How to Become a
Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher
So you’re thinking of taking the next step in your yoga career and becoming a certified prenatal yoga teacher? Becoming a prenatal yoga teacher is one of the most powerful choices you can make as a yoga practitioner. To be able to support and guide women through such an incredible stage during their lives is a gift to be shared.
This article will tell you everything that you need to get there, as well as what you should expect on a course.
What you need to become a registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT)
To register through Yoga Alliance as an RPYT, you will need:
A minimum of 200hr spent in yoga teacher training
85hr TT with Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS)
30hr of teaching experience in prenatal yoga after training
Following your 85h of prenatal yoga teacher training, you will be able to teach prenatal yoga classes with or without registering with Yoga Alliance - dependent on your employer. The benefit of registering with Yoga Alliance is that it increases your visibility and helps students to discover your services as a prenatal yoga teacher. The Yoga Alliance Registry Mark is globally a recognized symbol that people know and trust - which could help students to select you over alternative teachers.
What will be included in your prenatal yoga teacher training
RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga Schools) are required to teach a certain amount of hours covering particular topics. During your prenatal yoga teacher training, you can expect to spend time studying and gaining knowledge in the following areas.
Developing your general knowledge of teaching prenatal yoga will include knowing when to recommend that your student visits a healthcare professional, as well as how to develop yoga lessons that work alongside pregnancy healthcare advice. You’ll need to know the physiological differences of the pregnant body, as well as how these can change between no-risk and high-risk pregnancies.
TECHNIQUES, TRAINING, AND PRACTICE
Here is where you start to learn about the differences in teaching prenatal yoga classes to teaching regular yoga classes. You’ll look at teaching methods that are specific to trimesters as well as individual needs. There will also be a lot of time spent on correcting alignment during prenatal yoga, guiding your students through appropriate techniques, and adding elements of relaxation and stress management into your classes.
During your prenatal yoga teacher training course, you will be taken through how to design class plans for each trimester, as well as making them appropriate for students of various levels. You’ll come away from this section of your course able to deliver a great prenatal yoga class to a whole room of different pregnancies!
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
The body goes through incredible changes during pregnancy. As a yoga teacher, it will be your job to understand these changes to keep your students safe and respond to any concerns they might have. Your prenatal yoga teacher training will take you through the anatomy and organ function during a normal pregnancy, as well as what you might expect from pregnancies with complications, and the risk of miscarriage.
YOGA PHILOSOPHY, LIFESTYLE, AND ETHICS FOR YOGA TEACHERS
Yoga philosophy and ethics are traditional yoga teachings that can be applied to any sort of yoga teacher training - they are a required element of prenatal yoga teacher training courses.
Observing and teaching classes is one of the best parts of any yoga teacher training course - you get to put all of your new knowledge into practice as well as support your classmates in becoming the best educators that they can be.
Each training includes 10 extra hours that are distributed depending on the focus of the particular RYPS. This could be meditation, anatomy or even a particular style of yoga within a prenatal practice. At Jennica Joyce yoga, our elective is Online Prenatal Yoga which can be taken separately or as part of our 85-hour prenatal training.
85-Hour Prenatal yoga teacher training at Jennica Joyce Yoga
Our 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training at Jennica Joyce Yoga in Joshua Tree, California, is designed to be an immersive retreat experience whereby you will receive all the tools that you need to be a successful prenatal yoga teacher, whilst also taking the time for self-development.
To sign up for our yoga teacher training you will need to have a basic understanding of the philosophy of yoga, as well as be able to teach and guide students through basic yoga poses.
Our mornings are early and our days are long to ensure that we can provide you with everything you need to become an effective prenatal yoga teacher. Mealtimes are long to allow time between classes, and you’ll also have free time every day to spend in the beautiful nature surrounding our school - but you are equally as welcome to use this free time in any way that suits your needs. Our prenatal yoga teacher training retreat is situated perfectly in Joshua Tree to allow you to spend time close to nature whilst living and breathing yoga.
Gourmet pescetarian and vegetarian meals provided in a buffet style and prepared by our private chef.
You’ll be training at the oldest and largest retreat center in the Western United States.
Our packages are all-inclusive and cover training, accommodation, and meals.
You are surrounded by nature with sacred meditation locations in close distance to the facilities.
WHAT YOU GET BEYOND WHAT IS REQUIRED
Our training aims to equip you with everything that is required of a prenatal yoga teacher, and much more. Included in our retreats is time spent with experts who are ready to share their knowledge and hand you even more tools to add to your teaching repertoire.
With us you will:
Get hands-on teaching experience with local pregnant women.
Learn about encouraging pre-parent bonding.
Spend time learning from a physical therapist who specializes in the pelvic floor.
Spend time learning from a social worker, focusing on maternal mental health.
Learn expert tips for helping expectant moms to prepare from both a doula and a midwife.