Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Check back soon for dates in late March, 2015.
Bliss Yoga & Healing Arts, Union, Maine
Instructors: Aiyana Athenian
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 the fall of 2015 to receive the 85-hour Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance.
Tuition & Accommodation
Early Registration Rate: $395.00
Regular Rate: $450.00
Registration: Check back soon for registration.
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.
Accommodation: Host families are available during the training. Contact us for details.