Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training | BLENDED
Alexa Dean + Guest Teachers | 25 Jan - 4 Feb 2024 | 60 hours | Price: £750
Pregnancy is often the time when many are introduced
to yoga and all of its benefits. In pregnancy yoga can help with having a mindful pregnancy, nourishing and strengthening the body as well as preparing it for labour. Our intensive Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training offers a balanced mix of theory, holistic, technical, practical and spiritual approach providing students with valuable knowledge and tools to teach yoga to pregnant women safely and confidently. The course
includes 3 days in person in the studio and 3 days livestream online. It is ideal for qualified yoga teachers, recent teacher training graduates or those still completing their yoga teacher training who want to specialise in pregnancy yoga or gain
knowledge to work with pregnant women confidently in their general yoga class. This training is also beneficial for keen yoga practitioners who are pregnant, birthkeepers, doulas and midwives, childbirth educators and complementary therapists to enhance their professional skills and build a new career path.
This 6-day Pregnancy Yoga course will give you the tools and the inspiration to confidently teach mothers-to-be in specialised Pregnancy classes as well as in general classes.
We are offering 2 bursary spots for this course – one for low income, the other one for BIPOC community.
You can read more about our Bursary programme and apply HERE
The training is focused on how yoga and childbirth education can be integrated for health and well-being through the different stages of pregnancy. We will explore the principles of anatomy and physiology, safety issues, and the spirituality and emotional experience at this stage of a woman’s life cycle. Through the processes of discussion, experiential work, assignments and yoga practice, students will learn to support and empower pregnant women on their path to motherhood.
What to expect from the course
- Two long weekends with Alexa Dean and Special Guests
- An in-depth Pregnancy Yoga teaching manual
- In-depth review of Childbirth Education
- Practical tools to teach a safe and comprehensive class including poses, themes and sequences specific to pregnancy yoga
- Integrate yoga props and small equipment into classes
- Importance of the environment and set up of classes for pregnant students
- Take and teach a well-rounded yoga class with the pregnant community that honours a woman’s mind and body at this special and sacred time
- Deep exploration of anatomical and physiological changes of the pregnant body
- Review structuring a pregnancy class and poses to do and not to do
- Adapt the class for those with injuries and/or common ailments such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, low/high blood pressure and fatigue.
- Feel confident adjusting regular poses for pregnant students
- Instruction for how to teach virtually
What is expected of trainees
- Complete two intensive weekends with Alexa
- Be prepared to teach fellow teacher trainees as well as pregnant women
- Complete reading from the book list
- Complete written assignments
- Take and participate in a minimum of 4 pregnancy yoga classes in your community
- Complete the practical portion of your final exam, teaching a 75-minute pregnancy yoga class. This class must be recorded and shared with Alexa for assessment
About Lead Trainer Alexa Dean
Alexa is a Doula, Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator, Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Co-Founder of ‘London Bliss Doulas’ established in 2012. She passionately believes in active, positive and conscious birthing and in supporting women all the way through their own private and amazing experience of becoming a parent. She encourages women to intelligently align mind and body, enjoy their pregnancy and the empowerment obtained through knowledge and understanding of the process of birth.
Alexa qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher at Triyoga London and Vinyasa Flow Teacher in India. She then specialised in Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga with Nadia Narain and continued her studies with YogaBirth, a program set up by Active Birth teachers that combines Yoga with Childbirth Education. Lastly she took up the Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, developed by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (USA) based on Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Alexa is also a Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher having trained with Judith Hanson Lasater (USA). She certified as a Doula guided by revolutionary childbirth pioneer Dr Michel Odent, studied Hypnobirthing with Katharine Graves and EFT Tapping with Sue Beer and Emma Roberts. She is a Massage Therapist with experience in Fertility, Pregnancy, Postnatal and Baby Massage. Alexa also trained as a Midwife Assistant at The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, founded by Ina May Gaskin, the pioneer of natural birth in the United States.
You can visit Alexa’s website here
Guest Teacher Topics & Biographies
A series of guest teachers impart a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of ante-natal care. These include (subject to change):
Avni Trivedi – ’Finding alignment and easing ailments in pregnancy’
Emily Housman – ‘Labour & Birth – a physiological and evolutionary perspective’
Emily has worked for over 15 years with families and children through specialist education, therapy and maternity care. She trained as a midwife in London and currently works as a continuity midwife in Norfolk. She is certified in Hypnobirthing, Imagery and Hypopressives and runs courses for women and couples to more confidently navigate their pregnancy and birth, as they become parents. Whatever birth women have, her vision is to facilitate intelligent and empowering birth experiences for families welcoming the youngest generations into this world. For more information visit www.emilyhousman.com
Justine Sipprell – ‘Pelvic floor health in pregnancy, birth and postpartum’ .
Maika Prevosti – ‘Nourish pregnancy through taste: an Ayurvedic soulful guide to nutrition’.
Maika is a qualified Ayurveda Practitioner and Nutritionist with a passion for interpreting the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to suit modern lifestyles and make it relevant and accessible to our lives today. Her personal journey since 2003 has seen Ayurveda empower and transform those committed to making a profound and positive change. Having qualified from College of Ayurveda UK and done her internships in India, she enjoys sharing her knowledge through workshops and individual consultations for those wanting more in-depth personalised advice. She also has a background of 16 years as a teacher which now helps her to interpret people’s needs from all ages and backgrounds. Becoming a Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, Pranayama and Meditation Practitioner (Yogalap) and Buteyko Practitioner (Buteyko Clinic International) have added an invaluable tool in her therapeutic approach to efficiently support patients with tailored solutions to improve emotional and physical well-being. For more information visit www.maikaprevosti.com
Michaela Kalusová – ‘Conscious Baby’
Michaela Kalusová is a co-founder of Jemne Zrozeni (CZ), London Bliss Doulas (UK) and Ammadula Akademie (CZ). Her passion is pre and perinatal psychology and the support of women who have experienced sexual or birth trauma. She practices EFT, DreamBirth visualisations, Matrix Re-imprinting and Matrix Birth Re-imprinting. She regularly runs hypnobirthing courses, conducts seminars, webinars, online courses and trains doulas and hypnobirthing lecturers. She works closely with doula colleagues to improve maternity care in Czech Republic. For more information visit www.michaelakalusova.co.uk
Ruth Ehrhardt – ‘The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour’.
Ruth Ehrhardt is the mother of 4 home birthed children, a South African traditional midwife, author of The Basic Needs of a Woman in Labour, birth and midwifery teacher, as well as a yoga practitioner of 21 years. She is the daughter, grandaughter and niece of midwives, so it seems this work was in many ways predestined from birth. Ruth has an innate love and trust for birth, women’s bodies, and babies’ intelligence. In her teaching and work, she mainly focuses on guarding and protecting the environment for pregnancy and birth, as opposed to guiding or facilitating the actual birthing process. For more information on Ruth visit truemidwifery.com
Thando Zwane – ‘Becoming an inclusive birthworker’
Thando is a Birthkeeper; a facilitator of the holistic aspects of birth and beyond. Working with families in London and beyond, she brings the sacred and science together in a grounded and knowledgeable way. A birth & postnatal doula, doula mentee, hypnobirthing teacher & birth preparation educator, she is also the co-founder of Birthing in Colour, a charity established to inform Black & Brown birthing people of their choices & rights and reduce the disparities faced during the perinatal phase. For more information visit www.paramanabirthkeeper.co.uk
The course has the following modules scheduled:
Thursday 25 Jan 2024 INTRO - VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Friday - 26 Jan 2024 DAY 1 - VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Saturday - 27 Jan 2024 DAY 2 - VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Sunday - 28 Jan 2024 DAY 3 - VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM
Friday- 2 Feb 2024 DAY 4 - IN STUDIO
Saturday- 3 Feb 2024 DAY 5 - IN STUDIO
Sunday - 4 Feb 2024 DAY 6 - IN STUDIO
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