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Dvaihrda state: The craving woman with 2 hearts.

by: Anneke Sips. Based on teachings from the course ‘Garbhini’ by K.Desikachar 2013.

Anneke is founder of Original Mama, yoga teacher and mother of baby Mila. She is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and the International Association of Yoga therapists (IAYT). Anneke believes that everyone who can breathe can practice yoga. She wants to inspire her students  to let go of fear and expectations, to learn from their own experience, to contact their intuition, to trust and love themselves, to find healing and contact their own true nature. She combines yoga with her other passion: Social Psychiatry. Every Thursday she is teaching prenatal yoga at Delight Yoga Amsterdam.

Did you notice

Did you notice your funny craving of different behavior during (your) pregnancy? I think we all know about this phenomena but what does it mean? craving

In Ayurvedic science they have ideas about this. As soon as senses are manifested (3rd month), it gets associated with feelings and from that time onwards there is pulsation in the embryo and the desire for whatever was experienced in the previous life of the individual. This condition according to the wise is known as dvaihrda or the bi-cardiac (2-hearts) state. It seems that the expectant mother was considered to have two hearts, hers and that of her unborn child. This contention was supported by the famous Indian medical writer Sushruta who talked about a pregnant woman as one with two hearts (dvihrdayam). We may therefore suppose that the idea of pregnancy craving originally arose in India and that the term originally meant ‘(the desire of) two hearts’. The underlying belief here seems to have been that the unborn child’s desires were manifested in the longings for certain foods on the part of the mother and that these had to be satisfied to ensure the well-being of the child.
The heart of the fetus is connected with mother’s heart through the channels (nadis) carrying nutrient material. These channels connecting the fetus and the mother, also carry the desires of the one to the other. It is with this end in view that people do not want to ignore the desires of the fetus, as reflected through the wishes of the pregnant mother. If such desires are ignored, the fetus may get either destroyed or deformed.

Source: Caraka Saṃhitā

It’s also said that dvaihrda the moment is that consciousness is activated and the heart represents the place of consciousness. When the sense organs develop, baby start to sense things from his/ her past. In this bi-cardiac state the unborn child can get confused. He or she has his or hers own consciousness and the consciousness of the mother. Every expecting mother will respond different to this confusion. Often it’s just a sensation. It’s not clear what it is. This dvaihrda are experiences you cannot explain. It can be craves or behavior that you cannot explain. It’s a dance between the consciousness of the baby and the mother. The unborn cannot tell he is confused but the mother can. And often she will. Mothers’ vasanas (a behavioral tendency or karmic imprint which influences the present behavior of a person) and identifications may be different the childs’. Yoga sutra chapter III speaks about this: senses will function on how we identify things. How a woman identify senses depends on the person.

So; Through the nadis, the hearts are connected. not only nutritions but also desire is transferred from child to mother and vise versa. What you can observe for example: Agitation and confusion ⇄ morning sickness ⇄ mood swings and diet patterns change.

A few signs (symptoms) of Dvaihrda are:
➝  more saliva
➝  loss or change in appetite
➝ nausea
➝ lack of desire to eat
➝ liking sour things or junk food
➝ heaviness of they body
➝ feeling of heaviness in the eyes

Dealing with Dvaihrda:
The mother should be given whatever she craves, except those that are harmful to the fetus. In the view of Yoga and especially Ayurveda; the mother should be aloud to fulfill her desires and cravings. In Indian tradition, the mother is dent to her own mothers’ house. Here she can be free and help herself with her cravings. Important is to not to accept those cravings that are harmful for the baby. All others can be accepted.

Ancient people noted / remember all these things and understood these and the impact on mother and child. Sometimes they would name the child after these special cravings or behavior during pregnancy.dance_pregnancy

Practice: Are you pregnant end experiencing these cravings or change in behavior? Or do you remember you had these during your pregnancy? If you weren’t already journaling that is an excellent time to start. Create your special quality time and make yourself comfortable in a seated position. What you only need is your journal and a pen. Take a few deep breaths in through the nose and out. Create awareness of the space to are in. And write mindfully..

Keep a journal be be aware of the symptoms, different behavior, funny cravings you didn’t have before your pregnancy and so on. It can be helpful to ask your partner or friends to reflect on this too. Write this down to remember it later, who knows if ever the understanding will come after birth!

~ Anneke ~


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