My baby boy … I owe it all to yoga

72 hours since the birth of our baby son Kailash Ananda Carroll...I sit here in complete awe. chris

I know he is all thanks to the practice of yoga.

At the age of 16, I was told I would never be able to have kids naturally. I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition that affects how the ovaries work. Whilst I had ovarian cysts surgically removed, doctors told me that my condition would leave me infertile.
Being quite young at the time, this didn't hit me hard until years later when I was volunteering at an orphanage in Vietnam. I grieved the loss of the hope of ever being a biological mother.
For 8 years I had no menstruation and tried everything from mainstream treatments to alternative therapies. Thousands of dollars spent on hormonal testing, Chinese medicine, naturopathic sessions, acupuncture, cupping, reiki, visualisation techniques, embracing my creativity … you name it, I tried it!

Miraculously I had my first 'rechristmas babyal' (not artificially produced) period when I was living at Mangrove Yoga Ashram. The yogic lifestyle, structure, food and practices have phenomenally done what I was told could not be done!

Yoga began to heal and balance my body.

I was thrilled, I celebrated and literally cherished every mensuration, the idea that I may be able to experience the miracle of procreation myself was astounding.

Without getting my hopes up, John and I decided we'd leave it up to the universe. Rather than charting my fertile phases or doing ovulation tests we trusted that if it was meant to be, it would be.

The day of my 28th birthday our little one was conceived! We discovered I was pregnant when we were out shopping for our 'Spices Garden to Fork Yoga Retreat.' I'll never forget the intense smells aIMG_4119nd nausea I felt!

It was such a surprise. Straight after taking the pregnancy test we rushed to the doctors for confirmation. “It's 100% positive,” we were told. When I told my mum she burst into tears, totally perplexed by the news.

9 months later here I sit, my baby in my arms, my heart overflowing with love, like I have never felt before. It's been a long night. My breast milk amount hasn't quite fitted 'the norm' so I've been expressing every hour! I can honestly say it is such a privilege, an honor and a joy to be in this moment, this experience, right here, right now and I owe it all to yoga.


Thank you for all your love and support.