My name is Siri Amrit Khalsa.
Ever since I can remember I have felt wonder and deep trust in the process of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I grew up in a spiritual community where pregnancy and birth were considered a natural yet sacred experience in a woman’s life. My mother and other women around me gave birth naturally, at home, and were cared for during the 40 days after birth by a woman from the community. This is where my deep rooted belief that everything we need is already inside of us was born and it is my wish to support women and their families on their journey to rediscover this natural wisdom.
My own journey began with the pregnancy and birth of my first son in 2006. This planted the seed for the work I do today. Over the years, I have become a doula and a pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher. I have integrated my love of singing and dance into my work through workshops and a brand new training for professionals. Dancing for birth has been my inspiration for the use of dance. I have trained as an instructor and a trainer. All of this together forms the basis of my work in supporting women and their families in having a powerful experience and in training others to use the tools of movement, dance, voice and song in their work with pregnancy and birth.
My wish is to support women on their journey of empowerment, to live these magical moments in their life as a potentially transformational process. Dance and the use of voice have a special place in my heart when it comes to supporting women during pregnancy and birth. These are tools that allow you to enjoy, relax and empower yourself while working in a positive way on the physical and emotional state of a woman and her baby.
“I have been blessed to grow up in a community where birth was considered to be something natural. When it was my turn to give birth, I was able to do so without fear, in my home in water with the support of a midwife. These life changing experiences have formed the basis of my personal and professional wisdom. I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with many wise women from whom I have learned and deepened my knowledge and skills.”
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on the 8th of November 1979.
I grew up between Amsterdam, the Alps in the South of France and India. Amsterdam has been a constant in my life and I currently reside here.
My studies in Cultural Anthropology and my love of travel brought me to Mexico where I met the love of my life in 2001.
As I come from a multicultural background, I grew up speaking English (my father is Canadian), Dutch, French and understanding a little Hebrew. As a young adult I also learnt how to speak Spanish (fluently) and German (quite well).
I have three children – the lights of my life and my greatest teachers! Two boys (2006 and 2011) and a girl (2015). They are also trilingual – English, Spanish and Dutch.
In 2008 I embarked on my journey to become a doula with the Opleiding tot Doula in Utrecht.
I have had the pleasure of deepening my doula skills inspiring women such as: Midwife, JJ Doula Training, TCM practitioner Jacky Bloemraad- de Boer, Ina-May Gaskin (Pioneer midwife and author), Debra Pascali-Bonaro (Doula trainer, Film-maker Orgasmic Birth) and Barbara Harper (Water Birth International).
In 2011 I had the honour of following the Yoga-Doula training with my wise mother Gurujagat Kaur Ronen and certified as a Kundalini Yoga Pregnancy and Post-Partum teacher.
In 2012 I found my joy with Dancing for Birth from founder Stephanie Larson and became a Certified Instructor. In 2013 I became a trainer able to teach the benefits and joy of dance to others wishing to integrate these beautiful tools into their work.
In 2016, I am crystalizing all this wisdom and passion for movement, dance, voice and song into a new inspiring training. I hope to inspire others to bring these elements into their work with pregnancy and birth and to spread the joy!