Hi! I’m Kayla the creator of Mammananda, a community for holistically minded mammas who believe in the power of real foods, plant based medicine, attachment parenting and conscious living. “What the heck is a mammananda?” you might be asking yourself. Well. Ananda is a beautiful Sanskrit term meaning bliss, joy or a state of extreme happiness. There have been many happy occurrences throughout my life but by far the most joyous of these is becoming a mamma. Looking at my son and realizing that I am his and he is mine is truly the most blissful I have ever felt. And thus the name was born!
As a new wife and mother it is super important to me to find the most natural, organic ways of nourishing my family. It is not always easy and I don’t have all the answers but I would love for my fellow “crunchy” mammas to embark on this journey and learn along with me. We have the power to create a state of good health. We can choose clean organic food and nature based medicine. We can raise our children to know how to live in harmony with themselves and the world around them. We can help the next generation to become more conscious and change our world for the better.
Now a little more about me. Five years ago, I was living in a very imbalanced, poor state of health. I, like so many other young women in our society, had fallen victim to the dangers of prioritizing appearance over wellbeing. I was alternating between days of subsisting on nothing but mints and water, and days of binging and purging everything I could find. I had frequent episodes of light-headedness and was almost always nauseous. Not to mention the fact that despite my every day struggle over the fluctuation of mere ounces of weight on the scale, my body never looked the way I wanted it to. Sound familiar to anyone? Luckily, right in the midst of my lowest point, I met my now husband. His passion for veggies, hiking and the outdoors eventually led me to want to get healthy and in shape so we could go on adventures together. At first, knowing nothing about fitness, I joined a gym. I hated the monotony of running on the treadmill but experimenting with weights was interesting and I had no better ideas. Until the day I ventured into one of the gyms free yoga classes.
I am not sure I can put into words how I felt after that first class. I emerged from the end of class savasana in a daze, like I was floating somewhere between the reality that I had always known and this other, more peaceful and content place. I was hooked. Discovering yoga was the real turning point for me. I finally began to appreciate and honor my body for what it could do rather than how it looked. I could see food as something with which to nourish this body and even enjoy rather than an enemy. Instead of dieting, I focused on giving up processed junk and choosing whole foods. I learned to cook. It was very hard work at times but I never looked back.
My love for yoga led me to another new interest: the ancient Indian holistic system of Ayurveda (which translates to the science of life). Ayurveda uses the basic principles of nature to teach people how to reach and maintain a state of balanced health. What drew me to it was the focus on looking at every single person as an individual with a different mind-body-spirit make up than anyone else. After so many years of trying to force myself to look a certain way or eat only certain foods, it was so refreshing to read about a system based on individuality and flexibility. I learned why my strictly vegetarian diet was not necessarily beneficial for my body type. I started to feel better, healthier and more vibrant than ever before in my adult life. I went on to enroll in a year long course to become an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and learn how to incorporate these ancient practices into my life and the lives of the people I care about.
That was just the beginning of my journey! Since the birth of my son, I have become even more committed to the path of holistic health in all aspects of my family’s life. I don’t claim to know it all, but I do know that every day is a chance to learn more, and for us mammas to create the kind of world we are proud to pass on to our children. I would love to get to know you, and for you to join our family on the path to wholeness!
Contact me here!