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Sacred Birth

Sacred Birth, Doula, and Prenatal Yoga Training 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. Awakened Spirit Yoga encourages 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, yoga teachers will feel confident accommodating pregnant women in their regular classes, as well as be equipped to teach prenatal, couples workshops, and postnatal yoga classes.

Meet the instructors

Julia & Stefanie
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  • Daily guided yoga practices
  • All classes, workshops, field trips, and training manual
  • Eligibility to qualify for doula certification with DONA (Doulas of North America)
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


13 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 25 participants
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  • Temazcal
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

The shared cabañas at The Yoga Forest accommodate four people, in large single beds. Using natural building techniques, the cabañas are constructed with either bamboo or cypress, palm roof, and natural adobe walls or traditional bahareque (wattle and daub) of this area.

The beds are comfortable, with warm feather duvets and pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan Cushions. All circus tents come with a comfortable mattress, feather duvets, blankets, and cushions to keep you warm and cozy, all within beautiful natural forest surroundings.



Upon successful completion, 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-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training you’ll receive the designation of RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance. As an internationally recognized and certified school, the certificate will state you have completed the yoga teacher training program under the guidance of Julia Forest.

Doula certification

Awakened Spirit Yoga has combined doula training into 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 be 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.

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.

Participants also require

  • A minimum of 75 contact hours with Julia Forest (the training meets this requirement)
  • 10 observation hours observing or assisting classes in your community
  • Successful completion of teaching practicum with support of Julia, teaching team, and peers
  • 10 hours of homework readings to be completed after the course (this will be assigned in class)

This training is recommended for:

The 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.

  • Yogis interested in learning about women’s health, pregnancy, and conscious birthing
  • Yoga teachers seeking to develop a niche in prenatal yoga and to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
  • Educators, counselors, midwives, healthcare professionals, and women interested in expanding their knowledge in reproductive health and women-centered yoga practice

Goals of this course

  • Teach prenatal yoga therapeutically to support a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Learn how to safely modify postures for pregnancy, with knowledge of modifications, contraindicated and beneficial postures for each trimester
  • Understand anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, including western and eastern perspectives and the effects of pregnancy on the body, mind, and spirit
  • Gain a thorough understanding of birthing and pregnancy
  • Learn skills that are immediately applicable to all of your classes
  • Be mentored by a team of experienced and passionate teachers who are leaders in the field
  • Explore the landscape of Birth in all its realms: physiological, psychological, sociological, historical, political, and spiritual
  • Acquire knowledge and tools to heal your own birthing stories
  • Discover your authentic teaching voice and uncover the unique gifts that you have to offer through class exercise, the use of imagery, sequencing, birth art, and facilitator support
  • Encourage the harmonization of hormones and energy levels using yogic wisdom
  • Design skillful sequencing, positions for labor, asana for childbirth preparation, and postnatal recommendations for recovery
  • Integrate all aspects of the practice: asana, breathwork (pranayama), vocal toning (mantra), relaxation, working with themes, massage, and pain reduction techniques to help create a more positive and relaxed birthing experience
  • Come to an embodied understanding of our innate wisdom and the miracle of birth

All women are welcome, including the pregnant and postpartum. Babies in arms are welcome too!

Prenatal yoga teacher training topics covered

  • The stages of pregnancy and effects on body and mind
  • The physiology of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Pregnancy and childbirth as a journey
  • Deconstructing and transforming our relationship to pain
  • The benefits of prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • Modifications, contraindications, and beneficial asanas for each trimester
  • Postures to support a healthy pregnancy
  • Sequencing and class themes
  • Hands-on assisting in prenatal yoga
  • Pranayama and sound techniques
  • Relaxation and visualization for childbirth preparation and support of the birth experience
  • Integrating mindfulness and cultivating awareness in your classes
  • Incorporating imagery into cueing for breathwork and asana
  • Massage, birthing techniques, and laboring positions using yoga
  • Postnatal yoga for healing and beneficial asanas to support the body after childbirth
  • Simple infant massage and infant stimulation routine
  • How to create a supportive community in your class environment

In this course, you will

  • Receive an internationally recognized certification in yoga teaching and leadership
  • Open and close your journey with a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • Learn the fundamentals of our holistic and interdisciplinary approach to yoga
  • Visit successful permaculture projects and learn from local wisdom keepers
  • Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to create sustainable change
  • Nourish your mind, body, and spirit through daily yoga, meditation, and living in harmony with the earth
  • Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded community, and heartfelt inspiration

What’s unique about Awakened Spirit Yoga’s approach

With deep roots in Northern India, Awakened Spirit Yoga’s approach blends traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, and the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga to support individuals in leading joyful, empowered lives. Their alignment-based system incorporates mindfulness and traditional yogic wisdom with a modern understanding of the body. They believe yoga is for all people and create safe, inclusive, and engaging learning environments for you to discover your own potential. The curriculum is developed around the three pillars of mind, body, and earth, believing that they are essential, interconnected aspects of the yogic path.

Sample daily flow

  • 06:30 Yoga and movement practice
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 10:45 Yoga lab, anatomy or methodology
  • 12:15 Lunch
  • 14:00 Yoga philosophy
  • 16:15 Yoga lab, therapeutics, or methodology
  • 19:15 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening activity (meditation, circle, movie, or reflection)*

*3 times per week. The first day starts with dinner and the last day ends after breakfast


Julia Forest

Stefanie Antunes


San Marcos la Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility, and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a twenty-five-minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán. To escape to the lush tropical food forest please travel to Awakened Spirit Yoga with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch, and a spirit of adventure.

The Yoga Forest is a sacred sanctuary with ancient Mayan altars and natural springs that have been protected as a Natural Reserve in order to honor the land and the heritage of its people. Take your time here to connect to Mother Earth and create space for transformation and self-healing while enjoying the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over the lake towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman, and Atitlán. This is a unique retreat space within a tropical forest with amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, daily yoga and meditation, and friendly community living.



  • Temazcal


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet


During this training, you will be served delicious, nourishing, organic, and locally sourced vegetarian meals a day plus snacks will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals
  • All classes, workshops, field trips, and training manual
  • Daily guided yoga practices
  • Eligibility to qualify for doula certification with DONA (Doulas of North America)
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • Wi-Fi is available

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation
  • Required reading texts

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Arrive by flying into Guatemala City airport, then take a private or public shuttle to Lake Atitlan. Please contact Awakened Spirit Yoga for further details, or if you would like them to help arrange your transport from Guatemala City or Antigua to the Lake.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 28% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Tuesday February 15, 2022
Departure: Monday February 28, 2022

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