Breath Awareness for Birth

taught by Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei

Course description

Breath Awareness for Birth takes you through five different breath exercises, designed to help you harness the power of your breath and prepare for birth. 

You will learn the effective usage and modifications for:

  • Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Warrior Breath (Ujjayi Breathing)
  • 4:4 Pranayama
  • 4:8 Pranayama
  • Skull Shining Breath (Kapalabhati)

We will also cover how your birth partner can support your breath, providing hands on assistance and encouragement so you are both prepared for birth. 

If you are a birth professional taking this course, it will hel pyou to understand the variety of breath practices available to your clients, and ready you with the tools to be able to teach them, support them and encourage them to be an active participant in their care.


Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei
Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei
Owner, Birth and Postpartum Doula | Certified Meditation Instructor | Doula Trainer

Shannon  began Sweet Stella's in 2010 following the birth of her first babe,  Owen, to help her navigate postpartum depression. She was fresh off a  very bad birth experience, complicated breastfeeding and was faced with  PPD and anxiety. Sweet Stella's became her safe place, and one that has  grown and evolved over the past several years. In January 2015, Shannon  became a fully certified professional doula through Doula Alliance. She  is located on the west side of London, Ontario.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Doula Training and Mentorship
  • Hypnobirth and Meditation
  • Birth Trauma and Crisis
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • Miscarriage and Infant Loss
  • Birth and Postpartum Support

I  firmly believe that my role as your doula is to support the decisions  that you are making for your family, and to never impress my own  personal opinion on you. Being a parent can be hard; I want to make sure  you feel supported, empowered and validated in your choices. When we  work together, you will receive my support, knowledge and consistent  check-ins. You are not alone in your journey; I am here to help guide  you along your way.

Shannon is the mom of two boys and one  babe who miscarried in 2013, holds her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and  History from Wilfrid Laurier University and has served dozens of  families since becoming a doula in August 2014. She has attended both  hospital and home births, has experience with birth trauma and  miscarriage, is trained in hypnobirth with The Calm Birth School, is a  big supporter of self care for moms, and has recently developed the  Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula Training program for Sweet  Stella's. Shannon has also completed the Certified Meditation Instructor  program through the University of Holistic Theology and is thriving as a  meditation instructor, leading classes both in person and online.  Recently, she finished up the Cosmic Kids Yoga Crash Course and is  teaching Kids Yoga and Meditation at North Yoga & Wellness.

When she's not assisting at a birth or leading her team, Shannon writes for Fit Pregnancy and Thyme Maternity,  and enjoys the mental release and clarity of running and her own  meditation practice, time with her best girls and a nice glass of  prosecco. Shannon is also an active member on the House Committee at the  London Hunt and Country Club, and the School Council at Byron Northview  Public School.