this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women.
Maren Weege and Janice Wong are the main teachers on this training, and they will be assisted by Ana Raposeira, one of Portugal’s leading doulas and doula trainers. Maren is a pregnancy yoga teacher trainer and doula, who has been assisting Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and co-teaching this course since 2015. She runs pregnancy yoga classes and teacher education in the adaptation of yoga for pregnancy students in London. Janice is a pregnancy yoga teacher who runs birth preparation workshops She has assisted Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and co-teaching this course since 2013 and also co-teaches with her on the Postnatal Mother and Baby Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Please know that course teachers are Maren, Janice and Ana, working together.
This year, the course will be introduced by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, who designed the training. Uma will teach two demonstration classes, and share key principles of theory and practice at the welcome session on Wednesday 29th May and also on Thursday 30 May. Having introduced the course and its fundamental principles, Uma departs on 31st May. From Friday 31st May until Wednesday 5 June, the teachers will be Maren, Janice and Ana.
ABOUT THE COURSE
With contributions from a midwife and a detailed training manual this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women. Sessions will include mantra, mudra, nada yoga and pranavidya practices, encouraging you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines. This course also includes some time on the early stage of postnatal recovery.
The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as informal assessments during the course and you should be prepared for both a short pre-course assignment and written work during the course.
Uniquely, each day of this intensive training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that gives all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also deep relaxation and sound practices in the afternoons, and a lot of direct and practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable.
The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances. Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and on going self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes. Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.
In addition to specific skills for dealing with pregnancy related ailments, students also gain valuable transferable skills and experience in therapeutic and restorative yoga propping and yoga nidra, which is practised twice daily on this course
PREGNANCY YOGA AS YOGA THERAPY
This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma’s own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during her own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both her Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.
“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Related Video – Watch Uma talking about the Pregnancy Teacher Training
Arrivals Wendesday 29 May to begin with a session at 6pm in the evening, departures after brunch from 12:30pm on Wednesday 5 June
COST & BOOKING
The cost for this training is £1008.00 GBP inc. VAT
this includes all tuition and manual
Once you have booked on to the course, you will be sent details of how to pay for your food and accommodation at Gravito – €420 Euro direct to the venue. All participants are required to stay on site at the venue, part of the course is the experience of living together as a family.
Bringing Children and Partners:
You are welcome to bring your children and/or your partner to enjoy this beautiful setting in Portugal with you. Babies under one are invited free of charge. For children and babies aged between one and five, we ask for a €40 EURO contribution. For children aged 5 -14years we ask you to pay half the full accommodation and food costs (which would be €210). These costs would be paid direct to Gravito.
If you have a beloved partner who wants to join you in Portugal as a retreat option (not joining the training and attending the drop-in open sessions only, usually one-two a day), the cost for them would be €540 EURO paid direct to the venue, plus £270 GBP contribution for the sessions to be paid using the “Book Now” button below.