CURRICULUM

Prenatal Teacher Training
85 HR PYTT

 

Prenatal

Understanding the yoga teacher’s relationship with healthcare professionals. Knowing when to suggest that the student consult a healthcare professional regarding pregnancy issues. Understanding of psychological considerations during pregnancy and how to differentiate between high-risk and non-high-risk pregnancy.


 

Techniques, Training and Practice

Includes yoga techniques specialized to the needs of the pregnant woman, including practice and teaching skills for trimester-specific yoga techniques. Techniques include: alignment for the expectant mother, appropriate yoga techniques for each trimester, how to practice yoga techniques safely and relaxation and stress management techniques.


Teaching Methodology

Includes design of lesson plans for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester.


 

Anatomy & Physiology

Human anatomy and physiology (both physical and subtle body) related specifically to considerations during pregnancy. Topics include but are not limited to: overview of what is normal anatomy and physiology during pregnancy, how organs function during pregnancy, overview of the complications, including miscarriage, premature labor, hypertension, preeclampsia and body mechanics.


 

Yoga Philosophy/ LifeStyle Ethics

Includes traditional yoga philosophy as it may apply to lifestyle and wellbeing during pregnancy.


Practicum

Practicum hours are divided between hours spent observing a specialty class and hours spent teaching a specialty class. A portion of each type of hours need to be with the Lead Trainer(s). Hours spent observing a specialty class must be spent observing another teacher leading a prenatal yoga class. A portion of these hours must be spent with Lead Trainer(s). Hours spent teaching a specialty class must be spent teaching a prenatal yoga class. A portion of these hours must be spent with Lead Trainers and as lead teacher of the class.


1. Orientation & Introductions

Integrative Approach
Introduction to Prenatal Yoga
Conscious Pregnancy


2. Anatomy

Perinatal Anatomy and Physiology
Perinatal Psychology
Physiological Changes Experienced in Pregnancy
Yogic Anatomy and Pregnancy


3. Prenatal Asana, Pranayama and Meditation Techniques


4. Teaching Methodology


5. Prenatal Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle


6. Observation Classes

Gentle Prenatal Yoga Class
Using Imagery in Prenatal Yoga
The Breath
Alignment for the pregnant body
Brahmana and Langhana
Breath, the spine and the ground
Yoga for labour and birth preparation
Partner Yoga
Shtira Sukham Asanam
Brahmaree Pranayama


7. Posture Clinic

Hands on Assisting and Adjusting
Pain Coping Techniques
Meditation, Pranayama and Guided Relaxation
Yoga for fertility
Standing and Squatting Postures
Seated Postures
Supine and Side Lying Postures
Restorative Postures for Prenatal


8. Teaching Practicum

Diastisis Recti Sequence
Prenatal Teaching Skills


What will I take away from the course?

You will be a certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.* You will gain a thorough understanding of birthing and pregnancy and learn skills that are immediately applicable to all of your classes.

*To gain Yoga Alliance certification as RPYT, a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is required. Others can participate but will not be eligible for registration as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.