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, the dos, the don'ts and the maybes?!
• Precautions, prohibitions and modifications 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, and straps.
• 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 and discussing labour with sensitivity.
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.
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.
• 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, and functional use of the pelvic floor integrated into movement.
• 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, planning for the unexpected!
• Teaching methodology online and in person.
Also included - The Business of running classes for mums and mums to be.
• Setting up a class, suitable venues, class times, payment structures, teaching safely online and marketing made easy.
• Child protection, and Enhanced Disclosures (CRB checks), our responsibility as yoga teachers.
Course content and delivery
• 1:2:1 mentor sessions with Amy via zoom at the start of the course, after each module and as you work through the training (10 hours in-person)
• Self-pace training video (30 hours)
• Access (via zoom) to live in-person pregnancy and mum & baby yoga classes for observation, class recordings also available for further observation (16 hours in-person)
• Access to "Further training for pregnancy and postnatal yoga teachers" course bundle (10 hours)
• Online written manual resources (4 hours)
• Personal reading, research assignments, planning and teaching practise (18 hours)
• Video feedback on all assignments and teaching practise (2 hours in-person)
• On-going support after course via Amy's specialist teacher training FB group.
• On-going mentoring and business support via Amy's teacher community FB group
• On-going access to all online course material after the course.
Terms and conditions
The course costs £625, payment made in full, or 3 monthly payments of £215 per month, you can join the course anytime, please complete an application form before purchasing course. Click HERE for application form.
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 online content, in-person contact hours and assignments, upon completion a certificate will be issued.
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.
By purchasing this course you are agreeing to all the T&Cs laid out above, including the cancellation policy.