BCY is delighted to offer a course that recognises the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Our 6 day pregnancy yoga teacher training course, accredited by Yoga Alliance UK (80 hrs), consists of 2 modules each of 3 days. There will be assignments to complete outside of the course dates.
This course will enable you to teach yoga to pregnant women safely, with full awareness of the physiological adaptations of the pregnant woman, based on the scientific knowledge of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
The tutors in depth understanding and teaching of asana will enable you to help understand how to help women find ease in their bodies during pregnancy. Moreover the structure of the course- with time for reflection and stillness, and the reference to the philosophical yoga framework, will support you in your own practice. And it will also allow you to be able to help women recognise and work with the emotional and spiritual path of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
We offer a “whole-woman” centred approach, whereby you are able to create pregnancy yoga classes that could offer support to women on many levels, and encourage women to create their own support networks as they move into this next phase of their lives. You can currently start the course on either training module, but both need to be completed to pass the course.
What others say
The weekend for me was powerful, it helped me create a space within myself that I previously had not been able to access/allow. I had been wanting to, but I don’t think I could have done it without the dedicated time and this type of support. Laura and Ali, both with great expertise and presence, were very solid as instructors. They felt authentic and shared from their own experience, it felt good to learn from them. The content was presented simply and directly, with sensitivity and confidence. The shared practices and lunches were a treat, the group created a lovely sense of community. Thank you!
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Here is an overview of the course structure:
- The Pregnant Body and being
- Meeting the Whole Woman
- Pregnancy Yoga Classes
- Asana Work Suitable for Pregnancy
- Common Ailments
- Breath Work
- Mindfulness, Meditation & Energy work
- Birth Preparation
- Yoga Literature & Philosophy with reference to women and family life
The Pregnant Body and Being
- The anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
- Hormones during pregnancy
- The anatomy and physiology of birth
- Hormones during birth
- The emotional journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond
- When to start pregnancy yoga and why
- Classes and postures suitable for first trimester (discussion)
It is generally advised that women should only start pregnancy yoga from week 14 of their pregnancy. The course will therefore largely focus on pregnancy yoga from this stage on. However we will have allow discussion and exploration of postures suitable for students who already have a yoga practice when they become pregnant.
Meeting the Whole Woman
How to meet the whole woman – what does this mean?
- Meeting and greeting pregnant women
- Women’s sharing circles within the class
- Encouraging openness
- Working with history of miscarriage
- Working with difficult news
- Integrating news of births and welcoming women and babies back to class
Pregnancy Yoga Classes
- How to structure the class
- Class sequencing: sharing, asana, breathwork, meditation, birth preparation etc.
Asana Work Suitable for Pregnancy
- Posture awareness: easing the mother’s body and enabling baby to come into a good position for birth
- Asana suitable for early pregnancy, second trimester and third trimester
- Partner work
- Hip opening postures
- Releasing the back
- Gentle forward bends
- Spinal release through gentle rotation
- Chest and shoulder openers
- Restorative postures
- Modified sun salutations
- Flowing on the breath
- Working with props to suit all students
- All four’s postures work
- Awareness of the pelvic floor: pelvic stability and muscle elasticity
- Shavasana: getting relaxation to work for the pregnant body & mind
- Remembering to allow space for the bump!
- How to support students with pelvic girdle dysfunction
- Helping to ease sore backs
- How to work with breathlessness
- Working with those with nausea, headaches and other common ailments that may arise
These breath practices facilitate relaxation throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We will cover how to use the breath during birth to facilitate labour and help women relax into the birth of their baby. The breath practices can also be used as a form of pain relief during birth.
- Mindfulness of breath and body
- 3 part breath for pregnancy
- Ujjayi breath
- Golden thread breath
- Birthing breath
- “Breathing the baby down”
Mindfulness, Meditation & Energy work
These practices help women to connect to their energetic being, to relax deeply by bringing their prana or energetic being into balance. There are also practices to help the mother connect and communicate with her unborn child(ren).
- Yoga nidra
- Yoga nidra for the baby
- Yoni mudra
- Visualisation for birth
- Breathing acceptance into the heart
- Mother-baby meditation and breath
We will also look at how to include birth preparation practices within the pregnancy yoga class as a means of helping women feel more prepared physically and emotionally for birthing. These practices include a combination of breath work, movement, massage and partner work
- Supported squat
- Leaning in, releasing against the wall
- All 4’s postures for birth
- Relaxing the pelvic floor
Yoga Literature & Philosophy with reference to women and family life
We will briefly look at:
- Tantra tradition & practices- women as creators and Goddesses
- Family life as sadhana (spiritual practice)
- Birthing and motherhood as connection to Mahaprana (the life force in its greatest universal form)
The course is taught by Laura Gilmore and Ali Woozley.
Laura Gilmore has taught Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in London and Bristol for the past 12 years. She leads the Bristol City Yoga teacher training programmes, and is certified to train teachers to the highest level. Laura sequences classes intelligently to enable students to move deep into the asana, whilst also discovering how to focus and still the mind. Laura is known for her intuitive teaching and sharing of the psychological and emotional healing yoga can unfold. Her teaching effortlessly integrates the yoga philosophy to enable students to discover the depths and joys of yoga and to live with more ease.
How to Sign up
It’s great to have you on board. We’d love to hear more about you and your practice, so click on the book now button to enrol. Please note that there is a £20 application fee.