90 hours Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga offers tremendous benefits to women through every phase of pregnancy, labor and childbirth and throughout the postpartum period. It allows them to connect more deeply with themselves and their unborn babies.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
During pregnancy, women experience many changes physically, emotionally and mentally. On the physical level, yoga helps women to build and maintain their strength, stamina and flexibility – helping to prepare her for the often long and exhausting process of labor. In addition, a woman can experience many discomforts as her body changes to accommodate her growing baby, and these can often be alleviated through yoga. Because of the hormonal changes taking place, women can feel very emotional. Practicing yoga helps to balance the endocrine system, giving practitioners an overall sense of well-being. On the mental level, women often experience feelings of anxiety when thinking about labor and childbirth. The meditative aspects of yoga learned on the mat can be applied off the mat, helping to calm the mind when anxiety-producing thoughts arise.
By practicing yoga throughout her pregnancy, a woman is also preparing for labor and strength gained through yoga asana will help her to endure the physical demands of labor.
Yoga’s breath awareness and pranayama techniques can also be used as coping mechanisms during and between contractions. Integrating yoga’s meditative practices can encourage a woman to stay present. Being present allows her to work with her body, breath and baby during labor, which can help labor to progress, decreasing the possibility of dystocia (a slow or difficult labor).
Each day begins with a prenatal yoga class during which participants wear “pregnant bellies” to simulate the experience of moving in a prenatal body. Class will be followed by theory, practical application and practice teaching.
TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
o Anatomy and physiology of fetal development and pregnancy
o Stages of labor and birth
o C-Section, Episiotomy and complication of childbirth
o Common birth interventions
o Common discomforts of pregnancy and the postpartum period
o Key points of traditional midwifery from an experienced midwife
o Contraindications of pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal yoga sequencing
o Discussion, practice and leading of asanas and asana modifications for pregnancy and birth
o Discussion, practice and leading of pranayamas appropriate for pregnancy and birth
o Discussion, practice and leading of visualizations for relaxation and meditation
o Leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class including language, visualization and hands-on assisting
o Developing teaching skills with feedback
o How’s and why’s of strengthening the pelvic floor
o Marketing prenatal yoga classes
o Client management
o Doula workshop with a midwife: birthing positions, the basics of being a doula/labor partner
In addition, the course will provide tips for labor and birth, partner prenatal yoga and marketing
oneself. Our trainings include knowledge of anatomy and physiology of birth, wisdom from local
birth practitioners, examination of birth stories, why yoga and pregnancy work so well together.
Students will leave confident, qualified and comfortable teaching prenatal yoga.
(subject to some variation)
9:00 am – 11:00 am Techniques, Training, Practice
11:00 pm – 12:00 pm Teaching Methodology
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postnatal Education
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Anatomy & Physiology
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Practicum (Practice Teaching)
o Participants should have completed a 200 hour Teacher Training diploma or equivalent.
o This course is also suitable for experienced childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and other pregnancy health professionals with a committed yoga practice of at least 2 years.
o The 90 hour Yoga Alliance®-registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training allows yoga teachers who complete the training to register with Yoga Alliance® as Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT). Yoga teachers can earn 90 Yoga Alliance® CEUs.
Please note: For those who have not completed a Level 1 Yoga Alliance Registered Training, or registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, you will receive a graduation certificate from Brahmani Yoga upon completion of this training, but you will not be able to register with Yoga Alliance as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 11 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga one of the leading yoga centres in the region. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice.
During that time, Joanne attended most of the Brahmani teacher trainings including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative, and holds the Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hours accreditation. Her teaching embraces Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but also reflects her diverse background to incorporate other traditions and styles. She teaches with awareness and enthusiasm, whilst always being attentive to students’ needs and the energy of the class.