Basic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
This is for 200-hr yoga teachers or doulas/midwives with a strong yoga practice (the doulas, midwives can use the material in their private offerings, they will not be able to call themselves a prenatal yoga teacher unless they have a 200-hr yoga teacher certification).
Yoga is a gift to the pregnant mother, her child and her family as well as a gift to the yoga teacher. In this Basic Level training students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the growing fetus and the resulting changes in the mother’s body during each trimester. Topics covered include fetal development, physiological and hormonal changes in the mother’s body as well as possible body responses to these changes. Appropriate asana, assisting, pranayama, sounding and meditation will be covered for each trimester, including post natal. Pregnancy discomforts during each stage will be explored along with ways to use yoga, non-traditional methods and traditional techniques to help alleviate these pains. Each day begins with a prenatal yoga class during which participants wear “pregnant bellies” for each trimester to simulate the experience of moving in a prenatal body. Class will be followed by theory, practical application and practice teaching. In addition, the course will provide tips for labor and birth, partner prenatal yoga and marketing oneself. Students will leave confident, qualified and comfortable to teach prenatal yoga.
Class Outline and Format
- Anatomy and physiology of fetal development and pregnancy
- Stages of labor and birth
- Discussion, practice and leading of over 35 asanas and asana modifications for pregnancy and birth
- Discussion, practice and leading of 8 pranayamas appropriate for pregnancy and birth
- Sounding techniques for pregnancy and birth
- Leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class including language, visualization and hands-on assisting
- How’s and why’s of strengthening the pelvic floor
- Overview of pregnancy discomforts and use of asana and pranayama for relief
- Partner prenatal yoga
- Gentle massage techniques for pregnancy and labor
- Belly casting
- Marketing the prenatal yoga class
- Client management
This course provides 32 Yoga Alliance CEUs
About the Instructor
Certified Yoga Instructor/Director of Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Heather received her 200 RYT in Hatha tradition through Sol Yoga in Frederick, MD in 2009. Her focus is primarily with teaching Prenatal, Kids, Baby & Me and Flow.
As an Early Childhood Educator, she always found a way to work a little yoga into the day as she taught Pre-K classes. After leaving the classroom, to stay at home with her three boys, she became a yoga instructor.
She discovered her path for Prenatal Yoga during her mentor ship shortly after she began teaching at Sol Yoga. Immediately, she began teaching Prenatal Yoga and Baby & Me classes there. She has a passion to support and empower women during their pregnancies. In 2011, she became certified in Level 1 Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (PYTT) with Jacci Reynolds. After assisting Jacci for two years, she completed Level 2 PYTT in 2013. Now Heather is a Director for Pranakriya Level 1 Prenatal Teacher Training in the Northeast.
I left the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training inspired, prepared, and confident to teach. Within a week, I was hired to teach my first prenatal class, and my life is forever changed. Jacci Gruninger and Heather Schleupner have a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the female body, pregnancy, and fetal development. They provide teachers with the tools needed to prepare and teach a prenatal yoga class, but also encourages us to recognize and safely modify “regular” postures in our own creative ways. You’ll learn a fundamental piece of prenatal yoga- transitioning between postures can still be graceful during the third trimester! Their energy, enthusiasm, and love for yoga are contagious and inspiring. The worst part about the training is that it has to end; and trust me, you won’t want her to go! -– Kristen, GA
Your training reminded me what a great community our yoga community is and why I wanted to teach in the first place. It was caring, nurturing teachers like you and the women in the class that drew me to yoga in the first place and continues to make me want to grow in my practice and share it with others. I took from your training a lot more than just knowledge of leading pregnant women in their yoga practice. I learned over that weekend that we all need a little self-nurturing, self-exploration and self love even if we are not bringing a life into this world. Thank you! –- Kellie, NJ
I’m ready to teach! Thank you! – Tim, CT
I was very happy to see non-traditional pre-natal poses. It was wonderful to see something new and different for pregnant mothers, and also a bit more challenging than traditional thinking. – Jennifer, RI