And that you are able to move though the world in this same way, unrestrained, unguarded. Trusting that every step is a step forward, in the right direction, on the right path. Being decisive about your choices, because within you, there’s an assuredness and a knowing that you are divinely guided.

Both my Fertile Moon Soak and my Fertile Moon Tea were formulated specifically to support women during ovulation and the Qi Phase of her cycle. Use both on cycle days 12-16.


Supporting Implantation so that Pregnancy Can Occur

This is one of a 4-part series on the phases of the menstrual cycle.

While I've posted before about how to support implantation and the Yang Phase in more physical ways, this series is about the energetic of the phases of the cycle.

THE YANG PHASE

The Yang Phase of your menstrual cycle occurs after you have ovulated and your temperatures are rising, approximately days 17-28. Yang is related to the element of Fire and to your heart. Fire is joy. Fire is excitement and passion for life and your ability to love and receive love. This energy of the heart needs to connect down to the womb for pregnancy to occur.

Many of us are so burdened by the day to day stressors of life that we forget about the importance of fun and joy and passion.  So many women in my fertility practice are so frustrated and depressed and defeated by their fertility situation that they’ve lost that sense of joy in their lives, in their marriages, in sex.

Alternately, some women have a tendency to have too much fire. If you find that you have a tendency to seek out things that introduce excess fire into your body, like drugs or alcohol, then it's important to actually work on taming this fire, on being more grounded in your accessing of fire. Perhaps light some candles in a bath so that you’re grounded in water.  

During this phase, we are inviting our newly fertilized follicle into our deliciously warm and inviting womb. There are two energies I like to have my patients focus on during this phase, both for ourselves and for our follicle.

The first is to feel completely supported by and connected to the security and safety and warmth and nurturing energy of the kidneys.

The second is to feel the is warmth and light from above, pouring into your heart. Become aware of the never ending cycle of energy… from heart to follicle to kidneys and then back to heart… love, light, heat, warmth, trust, joy… exquisite bliss just radiating all around you.

This is the energetic in which a fertilized follicle can thrive.

My Womb Warming Soak, Womb Warming Massage Oil and Womb Warming Tea were formulated specifically to support women during the Yang Phase of her cycle.Begin using all 3 after ovulation, or days 17 through the end of your menstrual cycle. 

What Four Common Household Items are Probably Affecting Your Fertility

When I work with my infertility patients, I know that there’s not usually just one single cause of their struggle with fertility. While I do tend to work extensively with my each of patients on the emotional energetics that can be contributing to infertility, it would be negligent of me to ignore the very real threat that common household items pose to both male and female fertility.

When I begin working with a patient, one of the first things we look at are how she can immediately swap out these items for products that not only support her overall health and fertility, but that also are infinitely better for the planet.

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Flash Back Friday

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My ultimate goal in my work with all women is the same: whether a woman is trying to get pregnant, dealing with diminished health or chronic illness, a teen girl suffering from a painful period or even a woman just wanting to feel a bit more youthful with an acupuncture “face lift,” my intention in every interaction is to allow space for each woman to connect with and hopefully find a little bit of peace in the energy of her own body.


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Can I Still Have a Baby at 40?

I’m turning 40 next month.

Forty.

I remember my parents turning 40. I was ten. I remember it being a “big deal.” They were kinda old. I remember registering that they were both feeling, then, that it was the end of something. Their youthfulness, perhaps. I remember “Over the Hill” cards, as if they had reached some pinnacle of something and there was no going back. “All downhill” from there.

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Best Herbs for Female Fertility

B*tch’s Brew

My very best-selling herbal tea blend, B*tch’s Brew, is such a huge hit because it works with women of all ages, from young girls just figuring out what it means to be a woman with a period, to all of my fertility patients trying to conceive, to women starting to experience the symptoms of menopause. 

Why is it so awesome? And why do I personally drink a cup or two every day of the 2nd half of my cycle?

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Which Exercises are Best for Fertility?

My current fertility practice is based in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado. Even though I saw patients for 15 years right outside of NYC, where exercise was a pretty “standard” part of my patients’ daily life, I’ve never seen exercise like I see exercise in Boulder. I have patients who are marathoners; not just 26.2 mile marathons, but 100 mile marathons!! Overnight running! It’s a thing, I guess. Tri-athletes, rock-climbers, ecstatic dancers, Buti Yoginis, Cross-Fitters, extreme skiing, etc. Everyone here seems to exercise to the max

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