The Sadhana of Birth
Sadhana means ‘conscious spiritual practice’ and nowhere is this intention needed more than in the realm of birthing and new motherhood. Created by Katie Manitsas in collaboration with Renee Adair, The Australia Doula College brings this unique training to you. Sadhana of Birth meets the highest standard of pregnancy and post natal yoga teacher training with a full and certified doula training.
Whether you join us for personal interest, for your own pregnancy journey or to be of support in a multi-faceted way for your clients. Upon completion of this training you will be able to offer so much as a care-giver to pregnant women and find a whole new way of practicing yoga, teaching yoga and developing your career as a birthing and/or post natal support person.
THIS TRAINING IS ONLY OPEN TO YOGA TEACHERS WITH A MINIMUM 200 HOUR CERTIFICATION.
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training and Doula Certification
When running our pregnancy trainings previously, many of the teachers would express an interest in doula training (especially once you came to understand the importance of the role of the doula and also after you’d spent some time with Renee Adair the incredible director of the Australian Doula College). This prompted us to explore how we could offer both doula and pre/post natal yoga teacher training in one package. Once we started to explore how a collaboration could work we came up with this incredible offering. It includes an in depth and thorough grounding in teaching yoga to pregnant women and to women in the journey following childbirth. It also gives you the opportunity to become a certified doula.
Components of the training and time commitment:
The training will run over four weekends. There is an additional home-study component between these sessions, which includes journaling, reading, completion of Doula workbooks, watching some specific documentaries, class planning and yoga teaching practice.
The training takes place over four intensive weekends.
Week 1: 22nd (evening only), 23rd & 24th of March
Week 2: 6th & 7th of April
Week 3: 18th & 19th of May
Week 4: 1st & 2nd of June
Training location: Yoga Rooms, Dixon St, Newtown
Please note, this training currently only takes place in Sydney, NSW.
$3550 (icl gst).This training is amazing value!
Payment plans are possible, please contact us to discuss. Payment is transferable but NOT refundable once your booking has been accepted.
Purchase of the following books (not included in course fee):
- ‘Birth’ by Catherine Price and Sandra Robinson
- ‘Well Adjusted Babies’ by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani
- ‘Doula Handbook’ by Marshall H. Klaus
- ‘Yoga of Birth’ by Katie Manitsas
- ‘Yoga for Pregnancy’ by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
In addition to these texts you will be provided with extensive course notes and workbooks.
What does the training include?
- Comprehensive doula training
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
- The yoga component of the training is in three parts, PREGNANCY (conception, asana, prananyama, sadhana, yoga nidra, chanting and meditation), LABOUR PREPARATION (yogic scriptures on birth, pranayama for labour, birth without violence or ahimsa, pratyahara in birthing) and POST-NATAL (care of self, care of baby, sacred 40 days after birthing, mantras and chanting, shraddha, baby massage / yoga)
- Business skills for launching your doula business and pre and postnatal yoga classes
- To become a qualified doula a current first aid certificate and working with children check is required (not included in course fee or teaching)
- In order to gain your full doula certificate you must complet three births.
Who are the co-creators?
Katie Manitsas is the founder and director of Everyday Sadhana. She is an advanced level Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and a Wise Earth Ayurveda master teacher. She is also qualified in Kundalini Yoga and as a doula (childbirth support person) and holds the highest possible accreditations with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia. She has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Katie’s passion is in yogic philosophy and the seasonal practices of sadhana – bringing devotion and a sense of the sacred to everyday life, as well as compassion for animals and a deep reverence for nature. Katie is a published author of several books including ‘The Yoga of Birth’. She is the mother of four young boys and lives with her loud and busy family in Sydney’s Inner West.
Renee Adair is the founder and principal educator of the Australian Doula College and the charity Doula Heart Network. She first began working with women and babies in 1994 as a massage and Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner in 1998 began studying and working as a Doula, Childbirth and Early Parenting Educator and Birth Counsellor. For three and half years she then worked for the Australian Red Cross at their young women’s health program/refuge and set up both the outreach and childbirth and early parenting education programs for that service. Renee has spoken on Radio National on the subject of Doula support and she presents at conferences, seminars and workshops on all things pregnancy, birth and early parenting. She is also a regular contributor in pregnancy and parenting publications and websites. In her career she has supported hundreds of women, their partners and families through pregnancy, birth and the early parenting phase. Renee has trained thousands of doulas since 2004, lives in the beautiful South Coast and still still works as a hands on doula, just not as oftern as she woudl like.
“Well first, this training is the only course of this kind in Australia. It combines, for the first time, both a certified Doula training as well as a prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training.
But then it is not actually a “course”. It is a comprehensive and in-depth immersion in the birth world and an individual inner-journey.
The course is very well balanced between theoretical and practical components and the content is super riche and informative.
But what I personally experienced with this course is that you WILL dive deep and when you think you went deep it will open the door again to a whole new level of understanding and knowledge. It is honestly a life long journey. Many people share that yoga TT transformed them but working in the birth space is a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL ! Because it is going deep in “our” story as an individual, as a family, as a society and as a specie. It is BIG!
I am so proud and honored to have been able to study along these amazing teachers but also along these omdoula students, all driven by the mission of making the world a better place, creating kinder human connexions and supporting babies unconditionally in their arrival in the world”. Amélie Patrux – 2018 student