Deep Rooted is a blog about living in a simple, natural, and peaceful way, in harmony with the earth and its cycles

Women’s Cycles

Using the Menstrual Cycle for Self-Healing

Using the Menstrual Cycle for Self-Healing

In ashtanga yoga, which is traditionally a six day a week practice, women are recommended to refrain from practicing during the first or heaviest two to three days of their menstrual cycle. These additional days of rest each month are known as Ladies’ Holidays. When […]

Postpartum Healing and Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Postpartum Healing and Ashtanga Yoga Practice

My experience with postpartum ashtanga practice A year ago, after maintaining a daily ashtanga yoga practice throughout my pregnancy, I gave birth to my son. Since that time I have been exploring what it means to maintain a daily ashtanga yoga practice while healing from […]

About Shatavari, Asparagus Racemosus

About Shatavari, Asparagus Racemosus

Several months ago, I posted a bout ashwagandha, which is widely known as a made reproductive tonic in Ayurveda. A common Ayurvedic female reproductive tonic is shatavari, also known as wild asparagus or asparagus racemosus.* While ashwagandha is typically considered a men’s herb and shatavari […]

A Postpartum Healing Journey

A Postpartum Healing Journey

The past several months I have needed to focus much of my energy on postpartum healing. After having an enjoyable, comfortable pregnancy and a relatively easy natural home birth- and being able to maintain a fairly intense daily ashtanga yoga practice throughout my pregnancy- I […]

About Mugwort

About Mugwort

A few years ago, I heard that the herb mugwort is used to promote vivid and lucid dreaming, and is also thought to help open the third eye chakra, especially on the new and full moons. Some people make a dream pillow out of mugwort. […]

Self-Nourishment for Breastfeeding Women

Self-Nourishment for Breastfeeding Women

For the past five months, I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son. Being the sole source of nutritional nourishment for another┬áperson, I’ve learned during this time, is only possible if I am well-nourished myself. This has led me to explore what foods, herbs, food sadhanas, […]

Full Moon Rising

Full Moon Rising

The April full moon, the first full moon of spring, will be at 2:08 am on Tuesday, April 11 in New York. The full moon is a time when energy peaks. As Elton Haas writes in Staying Healthy with the Seasons, “…in each lunar cycle […]

A Conversation with Midwife Barbara Bechtel

A Conversation with Midwife Barbara Bechtel

Barbara Bechtel of has over three decades of experience caring for pregnant and laboring women. In the 1990s, at a time when there were almost no midwives in her home state of Indiana, she became a certified nurse midwife through the distance learning program at […]