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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

October 3, 2019 - October 6, 2019

a pregnant woman in a supported yoga pose

Thursday - Sunday October 3 - 6, 2019

Instructors: Aiyana Athenian and Dawn Tassi

Schedule: Thurs-Sun: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location: The Dancing Elephant | Rockland, ME

Stay tuned for an online version of this course coming in 2020 or 2021. This course won’t be offered again in-person in 2020.

Note: Portions of this course may be recorded live by video. Please register knowing that you may be in a group video if we record certain classes. 

The ShivaShakti Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training provides participants with a strong foundation in teaching asana (poses), pranayama (breath work), and meditation to pregnant women. This 4-day course focuses on teaching yoga practices that support a pregnant woman by both relaxing and strengthening her body and mind. All three trimesters are covered in detail and include both the development of the woman’s body and that of the developing baby. A strong emphasis is placed on understanding the anatomical and physiological changes happening within a body during pregnancy and how yoga can support the health of a pregnant woman. Participants will learn how to adapt yoga poses to suit a pregnant body and how to sequence prenatal yoga classes.

One is educated in common discomforts of pregnancy, types of birth and birthing methods, and how yoga can prepare a woman for an easier birthing experience. This 30-hour Foundational Training provides participants with the knowledge necessary to be able to conduct a class with women in all stages of pregnancy. Instruction is given in pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation to recognize fears/doubts around the birthing process and to encourage a peaceful state of mind for a pregnant woman. Participants learn ways to empower women to trust in the innate wisdom and power of their bodies and to embrace pregnancy and birth as an incredible and transformative experience.

Each training day begins with a prenatal yoga class including asana, pranayama, and meditation with the instructors, which all participants join in. Then participants learn about the stages of development of a pregnant woman and a fetus from an anatomical viewpoint. Afternoons will be spent exploring specific yoga poses, modifications and contraindications, pranayamas (breathing exercises), meditations, and hands-on assists for pregnant bodies. Students will receive teaching practice throughout the course. Each day includes a 1-hour lunch break.

This course is perfect for yoga instructors or dedicated yoga practitioners wanting to gain the basic skills necessary to teach yoga to pregnant women. This course is also open to health care professionals working with pregnant women, doulas, midwives, nurses, etc who have some prior yoga experience. Pregnant women who would like a deeper understanding of how yoga can support their health and well-being during pregnancy are also invited to attend.

Tuition & Accommodation

Early Registration Rate: Registered by August 22, 2019: $425.00

Regular Rate: Registered by September 26, 2019: $475.00

Training Manual Fee: There is a $15 fee in addition to tuition for the Prenatal Yoga Manual.
Registration: To register, submit the application below and pay for the tuition.

Pre-requisites: Completion of a 200-hour YTT or substantial prior yoga experience. For healthcare professionals working with pregnant women or pregnant women interested in attending this course who have not completed a 200-hr YTT, contact us for details.

Continuing Education Credits: 30 CE hours are available with Yoga Alliance for the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  Please notify us before the training if you wish to receive CEs.

Advanced YTT Credit: This course is available for credit towards the ShivaShakti 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

Accommodation: Host families are available during the training.  Contact us for details.


Admissions Procedures:

Application Deadline for October 2019 Course: September 26, 2019

Step 1: Fill out and submit the application below or contact us to receive an application by mail.

Step 2: Once an application has been submitted, you will be redirected to a payment page. Please submit full payment for the course. Once your application and payment are received, your application will be reviewed. An application will not be reviewed without payment.

Step 3: An acceptance packet, which includes additional information about the training will be e-mailed to the applicant within 2 weeks after the application and deposit have been received.

Please only submit an application if you are seriously planning to attend if accepted.  Thank you.

ShivaShakti School of Yoga does not discriminate based on gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age or body shape.

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The Dancing Elephant
16 School Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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