300+ hour Level 2 Teacher Training
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course
90-hour Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
What To Expect
This course is about honoring the goddess within women at the most sacred time in their lives. You will learn how to sequence yoga classes that are specifically designed to empower and prepare women for birth.
This 90-hour Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is for experienced teachers who have completed a Level I Yoga Teacher Training, as well as for experienced childbirth educators, doulas, midwives and other pregnancy health professionals with a committed yoga practice.
Importance Of Prenatal Yoga
Yoga offers tremendous benefits to women through every phase of pregnancy, labor and childbirth and throughout the postpartum period. It allows them to connect more deeply with themselves and their unborn babies.
During pregnancy, women experience many changes physically, emotionally and mentally. On the physical level, yoga helps women to build and maintain their strength, stamina and flexibility – helping to prepare her for the often long and exhausting process of labor. In addition, a woman can experience many discomforts as her body changes to accommodate her growing baby, and these can often be alleviated through yoga. Because of the hormonal changes taking place, women can feel very emotional. Practicing yoga helps to balance the endocrine system, giving practitioners an overall sense of well-being. On the mental level, women often experience feelings of anxiety when thinking about labor and childbirth. The meditative aspects of yoga learned on the mat can be applied off the mat, helping to calm the mind when anxiety-producing thoughts arise.
By practicing yoga throughout her pregnancy, a woman is also preparing for labor and childbirth. The strength gained through yoga asana will help her to endure the physical demands of labor. Yoga’s breath awareness and pranayama techniques can also be used as coping mechanisms during and between contractions. Integrating yoga’s meditative practices can encourage a woman to stay present. Being present allows her to work with her body, breath and baby during labor, which can help labor to progress, decreasing the possibility of dystocia (a slow or difficult labor).
This course was so much more than I could have hoped for! I’ve taken many prenatal fitness courses but his course has been by far the deepest and most informative. I feel completely in what offerings I can provide to prenatal students from what I have learned here.
- Nina, Prenatal graduate 2015
March 13th - 23rd 2018
Satsanga Retreat, Goa, India
Joanne Smallwood, Corinna Stahlhofen
Includes course tuition, and a healthy vegetarian lunch each day during the course.
Fees does not include flights or accommodation.
Goa is a popular tourist destination and there are many option available including beautiful rooms onsite at Satsanga Retreat.
A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place once you have completed an application and have been accepted on the course.
Due 60 days prior to the beginning of the program or once the program is full, whichever comes first, unless otherwise stated above.
Refund And Cancellation Policy
In extenuating circumstances, such as bereavement or serious illness, the course can be deferred to a later date, subject to availability and deferral fee. No refunds, credits or transfers are available on cancellation prior to, during or after the start date of any teacher
Each day begins with a prenatal yoga class during which participants wear “pregnant bellies” to simulate the experience of moving in a prenatal body. Class will be followed by theory, practical application and practice teaching.
Topics covered will include:
Anatomy and physiology of fetal development and pregnancy
Stages of labor and birth
C-Section, Episiotomy and complication of childbirth
Common birth interventions
Common discomforts of pregnancy and the postpartum period
Key points of traditional midwifery from an experienced midwife
Contraindications of pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal yoga sequencing
Discussion, practice and leading of asanas and asana modifications for pregnancy and birth
Discussion, practice and leading of pranayamas appropriate for pregnancy and birth
Discussion, practice and leading of visualizations for relaxation and meditation
Leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class including language, visualization and hands-on assisting
Developing teaching skills with feedback
How’s and why’s of strengthening the pelvic floor
Marketing prenatal yoga classes
Doula workshop with a midwife: birthing positions, the basics of being a doula/labor partner
Sound Breathing workshop: sound effects the space and energy around us, learn the importance of vocalizing during labor
Birth Into Being workshop: the way we are born directly affects us in life, the importance of dealing with our emotional issues before giving birth, getting in touch with your primal being
In addition, the course will provide tips for labor and birth, partner prenatal yoga and marketing oneself. Our trainings include knowledge of anatomy and physiology of birth, wisdom from local birth practitioners, examination of birth stories, why yoga and pregnancy work so well together. Students will leave confident, qualified and comfortable teaching prenatal yoga.
Sample Daily Schedule
(subject to some variation)
09:00 am - 11:00 am Techniques, Training, Practice
11:00 pm - 12:00 pm Teaching Methodology
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postnatal Education
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Anatomy & Physiology
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Practicum (Practice Teaching)
About Your Teachers
Corinna Stahlhofen, Midwife
We are very fortunate to have Corinna Stahlhofen, founder of The Birthing-Center, in Goa, India, as a lecturer on our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program. German-born Corinna founded the first birthing center in Düsseldorf. In addition to being a midwife, Corinna is a lactation consultant and has training in homeopathy and acupuncture. Corinna founded Goa's renowned Birthing-Center in 2001. For 10 years women from throughout the world travelled to Goa to give birth at Corinna's center. She has also trained aspiring mid-wives from Australia, the United States and Europe.
Joanne Smallwood, E-RYT 500, RPYT
Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 12 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. She took on the role of general manager at Brahmani Yoga, one of the leading yoga centres in Goa, India. This was a time for growth, constant learning and transformation - her love of yoga, teaching and practice evolved.
Satsanga Retreat Centre