Specialty Yoga Teacher Training
Doulas and pregnant women - come along for a nourishing retreat
Next available courses: 30 August - 1 September 2019
Are you a certified yoga teacher looking to expand your skill set? Do you love to provide a nurturing space of loving self care for women? Or are you a doula or mum-to-be who would love to deepen your understanding of yogic practice through a beautiful, nourishing retreat experience?
Either way, join us for a joyous, wholesome getaway with seasoned teachers who create a loving space of femininity, self-care and motherhood for all stages of life.
Human birth is a great gift — let’s welcome it with due respect, humility and joy
There is nothing as powerful as a group of women coming together to support one another. The primal journey of birthing our babies is a pivotal moment in a woman's life, so spending this time together should not be underestimated in its power for us to ‘hold space’ in our minds and hearts for birthing.
TEACHING PREGNANCY YOGA provides just this precious opportunity and is a great addition to your skill set as a yoga teacher or doula, as well as a great relaxation if you are an expecting mother.
Meet your teachers
Katie Manitsas (lead teacher) is the author of 'The Yoga of Birth' who wears many hats including those of yoga teacher, activist, doula and vegetarian cook.
Katie was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia and has studied extensively with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda under the guidance of Mother Maya, as well as being a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She completed training as a doula (birthing companion) in 2009.
Katie was the founder of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney (formerly Samadhi Yoga). She regularly trains yoga teachers and specialises in running pre-natal teacher training. She lives in Sydney's Inner West with her four sons.
Curious? Find out more on Katie's website.
Lila Kirtana (guest teacher) is an internationally experienced Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher with over a decade of teaching experience.
Lila completed an Education degree at the University of Technology Sydney in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2005. After spending 2.5 years deeply immersed in the yogic lifestyle as a volunteer in a yoga ashram, from 2008 onwards she has been working full time as a yoga teacher trainer in Byron Bay and Murwillumbah [Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching, RYT-500, Cert IV in Training and Assessment]. She completed Pre/Postnatal Yoga training with Bliss Baby Yoga in 2012, and was also is a regular presenter on their courses. After becoming a mother, Lila completed a Kid's Yoga teacher training with Zenergy Yoga in 2014 and occasionally teaches Mum's and Bubs, Mum's and Toddlers and Kid's yoga classes in the Byron Shire. Recently she completed a Yin yoga training and is currently furthering her studies on how yoga can be used to help with Mental Health issues. She has been the senior trainer on the Yoga Teacher Trainings at Krishna Village since January 2016.
Lila also holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is the lead singer of the enCHANTed band which holds regular kirtan evenings in the Byron Shire and at Yoga Festivals, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda through years of study and regular trips to India. Lila is a passionate Bhakti yogi inspired to share the things she loves through yoga teacher trainings.
About this prenatal yoga course
Yoga has proven to be a safe and effective practice during pregnancy. It has a whole variety of positive effects on the mother’s body, including developing strength, maintaining fitness and reducing symptoms of pregnancy such as muscle aches, swelling, sciatica, cramps, and fatigue. But even more so, yoga has demonstrated a positive impact on mother's and baby's mind, inducing a sense of inner peace and wellbeing. Join us to learn how to safely practice yoga asana in pregnancy and how to adapt your yoga classes for pregnant women.
The training encompasses 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)
Post-natal (care of self, care of baby, sacred 40 days after birthing, mantras and chanting, shraddha, baby massage/yoga).
We also cover:
Sequencing and class planning
Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
Business skills for launching your pre and postnatal yoga classes
*At the end of this training (including homework component) you will receive a certificate of attendance and 30 CPD points.
5:00am - Sunrise Yoga (optional)
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - Foundations of pregnancy, asana and sadhana
12:30pm - Lunch
14:00pm - Stages of pregnancy, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation for pregnancy
18:00pm - Dinner
21:00pm - Quiet time
Venue and Accommodation
Krishna Village is located on a beautiful organic farm in the scenic foothills of Mt. Warning, half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Closest town is Murwillumbah, and the nearest airport Coolangatta (the Gold Coast airport).
We can host up to 85 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 15-20 retreat guests or Karma Yogis and up to 40 course participants on a variety of courses that may run parallel in our different teaching venues.
All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities blocks include showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).
Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes.
Single & double rooms in the ‘Lotus Pod’ Guest House
The latest addition to the Krishna Village accommodation options is the Lotus Pod - a beautiful rustic Queenslander that has been fully renovated in 2018. Our newest yoga class room is on the first floor, while underneath we offer 7 retreat rooms with private verandahs. Each rooms is equipped with a double bed and available as single occupancy, or double occupancy for couples. Bedding is being provided. Shared toilet and shower facilities are on the same floor.
Single, twin share & double rooms in our refurbished shipping containers
The Krishna Village offers 3 double rooms (1 big bed), 4 twin share rooms (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms in former shipping containers. They have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation, each with a beautiful wooden verandah, shared by 3 or 4 adjacent rooms. Bedding is being provided.
Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.
Delicious Vegetarian Food
The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible.
We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple.
All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...
The Krishna Farm
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organic veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance.
New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple.
30 August - 1 September 2019 (early bird rate until 10 July 2019)
Cost & payment
The 2019 rate for the course incl. 3 meals/day, a copy of Katie's book 'The Yoga of Birth' and 2 nights accommodation is:
Camping: AU$550 - early bird rate: AU$500
In Twin share accommodation: AU$690 - early bird rate: AU$640
In a single room: AU$770 - early bird rate: AU$720
In a Double room: AU$910 - early bird rate: AU$860
Without accommodation: AU$350 - early bird rate: AU$300
Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy.
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Required course materials: Course workbook (included) + Katie's book 'The Yoga of Birth' (included)
1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page
2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type
3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options and pay a deposit + 4 instalments (monthly or fortnightly, as required to complete payment before arrival).
"Fantastic information and wonderful energy"
'Yoga of Birth' is filled with fantastic information, a wonderful energy and vibe, great teachers, delicious food and comprehensive reference material. The primary teacher Katie Manitsas is highly qualified (both as a yoga instructor and experienced doula) and I really enjoyed learning from her. I also loved doing the course while pregnant and feel it has positively impacted my thoughts on my pregnancy and the birthing process.
- Manjula, Gold Coast
"Exceeded my expectations"
The most fulfilling aspect of teaching yoga for me is in guiding the student through the experience of the practice in such a way that they begin to establish for themselves a foundation for living in the world with greater connection and grounding. What better time in a woman’s life to offer that support than during pregnancy, when she moves towards birthing not only a baby but herself as a mother?
With this in mind, it can be intimidating for a yoga teacher to have a pregnant woman in class. I embarked on prenatal yoga with Katie in the hope that I would learn how to safely design and lead pregnant women through an asana class. The training exceeded my expectations: It was not only comprehensive but lovingly crafted, filled with the richness that Katie and the guest teachers bring to the course with their combined years of experience.
The course covered pregnancy, preparation for labour and the postnatal period. Some of my favourite parts included learning about appropriate asana for conception and pregnancy, sequencing and class planning and the beautiful focus on yoga philosophy in the context of pregnancy and childbirth. I have a special interest in Ayurveda and I loved the wisdom that Katie brought to the course on the relationship between Ayurveda and pregnancy, particularly the way that pregnancy impacts on the doshas.
There is an incredible nourishment to be drawn from working with women and creating sacred space to support one another, particularly during pregnancy and childbirth. The students in my group all had different experiences with pregnancy and childbirth. I do not yet have children and I was worried about whether I had the tools to complete the course, but I was put at ease. I have found teaching prenatal classes since the course very rewarding.
- Tara, Sydney
"Much more confident to teach"
“I am starting my journey as a Yoga teacher and still building my personality during my classes. I felt how important it was to make pregnant women feel safe and cared during their practices, so I decided to attend Katie’s workshop ‘Yoga of Birth’. Katie shared many experiences and knowledge with us making me feel much more confident to teach pregnant women from now on. I have already started this new path and received a great feedback from my students! I truly couldn’t recommend it more.”
- Juliana, Sydney