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Prenatal and Postpartum Teacher Training with Arielle Nash-Degagne

This course is appropriate for expectant mothers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, midwives, doulas and birth coaches.
This course meets the 85-hour requirement of Yoga Alliance standards for Prenatal Yoga and it will outline a woman’s journey from preconception to 1 year after childbirth.


55/20-24 Moo 4, Tambon Namuang,, Koh Samui Surathani, TH 84140
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Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles



Dec 5 to
Dec 19
12:15 pmto12:15 pm

The Daily Schedule

6: 30am Early breakfast
7:00 am Seated practice
8:00 – 10:00 am Led asana class (some self-practice)
10:00 am – 11:00 pm Brunch
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Theory
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Lunch & free time
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Class design
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner & optional evening program
Saturdays will be a day off



Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 83,580 per person
Semi-Private room 75,180 per person
Share two bedroom loft 66,780 per person

The rate is inclusive of:
Full yoga program
Fully equipped accommodation with AC
Full brunch and dinner buffets
Herbal steam room
Salt water swimming pool

Full Description

About the Retreat
This course is appropriate for expectant mothers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, midwives, doulas and birth coaches. The content of this course is drawn both from scientific knowledge and the personal experiences of pregnant yoga practitioners.

Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, the relationship between mother and baby begins long before birth. Yoga can play an integral role in the quality of this relationship as mom connects with baby and takes care of her body and mind through practice.

Teaching pregnant women is delicate and must be approached with the proper knowledge and confidence to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Post partum women need to be guided back into practice with key exercises that assist in re-building strength, balance and stability while getting reacquainted with their post baby body.

This course will outline a woman’s journey from preconception to 1 year after childbirth.

Topics include:
Preparing for pregnancy
Understanding the menstrual cycle and fertility
The stress response and hormone regulation
Psychological preparation
The physiology of conception
What it means to grow a baby
Practices to increase fertility
The Anatomy & physiology of a woman’s body during pregnancy
Pregnancy hormonal shifts
The biomechanics of the expectant mother
How the body changes during pregnancy
Organ function
Pregnancy “symptoms”
Pregnancy after age 35
Energy conservation and expenditure
The psychology of miscarriage
The Pregnancy Journey
The mental shifts during pregnancy
Stages of Fetal development and the effects on the expectant mother
Partner Yoga during pregnancy
Diet & Nutrition during Pregnancy
Relaxation and Meditation Techniques for pregnant women
Injury during pregnancy

Trimester Specific Practice Considerations:
Anatomy and Alignment
General Precautions
Pranayama during pregnancy
Do’s and don’ts for each Trimester
Exercise outside of practice (other activities)
Connecting with baby
Abdominal and Pelvic awareness
Asana for alleviating symptoms
Sequencing and adjusting
Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha practice for each trimester
Teaching a Prenatal Restorative Class
Yoga and the High Risk Pregnancy
Preeclampsia and hypertension
Multiples pregnancy (carrying twins or more)
Early or advanced age pregnancy
Gestational diabetes
Other health considerations
Assisting an Expectant Mother in Preparing for Childbirth
Signs and stages of labor
Birthing Options
Premature labour
Working with health care practitioners
Breathwork and Pain Management
Mental preparation

The 4th Trimester
Becoming “mom”
The early days post-partum
C-Section and Vaginal birth recovery
Post partum depression
Nutrition for breast feeding
Relationship management
When to start practicing yoga after having a baby
A woman’s body after children
Mom & Baby yoga
The Ethics of Teaching Pregnant Women
When to consult her health care practitioner
Building a network of allied health professionals
How to appropriately hold space for the mother to be
You will leave confident in your ability to teach basic level prenatal classes and adapt a Vinyasa practice for an experienced practitioner.

About the Teacher: Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois.

As Wellness Director, Arielle is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact and guide Samahita guests toward optimal wellness. Arielle is also Samahita’s resident anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita and other centres. Arielle takes yoga off the mat at home as a proud mother of twin toddlers.

Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.

~ Kaitlyn, USA, November ’14

Arielle knows so much about anatomy! She explains it all very well and gave us the passion to know our own bodies.
~ Paola, France, November ’14

Arielle was amazing! I am now so excited to learn more about anatomy.
~ Tabbi, UK, November ’14
I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class.
~ Karen, Switzerland, 2014

Arielle is straight-forward, very warm and loving charisma, has the ability to make anatomy exciting.
~ Josephine, Austria 2014

Arielle, against all odds I actually know something about anatomy! You deserve a medal and you are a star when one needs a notary!
~ John, Hong Kong, 2014

Arielle and Elonne’s adjustments and advice in the Mysore space were invaluable. The amount of time and energy they gave to adjustments and teaching during Mysore was incredible!”
~ Erica, Canada, 2014

Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable.
∼ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto

Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle.
∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City