Article by Eve Sengkeo
What does it take to teach prenatal yoga? Is it necessary to get certified in prenatal yoga to become a prenatal yoga teacher? The answer varies as there is no hard and fast rule.
In general, it’s not required to specialize in prenatal yoga in order to teach yoga to women who are expecting. However, it is required to be certified in teaching yoga to teach prenatal yoga.
During my yoga teacher training, specifically RYT200, prenatal yoga was covered in one or two weekend modules.
We were informed that for those who wanted to take their prenatal yoga education a step further, it would roughly require a total of 85 hours of additional training.
Do you need to have experience being a mother, doula or midwife in order to teach prenatal yoga? No, but of course it wouldn’t hurt to have additional expertise. In fact, I know of a number of yoga studios and wellness centers that offer prenatal yoga certification taught by teachers who have never been pregnant.
After some research, prenatal yoga teacher training varies quite a bit from yoga studio to wellness centers. Some even offer the training online. Overall, most certifications aim to align with the Yoga Alliance standards for prenatal yoga training.
What actually is covered during all those hours of training? Prenatal yogis often require more safety precautions when it comes to yoga poses that protect the spine. When it comes to specific techniques, the training modules cover poses and sequences catered to the different pregnancy stages.
According to Yoga Alliance, the teacher trainees learn how to queue different types of breathing exercises, to include meditation techniques. Teacher trainees also learn how to design lesson plans for beginning and advanced prenatal yoga students as often times a prenatal class consists of mixed levels.
One of the objectives of the training is to understand the yoga teacher’s relationship with medical professionals. After all, it’s natural for prenatal yoginis to ask the teacher many health related questions that may not be suitable for a yoga teacher to advise on.
Accordingly, teacher trainees learn when to suggest the student consult a medical professional regarding pregnancy issues.
Other important modules also cover understanding the psychological considerations during pregnancy and practical application of yoga philosophies to everyday life.
Like all yoga classes, prenatal yoga is taught in many different styles: Kundalini, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar and so forth.
The key is to know what kind of yoga you enjoy and take inspired action learn more about it!
Eve Sengkeo, RYT is a prenatal and Hatha yoga teacher. Her passion is helping busy women achieve holistic wellness through yoga and energy healing. You can read all about her setbacks, comebacks, and all the lessons learned in between on her website SilverLinedDays.com. Welcome to connect with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/