Foreword: Pulling Down the Moon and its Philosophy Introduction: Demystifying Holistic Fertility Part One: The First Phase: Do the practice, all is coming 1. Week One: Yoga for Fertility 2. Week Two: Fully Fertile Eating 3. Week Three: Points to Ponder: Acupuncture for Fertility 4. Week Four: Bedroom Secrets: Sleep and Sex Part Two - Second Phase: Strengthening the Letting Go Muscle 5. Week Five: The Fertile Mindset 6. Week Six: Decisions You May Face Along the Way 7. Week Seven: Inviting Your Demons in for Tea 8. Week Eight: Breaking up with Your Infertile Self Part Three: Third Phase: Living in the Fertile Garden of God: Esoteric Tools 9. Week Nine: The Fertility Circus 10. Week Ten : Why Me? 11. Week Eleven: Beyond Conventional Therapy 12. Week Twelve: Namaste, Blessings On the Journey Part Four The Rituals, Creating a Sacred Space, and Clearing Out the Cobwebs
Jeanie Bussell grew up with Oriental medicine being her primary medical care. Born in Korea, she moved to Maryland in her childhood. She has degrees in Biology and Allied Health Science and spent many years in western medical setting before entering Oriental Medical school. She has Master's Degree of Oriental Medicine (MSOM) with honors from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago Jeanie is one of the top fertility acupuncturists in the Midwest. She has helped thousands of couples conceive. Her work with fertility and women's health has been featured on Fox Thing in the Morning and the CBS evening news with Dan Rather. Her articles have been published in professional newsletters such as Fertility Nurses First. She is co-author of Fully Fertile - a 12 week program to optimal fertility, published by Findhorn Press and available worldwide. She travels around the country and the world to study with masters in the field. She gives seminars to the general public and to other acupuncturists about how to use Oriental medicine to enhance fertility. Beth is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Pulling Down the Moon, Inc., Integrative Care for Fertility (ICF A'). Beth earned her Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 1999 and prior to founding PDtM, she spent four years working as a Nutrition Researcher for the Women's Walking Program, a large National Institutes of Health-funded study that examined the impact of walking exercise on the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of menopausal women. As she witnessed women become stronger, less anxious and less depressed as a result of adding walking to their lives Beth had her first introduction to the powerful connection between mind and body. Beth came to yoga in 1998 when she realized that a stressed out graduate student like herself was likely to have difficulty starting a family. After stumbling into a yoga class and loving it, Beth began a regular practice. Soon thereafter, her periods, which had been absent for four years, returned without change to her diet, body composition or exercise levels. Beth decided there was something unique about yoga that had helped to restore her reproductive function. In confirmation of this hunch, several months after her menses returned, Beth became pregnant. Unfortunately the pregnancy ended in miscarriage and it was back to the drawing board. Still confident that yoga was a key element of reproductive health, Beth began trying to conceive again. As she struggled with this challenge, her interest in yoga and fertility grew and led her into deeper practices of breathing, meditation and the work of bringing yoga practice off the matA" into daily living. She entered teacher training at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago where she researched and wrote her thesis in 2001 on yoga practices to restore fertility. She also began work with anayurvedic physician who suggested changes to her diet and life habits. Eighteen months after her first miscarriage Beth conceived again, had a wonderful, healthy pregnancy that ended with a sad surprise, the stillbirth of a daughter at 38 weeks due to unknown causes. It was in that moment of loss that Beth learned the real value of the yoga she had been studying. In addition to calming and balancing her physical body, the practices of asana, breathing and meditation had provided her with an inner stability, or peace, that she had not recognized until that moment. This peace allowed Beth to grieve the loss of her daughter fully, keep an open heart and have hope for the future even in the darkest hours. Shortly after the loss of her daughter she founded Pulling Down the Moon with fellow yogi Tami Quinn. Simultaneous to the birthA" of PDtM, Beth returned to the work of getting pregnant. This time she went directly into medical fertility treatment. After five rounds of clomid and another miscarriage she conceived the pregnancy that ended with the healthy birth of her son Jackson. At the age of 37, two years after Jack's birth, Beth added acupuncture and herbs to her yoga regimen and conceived again after only one month of trying.A" With the birth of her second son, Calvin, her family is now complete. Throughout every aspect of the journey, the teachings of yoga and the wisdom of traditional healing therapies were her guide and solace. Beth's goal in founding Pulling Down the Moon was to teach the tools that allowed her to learn and grow through one of the most challenging times in her life. Beth is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. She teaches yoga in classes and in one-on-one instruction throughout the Chicago-land area and is a creator, co-director and teacher for Pulling Down the Moon, Yoga for Fertility. Tami is the Co-Founder of Pulling Down the Moon, a revolutionary holistic fertility center that has changed the standard of care for women experiencing infertility. Tami was called to this work after a 14-year career in the corporate world, most recently with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia where she spent 8-1/2 years in advertising and marketing. Struggling to find balance between career and family, Tami turned to yoga and discovered ancient healing techniques that not only helped with her stress, but also provided tools to help live a more balanced life. These tools also gave her the courage to leave the corporate world and the financial security it represented. Remembering her own difficulty in conceiving her twins, Tami knew these yoga tools would be meaningful for women experiencing similar challenges. She became a registered yoga teacher (RYT) through Rod Stryker of the Para Yoga School based in Los Angeles, California. Her training includes in-depth study of the principles and practices of the mystical yogic tradition including Kriology and Ayurveda, which are considered to be yoga sciences as well as spiritual paths. Tami is a reiki master, a disciple of the Kriya yoga lineage through her guru Goswami Kriyananda, and an ordained Swami. Her studies have included the doctrine of karma, meditation/guided imagery, hatha yoga, breathing techniques, sacred texts, astrology, religions of the world, kriya yoga philosophy/psychology, dream interpretation, the language of symbols, and pastoral care. Tami uses her training as a swami to create fertility specific rituals, clearings, meditations and yoga classes which help women struggling with disappointment, loss and the stresses associated with infertility. Many of these yoga techniques can be found in her book, Fully Fertile, A 12-Week Plan to Optimal FertilityA" which she co-authored with business partner, Beth Heller. Tami also completed Level 1 training in iRest, a restorative yoga technique that has been shown to help soldiers returning from Iraq with post traumatic stress disorder. Tami has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Tami still considers herself a student, learning new spiritual lessons daily from her Guru and the life lessons of inspiration, hope and courage from her students.
"My colleagues and I are happy to partner with Pulling Down the Moon and wholeheartedly recommend Fully Fertile as an excellent companion to a patient's fertility treatment. We have enjoyed the synergy of blending the best of Western and Eastern Medicine and believe these methods can ultimately benefit the patient." --from the Foreword by Brian Kaplan, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Fertility Centers of Illinois As someone who has worked extensively with the incorporation of mind/body medicine into women's fertility treatment, I find Fully Fertile to be a warm and reassuring read for patients. Most importantly, as a researcher who focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions, I find that Fully Fertile doesn't exaggerate or make misleading claims. A wonderful book!A" --Dr. Alice Domar, Author of Healing Mind, Healthy Woman and Conquering Infertility Fully Fertile is a wonderful guide for creating a stepby- step holistic protocol to support either medical or natural fertility efforts.A" --Michael Levy, M.D. of Shady Grove Fertility Centers I recommend this book for anyone that would like to use yoga and the principles of yoga to enhance their fertility. Also, it's an excellent guide to reducing stress with breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and prayer.A" --Amelia Hirota, The Fertility Acupuncturist It is in my opinion, not only a book that any woman or couple interested in conceiving at the present time should read, but one that any woman really over the age of 20 with any thoughts of a child in the future should read. This book is by far a 10 out of 10.A" --Evita Ochel B.Sc., B.Ed., CHN, RNC, CNHP, Evolving Wellness