Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Trainings
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Why are some courses longer than others?
You will notice in the listing below that some courses are six days long, and some are seven, and that there is even an option to do a four day intensive version. The course content remains the same in all courses, what changes is the intensity of the learning experience. You may choose whichever option best suits you, confident in the knowledge that the same material is covered in each incarnation of the course.
This 40hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is recognised by the Independent Yoga Network
A note from the trainer
Thank you for your interest in pregnancy yoga teacher training. This long-established course is taught with love and passion by a joyful, committed team of highly experienced trainers which varies depending on location – London with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lisa White, and guest midwife; Stroud with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and midwife Annie Lester; Manchester with Janine Hurley . Together we hold a clear open, welcome space for a superb training experience with depth and clarity at every level. In addition to a wide range of modified postures designed to support and enhance a women’s experience of pregnancy and birth, this course includes many subtle yoga practices relating to deep relaxation, sound and breath, that are not widely taught elsewhere.
We’ve been at this a very long time now and know that our course is uniquely nourishing and informative. The course was first offered in 2001 and has grown and developed and deepened over fifteen continuous years of successful trainings in six different countries. We love our work and we are delighted to share our combined years of experience with you. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli designed the course, she is a yoga therapist, mother and author. The course teachings are based on Uma’s books ‘Mother’s Breath’, 'Yoni Shakti’ and ‘Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth.’
In recent years pregnancy yoga has become very popular, and there now are many courses offering training for teachers in this field. We view this as a positive development, enabling you as a prospective trainee to choose a course that most precisely meets your needs, and enables you to teach your students appropriately.
When you are weighing up the relative benefits of the courses on offer, it is helpful to know the key differences between them. In brief, the training we offer equips you to:
- design and teach appropriate yoga classes and private sessions to all pregnant women, including those with previous yoga experience and practice and those who are new to yoga, and those in the early postnatal stage (first four months); this includes learning how to hold women’s circle space for pregnant women and their unborn babies with respect and sensitivity, whilst competently managing issues of time, and achieving a good balance between the focus on yoga practice, and respectful welcoming of women’s emotional states;
- teach a full range of holistic yoga techniques (not just postures) that enhance a woman's emotional, psychic and physical experience of pregnancy as a preparation for motherhood, and in the immediate postnatal period, including asana (postures), paired posture work, supported posture work (using walls and chairs), a set of restorative postures for pregnancy, pranayama (breath practices), nada yoga (sound practices, mudra (sacred gestures), bandha (locks and seals), mantra (sacred sound), prana vidya (knowledge of energy movements), dharana (focused attention), meditation, and pratyahara (sense withdrawal) through yoga nidra (deep relaxation);
- understand the deep philosophical and spiritual basis of yoga in the context of the emotional journey towards birth and motherhood, and to use that understanding as the basis of all pregnancy yoga teaching, and for the immediate period of postnatal recovery. In this context course also addresses issues arising around pregnancy loss, grief and emotional disturbance, equipping students to know how to cope in their classes in the event of pregnancy losses. This aspect of the course is handled with sensitivity and depth, utilising yoga practices that honour women’s experiences, and provide helpful yoga techniques to cope with intense emotions.
Uniquely, each day of this training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that gives all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also deep relaxation and sound practices in the afternoons, and a lot of direct and practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable.
The course involves obligatory detailed observations of pregnancy yoga classes and/or DVDs (as broad a range of approaches as you are able to find), and three short assignments that help you to focus your learning in a practical manner by creating handouts, publicity material and health questionnaires for your future students. Towards the end of course there will be a practical appraisal session at which your teaching is observed by experienced pregnancy yoga teachers who are skilled at giving positive feedback. The appraisal is conducted in a totally supportive and mutually respectful manner, so that most trainees find this experience to be hugely enjoyable, and often comment that the appraisal session was one of their favourite parts of the course.
To help you make an informed decision about whether our training is the one for you, I warmly encourage all prospective trainees to attend, if they are able, a class taught by a teacher who has trained with Uma and Lisa in the past. Please see our Teachers Page for a list of teachers. If you are not within easy reach of a teacher on this list, then the best way to get a feel for the approach of the course is to take a look at the pregnancy yoga disc of the DVD set Mother Nurture Yoga, available in our Shop. If you do decide to go ahead and apply for the course then your observation either of the taught class or the DVD class can count towards your required class observations.
Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy
This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma's own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during my own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both my Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.
The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances. Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and on going self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes. Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.
"In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching." – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
In addition to specific skills for dealing with pregnancy related ailments, students also gain valuable transferable skills and experience in therapeutic and restorative yoga propping and yoga nidra, which is practised twice daily on this course.
If you want to know more, then please read on:
One of the distinctive features of the training we offer is that it encourages you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines. Uma has been involved in training pregnancy yoga teachers with a number of different organisations since 2001, and her own personal practice since 1984 has been inspired by a range of different yoga traditions, so the courses she runs draw on a very wide variety of different influences. This is why she is very happy to be working with Yogacampus, whose courses have established an enviable reputation for promoting an inspiring and eclectic range of all that is best across many yoga traditions. First and foremost though, Uma is a yoga therapist, so everything she trains teachers to do is grounded in sound anatomical and physiological principles, observing sensible health and safety guidelines.
One of the distinctive features of this training is that it gives equal emphasis to each of the five dimensions of existence, known as the pancha kosha (physical, energetic, emotional, wisdom and bliss bodies). This means that the training provides balanced instruction across all of these topics: asana, pranayama, nada yoga, mudra, bandha, mantra, prana vidya, meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). We also focus attention on the needs of the early stages of postnatal recovery.
Uma is mother to three children, and author of four books about yoga therapy for women's health, and these books form the textbooks and basis for the teachings on this course: Yoni Shakti, A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom Through Yoga and Tantra, Mother's Breath (a definitive guide to yoga breathing and awareness practices for pregnancy, postnatal recovery and mothering); Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth (Hodder and Staughton) and Yoga for Living - Feel Confident (Dorling Kindersley). She has also produced a number of CDs and DVDs to support the practice of pregnancy, postnatal recovery yoga and yoga for the relief of stress. For full product listing see our Shop
A special note for pregnant and breastfeeding women
We walk our talk! That means that all pregnant and breastfeeding women are most welcome on the course. No matter what stage of pregnancy you are at, these teachings and the framework of the course ensure that you can be comfortable and well supported throughout. In fact it is a great blessing to welcome pregnant and breastfeeding women onto the course, because they often experience the teachings very deeply and get a lot out of the training that is personal as well as professional. The other students also get the perfect opportunity to see the value of this work in action! But do know that it is asking quite a lot of yourself to be a student as well as a mother (or mother to be), so be gentle and kind with yourself and rest whenever you need. We do our utmost to make this training fully accessible and supportive for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
All the best, Om shanti, Uma and team
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