Ysha (Martha) Oakes
Founding Faculty, AyuDoula, LMT, Author
Ysha first heard whispers of Ayurveda for mama and baby with her daughter’s pregnancy, 35 years ago. All 3 of her children were birthed naturally, but with the third she experienced the difference 6 weeks of Ayurvedic postpartum care can make. Trained in 1991 as a Maharishi Mother and Baby Care Technician, in 1995 she founded the Postpartum AyurDoula training at the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, and at age 61 became a licensed massage therapist after 20 years of AyuDoula care and massage work. She offered therapeutic aromatherapy in her practice since 1997.
Ysha was author of the e-book set, Touching Heaven, Tonic Postpartum Care/Recipes with Ayurveda and numerous articles, and presented at two NAMA (Ayurveda) national conferences and the MANA (midwives’) national conference. With blessings from Dr. Vasant Lad, Ysha founded Sacred Window School in 2010, offering online and hands-on trainings for beginning to postgraduate Ayurvedic students, from 6 experienced faculty, in over 35 courses. She lived in Albuquerque, NM, and continues her interest in self-realization of 40 years.
Sadly, Ysha passed away suddenly on May 25, 2015. Her work continues lovingly through the rest of her team and her students.