Hi there! Im Chaitanya (pronounced chay-tania).
I work with women to help them heal from the immensity of pregnancy and birth, the discomfort of pelvic pain and imbalances, heart-wrenching loss and trauma and the emotional fallout that we experience as we journey though all these things.
I help women heal emotionally and physically and in the process, rekindle a connection with their body and womb and to acknowledge and embrace their inner power.
If you'd like to work together please contact me and we can book a session in person or online.
Based in Woolgoolga (and practicing up and down the Mid North Coast NSW), Australia, I am a skilled bodyworker and holistic healer trained and certified in Holistic Pelvic Care by Tami Lynn Kent (PT) and trained as a Birth Healing Specialist by Lynn Schulte (PT) of the Institute for Birth Healing in Colorado. I combine these hands on therapies with with my talents as a bodyworker and intuitive healer and support my clients with self care practices from Yoga and Ayurveda, specially tailored to the needs of the feminine body.
As women, we have vastly different needs to men, our bodies are engaged in cyclic rhythms and we transit through a vast number of roles as we journey through life. Given the state of the modern world, women have become prone to imbalances which create pain and disturbances, particularly in their womb and pelvic organs.
I have trained and immersed in many different practices over the years including:
Holistic Pelvic Care - (certified practitioner trained personally under Tami Kent)
Internal pelvic emotional and myofascial relase and inner journeywork practices for assessing and healing the pelvic floor, releasing trauma and restoring balance in the foundation of the woman.
Advanced Holistic Healing of The Pregnant Body - (With Lynn Schulte of the Institute for Birth Healing)
Bodywork for pregnant women to facilitate spaciousness for baby, balance of the pelvis, muscles and organs to facilitate optimum positioning and opening for birth.
Advanced Holistic Healing of the Postpartum Body - (also in person with Lynn Schulte)
Bodywork and bodybased emotional healing for helping mothers recover from the effects of pregnancy and birth on the body, pelvis and psyche.
Postpartum Planning Training - (7 Sisters program)
Incorporates the many pillars of postpartum nourishing and recovery to help parents to set themselves up to be supported when their new baby arrives.
Kalari Traditional South Indian Healing (Apprenticed with Peter Noblett) with herbal oils, bodywork and marma point healing.
Certified Women's Yoga teacher (Shakti Poorna Yoga TT with Bliss Baby Yoga / Byron Yoga Center) for working with imbalances of the womb, fertility, pregnancy, postnatal recovery, miscarriage and more.
Intuitive Energetic and Emotional healing (Energetic and intuitive skills developed over years of healing work and my own practices) This allows me to hold a powerful space for my clients, help them to drop deeply into connection with their body and facilitates transformation on many levels.
Yoga Application from the Perspective of Traditional Indian Medicine /Ayurveda (with Dr David Frawley from the Vedic Institue of America) Working with many and varied aspects of yoga (movement, breath, withdrawal, meditation, mantra from the perspective of health, wellbeing and healing.
I am so grateful to be able to weave all these practices together to help women reconnect and heal into deeper levels of ease and authenticity.
THE LONGER STORY
I am blessed to have lived a rich life and studied with a number of amazing teachers.
Here is the story of how I came to be offering Womb Temple Yoga and Healing to women.
My yoga training started over a decade ago in the North West of India, living in the home of a traditional teacher, Sat Guru Shri Shri Data Shri. Here I learned the basis of my spiritual practice and immersed in a practice of mantra - the use of sacred sound.
My guruji at the mouth of the Ganga - the holy river of India. We journeyed here together over 10 years ago.
On returning to Australia I continued my mantra immersion and worked with sound for healing and self evolution. I studied Kalari Ayurvedic therapy with a wonderful teacher Peter Noblett who taught me the ancient and rarely practiced therapy and how to make and use medicinal oils and herbal hotpacks. I continued expanding my interest in traditional Indian medicine and treated many people with the deeply healing Kalari massage in the following years. This involved working deeply with the energetic points on the body called marmas which are also foundational points for yoga asana and meditational practices. This work also taught me how to work with the energetic level of the body, releasing old patterns and even past life trauma and healing on a very deep level.
I was thrilled to study with the incredibly talented Kinesiologist Robert McDonnell who practices in Coffs Harbour. In 5 short courses (which were deeply experiential) I learned how to help bring people down from their adrenals, how to bring people out of traumatic loops that they are stuck or have been triggered into, how to reset and help heal ligament problems, release all kinds of trauma, flush the lymphatic system and more. These techniques were often implemented in my Kalari sessions with great success.
I have been blessed to study a three year course Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation with the world renowned teacher, yogi and scholar Dr David Frawley. This course involved learning how to use Yoga from the perspective of Ayurveda and helped me bring together my love of Yoga and the practical Ayurvedic understanding I had already gained through my Kalari work.
All the while I have maintained my own personal practice and endeavoured to implement the wisdom I have been blessed enough to gather.
My Yoga Teacher Training was done under Ana Davis at the Byron Yoga Center in NSW Autralia and was specially tailored to impart the techniques of yoga for the healing and wellbeing of Women. This is the only training of its kind in Australia and covered all aspects of Women's health and yoga including Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine perspectives, Fertility training, working with highly sensitive people and women with chronic fatigue, menstrual cycle awareness and healing menstrual problems and menopausal yoga to balance the hormones and ease the transition into a woman's wisdom years.
Living in Woolgoolga I have many Indian friends (we have roughly a 50% Punjabi Sikh population here inclding 3 temples) and I love meditating at the temples, sharing group meals and listening to the beautiful traditional kirtan. I have been blessed to meet many of my friend's Indian mothers and have been blessed to learn about the traditional post-partum care of the new baby and mother from these elders. Caring for new mothers and helping them calm and bring their energies back in after birth is a love of mine. I am able to share simple traditional food and practices which can make a huge impact on post-natal recovery and also like to work to help the healing of c-section scarring and womb recovery.
The more I immersed in my passion of facilitating womb reconnection and healing, the more I realised I needed to learn to practice internal pelvic assessment and healing. So I trained and am certified with renowned Pelvic Physiotherapist and Healer Tami Lynn Kent in her remarkable Holistic Pelvic Care. This training gave me first hand experience on the power of women's internal medicine and how easily the body can release that which is old and regain balance and vitality.
I followed this HPC training by studying in person with Lynn Schulte, Pelvic Physio and founder of the Institute for Birth Healing in Colorado. Lynn is also a remarkable healer who teaches Holistic Treatment of the Pregnant and Postpartum Woman. Her specialty is teaching how to help women recover pelvic stability after birth and in doing so resolve many common post partum issues and patterns such as pain, pelvic instability, incontinence and more. As a bodyworker and healer working with women of all ages this training was exceptional and the practices Lynn shared I use in every session! I followed this training with Advanced studies with Lynn in 2021.
I am truly blessed and eternally grateful to these marvelous teachers and highly recommend their work and practitioners worldwide.
The journey of learning continues...