Ires Wilbanks, CYT, CD(DONA), CBC, has been rooted in helping women
during their childbearing years since 2007. She is a mother of two, a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher, certified doula, and a certified breastfeeding counselor. She teaches hatha, prenatal, postnatal and family yoga. She received her certifications from New York's Integral Yoga Institute, where she also has taught.
Ires is fascinated and curious about the many aspects of yoga and how it benefits and transforms people's lives. She has studied and trained with some of the most highly regarded and experienced yoga teachers in the world.
A former television news producer, she began studying and practicing yoga in 2000 to help relieve stress and started teaching in 2005.
Her path to becoming a doula began with the birth of her own children in 2004 and 2007. She is a DONA International certified labor doula and remains current with her education through advanced courses & research. She completed the assistant midwifery program at The Farm in TN as well as several advanced doula trainings with Debra Pascali-Bonaro and Robin Lim of Bumi Sehat in Bali.
She is honored to serve families on their journeys and committed to helping them have empowered and peaceful birth experiences.
Ancient yogis and leaders of the Grecian School of Medicine like Aristotle, understood the innate connection between the body and the mind. It is only recently that modern medicine is finding the psyche/soma connection an area worth studying.
Yoga is a philosophy and a science meant to help us live our lives with less suffering. Transformation begins on the physical plane via the postures and breathing. The body sheds toxins and becomes healthier and more supple. The powerful effects of the practice are felt immediately and can impact how we feel, how we look and how we lead our lives. Yoga has helped countless people overcome various ailments and has allowed them to experience joy in their lives!
My weekly regimen includes a daily Ashtanga yoga practice, pranayama, meditation. I take care of myself so that I can provide wholehearted compassionate care for the families I work with.
My classes are fueled by my love of yoga and my deep connection and understanding of birth as a spiritual journey. As your doula, I employ all the relaxation techniques I have learned over the years to help you stay calm and enjoy your birth.
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