Watch All 6 Videos on Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy, & Postpartum Care
Building Fertility & Conception: Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 1 of 6 - Conception, pregnancy, and childbirth are one of the most exciting, and life changing times in a woman's life. Ayurveda has special insights on this unique "season" of life. Ayurveda can help support new moms in ensuring optimal health for themselves and their children. In part 1 of this 6 part video series, we look at understanding the menstrual cycle from an Ayurvedic perspective, and how to prepare for conception. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
1st Trimester: Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 2 of 6 - The first trimester is a time of incredible transformation in a woman's body. In part 2 of this 6 part video series, we discuss the Ayurvedic perspective on morning sickness, food cravings, and fatigue in the first trimester. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
2nd Trimester: Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 3 of 6 - In the second trimester, a women starts to omit the well known "pregnancy glow." But, the second trimester can bring about its own set of challenges, including acid reflux, rashes and increased appetite. In part 3 of this 6 part video series, we discuss Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips for the second trimester. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
3rd Trimester: Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 4 of 6 - By the third trimester, the growing baby can affect circulation and put pressure on a woman's abdominal organs. As a result, varicose veins and constipation are more common. Stretch marks are also common as the baby continues to grow. In part 4 of this 6 part video series, we discuss Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips for the third trimester. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
Labor & Delivery: Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 4 of 6 - In part 5 of this 6 part video series, we discuss the final stage of pregnancy. Watch to get the Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle tips for the final weeks of pregnancy, and techniques for labor and delivery. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
Postpartum - Ayurvedic Care for Pregnancy 6 of 6 - Ayurveda sees the postpartum period as a crucial time for bonding, rest, and recovery. In modern life, a woman is often expected to jump back into her roles and responsibilities just a few weeks after birth. This video outlines the Ayurvedic routine, diet and herbs to support a woman through postpartum, or the '4th trimester'. Sponsored by the Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda.
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.