Summer 2017 | July 14-16 & August 11-13 at Yoga Heights in Washington D.C.
Early Fall | September 15-17 & October 20-22 at Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC
Late Fall 2017 | November 2-5 & December 1-3 at The Breathing Room in New Haven, CT
Winter 2018 | Jan 12-14 & Feb 9-11 | at Dhyana Yoga Arts in Chester, NJ
This is an in depth, comprehensive 85 hour, Yoga Alliance Certified training is for those who want to confidently and responsibly dive into the world of conscious birthing and prenatal yoga and work with this very special population. At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga. We are excited to share our philosophy and teaching with you.
At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga:
Lana Levy MS, RYT
Founder of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life
Prenatal Yoga Teacher
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 prepare 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 expecting 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.
Over the next 3 months you will have have access to our four online modules which contain videos with Deb and Caprice intricately teaching you the material as well as four hour long prenatal yoga classes. You will also receive our full teaching manual which will correspond with the videos. Through this training we will be in touch by Google Chat, as well as enjoy two long weekends together!
You will start to explore the in depth changes to the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body. We place particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes and how that can affect pregnancy and postpartum. This module also includes the episode “Your Pelvic Floor “ from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.
During this module you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters. These pose will become your building blocks for structuring your prenatal yoga class. There is a strong focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encouraging optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process. You will also be introduced to the Prenatal Yoga Center teaching template. This module also includes 4 one hour prenatal yoga classes to take or just watch. This module also includes the episode, “Yoga in Your First Trimester” with Deb Flashenberg, “Aligning Your Body and Your Baby For Your Best Birth” with Dr. Randi Jaffee, “Spinning Babies, Gail Tully and the Importance of Fetal Position” and “Is Your Exercise and Yoga Routine Helping or Hindering Your Birth” with Deb Flashenberg from the podcast Yoga | Birth | Babies.
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. This module also includes the episode “Empowered Hospital Birth with Terry Richmond “, “Undisturbed Birth with Dr. Sarah Buckley”, “Pain to Pleasure with Deborah Pascalli-Bonero”, “History of Birth with Tina Cassidy”, Doula Do’s and Don’ts with Deb Flashenberg”, “Pain, Suffering and Trauma in Birth with Penny Simkin”, “Labor Induction with Gene Declerqc” and “An Open and Honest Talk with Dr. George Mussali, OB” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.
Your students have now had their babies and are heading back for Postnatal Yoga or Mommy and Me. We will breakdown the essential “6 areas for the postnatal mom” as well as cover general guidelines for helping support the postpartum mother and community. This module also includes the episode “4th Trimester Bodies Project “ and “Postpartum Depression with Dr Michelle Canarick” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast
Schedule Your Call!
Don’t forget to schedule your welcome call with Deb! You can do so on…. This 10 minute call is intended for you to connect with Deb and ask any initial questions you may have. Please be respectful of the time and if you need to reschedule, Deb asks that you give her at least 24 hours notice.
Keep Track of Everything!
There are lots of moving parts to this Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. To help you keep track of everything, we made a “Check List”. We advise that you use this as a guideline to make sure you have everything in order. And at any point, please feel free to email Deb or Caprice if you have any questions that need attention before or between the long weekend intensives.
What to expect:
You can expect to receive and experience:
Schedule and take a 10 minute welcome call with Deb
Review modules 1,2,3 and 4 individually and watch the corresponding video
Participate in Webinars with Deb or listen it at a later time
Complete book list
Complete written assignments
Participate in a Google chat with Deb if you would like to ask further questions
Complete both weekend intensives with Deb and Caprice
Audit a local childbirth education class
Complete final written exam
Record 75 minute prenatal yoga class with at least 3 pregnant women, then send to Prenatal Yoga Center
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
Hess Kim CD(DONA), RYT
Anne Heckheimer LMT
Module 1 -March 10 & 11
Module 2 – March 24 & 25
Module 3 – April 7 & 8
Module 4 – April 21 & 22
Module 5 -May 12 & 13
Module 6 -May 19 only
*Friday evening sessions run from 6:30-9:30. Saturday sessions run from 1-8pm
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following workshops:
*Class is held on Sunday from 3-5:15, or 4-6:15 (please check website)
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following weekends:
March 4 &5
April 1 & 2, April 29 & 30
May 20 & 21
*Class is held on Saturdays from 1-5pm and Sundays from 10-2pm
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.
Spring 2017 : $1,550
Prenatal Yoga Center is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats. Please contact the studio for details.