85 HR Sacred Birth Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga & Doula Training – California


Available dates

April 6-12 | Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training (April 12-15 Doula Training Optional Add-on)

October 11-17 | Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training (Oct 17-20 Doula Training Optional Add-on)



Teravana Retreat Center, Cazadero, California


Course description Sacred Birth is an 85+ hour dual certificate training. This training equips yoga teachers with tools to empower and support pregnant women throughout their pregnancies and labor. We encourage participants to explore and awaken to the radically healing potential of yoga and holistic birth support as therapeutic tools to empower the birthing journey from pregnancy to motherhood. After the completion of this course, you will feel confident accommodating pregnant women in their regular classes, as well as be equipped to teach prenatal, couples workshops and postnatal yoga classes.


Yoga and holistic birth support are potent therapeutic tools to empower the birthing journey from pregnancy to parenthood. This internationally recognized training program will ignite your journey to support healing and transformation during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. Sacred Birth focuses on nurturing conscious pregnancy and parenthood while addressing the medical, political and spiritual considerations of birthing.


This 85hr hour dual-certification program and retreat promises to be full of transformation, learning and inspiration. Congratulations for choosing to become a part of a global movement of change-makers, working to empower, heal and restore birth.

Julia Forest

ASY Founder & E-RYT Lead Yoga Facilitator & RPYT


E-RYT Yoga Facilitator Alexa Rittichier

Alexa Rittichier

E-RYT Yoga Facilitator & RPYT

Awakened Spirit is a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga School. 

Course details

Duration and effort




Recommended for

Our program is holistically designed for those who are interested in learning a mind-body approach to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting preparation with a therapeutic focus.


What our students say
about this course

“Julia is a fantastic teacher. She created a warm and community-like environment. I learned many skills and tools that I will use in my yoga classes, in my life and perhaps in my own pregnancy. I especially found learning her mindfulness and awareness based approach very valuable. This course is very thorough and addressed the various aspects of pregnancy: physiological, anatomical, psychological and spiritual. I highly recommend this course!”




“Awakened Spirit offers a well designed and presented training. Julia is incredibly knowledgeable and brings forth her expertise and experience in a thoughtful and nurturing way. I liked learning the changes that occur in each stage of pregnancy. In this course I discovered the value of living the life I want to live now, discovered my unique gifts that I have to offer to my students and how mindfulness brings about a deeper way of living an authentic life. ”



New Zealand

“Julia really cared about our personal growth as teachers. The environment that she created gave a feeling of community and intimacy that created a perfect foundation for our exploration of prenatal yoga. With years of experience as a yogi, yoga teacher, doula and prenatal teacher, Julia brings lots of knowledge and authentic care for each participant. She draws upon her real-life experience. I have learned more than I ever expected and feel so grateful for that.”




Goals of This Course:

Everyone is invited, including those who are pregnant, postpartum, identifying as LGBTQ, and men. Babies in arms are welcome too! (Or if you are interested, this course is also offered ONLINE for a limited time only.)

What’s unique about our approach?

With deep roots in Northern India, our approach blends traditional Hatha, Vinyasa and the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga to support individuals in leading joyful, empowered lives.


Our alignment-based system incorporates mindfulness and traditional yogic wisdom with a modern understanding of the body. We believe yoga is for all people and create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments for you to discover your own potential.


Our curriculum is developed around the three pillars of Mind, Body & Earth, believing that they are essential, interconnected aspects of the yogic path.


Talk to us

We offer free consult calls with our facilitators. Please schedule a Zoom or Whatsapp to speak with us!

In this course you will


Whether you’re a teacher, birth professional or yoga practitioner, you are embarking on a personal journey of self-reflection and healing. In this training you will be mentored to explore and develop your unique expression of teaching and facilitating sacred space for pregnancy and postpartum.


Ready to start?

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Module 1

Prenatal Yoga

  1. The stages of pregnancy and effects on body and mind
  2. The physiology of pregnancy and childbirth
  3. Pregnancy and childbirth as a journey
  4. Deconstructing and transforming our relationship to pain
  5. The benefits of prenatal yoga
  6. Modifications, contraindications and beneficial asanas for each trimester
  7. Postures to support a healthy pregnancy
  8. Sequencing and class themes
  9. Hands-on assisting in prenatal yoga
  10. Pranayama and sound techniques
  11. Relaxation and visualization for childbirth preparation and support of the birth experience
  12. Integrating mindfulness and cultivating awareness in your classes
  13. Incorporating imagery into cueing for breathwork and asana
  14. Massage, birthing techniques and laboring positions using yoga
  15. How to create a supportive community in your class environment

Module 2

Postnatal Yoga

1. Needs of the birthing person: first 6 weeks and beyond; physiological and anatomical changes

2. Perinatal Mental Health—including an overview of perinatal mood disorders

3. The benefits of postnatal yoga

4. Safe and effective strategies to support a healthy recovery and yoga practices for rebuilding strength and flexibility after childbirth

5. Foundation in infant development and benchmarks

6. Infant stimulation techniques you can incorporate into your classes

7. Pranayama and sound techniques

8. Integrating mindfulness and cultivating awareness in your classes

9. Incorporating imagery into cueing for breathwork and asana

10. Postnatal yoga for healing and beneficial asanas to support the body after childbirth

11. Simple infant massage and infant stimulation routine

12. Sequencing and the 5 Postnatal Posture Groups

13. Establishing and running a parent and baby yoga class & incorporating baby in the yoga postures

14. Advanced yoga techniques for pelvic floor health

15. Restorative yoga for new mothers including sample classes

Module 3

Doula certification topics covered

  1. Role of the Doula
  2. Emotional, physical, and informational support of women and families in the prenatal period, at birth, and in the early postpartum period
  3. Involving support people
  4. Comfort measures
  5. Common interventions and medications
  6. How to become a Certified Doula with Awakened Spirit
  7. Scope of practice and Code of Ethics
  8. Interprofessional relationships
  9. How to build a Doula business

We’ve added an optional doula training to the program to provide a well-rounded knowledge base and approach to yoga teaching. Whether you choose to attend births or not, the knowledge, training, and hands-on experience gained from this portion will be invaluable to being able to fully support pregnant women and their families. In the 18 hours dedicated to this topic, you will deepen your knowledge of the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of pregnancy, birth, and the early parenting experience so you will feel prepared to answer common questions accurately and knowledgeably.


Option to add on the Doula Training for $400 (plus the R&B)

This program includes

** Does not include transport (flights or shuttles). Once registering, the retreat center will provide support with shuttles. 

R-PYT Eligibility

To gain Yoga Alliance certification as RPYT, a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is required. Others can participate but will not be eligible for registration as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Sample daily flow

6.30 am

Yoga & Movement practice 


8 am



9 am

Yoga Philosophy


10.45 am

Yoga Lab, Anatomy or Methodology


12.15 pm



2 pm

Yoga Philosophy


4.15 pm

Yoga Lab, Therapeutics or Methodology


7.15 pm



8 pm

Evening activity; meditation, circle, movie or reflection. (3 times per week)



*first day starts with dinner and last day ends after breakfast.


Participants also require...


Join us in California

Teravana Retreat

Just two hour from San Francisco, this beautiful off-grid retreat centre in Sonoma County, California sits within 600 acres of pristine forest and rolling hills with plenty of space to explore, connect, and recharge in a serene setting.



Enjoy the endless vistas, truly luxury off-grid accommodation and delicious, organic farm-to-table meals during your stay here (meat and veggie options).


Tuition $1500
+ Accommodation(R&B) $1500-3000*

* Accommodation (R&B) collected by the retreat center Teravana upon registering. You’ll reserve your preferred accommodation when you secure your spot in the training by paying your tuition. 

** Doula Training add-on is an additional $400 to the tuition. 

Rooming Options

Shared room

Private room

Prenatal & Postnatal YTT R&B Costs

Prenatal & Postnatal YTT PLUS Doula Training R&B Total

** Inclusivity Scholarship opportunities are available for this training! Click here to see if you’re eligible to apply.

Meet your facilitators

Julia Forest

ASY founder , training director & 500 E-RYT® | Lead yoga facilitator

Julia is an international yoga teacher, birth doula, women’s health advocate, and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and empowered birth. She is co-creator of the Sacred Birth Yoga & Doula Training, is founding director of Awakened Spirit Yoga and co-founder of the Wellkind Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on community empowerment and wellbeing through the lens of permaculture. She also created the Sacred Earth Yoga Training, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities.

“Julia really cared about our personal growth as teachers. The environment that she created gave a feeling of community and intimacy that created a perfect foundation for our exploration of prenatal yoga. With years of experience as a yogi, yoga teacher, doula and prenatal teacher, Julia brings lots of knowledge and authentic care for each participant. She draws upon her real-life experience. I have learned more than I ever expected and feel so grateful for that.”

— LL, Germany

E-RYT Yoga Facilitator Alexa Rittichier

Alexa Rittichier

Prenatal yoga teacher, doula & 200 E-RYT® | Yoga facilitator

Alexa was introduced to yoga in 2001 after a hospitalization from a rare blood disorder. Through the practice of yoga, Alexa began a journey of relearning herself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Alexa is passionate about coming alongside people as they go through transformative experiences. The emphasis in Alexa’s classes is on alignment, accessibility, personal power and connecting with self. Alexa is a relatable and compassionate teacher who is dedicated to meeting students where they are.

Talk to us

We offer free consultation calls to chat with one of our facilitators. If you have any questions, please schedule a Zoom or Whatsapp call by clicking the button below.

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga and Doula Training

The prerequisites for the prenatal yoga teacher trainings is only that you must be passionate and inspired to create a community of likeminded women who want to help support and guide other mothers safely through the practice of yoga. We only ask that you are dedicated and feel compelled to answer this very sacred call.

It is helpful to have prior teaching experience but isnt necessary. Much of the course and the postures are referred to in sanskrit and english terminology. It’s certainly recommended to have a previous practice of the asana or postures as the course content will flow with more ease and understanding and be able to assimilate the information more quickly. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding Yoga Alliance accreditations (info@awakenedspirityoga.com).

Yes! The Yoga Alliance has granted us temporary approval to lead a Virtual 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We are a Registered Yoga School (RYS) for the 200 Hour, 300 Hour, and 85 Hour Pre-Natal levels. Upon successful completion of one of the previously mentioned programs, you are eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), and will be certified to teach yoga internationally. Once you’ve met all the requirements of the 85 hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training you’ll receive the designation of RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance.

Yes, once all the requirements have been met and the 1 hr practicum video recording has been observed, you will receive a certificate to obtain liability insurance as well as employment. As an internationally recognized and certified school, the certificate will state you have completed the online yoga teacher training program under the guidance of Julia Forest.

The prenatal yoga teacher training content is the same for the online training and the 85 hour self-paced training. The postnatal training is included in the self-paced training and can be purchased as an add on for the live virtual training.

We understand completely the demands and importance of family, tending to small children while juggling work and day-to-day demands. The online yoga teacher training courses allow you to work at your own pace by reviewing the videos and moving through the course manual and workbook at your own time.

The live virtual covers most of what you need to know during class hours.

We do not offer funds for our online courses because we’ve invested a lot of time and energy into creating the course content and videos. Once you’ve had access to these files, as in all information, it holds value. Should you have a health concern and are otherwise unable to complete the program, please contact

We run different iteneraries for this course. Please check our schedule for more details.


Yes 🙂 Our course counts for continuing education with the yoga alliance and also you can upgrade your yoga alliance membership to registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT).

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