This innovative, unique at your pace learning, with in-depth in-person support online training course is open for booking, to join this course please complete the application form by clicking here.
This YAP UK (90hr) specialist training course will facilitate you to teach pregnancy yoga, postnatal rehabilitation yoga and mum & baby yoga classes safely and effectively to women both in-person and online, enabling you to create supportive communities for women at this special time of their lives through yoga. The course is delivered through unique a mixture of at your pace training videos and manual resources, live-stream group training sessions, class observations (both live and pre-recorded) and 1:2:1 mentor sessions, view accredited course at YAP UK here. After completion of this course you will be accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals to teach pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth preparation, postnatal rehabilitation yoga and mum and baby yoga classes, both in person and online. You can join this course anytime.
The course is divided into the following two modules:
Module 1:Yoga for Pregnancy: Pregnancy yoga and yoga for birth preparation
Module 2: Yoga for the Postnatal period: Postnatal rehabilitation yoga and mum & baby yoga
Due to the online nature of the course there is more flexibility to fit the course around every day life and work. It roughly takes 4 weeks to work through each module and complete assignments, however some students take longer or shorter time depending on their other time commitments and previous teaching experience, from once you begin course you have 6 months to complete it.
Who is the course for?
Yoga teachers: The course is open to all qualified yoga teachers from any school or tradition. Trainee yoga teachers who are completing a foundation teacher-training course are also eligible to apply. Teachers must have a passion to use the physical and mental benefits of yoga to support women in this special and sacred time of their lives. Yoga practitioners from other professions: Non-qualified yoga teachers are welcome to apply if they come from a related profession such as midwifery, medicine, doula, health workers, fitness instructors, body workers or education. All non-qualified yoga teachers must have been practising yoga for at least two years and have attended a minimum of 40 hours of yoga classes.
The Course Content (syllabus)
Module 1: Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth
Anatomy and Physiology
• The physiological changes, hormones and emotions from conception to labour.
• Labour, a ‘normal’ labour and other courses of labour, including induction, intervention and caesarean-birth.
• The pelvis and pelvic floor in pregnancy and labour.
Complications in pregnancy
• Common conditions of pregnancy, including pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction, sciatica, LBP, HBP, oedema, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, heartburn wrist pain, back pain and the impact of relaxin on the ligaments.
• More serious conditions, including preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
• The dark side of pregnancy, bereavement and grief.
• Yoga in the first trimester, to practise or not?
• Asana and class sequences for the 2nd and 3rd trimester of yoga.
• Optimal Foetal Positioning and asana.
• The grey areas i.e. lying on the back, squatting in third trimester, when to stop or start adho mukha svanasana, baddha konasa, and inversions?
• Precautions, prohibitions and modifications in asana practice for women suffering from common conditions of pregnancy. Including safely integrating women with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) into a class.
• Using props in asana: swiss/gym balls, pilates balls, blocks, bolsters, cushions, chairs, straps, and paired work.
• The pelvic floor: traditional kegels, postural asanas for pelvic floor engagement and release, and structural support of the pelvis.
• Yoga for birth preparation: birthing positions for the 3 stages of labour.
Pranayama, meditation and visualisation
• Breathing practices for pregnancy and labour.
• Working with sounds, mantra and mudra.
• Visualisations, affirmations and meditation for pregnancy and labour.
Planning and teaching
• Lesson planning and class sequences to enable well rounded yoga classes that meet the varying needs of pregnant women.
• Incorporating yoga philosophy within a class.
• Teaching methodology in person and online.
The business of teaching pregnancy yoga
• Setting up a class, suitable venues, class times, payment structures, health and safety and teaching safely and effectively online.
• Discussing birth with sensitivity and non-judgement.
• Marketing and networking.
Module 2: Yoga for the Postnatal Period
Working with mothers
A Mother’s health and wellbeing, including postnatal depression, sleep deprivation, birth trauma, exhaustion, breast-feeding, the pressures of motherhood and further pregnancies.
The postnatal Period
• The first 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and beyond.
• The recovery process from birth and labour.
• Common physical issues, including diastasis recti, and wrist, back and knee pain.
• The impact of pregnancy, and labour on the pelvic floor and pelvis.
• The impact of breast-feeding on the body and our yoga practice.
Yoga for Postnatal rehabilitation
• Postnatal specific asana practices 6 weeks, 12 weeks and beyond.
• Rehabilitation yoga for diastasis recti
• Yoga for the “core”, the process of re-discovery.
• The pelvic floor: exploration of traditional approaches to the pelvic floor, including mula bandha and kegels, functional use of the pelvic floor.
• The use of small Pilates exercise balls.
• Pranayama and relaxation in the postnatal period.
Mother and Baby Yoga Classes (6 weeks to 10 months)
• Baby development 6 weeks to 10 months.
• Asana for mother and baby together, including songs, movements, and visual props for babies.
• Yoga for babies.
• Ways to hold, lift and carry baby safely.
• Breath work, mantra/sound, and relaxation for mother and baby.
• Class plans and sequences for Mother & Baby yoga.
• Class management, managing the unexpected and health & safety.
• Teaching methodology online and in person.
The Business of running classes for mums and their little ones
• Setting up a class, suitable venues, class times, payment structures and teaching safely online.
• Child protection, and Enhanced Disclosures (CRB checks), our responsibility as yoga teachers.
• Marketing and Networking.
Yoga Alliance Professionals Accreditation
90 hours in Teaching Pre and Postnatal Yoga. This is a specialist online yoga training course, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professional UK (YAP). On completion of this course you will be qualified to teach pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth preparation, postnatal rehabilitation yoga, and mum & baby Yoga classes. The course has met the stringent requirements set by the Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standards, view accredited course here.
How to apply and Payment for online course
The full cost of the online course is £625 (or 3 monthly payments of £215). To complete an application form, purchase your place on the course and access course material please click here to go to www.amy-yogaonline.com, you can join the course anytime.
Course hours and materials:
Not included on the course:
Module 1: Pregnancy Yoga
1) Yoga for pregnancy, birth and beyond by Francoise Barbira Freedman
2) Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth: Teach Yourself by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
3) New Active Birth: A Concise Guide to Natural child birth by Janet Balaskas
Module 2: Postnatal Yoga
1) Baby Om Yoga for Mothers and Babies by Laura Staton and Sarah Perron
2) Yoga for Mother and Baby, interactive poses for you and your baby Francoise Barbira Freedman
3) Yoga for mother and baby by Julie Llewellyn-Thomas
Amy will provide additional suggested reading.
Terms and conditions
The course costs £625 or payment plan £645, 3 monthly payments of £215 purchased at www.amy-yogaonline.com.
Refund and Cancellation Policy (T&Cs)
Due to the online nature of the course once your place is paid for it is non-refundable.
Attendance and completion of the course (T&Cs)
Students should complete 100% of all modules within the course and complete all assignments. On completion of all modules and assignments Amy will notify Yoga Alliance Professionals that you have passed the course and gain certification. A certificate of completion will also be emailed to you.
Your details (T&Cs)
Please note that Amy Jones will pass on your details (name, email and phone number) to the Yoga Alliance Professional so they can contact you directly and invite you to register as a member of YAP UK. You understand you have the option of opting out of this registration process. Your details will not be passed on to any other parties.
Applicants from non-yoga teachers (T&Cs)
Graduates are only able to teach yoga in their professional capacity, as specialist teachers. Graduates are only trained to pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth preparation, postnatal rehabilitation yoga and mum & baby yoga classes.
By purchasing the course you are agreeing to all the T&Cs laid out above, including the cancellation policy. You are agreeing to adhere to the code of conduct policy and confirm you have read and are happy with the complaints procedure.
"I absolutely loved the pregnancy and postnatal course with Amy. The online content was really extensive and easy to navigate and any question I had was answered with enthusiasm and in great detail. I've been teaching vinyasa yoga for a couple of years, but after falling pregnant myself earlier this year, I found that the course with Amy really helped me to confidently adapt my own practice and now I can't wait to start teaching all those mamas to be!"
"From the first phone call of my enquiry to the final signing off, I have really appreciated your support. You have kept everything 'real'; the course is informative as well as enjoyable. For me, the mix of online learning and participation in classes has been very rewarding, even without the FtF contact. I have been able to work at my own pace and not feel pressured to complete modules by certain dates / times".
"I never thought that I would sign up to a completely online yoga training course, but after experiencing how well Amy made the transition to teaching other courses completely online during lockdown I felt confident that I would learn a lot this way. Amy definitely did not disappoint - her 1-2-1 guidance, online videos, tutorials, and class recordings alongside her resources made this a very informative, interesting and varied course - she really knows her stuff! Her knowledge has not only made me feel comfortable with listening to my own body during pregnancy, but also with passing on my passion for yoga to women during a very exciting, but potentially vulnerable, moment in their lives. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone who is looking into training as a pre and post natal yoga teacher".