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 (2 hours)
• Setting up a class, suitable venues, class times, payment structures, health and safety and teaching safely 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 yoga training course, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professional UK (YAP). On completion of this course you will be qualified to teach pregnancy yoga, 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.