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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

‘Dr Pooja’s Yoga and Integrated Mind-Body Therapies’ is the first New Zealand based school to offer Yoga Alliance registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

Graduates have the opportunity to learn from expert tutors and gain the recognition of Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).


Art of Living Centre Auckland6138249
93 Lansford Crescent, Auckland Avondale, NZ 0600

Type of Event

  • Teacher Training

Yoga Styles


Apr 11 to
Apr 17
07:00 amto17:00 pm



Cost: $1999.00 (if payment received by March 24th 2016).

Payments received after March 24th pay $2200.00.

Full Description

About This School of Learning

Welcome to a place of authentic learning where you can explore, learn, transform and safely gain knowledge, understanding, experience and confidence in the art, science, practice and teaching of yoga.

Drawing on many years of expertise in the field of yoga, we offer authentic teachings that are unique and transform students in their personal journey and academic and professional development.

Our purpose is to serve people with the authentic teachings of yogic wisdom with its foundational principals of yogic philosophy and practices in relation to pregnancy in a way that can be applied in the present time.

The guiding philosophy of our school is Promoting Value Based Teaching.
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Programme

This programme offers a unique opportunity to explore the authentic theoretical background and practical applications necessary to safely and appropriately conduct prenatal yoga classes.

Our expertise allows students to learn to teach yoga to pregnant women and learn to offer support through all stages of their pregnancy and birth in a safe environment with skill and confidence.

This programme is suitable for health practitioners yoga instructors and therapists, naturopaths, medical herbalists, midwives, osteopaths, physiotherapists etc. as well as offering a path for those who wish to explore and enhance their own personal practice and delve deeper into the world of yoga.
Course Accreditation

Upon completing the Dr Pooja’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Programme you will receive a certificate of completion.
Your Teachers

The teaching team is made up of highly qualified lead trainers Dr Pooja and Dr Sridhar Maddela, along with other experts in the field of CAM therapies & conventional medicine- GP/gynaecology-obstetrics, ayurveda and nutrition.
Course Outline

The following subjects will be covered:

General background with foundations and principles of yoga
Traditional Yoga philosophy
Anatomy & Physiology: understanding changes throughout pregnancy
Applied Anatomy & Physiology/yoga therapy: psycho-physiological changes to expectant mothers. Understanding complications and contraindications during pregnancy.
Birth: stages of labour; supporting a woman in natural/active birth; understanding intervention
Techniques, training and practices through all three trimesters: asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation, visualisations, and partner yoga exercises for prenatal sessions
Safety guidelines for prenatal sessions
Teaching methodology: designing and teaching lessons for each trimester
Eastern approach (ancient traditions such as Ayurveda and Yoga) for pregnancy
Case studies discussed , Yoga and Ayurvedic Nutritional approach during pregnancy

This course is grounded on a balanced platform of practical and theory. You begin each day with a practical ‘prenatal’ yoga class with a lead trainer, allowing you to really feel and experience what the postures and practices would feel like for a pregnant woman. This is followed with a combination of more practical as well as theory sessions. There will also be time for practice-teaching and integration of the vast amounts of knowledge you’ll be learning.

Cost: $1999.00 (if payment received by March 24th 2016).

Payments received after March 24th pay $2200.00.

I am not a yoga teacher, can I still do the course?

Yes, you are welcome to do this programme, even if you’re not currently a trained yoga teacher, however, we require that you have six months of prior personal yoga practice.

The course is also very suitable for health practitioners as mentioned above.

How do I go about becoming a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance?

If you are now a registered yoga alliance teacher (minimum 200 hour), then completion of our 85-hour prenatal yoga training programme enables you to simply apply for registration as a specialized RPYT. Please note applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga which is performed after completing a programme with a RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School).

If you are not currently a registered Yoga alliance teacher, you can still do the 200 hour training at any stage after this course. Upon completion of both courses you may then register as a RPYT.