At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga
Highly trained and educated instructors cater to the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body by creating sequences which lessen discomfort so students feel better after each class. Classes also preparing the mother both physically – specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment – and mentally for birth whether that be medicated, natural or cesarean.
We start each class with “circle time”, a time where the women introduce themselves, say how far along they are, and discuss any aches and pains they would like to address in class. Pregnancy and postpartum periods carry such enormous physical and emotional changes; and this bonding time creates a springboard for long lasting friendships among students.
We interweave childbirth education themes and current birthing trends into our classes. Our intention is that the new mothers will feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, educated decisions during pregnancy, labor, delivery and motherhood.
Our teacher training will teach the trainee how to confidently integrate these three components of our thought out and established approach to prenatal yoga. into a well rounded class. We believe that modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training. It is important to speak the same “language” as the expect mother and through evidence-based research be able to guide her properly while supporting her in this transitional point in her life. We strongly feel it is the role of the teacher to help create a warm community for the mothers that extend beyond pregnancy, and through the often bumpy road of new motherhood, to a place of vitality, strength and confidence as the role of mother is achieved.
Lana Levy MS, RYT
Founder of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life
Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Module 1 – Anatomy, Physiology and Therapeutic Applications, particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes
Module 2 – Structuring Your Class with a special focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encouraging optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process. Also, in depth look at asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters
Module 3 – Labor, Delivery and Interventions
Module 4 – Postnatal Yoga and Teaching the Community Class. In this module, we invite the PYC community into our training so the teacher trainees can practice teaching our pregnant students.
Module 5 – Screening of “Business of Being Born”, discussion of current birth trends and how to communicate unbiasedly. Trainees will also teach another Community Class to the PYC pregnant students
Module 6 – Final Exam and each trainee Teaching a 75 minute final class to the PYC community
In order to assure that all the teacher trainees receive personalized attention and sufficient time to develop their teaching skills, we limit the class size to 12 students. The teacher trainees will work among the seasoned community of teachers at PYC as the observe, take and adjust the pregnant students.
All current Yoga Alliance members who complete the 85 hour training are eligible for the RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) designation from the Yoga Alliance.
In addition to completing the required 85 hour training, PYC Teacher Training graduates must complete 30 additional hours of prenatal yoga teaching.
If you have any questions regarding the RPYT application or designation with the Yoga Alliance please go to www.yogaalliance.org
Deb Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500
Caprice Abowitt CD(DONA). RYT
Terry Richmond CD(DONA), CCE
Clare Friedrich LCCE
Anne Heckheimer LMT
Module 1 – September 18 & 19
Module 2 – October 2 & 3
Module 3 – October 23 & 24
Module 4 – November 6 & 7
Module 5 – November 20 & 21
Module 6 – December 4 (written exam)
*Friday evening sessions run from 6:30-9:30. Saturday sessions run from 1-8pm
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following weekends: TBA
*Class is held on Saturdays from 1-5pm and Sundays from 10-2pm
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following workshops: TBA
*Class is held on Sunday from 3-5:15
Applicants MUST already have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher Trainees are expected to already have obtained the knowledge of how to sequence a basic hatha yoga class, an understanding of alignment and be able to proficiently explain it, properly apply hand on adjustments and comfortably take the seat of a teacher.
Please do not apply if you have not completed a 200 hour training.
Fall 2015: $1,600