Teaching the Postnatal Student

On-Demand Postnatal Yoga Teacher course

Gain the essential tools you need to support the postnatal student in your class.

Pregnancy is an obvious change- we can see the growing belly! But postpartum can be a challenge to identify in an open level class. For many people, the postpartum body can feel so much weaker and disconnected than the pregnant body.

So, how can YOU arm yourself with the tools and knowledge to serve your postnatal students and protect them from injury? Especially when your postnatal students may not fully understand that they shouldn’t just bounce back to their regular practice.

Welcome to Teaching the POSTnatal Student, where we will dive deeply into understanding the support and rehab the postnatal body and mind needs!

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Modules

This course includes 3 modules that will help you gain the knowledge & confidence to safely teach posnatal students on the mat.

Completion of Teaching the Postnatal Student is worth 5 Continued Education Credits from Yoga Alliance. 

Module 1: Understanding the first 12 weeks

New parents go through an extraordinary and dramatic hormonal, spinal, and emotional shift during postpartum. We will explore these major changes and what asanas and considerations to incorporate when working with a new parent. This module will also include warning signs something is wrong in the postpartum healing so that you can confidently encourage your student to seek assistance! You’ll walk away with a clearer understanding of how to serve the whole person and start to help the new parent replenish and restore themselves from this massive transformation.

Module 2: The Postpartum Pelvic Floor and Abs

It's essential to understand that there is more to rehabbing the pelvic floor than just “kegeling”. You’ll learn what diastasis is and how to check for it. You will also learn what considerations and modifications for students with ab and pelvic floor issues. We will also discuss when it is best to refer out to a physical therapist. This module is designed to help you identify pelvic floor and abdominal issues and offer information and exercises to help resolve these common problems. Keeping within the scope of a yoga teacher, you will also learn when to refer out to a physical therapist or physician.

Module 3: Tying it all together to Teach!

Inside our wrap-up module, you’ll review the 7 areas of the postnatal body that should be addressed in each class. We will also review common postnatal discomforts and what poses can offer comfort. Then you'll explore how to tie this all together in class so you can offer your students a well-rounded class that meets their needs.

Course Bonuses

Video #1

PMADS (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders) and Matresence: the shift from “maiden to motherhood" with Evelyn Gama, LCSW

Video #2

Trauma Aware Postpartum Yoga with Tara Tonini

Video #3

Healing the Pelvic Floor with Lindsey Vestal of The Functional Pelvis

Video #4

Healing the Pelvic Floor with Lindsey Vestal of The Functional Pelvis

Exclusive Podcast

Understanding Postpartum Hormones with Aviva Romm MD

Are you read to teach postpartum yoga students without fear?

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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Hi, I’m Deb Flashenberg! I am a prenatal yoga teacher, Lamaze childbirth educator, labor support doula and self-proclaimed “birth and anatomy geek”.

My curiosity and desire to continuously learn about pregnancy, birth, yoga, and parenthood have led to my most recent undertaking the podcast, Yoga| Birth | Babies. Giving me the pleasure of speaking with and learning from some of the yoga and birth world’s most influential and respected speakers, Cyndi Lee, Tara Stiles, Penny Simkin, Gail Tully, Pam England, Dr. Sarah Buckley, Rebecca Dekker, Dr. Neel Shah and many more.

Drawing on my experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula, childbirth educator and mother, I support the pregnant person with functional yoga asana to create a functional birth and ease into parenthood feeling empowered and honored on this sacred journey of birth and beyond.

For the past 12 years, I have had the honor of training hundreds of new prenatal yoga teachers as they started on their journey to supporting new and expectant parents.

I look forward to working with you as you continue to enhance your teaching skills to teach to everybody who walks into your class.