This in depth, comprehensive 85 hour, Yoga Alliance Certified training is for those who want to confidently and responsibly dive into the world of conscious birthing and prenatal yoga and work with this very special population. This unique, multimedia training offers access to our four online modules which contain videos with Deb and Caprice intricately teaching the material that corresponds to the teaching manual for more comprehensive learning and digestion of the information.
At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga
We start each class with “circle time”, a time where the women introduce themselves, say how far along they are, and discuss any aches and pains they would like to address in class. Pregnancy and postpartum periods carry such enormous physical and emotional changes; and this bonding time creates a springboard for long lasting friendships among students.
Highly trained and educated instructors cater to the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body by creating sequences which lessen discomfort so students feel better after each class. Classes also preparing the mother both physically – specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment – and mentally for birth whether that be medicated, natural or cesarean.
We interweave childbirth education themes and current birthing trends into our classes. Our intention is that the new mothers will feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, educated decisions during pregnancy, labor, delivery and motherhood.
Our teacher training will teach the trainee how to confidently integrate these three components of our thought out and established approach to prenatal yoga. into a well rounded class. We believe that modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training. It is important to speak the same “language” as the expect mother and through evidence-based research be able to guide her properly while supporting her in this transitional point in her life. We strongly feel it is the role of the teacher to help create a warm community for the mothers that extend beyond pregnancy, and through the often bumpy road of new motherhood, to a place of vitality, strength and confidence as the role of mother is achieved.
Lana Levy MS, RYT
Founder of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life
Prenatal Yoga Teacher
You will start to explore the in depth changes to the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body. We place particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes and how that can affect pregnancy and postpartum.
This module also includes the episode “Your Pelvic Floor ” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.
During this module you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters. These pose will become your building blocks for structuring your prenatal yoga class. There is a strong focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encouraging optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process. You will also be introduced to the Prenatal Yoga Center teaching template. Teacher trainees will be up and teaching by the end of this weekend!
In this module we shift our focus to Labor, Delivery and Interventions. We will explore the different stages of labor including the emotional signposts of labor, pain management and coping skills as well as common interventions and complications. We will also review therapeutic applications, assuring new teachers the information to help students with asanas and alternative modalities to common pregnancy aches and pain. Teacher trainees will be leading a 90 min prenatal yoga class.
This module also includes the episode “Empowered Hospital Birth with Terry Richmond “, “Undisturbed Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckely” and “Pain to Pleasure with Deborah Pascalli-Bonero” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.
Your students have now had their babies and are heading back for Postnatal Yoga or Mommy and Me. We will breakdown the essential “6 areas for the postnatal mom” as well as cover general guidelines for helping support the postpartum mother and community. We will also be breaking into small groups to work on hand on adjustments. And teacher trainees will be taking the reins and teaching a 90 minute community prenatal yoga class.
This module also includes the episode “4th Trimester Bodies Project ” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast. In this module, we invite the PYC community into our training so the teacher trainees can practice teaching our pregnant students.
The evening session is dedicated to screening of “Business of Being Born” followed by a discussion of current birth trends and how to communicate unbiasedly. Teacher Trainees will also teach a second Community Prenatal Yoga Class to our pregnant ladies!
Teacher trainees will sit for their final written exam and will also teach an individual 75 minute class to the PYC community
In order to assure that all the teacher trainees receive personalized attention and sufficient time to develop their teaching skills, we limit the class size to 12 students. The teacher trainees will work among the seasoned community of teachers at PYC as the observe, take and adjust the pregnant students.
All current Yoga Alliance members who complete the 85 hour training are eligible for the RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) designation from the Yoga Alliance.
In addition to completing the required 85 hour training, PYC Teacher Training graduates must complete 30 additional hours of prenatal yoga teaching.
If you have any questions regarding the RPYT application or designation with the Yoga Alliance please go to www.yogaalliance.org
Deb Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500
Caprice Abowitt CD(DONA). RYT
Terry Richmond CD(DONA), CCE
Hess Kim CD(DONA), RYT
Anne Heckheimer LMT
Module 1 -March 10 & 11
Module 2 – March 24 & 25
Module 3 – April 7 & 8
Module 4 – April 21 & 22
Module 5 -May 12 & 13
Module 6 -May 19 only
*Friday evening sessions run from 6:30-9:30. Saturday sessions run from 1-8pm
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following weekends:
March 4 &5
April 1 & 2, April 29 & 30
May 20 & 21
*Class is held on Saturdays from 1-5pm and Sundays from 10-2pm
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following workshops:
*Class is held on Sunday from 3-5:15, or 4-6:15 (please check website)
Applicants MUST already have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher Trainees are expected to already have obtained the knowledge of how to sequence a basic hatha yoga class, an understanding of alignment and be able to proficiently explain it, properly apply hand on adjustments and comfortably take the seat of a teacher.
Please do not apply if you have not completed a 200 hour training.
Spring 2017 : $1,550
Prenatal Yoga Center is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats. Please contact the studio for details.