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:

March 20-21 & April 17-19 at Prenatal Yoga Center

Late Spring 2020:

April 2-5 & May 1-3  at Yoga Source Richmond, VA

Welcome to PYC’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

This is an in depth, comprehensive 85 hour, Yoga Alliance Certified training for yoga teachers who want to confidently and responsibly dive into the world of conscious birthing and prenatal yoga. At Prenatal Yoga Center, we rely on our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga designed to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of the new and expectant parent.




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

Our Unique Three Pronged Approach To Prenatal Yoga:

Childbirth Education and Advocacy

Now more than ever, choices are being taken from women involving the care of their own body. As a prenatal yoga teacher, you have the unique opportunity to offer and empower pregnant people to make their own choices in childbirth.


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

~Deb Flashenberg, Lead Teacher Trainer & Founder of Prenatal Yoga Center


If you don’t know your choices, you don’t have any. The lack of knowledge or even encouragement to become aware of birth choices can lead to higher incidence of birth trauma.



Did you now that  25 – 34 percent of women report that their births were traumatic? Studies show birthing people feel unsafe and fearful of the care they are receiving. They also feel they are receiving unnecessary routine interventions and feel a lack of communication with the medical staff. 



A massive part of the PYC Teacher Training is examining the current state of birth in our culture. Teachers trainees learn how to present evidenced based information to students in a non-biased manner so they can make their own educated decision regarding birth choices.


We start each class with “circle time”, a time where the students 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 teachers cater to the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body by creating sequences which lessen discomfort.  This helps students feel better after each class. Classes also prepare the pregnant person physically – specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment and balancing the pelvic floor – mentally, and emotionally for birth whether that be medicated, unmediated or cesarean.


Teacher Trainees are also taught to examine how poses can be used to create balance in the pregnant body which may encourage a more optimal position for the baby. Utilizing functional movement in the asana practice can lead to a more functional birth.

The PYC Teacher Training Will Teach You  How To Confidently Integrate all three Components Into A Well Rounded Class.

More then just asana!

We believe that modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training program. It is important to speak the same “language” as the expecting parent and through evidence-based research and deep self reflection 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 pregnant person 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.

What they are saying…

As a midwife I found this training to be comprehensive and informative with regard to the pregnant body, labor and birth. It was the perfect combination of intense didactic learning and yoga teacher training. I loved the on line component, the required reading, the comprehensive exam required to gain certification- the whole training. Deb & Caprice have created the most comprehensive, evidence-based, pelvic-sound, prenatal yoga teacher training out there. At completion I felt prepared to teach and confident that I could keep my pregnant students safe and prepare them for an active labor.

~Julie Rauschenplat, Midwife, yoga teacher and PYC Graduate


This is an incredibly comprehensive program delivered by experts in the field of prenatal yoga who are also birth doulas and childbirth educators. I could not recommend PYC more highly – thank you!  

~Clare Sandberg, Anesthesiologist, yoga teacher and PYC graduate


This training not only incorporated alignment based teaching, evidence based information, and childbirth education, but also gave instructors the tools they need to help pregnant bodied individuals step into their power as birthing people. After all the trainings I’ve had the privilege to complete, this one of the best investments of time, energy and money. Can’t recommend enough!”

– Izzy Adair, Teacher Trainer Graduate, CD(DONA) RYT 500


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!

Here’s How It Breaks Down

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

  • 2 weekends with Deb and Caprice.
  • The indepth Prenatal Yoga Center teaching manual.
  • 3 Months access to the Membership website
  • Over 20 videos available of lecture and practice
  • Practical tools to teach a safe and comprehensive prenatal yoga class
  • A deep understanding of the current birth trends in our country
  • Take and teach prenatal yoga classes with the pregnant community.
  • Deep exploration of the anatomical and physiological changes of the pregnant body.
  • Review structuring a prenatal class and poses to do and not to do.
  • Hand-on adjustments for the pregnant student.
  • Teacher Trainees will teach two community classes.
  • In depth review of Childbirth Education
  • Postnatal and Baby and Me
  • 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. 

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 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​

Fall Training Dates in NYC

Weekend One: September 20, 21 & 22 2019

Weekend Two: October 18, 19 & 20 2019

Friday 9:30am-8:30pm *second weekend the Friday session goes until 9pm

Saturday 9am-8:30pm

Sunday 8:30am-3:30pm

Partner Yoga and Massage Dates

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


September 8th

October 27th

November 17th


Class is from 4-6:15pm

Childbirth Education Dates

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


September 14 | 15

October 5 | 6

November 2 | 3


Saturday class is from 1-5pm and Sunday 11-3pm

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


NYC Fall 2019



*payment plans are available!

*Tuition differs for training outside of NYC


*Application at the bottom of the page


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.

Policies and Guidelines

  • 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, MasterCard and Amex.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • To Be Eligible To Teach At PYC, You MUST Be Certified Through This Program.

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