New York City Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
3 Month Immersion

with Deb Flashenberg CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT & Caprice Abowitt RYT, CD(DONA)


Out of Town Training

Summer 2017 at Yoga Heights in Washington D.C
Fall 2017 at The Breathing Room in New Haven, CT
Winter 2018 at Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester, NJ
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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


Take an inside peak at our ONLINE CLASSROOM!


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.

Physical comfort

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.

Childbirth Education and Advocacy

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.



Tying It All Together

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.

“I wanted to thank you for the amazing experience and learning opportunity over the last few months. The teacher training has absolutely changed my views on birth and I believe has made me a better teacher!”

Lana Levy MS, RYT

Founder of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life

Through this training, not only did I learn a lot of pertinent information regarding pregnancy and birth, I also rediscovered a love of teaching that I have been able to apply to all of my classes.

Karen Langan

Prenatal Yoga Teacher

PYC training spans 3 months. In that time, teacher trainees will experience the following:

  • Participate in 6 weekend modules
  • Have access to our four online modules which contain videos with Deb and Caprice intricately teaching you the material corresponding to the teaching manual.
  • Ample teaching opportunities with fellow teacher trainees
  • Lead teaching two public prenatal yoga classes
  • Observe our highly skilled and educated teaching staff
  • Attend Childbirth Education 2-Day Intensive
  • Attend Partner Yoga and Massage Workshop
  • Take or observe 10 actual prenatal yoga classes
  • Assist 4 prenatal yoga classes and demonstrate hand on adjustments
  • Finish required reading and assignments
  • Teach full length prenatal yoga class to PYC student
  • Become immersed with our pregnant community- see, listen and feel the what pregnancy is like for our students.  Hear first hand the changes they experience, the joy and sometimes the challenges they may face and the support they receive from our teachers and each other.

Here’s How It Breaks Down

Module 1: Anatomy and Physiology

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.


Module 2: Structuring Your Class

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!


Module 3: Birthing The Baby!

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.


Module 4 – Postnatal Yoga, Mommy and Me Teaching the Pregnant Mamas!

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.


Module 5 – MOVIE NIGHT…and more TEACHING!

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!


Module 6- Wrapping it up!

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.

Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga School

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


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

Spring 2017 Training Dates

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

Childbirth Education Dates

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

Partner Yoga and Massage Dates

Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following workshops:


March 26

April 30

May 21

*Class is held on Sunday from 3-5:15, or 4-6:15 (please check website)

Upon successful completion, teacher trainees will be certified to teach PYC yoga and be considered for the PYC teaching staff.
ONLY PYC certified teachers are eligible to teach at PYC.


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 

Tuition and Refund Policy

  • Full payment is due as indicated before the first day of the training.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $550 is required to hold your space in the program. The balance is due according to the tuition policy.
  • We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard.
  • We charge a $25 returned check fee.
  • Make checks payable to: Prenatal Yoga Center.
  • Refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins minus a $400 handling fee. After this time NO refund or credit will be given if you decide not to attend. Should you cancel your spot, the $550 deposit cannot be applied to a future training.
  • Once the training begins, if you decide not to continue for any reason, no refund or credit will be given.
  • We welcome pregnant students! However, if your due date falls before the final exam or if your current work or life leaves little time for extracurricular activities,  we strongly urge you to take the training later, when you have more time to devote to the coursework. If you miss a module, you can learn the material on your own by using the online videos and your teaching manual.  Should you need more assistance in digesting the material, you can schedule one-on-one with a teacher trainer at cost to the student.
  • All fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to the program, or in receiving updates about our next TT dates, please send an e-mail to with ‘Teacher Training’ as the subject. You will be considered for admission into the program when we receive a completed application.

Prenatal Yoga Center is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats.  Please contact the studio for details.

Are you interested in applying to the program, please download the application and send it to us at