Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Friday-Monday March 27-30, 2015 8 am-5 pm
Bliss Yoga & Healing Arts- Union, Maine
Instructors: Aiyana Athenian and Dawn Tassi
Check back for 2016 dates in September 2015.
The ShivaShakti Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training provides participants with a strong foundation in teaching asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), and meditation to pregnant women. This 4-day Level 1 course focuses on teaching yoga practices that support a pregnant woman by both relaxing and strengthening her body and mind. All three trimesters are covered in detail including both the development of the woman’s body and that of the developing baby. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the anatomical and physiological changes happening within a body during pregnancy and how yoga can support the health of a pregnant woman. Participants will learn how to adapt yoga poses to suit a pregnant body and how to sequence prenatal yoga classes.
One is educated in common discomforts of pregnancy, types of birth and birthing methods, and how yoga can prepare a woman for an easier birthing experience. This 30-hour Foundational Training provides participants with the knowledge necessary to be able to conduct a class with women in all stages of pregnancy. Instruction is given in pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation to recognize fears/doubts around the birthing process and to encourage a peaceful state of mind for a pregnant woman. Participants learn ways to empower women to trust in the innate wisdom and power of their bodies and to embrace pregnancy and birth as an incredible and transformative experience.
Each training day begins with a prenatal yoga class including asana, pranayama, and meditation with the instructors, which all participants join in. Then participants learn about the stages of development of a pregnant woman and a fetus from an anatomical viewpoint. Afternoons will be spent exploring specific yoga poses, modifications and contraindications, pranayamas (breathing exercises), meditations, and hands-on assists for pregnant bodies. Students will receive teaching practice throughout the course. Each day includes a 1-hour lunch break.
This course is perfect for yoga instructors or dedicated yoga practitioners wanting to gain the basic skills necessary to teach yoga to pregnant women. This course is also open to health care professionals working with pregnant women, doulas, midwives, nurses, etc who have some prior yoga experience. Pregnant women who would like a deeper understanding of how yoga can support their health and wellbeing during pregnancy are also invited to attend. Stay tuned for Level 2 dates coming in 2016 to receive the 85-hour Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance.
Tuition & Accommodation
Early Registration Rate: Registered by February 14, 2015: $395.00
Regular Rate: Registered by March 20, 2015: $450.00
Registration: To register, submit the application below.
Pre-requisites: Completion of a 200-hour YTT or substantial prior yoga experience. For healthcare professionals working with pregnant women or pregnant women interested in attending this course who have not completed a 200-hr YTT, contact us for details.
Continuing Education Credits: 30 CE hours are available with Yoga Alliance for the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training- Level 1. Please notify us before the training if you wish to receive CE's.
Advanced YTT Credit: This course is available for credit towards the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.
Accommodation: Host families are available during the training. Contact us for details.
Application Deadline for March 2015 Course: March 20, 2015
Step 1: Fill out and submit the application below or contact us to receive an application by mail.
Step 2: Once an application has been received, it will be reviewed and a paypal invoice e-mailed to the applicant within 1-2 business days for the 50% application deposit. The application deposit must be paid within 7 days of the issuing date of the invoice in order to hold a space in the training. The application process is not complete until the application deposit has been paid.
Step 3: An acceptance packet, which includes additional information about the training will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 weeks after the application and deposit have been received.
Please only submit an application if you are seriously planning to attend if accepted. Thank you.
ShivaShakti School of Yoga does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age or body shape.