Siri Sadhana Kaur is the Adele of Kundalini Yoga artists. With her warm voice and hearty, vibrant presence she represents her music with both body, mind and spirit. In her new album Ancient Keeper, she wrote and dedicated one song to the Postnatal Support Network. Mother Child is inspired by her experience just after her daughter was born. Siri Sadhana is a strong advocate for community support for postpartum mothers and women’s’ health in general. We spoke with her about her experience and inspiration.
Your daughter Aloka is now 14 years. What can you remember of your own postpartum period?
In the early days of postpartum I was juggling. I remember being very occupied and on a deeper level reforming and remoulding who I was. I knew I was going to be a single mother so prepared very well. I was blessed to receive support from my community and strong woman like the late Sobonfu Somé, and powerfully influenced by Ina May Gaskin, Sheila Kitzinger, Jean Liedloff, Naomi Stadlen, Deborah Jackson. They had a very strong influence on how I perceived my new life as a mother. It was if vital importance to have a reference on how to become a conscious and caring mother.
Your album Ancient Keeper is dedicated to West African teacher Sobonfu Somé, Can you say something about how she inspired you and what specific postpartum teachings you learned from her?
Sobonfu passed away this year. I worked closely with her for around 20 years. She has written books, taught and shared direct traditions from her tribe about the tribe supporting women and mothers. I did a lot of ritual and practices around community and birthing and postnatal support following her guidance. Sobonfu’s tribe Acknowledges what a woman goes through in initiation and how to create the environment.
When I was 6 months pregnant I had a blessings and hearing ritual, a ritual to honour the soul of my daughter. It was a beautiful afternoon where I was bathed by other woman and much singing and drumming was happening. After birth there was a welcoming ritual. Woman prepared me with massage and make-up. The father, my daughter and me were lead through a doorway and all people from my community welcomed us. We went into a shrine where representatives of grandmother and grandfather sat on our sides. The name of my daughter, Aloka was whispered and called out. Also my daughters placenta was buried under a tree during this ritual.
What inspired you to write this song? Can you tell a bit about the creative process?
Making the song was a very organic process. I was asked to do something for the Postnatal Support Network and simultaneously other people asked me to write something about how it is to be a mother. It Took a full 9 months to activate the seeds into the delivery of this song. For the making, I put myself into a place of stillness, played around with few chords and wrote down some words to make the song. First words where ‘Our roots are as strong as the cares in our hearts’ which reflects the deep and very individual process I was making.
You life in the heart of London City. What is the current situation of postpartum mothers in a large city in the UK?
Like anywhere, women are in a position of extreme focus, achieving material fortune and over occupied with a focus to the external world. Mothers struggle with the external world; babies are mostly not welcome in the city. It is a struggle for mothers, babies are not particularily welcome in the city. There are very little facilities for mothers and babies; its still difficult to breastfeed in public. I took my daughter in a sling and made myself welcome in the city. I searched for places, and created enviroments where we were welcomed. I found a lovely Ethiopian restaurant where sometimes went, we felt honoured and acknowledged.
The song is freely available to download for all members of our Postnatal Support Network.
Link to Siri Sadhana’s website www.sirisadhana.com
Link to Sobonfu’s website www.sobonfu.com
About Siri Sadhana: Siri Sadhana Kaur is inspired to serve others in experiencing themselves as joyful instruments of expression and transformation. Performing internationally, she studied in Paris with the innovative movement master Jacques Lecoq developing in voice & movement.
As a Professional Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer she joined the Level 3 training with KRI, and coordinates Level 1 & 2 kundalini trainings with the mentorship of Shiv Charan Singh and the Karam Kriya school. She is a lead monitor with the Uk White Tantra Team in London. Siri ran the late Sobonfu Somés programes in the UK for nearly 20 years, establishing ‘The Ritual Healing Village Training’ learning the Dagara Tribes ancient wisdoms. As a musician she produced 6 music and kundalini mantra Cds available as downloads, and travels sharing concerts, dance, ancient yogic and indigenous technology.