The Physical Body in Pregnancy & Birth

This module will be available virtually as a self-paced learning course in late Spring 2022, as approved by Yoga Alliance.

This course is focused on the physical body in pregnancy and birth. This training is open to birth workers, expectant parents, and yoga teachers. Some basic experience or knowledge of yoga is helpful.

Trainees will learn:

  1. 10 foundational poses of a prenatal yoga class with modifications

  2. How to design and teach a prenatal class that addresses all three trimesters plus postnatal

  3. How to teach a holistic prenatal class with mindfulness techniques like breathwork, relaxation, and meditation

  4. Yogic philosophy as it relates to teachers and students

  5. How to teach in an inclusive way and embrace diversity 

  6. Ayurveda principles related to pregnancy  and birth

Here's a sample of topics taught:

  • Anatomy & Function of the Pelvis

  • Communication Skills for the Prenatal Yoga Teacher

  • Yoga Posture Clinic with Modifications for All Three Trimesters

  • Yamas & Niymasa: The Yogic Observances

  • Intro to Ayurveda and The 3 Doshas

  • Scope of Practice & Referring to Care Providers

  • Inclusivity for Prenatal Yoga Teachers

Successful completion of Level 1 requires ten hours of participation/observation of prenatal yoga classes with an MPYC lead teacher or other RPYT.

Tuition: $595

Questions? Please review the FAQ page or email mkeprenatalyoga@gmail.com.

The Energy Body in Pregnancy & Birth

For 2022-23, this training is virtual and self-paced as approved by Yoga Alliance.

This 40-hour course includes learning about the energetic systems of the mind-body system including Chakras and Koshas. Learn how to approach teaching a prenatal yoga class with mindfulness; complete with restorative postures, guided imagery, pranayama, and meditation. Also, discover Ayurvedic self-care practices that can enhance the prenatal wellness journey and support postpartum recovery. 

Virtual Classroom

You'll get access to the Google Classroom page where you see the whole curriculum in order, watch videos, download resources (including a PDF version of our manual), and comment or leave questions as you go.

1:1 Guidance

You'll also get an opportunity to schedule two 30-minute coaching sessions during your program to keep you on track and get the assistance you need. 

Live-Streamed Group Classes

Check the website often for new class offerings so you can join in on a live-streamed prenatal yoga class when they're offered. Use these classes to complete a class observation or practice teaching. Class fees are included tuition for 2022-23 trainees.

If you are aiming for the RPYT designation, you must complete Level 1 along with 10 hours each of class observation and practice teaching. 

In this training, students will learn:

  1. the subtle anatomy of the body including the koshas and chakras to support mental and emotional well being in pregnancy and postpartum

  2. how to confidently lead students in and out of key restorative postures and variations for all stages of pregnancy including postpartum

  3. how to teach various breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation techniques for pregnancy and birth.

  4. how to use the Trigunas (Sattva, Rajas & Tamas) and how they can support both teacher and student

  5. how to use inclusive and invitatory language to foster a class environment of acceptance and compassion

  6. be more aware of cultural appropriation and avoid common pitfalls

Sample topics include:

  • Teaching Mindfulness in Pregnancy & Birth

  • Ayurveda Self-Care for Pregnancy & Postpartum

  • Language of Consent

  • Chakra-Balancing Prenatal Yoga Practice

  • Journey Through the Koshas: 7 Layers of Consciousness

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders

  • Balanced Mind & Mood Prenatal Yoga Practice

  • Cultural Appropriation & Yoga 

Successful completion of this course requires ten hours of practicum; either class observation or practice teaching with an MPYC lead teacher or other RPYT.

Tuition: $595

Register

BIPOC scholarship candidates can email us for more information.

Questions? Please review the FAQ page or email mkeprenatalyoga@gmail.com.

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Training Module Details and Requirements

Trainings do not need to be taken in order.  Read more on the FAQ page.

Scholarship

The Milwaukee Prenatal Yoga Community is dedicated to providing opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color yoga teachers and practitioners who would like to share prenatal yoga with their community.

 

Email mkeprenatalyoga@gmail.com to apply for a partial or full scholarship. Tell us about yourself, including your experience and background, why this training is important to you, and how you intend to put it to use.