Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training and Doula Certification

Pregnancy yoga teacher training and doula certification

2018 training dates: 

March 3 and 4

March 24 and 25

April 21 and 22

May 5 and 6 


Newtown Yoga Room, 35 Dixon Street, Newtown.

Daily schedule:

12.30pm – 5.00pm with a break from 2.30pm – 3.00pm.  


Earlybird  $2800 plus GST (must book and pay deposit before 31st January 2018)

Full price  $3000 plus GST

Payment plans are possible, please contact us to discuss.  You can pay in weekly or fortnightly instalments.  Payment is transferable but NOT refundable once your booking has been accepted.

This training is amazing value.  As a comparison the annual weekend Yoga of Birth training with Katie (12 hours) is $350.  The cost of doula training on its own through the Australian Doula College is around $2800.

We are offering the opportunity to become a qualified doula (childbirth support person) and a certified pre and post-natal yoga teacher. The Sadhana of Birth is a program we have developed for yoga teachers who want to support women on the journey towards and in motherhood.

Sadhana means ‘conscious spiritual practice’ and nowhere is this intention needed more than in the realm of birthing and new motherhood.  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 we are so excited to be offering for the very first time in Australia an education which combines a fully certified and in-depth pre and post natal yoga teacher training with doula certification.  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 support person.


Katie Manitsas in collaboration with The Australian Doula College offers for the first time ever a training which meets the highest standard of pregnancy and post natal yoga teacher training with a full and certified doula training.

When running our pregnancy trainings previously, many of the teachers would express an interest in doula training (especially once they came to understand the importance of the role of the doula and also after spending 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 a home-study / self-timed component between these sessions, which includes journaling, reading, watching some specific documentaries, class planning and yoga teaching practice. The doula component of the training involved 19 workbooks which are mainly completed as homework, so please do be aware there is a substantial home study requirement for this training.

In addition if you would like to become a certified doula you will attend three births as a ‘student doula’.  The details of this will be explained to you during the training.  There is an additional $295 fee (total) for this component which covers the cost of your 24 hour on-call support and de-brief sessions with the Australia Doula College.

Additional costs:

Your only additional costs are the purchase of the five required books (not included in course fee):

  • Birth – by Catherine Price and Sandra Robinson

  • The Doula Book – by Klaus Kennel & Klaus

  • Well Adjusted Babies – by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani

  • Yoga for Pregnancy –  by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (please bring this book to every session)

  • Birth in Awareness – Gabrielle Earls (please bring this book to every session)

You will receive a copy of ‘The Yoga of Birth’ by Katie Manitsas as part of the course fee.


In addition to these texts you will be provided with extensive course notes and workbooks.


As mentioned above if you wish to gain certification as a doula there is an additional $295 cost for the Australian Doula College birthing support (you will attend three births as a student doula).


What does the training include, what will we learn? 


  • Comprehensive doula training, incorporating how to meet your own needs and the needs of your clients before, during and after birth. You will discover how to help your clients prepare for an empowering birth, understand what empowers or disempowers a birthing woman, and how to help her to bond deeply with her newborn baby. The doula training sessions show you how to create a good working relationship with your clients and naviagate the maternity system. You will learn how to deal with difficult situations and how to support your clients through the first weeks after birth.


  • 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).


  • More details on course content is available on our ‘learning outcomes’ sheet, please contact us for a copy of this.


Who are the teachers? 


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 Sydney and still attends births on a regular basis.


Where is the training held? 

Newtown Yoga Room, 35 Dixon Street, Newtown

There is also an in-depth 19 part home study component and a birth attendance component.


How do I book in? 

Bookings are taken through the Australian Doula College.  Please contact them directly to pay and enrol.


Phone: (02) 8036 5580.  This phone is manned during office hours and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Please note you will be asked to provide evidence of your 200 hours yoga teacher training certificate after enrolment.


How can I find out more?

Please email


Accredited and certified by:


The Australian Doula College

Yoga Australia (Pre/Post Natal Post Grad Course) for teachers with a 350 hour Level 1 certification only

Yoga Alliance for 200+ hour certified teachers

You must be a qualified yoga teacher to enrol in this training.

The training is 150 hours, including birth attendance or 100 hours without birth attendance.  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are available with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia for the yoga study portions of the training.  In addition we are currently in application for accreditation with both these bodies for Post-Graduate Certification in Pregnancy and Post-Natal Yoga which we expect to receive in early 2017.  The Australia Doula College also recognises and certifies the training. Upon completion you will receive a certificate and details of how to register with your chosen governing body.


Note re: Yoga Australia  the pre-requisite for the course is primarily for 350 hour trained teachers or Level 1 Registered Yoga Australia teachers.  Students who are not teachers can complete the course but they need to understand that they cannot register with Yoga Australia as Yoga Teachers.

For the purposes of Yoga Alliance accreditation and joining this training however we only require completion of a 200 hour training.  If you’re confused about any of this please ask us.

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