Postnatal Teacher Training

Welcome to the PYC Postnatal and Baby and Me Teacher Training

Hone your skills to confidently support the postnatal community! 

Learn. Grow. Support.

Prenatal yoga teacher trainings  have been growing in popularity for well over the past decade. But unfortunately, in depth Postnatal Yoga and Baby and Me education has lagged behind, leaving teachers feeling unprepared to properly lead these classes.

Until now!

Please join Deb and Caprice for a weekend intensive that will help you build a solid understanding of the unique needs of the postpartum person. We will explore the whole postpartum experience. Diving into  physical and emotional needs and the huge transition of becoming a parent. Plus, participants in this workshop are eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.

Day 1 

We will start by closely looking at the changes and potential issues of the postnatal body with specific focus on the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles. 

Teachers will learn how to properly assess for diastasis and breathing techniques to encourage proper usage of these muscles so we don’t inadvertently cause further damage. 

There will also be a deep discussion about the pelvic floor. Just because someone had a vaginal birth, doesn’t mean they need just pelvic floor toning! Learn how to invite the postpartum person to explore the needs of their pelvic floor and help restore it to a state of balance and function.

Participants will to take a 90 minute postnatal yoga class and see how to interweave the 7 main areas of the postpartum body that need restrengthening, stability and release.

By the end of day one, students will have a solid foundation to address the needs of the postnatal student with consideration of different birth experiences and the daily wear and tear of early parenthood. 

Day 2

Morning Session: Maternal Mental Health in the Perinatal Period

Pregnancy and new motherhood are emotionally charged and transformative times in a woman’s life. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues which can leave a mom feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and weepy. These blues lift after the first week or two and many moms start to feel better as they settle into new motherhood. Yet one in five new moms develop stronger symptoms that can include postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, rage and in severe cases – psychosis. These diagnosis are referred to as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs.

In this seminar, we will plan to discuss the role and scope of how a practitioner such as a pre and post-natal yoga instructor can understand generally what PMADs are, how to recognize symptoms, sensitive ways of broaching the subject if you are concerned (especially since women underrepresent their true experience), trauma-informed care, care for partner/family, and an overview of basic clinical modalities (to understand how a client might be treated).

Afternoon Session: Baby and Me Yoga

The afternoon session will build on the foundation of day one and focus on Baby & Me yoga, which integrates baby into the yoga class.

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Baby & Me is a popular format for those postpartum but few teachers feel confident to teach it, due to its’ unpredictable nature- babies! This workshop will give the pre/postnatal teacher the tools to create a space where both babies and caregivers feel nurtured and supported.

Workshop will include:

  • Learn effective sequencing, songs, and baby touch
  • Receive an overview of typical developmental movement and learn exercises and activities to encourage it
  • Review appropriate poses for the postpartum student and learn how to maximize their time within class
  • Learn appropriate pelvic floor and abdominal exercises to integrate into class
  • Gain tools to facilitate bonding between baby and caregiver 
  • How to keep class moving while adults tend to babies’ needs
  • Receive an overview of how lactation affects the body, and how you can nurture a space for all types of infant feeding
  • How to help your students cultivate community 

For those teachers eager to serve the whole person from pregnancy through early parenthood, this weekend intensive can provide you with the skills, confidence and marketability you most desire!

Your Teachers!

Deb Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500 : POSTNATAL YOGA

Paige Bellenbaum, LCSW: The Trasition into Parenthood

Caprice Abowitt, CCE, E-RYT 500: BABY and ME YOGA

Policies and Guideline

  • All yoga teachers and interested students are welcome! You do not need to be a graduate of the Prenatal Yoga Center teacher training to participate.
  • Once the training begins, if you decide not to continue for any reason, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If you need to cancel your commitment to this training, you must cancel at least two weeks prior to the event. You will receive a refund minus 10% processing fee.
  • Upon completion of the weekend training, Yoga Alliance members are eligible to receive 9 Continued Education Units.

Schedule:

Day One: 1-7pm

Day Two: 11-1:30 | 2-7pm

Early Bird Tuition

$475

*Payment plans available upon request

Participants will receive 9 Continued Education Units from Yoga Alliance