This intensive course is aimed at giving you a thorough insight into the world of pregnancy and childbirth, revealing how yoga, meditation, pranayama and more can be of huge help to women during this amazing time of transition. Through detailed theory and practical application, you will gain the tools and confidence to lead a safe, empowering and effective prenatal yoga class for all levels of expectant woman.This training also benefits from the input of three highly experienced women who all have a passion for supporting women pre and postnatally: Diana, a yoga teacher of more than a decade, Alexandra, a renowned Dubai based Women’s Health Physio and Zoe, a midwife who has supported hundreds of births.
Overview of Prenatal Yoga
The benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy
The role of the prenatal yoga teacher
Contraindications of yoga during pregnancy – when you should not practice and why
When to consult the advice of a health care professional
The difference between a high and non-high risk pregnancy
How to adapt and modify yoga poses for each of the three trimesters
Prop usage / alignment for each trimester or to alleviate common pregnancy ailments
How to sequence and teach a safe, nurturing prenatal yoga class for all trimesters / levels
Prenatal sun salutation variations
Yoga partner work to support pregnancy and labour
Poses to ease pregnancy aches and pains and to help create physical strength and space
Poses / positions to help during labour
Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body, both the physical and subtle body
Understanding the changing pregnant body and how organs / systems function during pregnancy
Optimal Fetal Positioning – how yoga can help to position baby for a better birthing experience
Overview into possible positions – breech, transverse, occiput posterior, and how yoga can help with these
Understanding the pelvis and the pelvic floor, common issues both pre and postnatal
The stages of labour / what happens in the body during birth
Overview of possible complications, such as miscarriage, premature labour, preeclampsia
Postnatal anatomy – common concerns .eg. Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor weakness etc
Discussion of subtle body anatomy, from the chakras to our ‘apana’ – grounding energy
Pranayama, Meditation and Visualization
Pranayama to help ease anxiety and discomfort during pregnancy
Breathing and relaxation techniques such as Yoga Nidra to ease anxiety and stress
Pranayama for labour and birthing affirmations
Guided meditation and visualization for pregnancy and labour
Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics
How yoga philosophy plays a role during the journey of pregnancy and childbirth
Building a supportive community for mothers and mothers to be
Hands on practice in sequencing / teaching a prenatal class for each trimester
Practice teaching for different needs eg. 2nd or 3rd trimester, birth preparation, partner work for labour
Gain confidence in adapting classes to respond to common ailments .eg. back pain, pelvic girdle pain, sciatica
Creating effective class plans for every pregnant body
Access to a wealth of pre & postnatal class plans, creative sequences and ideas that you can adapt for your own teaching & clients
Plenty of support practicing in groups and one on one, as well as teaching actual pregnant clients
Continuous feedback and mentorship
This course is for 200 or 300 hour Yoga Alliance certified teachers or those currently undergoing a YA Teacher Training. It is also open to birth professionals such as doulas, midwives or those working in the field of childbirth education, who would like to enhance their knowledge and learn how yoga can benefit their patients and clients. (In order for a birth professional to then be eligible to teach a prenatal class, they would need to take an additional 200 hour yoga TT.)
WHAT WILL I GET AT THE END OF THE COURSE
You’ll be awarded a certificate of completion and the confidence to lead all levels of prenatal yoga classes. We promise that this training will leave you feeling inspired to enter this very rewarding field of work! There will also be plenty of support post training to help you achieve your RYPT, through mentorship and potential teaching opportunities at Zen Yoga.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING THE COURSE
Diana is the lead trainer and has been teaching yoga for over a decade in Dubai. She has a Masters Degree in Science and Philosophy of yoga. She is also an ERYT-500 hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with over 150 hours of prenatal training and more than 6 years of prenatal teaching experience. Diana has a deep personal understanding of the experience of teaching prenatal yoga and is passionate about supporting women during this amazing journey.
Alexandra specialises in women’s health, especially pregnancy related problems both pre and postnatal, treating conditions such as pelvic pain, back pain, SPD (symphasis pubis dysfunction) abdominal separation, incontinence and prolapse. She moved to Dubai in 2011 and currently works as a physiotherapist at optimalTHERAPY at optimalFITNESS. Ally will be sharing her deep pre and postnatal knowledge with our students, discussing the pelvic floor, its important role in pregnancy and labour, as well as offering safe ways to support the body’s healing journey post birth.
Zoe Cresswell worked in the UK for many years before moving to Dubai. While in the UK she was based in a busy London hospital and covered many areas of midwifery care, including the Labour ward, triage, pre and postnatal care, inpatient care, research and mental health. Since moving to Dubai, Zoe has been caring for pre and postnatal clients and has also taken advantage of her love of health and sport and qualified as a personal trainer, specialising in training pre and postnatal clients. During our course, Zoe will guiding us through the stages of labour and beyond, as well as offering her deep insight into the best practices and positions for childbirth.
We understand that you may miss a theory lecture class; in which case you must register for a make up class and we can schedule in a best suited time. The class will be taught by me, irrespective of the subject teacher. These are only applicable for the theory classes missed.