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Who is Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training for?

Sweet Momma Yoga's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (PYTT): Bump, Baby, and Beyond is ideal for yoga teachers, and suitable for those in the perinatal fields (nurses, midwives, doulas, doctors, psychologists, etc.) who have some yoga experience along with a desire to gain greater knowledge to better assist people during pregnancy, birthing, and beyond.*

There is a need in our modern world to support people as they become parents. This is a time of transformation - as no one is the same after the birth of their child(ren.) Join your community of helpers encouraging ways to find peace in pregnancy, birth with confidence, and trusting they are capable of handling whatever comes their way!

About the Program Curriculum Application Payment, Location, Dates

About This Course

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training School Michigan - Sweet Momma Yoga - RPYS_TrademarkSweet Momma YogaSM is the longest operating 85-hour Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) in Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio area.

To ensure trainees receive proper and individualized attention this course holds space for six trainees.

Fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum will be studied on many levels. These life topics are delicate in nature. Please be aware of your own life experiences as sometimes past or unresolved feelings may be triggered. As such, time to debrief and discuss is available. This fosters the ability to ultimately help others without attaching personal feelings on someone else's life journey.

As the lead trainer, Elise Bowerman was fortunate to grow up in a household with a holistic mind-set and practiced yoga 10 years before her first child was born. She taught and practiced yoga throughout the entire pregnancies of both children experiencing first-hand what it's like to evolve at this time in life... personally and professionally. Due to her healthful living background she works closely with and advocates for doulas, midwives, chiropractors, holistic medicine, pelvic floor physical therapists, perinatal and antenatal psychologists.

Curriculum

An all encompassing consideration of life in the time of fertility, pregnancy, birthing, and the first year postpartum.

Prerequisite

A minimum of one year, consistent personal yoga practice (i.e. weekly practice at minimum.) Trainee must have a basic understanding of yoga postures.

Optional, recommended readings: The Bhagavad Gita by Stephen Mitchell or Eknath Easwaran, and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.


Instruction Includes

Postures and Sequencing

  • Trimester options
  • Benefits
  • Contraindications
  • Alignment
  • Options / Modifications
  • Proper use of props
  • Verbal cues
  • Visualization
  • Physical touch / assist

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Fertility
  • Effects on mother and baby
  • Core health
  • Energetic components
  • Common complications

Psychological Factors

  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Stress Management Techniques

Momma and Baby Yoga

 

Encouragement and Empowerment

  • Provider care
  • Medications / Vaccinations / Holistic Healthcare
  • Childbirth
  • Postpartum healing

Additional areas

  • History of yoga and how it pertains to the expecting woman
  • Healthcare provider relationship
  • Reading assignment

Inclusion of All Birthers

Partner Prenatal Yoga 

Ayurveda

Ancient Rituals

Business of Yoga

  • Birth-worker community
  • Starting up a Prenatal or Postnatal Yoga session

Teaching and Observations

Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification

* All students will receive a Certificate of Completion (pending final approval from Elise Bowerman), and will be able to thread the knowledge gained into their careers.

It is not necessary to be registered with Yoga Alliance in order to teach Prenatal Yoga. This course provides a solid foundation for Prenatal Yoga, and even Postnatal Yoga teachers. Additional hours of training are recommended for those who have not completed a minimum of 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and regular continuing education through workshops and classes are highly encouraged.

Eligibility to receive the RPYT designation from YA is as follows (per YA compliance):

  1. Student must complete the 85 hours of Sweet Momma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program in order to receive a certificate of completion, and
  2. Student must hold a minimum RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, and
  3. Student must teach 30 hours of Prenatal Yoga classes after submitting the upgrade request to Yoga Alliance.

It is the student's responsibility to correspond with YA ensuring they are in good standing and eligible for RPYT status. The requirements for eligibility may change at any time without notice. Visit the YA website (www.yogalliance.org) for detailed information.


Request an Application

Training dates are at the bottom of this page. When the dates work for your schedule then the next step is to complete this form.

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Payment, Location, and Dates

Payment plans available. Inquire when completing Request an Application form above.
  • 85-hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training = $1,595

Location and Dates

Fall 2019 PYTT
  • Where: Elise's home studio in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Dates: September 7-8 and 21-22 (Saturdays 10-8pm, Sundays 10-5pm) and October 12-13 and 19-20 (Saturdays 10-6pm, Sundays 10-4pm)

2020 Winter (Jan-May) and Fall (Sept-Nov) PYTT dates will be announced in September 2019.

Upon acceptance into the PYTT program you may then provide payment to hold your spot:

  • Pay online through Acuity Scheduling here, or
  • Mail a check made payable to Sweet Momma Yoga, 2510 S. Telegraph Rd., Ste. L #253, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302, or
  • Pay with cash to Elise directly prior to the due date.

Thank you for considering this course as your Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga foundation.