Bliss Baby Yoga graduate Chaitanya Morly-Southall uses the tools of Yoga, Education and Holistic Pelvic CareTM to help women connect and heal their feminine foundations.
Chaitanya, founder of The Womb Temple Yoga, completed her 200 hr and Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings with Bliss Baby Yoga. She now uses her knowledge to teach yoga, facilitate womb connection and share the ways that yoga can nourish and support women.
What inspired you to work with women in yoga and health?
As an Ayurvedic massage therapist, I loved working with new mothers. At times of massive life changes it’s important to calm the nervous energies (Vata) with warmth, oil, rest and simple nourishment. When I realised there were ways to practice yoga that honoured the cycles and seasons of a woman’s life I knew this was the future of my work.
What drew you to study with Bliss Baby Yoga?
When I had this realisation – of an approach to yoga which honours the unique needs of a woman’s body and life – I found Ana Davis and completed her 200hr Shakti Purna Yoga Teacher Training in Byron Bay. The training was so thorough that in addition to Asana and Restorative Yoga, we also covered fertility, fatigue, menstrual, menopausal issues and more. I decided to follow it up with the Online Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
What are your top tips for teaching Prenatal Yoga?
Firstly, teach pregnant women Yoga Nidra. The Bliss Baby Yoga training taught me that rest is how you show your baby you care. Women understand the importance of rest when it is phrased it like this!
Secondly, focus on surrender and trust. The body knows how to birth so its essential to remind women of this, together with practices that help her out of her mind and into her womb.
What keeps you passionate about women’s yoga and health?
When I see my teachers like Ana writing books and travelling the world to share their work it touches me so deeply. We women have been locked out of our own temples for far too long but it’s not hard to find our way back home. The work we are doing collectively is changing the paradigm and changing lives. I’m so grateful to everyone out there living their dharma and facilitating the return of the Feminine Way.
How do you maintain an ongoing relationship with the Bliss Baby Yoga Community?
I love the Bliss Baby Yoga Facebook group! It inspires me and allows me to share the womb-focussed yoga skills I’ve been developing with other teachers who are passionate about helping women also.
We are forging a new yoga culture which respects the woman and the womb, and it’s largely unchartered ground. Sharing together in this online group allows us to grow and learn together and access and discuss each others’ experiences quickly.
How important is it to have a support network and connections with like-minded women, like the Bliss Baby Yoga Facebook group?
This is so important to me. I live in a tiny town so it’s great to know there are other passionate women’s yoga teachers who want to geek out on wombs and women’s business. I feel great when I can share something that another teacher can apply in her work.
What’s your advice to someone wanting to start out in women’s yoga and womb-focused work?
I would say two things. Firstly, do the Bliss Baby Yoga trainings! The courses are brilliant and the teachers are so supportive. Secondly, dedicate some time to cultivating connection with your own womb and her cycles so you can share from a nourished and embodied place. The world needs more women guiding women back home but it doesn’t need any more burnouts!
If you are passionate about supporting women through yoga, we offer a range of Bliss Baby Yoga online courses including Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Fertility, as well as online extension modules including Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women’s Health, Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology, and Supporting IVF with Fertility Yoga. We also offer Online One-on-One Mentoring Sessions with our experienced team of Bliss Baby Yoga facilitators.
Chaitanya Morly-Southall runs The Womb Temple Yoga, helping women connect and heal their feminine foundations through Yoga, Education and Holistic Pelvic CareTM. Chaitanya teaches yoga, facilitates womb connection and shares the ways yoga can nourish and support women. She also works ‘hands-on’ and ‘hands-in’ helping to gently release physical and emotional holding in the bones, tissues and organs of the pelvis and give restorative practices to facilitate deep change. You can connect with Chaitanya on her website www.wombtempleyoga.com and on Facebook and Instagram @wombtempleyoga . She offers yoga, healing and support in person on the Coffs Coast NSW and online around the world.
Further Reading related to this topic:
- The path of surrender: a key to a ‘good’ birth by Beth Ivy Buxton
- The Sādhanā of Motherhood: tips for integrating yoga into daily life by Nadine O’Mara
- Self Care for All Phases of your Menstrual Cycle by Ana Davis
- Om Shanti Feminine Meditation with Ana Davis
- Yoga’s Sweetest Nectar: Yoga Nidra by Ana Davis
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