Interview by Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur www.postnatalsupportnetwork.com

Siri Sadhana Kaur dedicates her new song 
Mother Child to the Postnatal Support Network.

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 particularly 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

Siri Sadhana kaur

Is a professional trainer and performed internationally developing in voice, theatre and movement, studying in Paris with the innovative movement master Jacques Lecoq.  She organises level 1 and level 2 Aquarian teacher trainings with the Karam Kriya school. For 2 decades she trained closely with the late Sobonfu Somé in Dagara tribe healing wisdom establishing the 2 year ritual healing village training in the UK with Sobonfu before she died. Siri continues to share indigenous technology integrating the whole self as a joyful instrument of expression and transformation. Siris touring schedule integrates live concerts, teacher trainings, Mantra Dance, Acapella singing, ceremony and yoga. As a mantra artist she is currently recording her 8th music + mantra Cd  ‘Rise and Shine’ soon to be released, all music available as downloads.

Lyrics songs verse 1

Our roots are as strong as the cares in our hearts, acknowledging that we all play a part,

can i hold u as if u were me, challenging distant sublime memory

The moon and the stars they told me, that truth it leads the way

birth mother held in sweet sovereignty, bonds deepen along the way

I promise this soul through this lifetime, just bow, surrender today

sweet tribe it came here to hold you , i fall down on my knees to pray

Chorus

mother child, sustaining and holding

its the time pure hearts are unfolding

rise then fall we dive deep

souls grow old, were complete

Verse 2

Sweet treasure, gazing on beauty so bright, cocooned in soft sweet bliss

gift of life in innocence you dwell, each step its filled with grace

Intimate joy we gratefully give u this birth, spirit sink deeper down into earth

humble heart, miracle beheld, welcomed in love you dwell

I promise this soul through this lifetime, just bow, surrender today

sweet tribe it came here to hold you , i fall down on my knees to pray

Chorus

mother child sustaining and holding

its the time pure hearts are unfolding

rise then fall we dive deep

souls grow old were complete 

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