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
January 9-12 & February 7-9 at Willow Street Yoga in Washington, DC
March 20-21 & April 17-19 at Prenatal Yoga Center
Late Spring 2020:
April 2-5 & May 1-3 at Yoga Source Richmond, VA
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
NYC Teacher Trainees, may attend ONE of the following workshops:
NYC local Teacher Trainees must to attend ONE of the following weekends:
September 14 | 15
October 5 | 6
November 2 | 3
*Teacher Trainees outside the area, please arrange to audit a Childbirth Education Class
*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.
Full payment is due access to the manual and membership website is given.
Prenatal Yoga Center is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats.
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