‘Create welcoming and empowering classes for pregnant and postpartum students’
The many benefits of practicing yoga whilst pregnant have been clearly demonstrated both in scientific literature and the lived experiences of yoga students. A well-trained pre- and postnatal yoga teacher can offer an extraordinary service to their students, including aiding them in a more comfortable pregnancy, helping them prepare for childbirth, facilitating their postpartum recovery, and helping them to feel grounded and connected to their body throughout all these stages.
Pregnancy and postnatal recovery is a unique experience for every woman and person that goes through it, and accordingly, there are a very wide variety of ways that a teacher can offer pre- and postnatal classes. Some students want an intense and energetic practice throughout pregnancy, some are dealing with discomfort, nausea, and other issues and may only want minimal, gentle movement. Some students want to use the class time to connect with their baby, others need the focus and energy to be on them.
This training will not teach you a prescriptive ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to leading pre- and postnatal classes. Rather, you will be equipped with research-based and science-informed facts about pregnancy and postpartum recovery, both in general and in relation to a physical yoga practice. Empowered with this information, you will learn how to structure a pre- and postnatal teaching style that feels authentic to you.
This training is led by Eleanor Spring. She is honored and excited to guide you through this process.
Eleanor Spring, E-RYT 500, RPYT & YACEP yoga teacher, scientist & communicator. | https://www.springtomindnl.com/
In the final weekend, there will be a written and practical exam. Additionally, full and active participation in all days is required. Please inform us in advance if you are not able to attend a day.
The leading teacher training manual is provided by us and is included in the price of the course. In addition to the manual, the following books are required or suggested. Please note that all of these books (except ‘Stuff Dutch Moms Like’) are written by US or UK authors and thus include advice/ content that is not fully relevant to the Netherlands, which has a very different healthcare system and approach to pregnancy and childbirth than both the USA and UK. Nonetheless, all these books have plenty of relevant and transferable information:
All books can be ordered online (Amazon.nl or bol.com) or ordered at Waterstones.
8:30 – 09:45 | Yoga practice, adapted for pre- or postnatal students
10:00 – 12:30 | Lectures & discussion (pregnancy and postnatal recovery, including anatomy and physiology)
12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch break
13:30 – 15:00 | Lectures & discussion (pregnancy and post-natal recovery as relates to a physical yoga practice)
15:15 – 17:00 | Posture workshop (adjusting poses and sequencing for pre- or post-natal students)
This training is appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in exploring an evidence-based approach to teaching yoga to pre- and post-natal students. This includes:
Please be aware that you need to already have a 200-hour (or more) yoga teaching certification in order to qualify as a pre- and post-natal yoga teacher. You may take this course without such a certification, but you will not be able to certify as a pre and post-natal yoga teacher afterward. This course is open to all genders.
This course will include frank and open discussion of topics that may be distressing or triggering for some people. These include: pelvic floor pain and dysfunction and its symptoms; fertility challenges; miscarriage; termination for medical reasons; stillbirth; pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum complications. Covering these topics is important in order to support students with as much compassion and awareness as possible, however, please bear this in mind and take care of yourself too.
If you are pregnant and wish to take the course, please be aware that you need to be present throughout in order to receive the certification. However, you can observe (rather than physically take part in) some of the yoga practices and posture workshops if you need extra rest. Of course, you can snack, drink water, and prop yourself as needed to remain comfortable throughout the day.