Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

An 85 Hour Registered Prenatal Yoga School through Yoga Alliance (RPYS)


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Prenatal yoga celebrates the mom and baby connection and the beauty and power of a woman’s changing body.  The ChildLight Yoga 85-Hour Prenatal and Postnatal Teacher Training prepares trainees to guide yoga students through the new motherhood year, from conception through postpartum. We cover best practices for safety, sequencing and teaching techniques for pre and postnatal yoga.  

As a physical practice, yoga during pregnancy supports strength, endurance, and flexibility. Many expecting mothers find that regular practice improves circulation, combats fatigue, and reduces tension and stiffness in muscles and joints. As a mental discipline, yoga cultivates focus and emotional stability. Breathing exercises during prenatal yoga help mom relax deeply and connect with baby. ChildLight Yoga’s well-rounded training addresses the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga for pregnancy as well as important background information on health, anatomy, nutrition, Ayurveda and more.  

Our three month training format allows participants to put teachings into practice between training weekends. Alternatively, when offered, the nine day intensive allows for complete immersion in the topic over 75 contact hours with our lead trainers. 

Who should attend: prenatal group class
This training is open to yoga teachers and experienced students of yoga with a strong desire to support women and mothers through pregnancy and beyond, including:

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Midwives
  • Doulas
  • Childbirth educators
  • Doctors, Nurses or Other Healthcare Providers and Healers in the Prenatal Field
  • Physicians


The training curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy
  • Components of a Prenatal Yoga Class
  • Asana and Variations for Stages of Pregnancy
  • Hands on Adjustments
  • Restorative for Pregnant Students
  • Theming and Philosophy of Yoga for Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Visualization / Meditations / Chants / Poems for Prenatal Class
  • Adaptations for Pregnant Students In a Non-Prenatal Class
  • Childbirth Education for Yoga Instructors
  • Birth Service Providers and Choices Students May Face
  • Common Pregnancy Symptoms, Concerns and Implications for Yoga Practice
  • Conditioning for Labor and Delivery
  • Breathing techniques
  • Ayurveda and Nutrition
  • The Power and Importance of Sharing Birth Stories
  • Expanding Your Prenatal / Postnatal offerings
  • Adapting Asana and Considerations for the Experienced Pregnant Yogi
  • Private Instruction
  • Postpartum Recovery, Conditioning, and Sequencing
  • The Business of Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga 


CEUs, PDPs, and Yoga Alliance credit hours:
Teachers can register as a RPYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and an 85-hour prenatal yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga which must be performed after completing a program with a RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School).

Registered yoga teachers are eligible for continuing education contact hours through Yoga Alliance.Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and/or Professional Development Points (PDPs) may also be available through your employer. As each credentialing organization has their own requirements, you should confirm with them that your training hours will apply toward your degree or continuing education requirements. Application for accreditation from these organizations is your responsibility. Additional fees may be required. 

 

Meet the Trainers:
Megan Ridge Morris, E-RYT 500, RPYT, coauthor of the ChildLight Yoga Prenatal Postnatal Teacher Training, discovered yoga in 2006 as an intern after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in theatre arts. "The very first class amazed me in every way and I instantly fell in love with the practice! I've been studying yoga for over a decade and teaching as a full-time, professional yoga teacher since 2008." She completed a 500 hour teacher training through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem and has been a co-teacher of their 200-hour teacher training program since 2009.
Megan's focus is on teaching yoga to beginners, pregnant women, new moms, and babies six weeks - two years old, dedicated to making yoga accessible to all. She brings her expertise off the mat as a certified doula.  Outside of teaching yoga she enjoys writing, hiking, theatre and spending quality time with her loving husband, beautiful son, and pit bull mix pup.

Jen Mueller, E-RYT, RCYT, is a Washington DC yoga instructor for adults, children, and families. A longtime yoga student, doing yoga with her child was a natural extension of her practice and the inspiration for becoming an instructor. Jen is delighted to be able to share developmentally appropriate poses, games, songs, and mindfulness activities with children and their parents. She is honored to be able bring yoga to even more children as a ChildLight Yoga and a Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer. Jen completed her adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, MD and her prenatal training with Janet Caulfiled of Urban Yoga. Jen is also a licensed Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitator and has trained with Budding Yogis and YoKid: Stretch Your Limits. Jen brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes - both the adult and kids classes - and hopes to offer her students the sense of freedom she finds in yoga.


To schedule a public or private ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training at your studio, center or for your group, please complete a Host Studio application here.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Trainings


Please Note:
All three weekends must be attended in order to complete the certification.

 
BETHLEHEM, PA
with
Megan Ridge Morris
and
Jennifer Mueller

Dates:
 
 March 17-19, 2017
April 28-30, 2017
May 19-21, 2017

Times:
Friday: 8am-6pm
Saturday: 8am-6pm
Sunday 8am-4pm

Tuition: $1250 EBD
After March 1st $1395

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