Perinatal yoga diploma

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Number of days: 6 days (4 + 2)

Brief course description

Empower pregnant women in a supportive group atmosphere with safe and competent pregnancy yoga classes.

Beyond safe and effective practice, the course aims to relay the ability to use yoga for helping pregnant women through their individual journeys. Learn to teach tailored individual classes and group sessions that foster a supportive atmosphere in which long lasting friendships may blossom among mothers to be.

Birthlight has been a pioneer course provider in Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth since the 1990s.

Pre-requisite

The course is open to applicants with a recognised yoga teaching qualification, ideally from a 200h course.

Course outline

What you will learn on this course:

  • Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth is taught as an experiential journey from conception to labour and the early postpartum period. The course imparts practices that enhance wellbeing at each stage of pregnancy
  • All practices are taught with relevant anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labour in an integrated way. Theory is never separated from practice but always blended for a deeper understanding of the beneficial effects of yoga in each trimester
  • All the components of yoga are included and modifications of classic practices clearly explained: Asanas are modified with flowing movement and progressive steps or elements. Pranayama is adapted to meet pregnant women’s needs; Bandha is modified to facilitate birth
  • Participants discover facets of yoga they may not have come across in their previous training, in relation to deep pelvic muscles, connections between the breath and the diaphragms, sound practices (Nada Yoga), self-nurture (Ayurveda) and micro-movements developed within birthlight
  • The course explores physical aspects but also emotional and spiritual changes in the transition to motherhood. Yoga principles such as non-violence and detachment are directly applicable to childbirth
  • Participants experience all practices before learning to teach them

 

Pre-reading

Anatomy and Physiology pre-reading manual specially designed for this course.
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We will send you 2 questions to consider prior to the course and write notes for yourself.

Studying materials

  • A very comprehensive manual  given at the start of the course
  • Resources available via the birthlight training resources website

Coursework requirements + hours of home study

Part 1 is tutor assessed by means of a practical.

During the home study that follows the course, coursework consists of a worksheet including an essay (2000 words) and 10 questions, two case-studies, four class observations and a review.

The aim is to develop your teaching skills and gain confidence for the best delivery of your classes.

Part 2 is tutor- assessed.

On-going birthlight support

After the first part of the course, students will get support from their tutor and fellow students via online groups and will have access to a dedicated members training website (learning resources, business and marketing resources, film clips, latest research.)

On successful completion of the training, teachers will be able to list their classes on the birthlight website.

Qualification

The Perinatal Yoga Diploma is awarded after assessment of coursework and a final practical on the Part 2 course.

Accreditation

Register as a Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) Prenatal teacher when adding the Birthlight Postnatal Yoga module (2-days) to this course.  

Successful completion of Part 1 and 2 Perinatal Yoga plus Postnatal Yoga together including the coursework create a comprehensive training of 8 days that satisfy the requirements to register as a Yoga Alliance UK Prenatal Yoga Teacher.

Course attendance requirement

Students must attend the courses in full in order to get the qualification. If a student misses more than 2 hours of the course, then the certification cannot be granted and arrangements will need to be discussed and agreed in order to complete.

Fee

Prices may vary depending on the country and venues.  A discount applies when booking together.

Next step

The next logical course is Postnatal Yoga

Birthlight offers a range of trainings that can provide a continuity of care from Fertility to Toddler on land and in water, there are a lot of other courses that may suit your professional development and business plan:

We strongly encourage continuous professional development and have a wide range of 1-day course (such as Diastasis Recti CPD, Yoga to Support Breastfeeding CPD)


"I got everything necessary for my practice. I fully got the birthlight idea, its easy approach, love, acceptance, simplicity but on the other hand its depth of practices. The tutor impressed us by her open and kind attention towards every student. Strict and clear structure helped to put all the knowledge on the necessary self!" PY1 2016

"I felt I had very limited knowledge of the birth process but now I feel empowered"

"This course (and tutor) is very informative, working with women that can be vulnerable and/or fragile. That's why I really enjoyed the high-level of the subtleness. But I also felt it is a lot to cover.  The tutor is by the way a very skilfull and warm teacher. These four days have been amazing. Thank you for your energy and dedication!"


List of benefits for your clients when teaching a Birthlight class

  • Includes flowing sequences originally designed for pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • Not just focused on birth, but also on the enjoyment of pregnancy all the way through to labour and beyond
  • Combines movement, breath, relaxation and postural awareness
  • Effective birth preparation
  • Supports pregnant women with common ailments such as backache and pelvic pain
  • Gives women the opportunity to connect with their baby and encourages prenatal bonding
  • Prepares the body and mind for labour and birth with a range of stretches, positions, movements, breathing, sound and relaxation techniques
  • Supports each group of mothers-to-be with individual and group attention
  • Creates circles of friendship and support.

Advice

Be prepared for the course by:

  • Working on the Pre-reading and thinking
  • Planning the case studies by looking for a venue and a group of pregnant women and the class observation (check the list of qualified teachers near you on our website)

 

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