Teacher Training

Upcoming National Teacher Training with Deb and Caprice

Fall 2019:

September 20-22 & October 18-20 at Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC

Late Fall 2019:

November 7-10  & December 6-8 at Yoga One in Charlotte, NC

Winter 2020:

January 9-12 & February 7-9 at Willow Street Yoga in Washington, DC

Spring 2020: 

TBA in NYC at Prenatal Yoga Center

Late Spring 2020:

TBA Richmond, VA at Yoga Source

Welcome to PYC’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  

This is an 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. At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga.  We are excited to share our philosophy and teaching with you.


The 2 WEEKEND INTENSIVE training offers both in person and online, independent studying. Perfect for the motivated person with limited time to spend in the classroom!

At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga:


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 prepare the mother both physically – specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment – and mentally for birth whether that be medicated, natural or cesarean.


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.

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.


“We need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” ~Deb

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 expecting 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.

Online Videos Modules

Over the next 3 months you will have have access to our four online modules which contain videos with Deb and Caprice intricately teaching you the material as well as four hour long prenatal yoga classes.  You will also receive our full teaching manual which will correspond with the videos.  Through this training we will be in touch by Google Chat, as well as enjoy two long weekends together!

Take a sneak peak at some of  the videos from the membership website!

“I so enjoyed my time with the Prenatal Yoga Center’s teachers and fellow trainees! I have felt prepared and equipped to teach prenatal students in specialty classes and group settings, as well as with private clients and have seen my personal business grow as a result. I’d love future continuing education options from PYC!”

Leanne Matullo, RTY, RPYT

Founder & Owner of Dear Yoga

“The expectations I had coming into this training were far surpassed on just the first day of training. Deb and Caprice carry so much passion when they teach. I learned so much more than I ever thought I would learn. I feel confident in my abilities as a teacher to teach a pregnant woman because of the many opportunities we were given to teach on actual pregnant women. The breadth of knowledge that Deb and Caprice have on prenatal yoga is impressive.

I especially loved that the model Prenatal Yoga Center is built on is that of evidence-based information. Thumbs up to this amazing training program and to Deb and Caprice. I highly recommend this program!”

Meg Coughlan



Module One: 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 Two: 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.  This module also includes 4 one hour prenatal yoga classes to take or just watch. This module also includes the episode, “Yoga in Your First Trimester” with Deb Flashenberg, “Aligning Your Body and Your Baby For Your Best Birth” with Dr. Randi Jaffee, “Spinning Babies, Gail Tully and the Importance of Fetal Position” and “Is Your Exercise and Yoga Routine Helping or Hindering Your Birth” with Deb Flashenberg from the podcast Yoga | Birth | Babies.


Module Three: 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. This module also includes the episode “Empowered Hospital Birth with Terry Richmond “, “Undisturbed Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley”, “Pain to Pleasure with Deborah Pascalli-Bonero”, “History of Birth with Tina Cassidy”, Doula Do’s and Don’ts with Deb Flashenberg”, “Pain, Suffering and Trauma in Birth with Penny Simkin”, “Labor Induction with Gene Declerqc” and “An Open and Honest Talk with Dr. George Mussali, OB” from the  Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.


Module Four: Postnatal and Baby and Me

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.  This module also includes the episode “4th Trimester Bodies Project “ and “Postpartum Depression with Dr Michelle Canarick” from the  Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast


Keep Track of Everything!

There are lots of moving parts to this Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  To help you keep track of everything, we made a “Check List”.  We advise that you use this as a guideline to make sure you have everything in order.  And at any point, please feel free to email Deb or Caprice if you have any questions that need attention before or between the long weekend intensives.


What to expect:

You can expect to receive and experience:

  • The indepth Prenatal Yoga Center teaching manual.
  • Practical tools to teach a safe and comprehensive prenatal yoga class
  • A deep understanding of the current birth trends in our country
  • 2 weekends with Deb and Caprice.  At this time you will take and teach prenatal yoga classes with the pregnant community.  During these weekends we will have a chance to review the material from the online videos.  The actual face time, which will be about 30 hours each weekend, will consist of taking at least 2 prenatal yoga classes taught by myself or my co-teacher, review of the material to make sure everyone is clear on the anatomy and physiology, and review structuring a prenatal class and poses to do and not to do.  We will also work on the specific PYC template.  At this point the teacher trainees will be getting up to start to teach each other the template.  We will also work on hand-on adjustments for the pregnant woman and also include a fair amount of discussion about birth in this country.  We will finish off the weekend with one community classes. This is when we invite the pregnant community to come to class and the teacher trainees teach the class in a round robin style
  • The second weekend will be much of the same structure- taking or observing 2 prenatal yoga classes and reviewing the childbirth education section and postnatal and mommy and me. This second weekend will include one community classes with the pregnant students which is taught by teacher trainees in a round robin style
  • Option to watch or take 4 hour long prenatal yoga classes from membership website.  Each module provides video and audio downloads
  • NYC based Teacher Trainees are asked to observe or take up to 10 prenatal yoga classes at the UWS Prenatal Yoga Center location during the span of the Teacher Training
  • Out of state teachers will be required to observe or take at least 4 prenatal yoga classes in their community.
  • In depth book list which will be the basis for discussion over our long weekends together.


Responsibility of the Teacher Trainee

  • Review modules 1,2,3, and 4 individually and watch the corresponding videos.
  • Participate in Webinars with Deb or listen it at a later time.
  • Be prepared to take the seat of the teacher and teach fellow teacher trainees as well as pregnant bodies in the two community classes.
  • Complete reading from the book list.
  • Complete written assignments.
  • Complete both weekend intensives with Deb and Caprice.
  • Audit a local childbirth education class.
  • Take or observe a minimum of 4 prenatal yoga classes either at PYC or in your community.
  • Complete and pass final written exam.
  • Complete the practical portion of your final exam, teaching a 75 minute prenatal yoga class with at least 3 pregnant women. This class must be recorded and shared with Deb and Caprice for grading. 


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​

Spring Training Dates in NYC

Weekend One: March 8, 9, & 10, 2019

Weekend Two: April 12, 13, & 14, 2019

Weekend One and Two Schedule  

Friday 9:45am-8:30pm

Saturday 9am-8:30pm

Sunday 9am-3:30pm

Trainees may also observe or take classes, space permitting, at PYC during the duration of the course.

Partner Yoga and Massage Dates

NYC Teacher Trainees, may attend ONE of the following workshops:


Childbirth Education Dates

NYC local Teacher Trainees must to attend ONE of the following weekends:

August 3rd (1:00-5:00) & August 4th (11:00-3:00pm)

September 14th (1:00-5:00pm) & September 15th (11:00-3:00pm)

October 5th (1:00-5:00pm) & October 6th (11:00-3:00pm)

*Teacher Trainees outside the area, please arrange to audit a Childbirth Education Class

Upon successful completion, teacher trainees will be certified to teach Prenatal Yoga and will be considered for PYC’s teaching staff.
To be eligible to teach at PYC, you MUST be certified through this program.


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.


NYC Fall 2019: $1550 Early Bird Rate (through March 1st!) $1650 (after March 1st)

*Tuition differs for training outside of NYC*

Tuition and Refund Policy

Full payment is due access to the manual and membership website is given.

  • 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.
  • Refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins minus your deposit.  The beginning of the training is marked by receiving access to the membership website which contains the manual and corresponding videos.  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.
  • The membership website is released 31 days prior to the first Weekend Intensive.
  • 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.  Due to the nature of the Teacher Training, we cannot accommodate missed modules.  Both weekend intensives need to be attended to complete the program.  
  • All fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.

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

Continued Access

For graduates of Prenatal Yoga Center’s Teacher Training who want a little more time with the material. Continued Access to the Membership Site is $35 for 1 month, $60 for 2 months, or $75 for 3 months.

For those who graduated before the existence of the Membership Site, this is an excellent opportunity to see how the content of teacher training has grown since you attended! Membership site includes many hours of lecture, the updated manual, and 4 one hour prenatal classes.