Teaching yoga during the time of pregnancy can be such a privilege. As a prenatal yoga teacher it is vital to be able to create a consistent and supportive space for women at their most intense period of change in life.
This 4 day intensive training will provide the tools for teachers to deliver safe, creative and nurturing classes to women during all stages of their pregnancies – whether you’re integrating pregnant students into your class or teaching dedicated pre-natal classes. Each day will contain group practice and experience of pre-natal yoga, lectures, group exercises and teaching practice. There will be additional non-contact hours in the form of assignments and class observations.
The course will cover: Teaching pre-natal yoga classes, integrating a pregnancy student into a general class, Anatomy and Physiology during each stage of pregnancy, Emotional considerations and changes during pregnancy, Common conditions and ailments during pregnancy and how to adapt practice with these, Pranayama, meditation and relaxation for pregnancy
The journey of Pregnancy – Understanding the physical and emotional journey of pregnancy
Considerations of teaching asana, meditation & pranayama for pregnant students
Sequencing a pregnancy yoga class
Integrating a pregnant student into an open class
Birth and Beyond: Active birth techniques & postnatal
Yoga teachers (qualified and currently in training) who wish to teach Pregnancy yoga or better equip themselves for integrating pregnant students. It is also open to qualified practitioners in the field of pregnancy/birth support and other complementary health disciplines, although in this case please contact the studio for confirmation of your eligibility before making your booking online.
On completion of the course, graduates will receive a Whitespace Certificate of Attendance. Training hours can be used for Yoga Alliance or British Wheel continuing education (e.g. CPD points)
The entire pregnancy yoga teacher training course is led by Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) Dawn Wright who is also one of our principle teachers for the Advanced Yoga & Teacher Training Programme. Her approach is nurturing and supportive, giving students the space to explore their own yoga practice and to safely, informatively and creatively expand their teaching.
Dawn is a mother of 3 children and found yoga to be a powerful tool to her physical and mental well-being both pre and post-natally. She is passionate about sharing practices which support women during this special time, teaches weekly pre-natal classes and runs Birthing Preparation workshops. She has been teaching pregnancy yoga for many years and trained with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
Although there is a lot to learn, Dawn teaches in a way that allows the group to explore each element through practice and discussion. The days flowed well and I felt ready to go forth with my newly learned skills in Pregnancy Yoga at the end of the course. Dawn is a genuinely open, warm and friendly teacher who inspires her students, builds their confidence and embraces diversity in that she encourages individual teachers to be themselves
You don’t need to have had experience of Pregnancy Yoga, but you will need to have a strong motivation to want to learn to teach Pregnancy Yoga and have read the pre-course reading prior to taking the course.
If you are a health care professional or therapist who works with pregnant women you are able to attend to deepen your knowledge and experience – please contact the studio to discuss your suitability to attend the course before booking. However you will not be qualified to teach Pregnancy Yoga as a Yoga Teacher unless you have completed the minimum 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program. In this instance you will still receive your Certificate of Attendance or Certificate of Completion upon receipt of your assignment.
We will look at the journey of Pregnancy, both from a physical and emotional perspective. Explore safety and practical considerations of teaching asana, meditation & pranayama for pregnant students, and how to sequence lessons in a pregnancy setting. This will include partner work and group teaching practices during the course. How to integrate the needs of a pregnant student into a regular class, whilst managing the needs of the rest of your students also. Helpful techniques for active birthing, and teaching considerations for the postnatal student.
Due to the timings of this 4-day intensive, there isn’t the opportunity for any personal mentoring during the course itself, but post-course there will be the possibility to arrange a personal mentoring session with Dawn either through Skype or FaceTime at additional cost.
We make our cancellation and refund policy transparent – ensuring it’s available before booking, at the time of booking and also on your receipt confirmation – so you can make an informed decision. Please take time to read this carefully. All clients are asked to agree to Whitespace terms and conditions upon booking a course or workshop.
In the event of Whitespace cancelling an event:
you will receive a full refund, or the option of being transferred to another workshop or a credit to your Whitespace account.
In the event of you cancel an event place:
provided you have notified us within the cancellation window (see below), you can receive a refund (less deposit or admin fee), or the option of being transferred to another workshop or a credit to your Whitespace account
We regret no refund or transfer can be given outside of these terms, including if you are unable to attend due to illness, work, family or other reasons. Before committing to a course or event, please ensure you can attend the scheduled number of sessions to get the most out of the programme. This cancellation policy is firm.
Teacher Workshops & Intensives & 8 Week Mindfulness
|+60 days before start date|
refund less 10% admin fee
200hr Training and Retreats
|+90 days before start date|
refund less non-refundable deposit
Transfer to Another Student
By You – If you cancel an event outside of the cancellation window, no refund will be available. You may pass your booking on to a friend at no additional cost (please arrange payment between you). We must be notified via email if a friend will attend in your place.
By Us – If the event is full and we can find someone on the wait list to take your place, we will offer you a refund less a 20% admin fee, or credit your Whitespace account for future purchases – valid for 1 year.
Leaving an Event
It is our aim and policy to facilitate students who may be experiencing difficulties either with the event or in other areas of their life, so they are able to complete the event. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible, and students may feel they have no choice other than to leave a course or programme. In this instance we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training, and your event fees cannot be refunded.
In the event where a teacher is unavailable due to illness or an emergency, an alternative teacher will be arranged wherever possible. For retreats, we strongly recommend participants have adequate insurance to cover any cancelled travel or personal expenses, as we cannot make reimbursements over and above our cancellation policy.
The course is a 50 hour course, which is made up of the following:
To obtain the 50-hour Pregnancy Yoga Teaching Certificate, you need to have attended 100% of the training, otherwise, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance only for the number of hours attended. Please plan ahead for this as requests to leave early/arrive late cannot be accommodated. If there is space, it may be possible to attend the day missed when the course is next run at Whitespace Studio. There would be an additional fee for this and is subject to availability.
No this isn’t mandatory. The Assignment is a way to demonstrate a level of competency – to show the learning has been integrated and applied to a teaching setting. If you have no intention of teaching Pregnancy Yoga, then you don’t have to complete this (although you’re welcome to). For teachers wishing to go on and teach Pregnancy Yoga, the Assignment is necessary to obtain Certification.
You will have 2 months to complete the written assignment. The assignment will be explained in full detail during the training, and the exact deadline date will be given to you.
Completion of this course will contribute towards your Continued Professional Development (CPD Points). Please check with your awarding body (e.g. BWY, Yoga Alliance, FRYOG) about the specifics on how you record these. If you require a signature, please bring your forms along to the training.
Provided you have maintained your commitment to the course, you will be given an opportunity to re-submit your assignment.