About the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Pre-Course Preparation

For this teacher training, there is recommended pre-course reading and listening.

Reading

With contributions from a midwife and a detailed training manual this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women. Sessions will include mantra, mudra, nada yoga and pranavidya practices, encouraging you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines. This course also includes some time on the early stage of postnatal recovery.
The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as informal assessments during the course and you should be prepared for both a short pre-course assignment and written work during the course.
Uniquely, each day of this intensive training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that gives all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also deep relaxation and sound practices in the afternoons, and a lot of direct and practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable. 
The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances. Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and on-going self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes. Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.
In addition to specific skills for dealing with pregnancy related ailments, students also gain valuable transferable skills and experience in therapeutic and restorative yoga propping and yoga nidra, which is practised twice daily on this course

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Starts: Wednesday, 14th September 2022 – 2:30pm
Ends: Sunday, 9th October 2022 – 9:00pm
There is so much in yoga practice to support and nourish a mother-to-be, and there is so much in yoga that can be harmful or unhelpful during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. This uniquely comprehensive training in yoga for pregnancy and birth empowers you to share deeply nourishing practices of yoga for women during pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postnatal period. The course was established in in 2002, with the intention to share many of the less well-known practices of yoga that are of special benefit both to the pregnant woman and her unborn child. Movement, breath, and Total Yoga Nidra are shared in supportive circles, and practices for postnatal healing and childbirth are also taught. Important issues such as early pregnancy loss, anxiety, grief, and other challenges of pregnancy are addressed. Pregnant women and mothers with babes in arms are warmly welcome.   

“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy

This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma’s own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during her own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both her Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.

“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Schedule

Some comments from our previous online pregnancy course – 
“One of the best experience online I’ve had so far.”
“Very well organised, and feeling nourished every time.”
“I am really enjoying the format – more than I thought – it’s so hard to keep people engaged over a screen, but Uma and Lisa are doing a great job bringing interactive tools into the day – I don’t finish the day feeling depleted but rather stimulated and joyous.”

“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Schedule

The Rhythmic Daily schedule will include up to three X 2 hour meetings each day on Zoom Alternating between days with two meetings and days with three meetings, with plenty of time for integration, self-practice and OFFLINE recovery practices to ensure that you can learn in the most nurturing, well supported and effortless way.

Dates 
Part 1: 14-18 September 2022
Part 2: 07-09 October 2022

The daily timings are 14.30 to 16.00, 16.15 pm to 17.30 pm and 18.30 to 21.00 (UK time)
Check your local time zone on timeanddate.com

  • 14.30 – 17.30 Afternoon Gathering Opening LIVE ONLINE practice of Total Yoga Nidra and practice of asana/pranayama, large group gathering, partner check-in followed by short practice/ teaching practice.

  • 17.30 til 18.30 OFFLINE for grounding, connection and integration.

  • 18.30 to 21.00 Evening Practice Shakti Sharing Circles with TEA, and then evening practice and lectures.

Course hours: 40

Accreditation: Independent Yoga Network

Certification: On successfully completing all course requirements, you will receive a Womb Yoga certificate of completion.

“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

COURSE WORK

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Pre-Course Preparation

For this teacher training, there is recommended pre-course reading and listening.

Reading

There is a long bibliography in the manual, but the single best book to get started with is

  • mothering by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. Please read at least the first and last sections before the course begins. This book is currently only available as an e-book (click the link above).

Additional recommended reading below. It is not crucial that you get these two books but we would like you to look through them.

Listening

Once booked you will be given access to the following pre-course listening material:

  • Two mp3 audio recordings of practices described in Mother’s Breath
  • The mp3 downloadable version of the audio CD that comes with Uma’s book Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth. This does not need to be listened to before the course (unless you want to).

Pre-Course Questions

There is pre-course work you will need to complete in advance of your arrival at the course. The pre-course assignments should be submitted to the course co-tutor (contact given on booking) no later than 1 week before the course start date.

These are the questions you need to answer:
Please write a brief written reflection addressing the following:

  1. What experience do I have of yoga for pregnancy?
  2. Why do I want to do this course?
  3. What do I hope to get out of it?
  4. What do I hope to put into it?

Please also provide the following information about yourself:

  • If you are a qualified yoga teacher – what yoga teaching qualification do you have? When did you gain this qualification? How long have you been teaching yoga?
  • If you are a trainee teacher – which organisation, are you training with? When will you finish your yoga teacher training?
  • What specifically is of interest to you in teaching pregnancy yoga?
  • Do you have any previous experience of teaching pregnancy yoga (or of practising yoga whilst pregnant)?
  • Is there anything else that is relevant? Please let us know if you have any current health considerations. If you are pregnant you are welcome on the course however, please do let us know your due date.

Pregnancy Yoga Class Observations

In preparation for the course, you also need to make observations of pregnancy yoga teaching styles. So please endeavour to sit in and/or participate in a minimum of five pregnancy yoga classes before the course starts if possible. Get to see as wide a range of different teacher in action as you can. If it is hard to get to live classes, then online and DVD classes are acceptable. You are very welcome to attend any one of the pregnancy yoga classes with teachers listed on the Yoni Shakti Website – this is a list of teachers who have trained with Uma.

During or after each class you need to complete a class observation form – this form will be emailed to you on booking. The more time you take considering your responses to the classes, the more you will learn from what you observe. It really is worth thinking thoroughly about what you observe; this is why there are questions on the record sheet. You can do these handwritten or use an electronic version.

When you have made detailed observations, please SUMMARISE what you have learnt and write this in the summary document. Please send the Summary Observations to your course co-teacher

Coursework (During and After the Training)

There are also other short assignments and homework (in the form of preparing handouts and short paragraphs of reflection) during the course. Details of these will be in the course manual and are there to ensure you assimilate the course teachings. These will need to be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion.

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