85 HR Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

20 years of expertise offered through a modern lens.

PYC has transformed how prenatal yoga is taught. Based on our unique approach, you will learn to safely and confidently support the physical, mental and emotional needs of your perinatal community.

The training offers a mix of both live and independent study. It’s the perfect match for a motivated teacher with limited time to spend in the classroom!

Taught by experts who have assisted 20,000+ expectant parents through a wide range of birth choices and experiences.

ONLINE & IN PERSON YTTS AVAILABLE

Upcoming Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings

WINTER
2023

ONLINE
VIA ZOOM

DEC 12: self-paced portion begins

JAN 12-15: Live Weekend #1

FEB 9-12: Live Weekend #2 

SPRING
2023

IN PERSON
New York City

FEB 13: self-paced portion begins

MAR 16-19: Live Weekend #1

APR 13-16: Live Weekend #2 

SPRING
2023

IN PERSON
at Kaia Yoga Wallingford, CT

APR 4: self-paced portion begins

MAY 4-7: Live Weekend #1

JUN 1-4: Live Weekend #2 

TUITION

$1600

ACTION TAKER DISCOUNT & PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE!

Take A Sneak Peak At Some Of The Videos From The Online Class Library!

The library of content allows you to study & learn at your convenience. The live weekends allow time for questions, personalized attention, teaching practice, and feedback to help better understand the material and grow as a prenatal yoga teacher.

Here's How It Breaks Down

The perfect mix of live & self-guided!

This training is a unique blend of live training PLUS an extensive online video library of evidence-based, cutting-edge research and material. No more frantically taking notes during a live lecture or discussion. Over the 3 months span of the training, you will be able to learn at your own pace. You can stop, rewind, and review the material as much as you need to ensure you fully comprehend the information.

To support the learning of each module, there is a handpicked selection of Prenatal Yoga Center’s Yoga | Birth | Babies podcasts with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum.

Module 1

Anatomy And Physiology & birth Culture

You will start to explore the in-depth changes to the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body. We place a particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes and how they can affect pregnancy and postpartum.

This solid foundation of understanding of the anatomy and physiology takes the guesswork and fear out of deciphering which poses will enhance the practice and which can be troublesome for the pregnant and postpartum student.

Module One also includes an examination and discussion of the current birth culture, systemic racism, and LGBT inclusion found in the medical system in the US.

Module 2

Structuring Your Class

During this module, you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters. These poses will become your building blocks for structuring your prenatal yoga class. There is a strong focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encourage optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process. You will also be introduced to the Prenatal Yoga Center teaching template which will help you clearly organize your class and create a graceful vinyasa flow for your students

This module includes 4 one hour prenatal yoga classes to help you familiarize yourself with the practice.

Module 3

Birthing The Baby

In this module, we shift our focus to Labor, Delivery and Interventions. We will explore the different stages of labor including the emotional signposts of labor, pain management and coping skills as well as common interventions and complications. We will also review therapeutic applications, assuring new teachers the information to help students with asanas and alternative modalities to common pregnancy aches and pain.

You will walk away with extensive childbirth education knowledge, an appreciation for the landscape of birth in the US, and trusting you can offer evidence-based information and solid resources for your students.

Module 4

POSTNATAL YOGA

Your students have now had their babies and are heading back for Postnatal Yoga. We will breakdown the essential “8 areas for the postnatal body”, as well as covers general guidelines for helping support the postpartum parent and community. We also discuss PMAD- perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. This module will allow you to fully meet the needs of your postpartum students.

This module includes 4 one hour prenatal yoga classes to help you familiarize yourself with the practice.

BONUS VIDEO

The Business of Yoga with Mado Hesselink

Owning a yoga business is not for the faint of heart. In this exclusive bonus video, Mado breaks down 6 steps that will help you be more organized and successful than 99% of yoga teachers out there. If you’re thinking about launching your own yoga business, or want to make sure your foundations are in place, this conversation will be your roadmap to confidence.

BONUS WORKSHOP

Comforting Touch for Birth with Yiska Obadia

Yiska Obadia, a seasoned practitioner and birth doula with over 25 years of experience, shares the power of connective touch in this online class, Comforting Touch for Birth. You will learn a variety of massage techniques and acupressure points to share with your students that can be used during labor to bring comfort, both during and between contractions. Yiska also teaches the fundamental principles of skillful touch.

BONUS WORKSHOP

Inclusion in Prenatal Yoga with Jacoby Ballard

Jacoby Ballard is a social justice educator and yoga teacher who leads workshops and trainings around the country on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this exclusive workshop, Jacoby shares his own experience as a trans parent and offers participants vocabulary and inclusive LGBTQ language. He also presents case studies to reveal common harm in prenatal yoga classes that can be caused from assumptions and yoga practices that can support you when harm occurs.

Meet your teachers!

Deb Flashenberg

Lead Teacher

CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT-500, RPYT

Ellyn Gerry

Assistant TT

RN, WHNP, RYT-500, LCCE, RPYT, L&D Nurse

Julia Motyka

Assistant TT

RYT 500, RPYT

Jacoby Ballard

Guest Teacher

Yoga Teacher & Social Justice Advocate

Yiska Obadia

Guest Teacher

Doula, Bodyworker, & Acupuncturist

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Grow With Us!

At PYC, we make it a habit to hire from within, and therefore completion of this 85-hour program presents plenty of opportunities for growth! We invest in our trainees and support their goals as prenatal yoga teachers.

Whether you’re interested in a spot on the sub list, a role on our administrative team, or a career path in leading PYC teacher trainings, our programs and expert guidance can put you on that path.

BIPOC Scholarship

Did you know that we offer a BIPOC Scholarship? We are committed to listening and being part of systemic change. We have two visions behind this scholarship.

 

First, we hope to make prenatal yoga and all its benefits more accessible for all.

 

Second, we recognize the lack of diversity in our teaching team. In an effort to best serve our whole community, it is important for our teaching team to better represent all members of the community itself. We understand that when a teacher reflects their students, there is better cultural understanding and therefore deeper trust. 

 

We strive to make our teaching community a more welcoming and inclusive space for all.

 

Recipients will be rewarded up to a $500 scholarship.