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About this Course

Sweet Momma Yoga is the original Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) in Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio area.

To ensure participants receive proper and individualized attention this course holds space for six trainees, and surpasses the minimum RPYS standards by extending the program to 100 hours at no additional cost to students.

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 come to light. 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.

  • Pelvic Floor and Core Health instructed by Dr. Rachael E. Miller, Physical Therapist and Women’s Health Coach
  • Trauma-informed approach instructed by Adria Moses, founder The School of Radical Healing
  • Ayurveda for pregnancy and postpartum instructed by Beena Vesikar, founder Beayurvedic

As program director and 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.

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Course Curriculum

This course is an all encompassing consideration of life in the time of fertility, pregnancy, birthing, and the first year postpartum. You will leave this course with the resources and how-to’s of instructing prenatal and postnatal yoga classes or workshops, business strategies to market yourself and be a perinatal yoga leader in your community, and a deeper understanding of this grand transitional phase of life as women and birth-givers become parents.

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, breath work, and mindfulness.

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

In-Depth Instruction Includes

Postures & Sequencing (Pregnancy and Postpartum)
  • Trimester changes and options
  • Benefits of yoga
  • Contraindications
  • Biomechanics of alignment / movement
  • Effective use of props
  • Verbal cues
  • Visualization
  • Physical touch/assist
Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fertility
  • Effects on birth-giver and baby(ies)
  • Pelvic floor and core health
  • Energetic components (nadis, chakras, vayus, koshas, etc.)
  • Common complications
Psychological Factors
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Stress Management Techniques

One year video membership

 

Teaching and Observations
  • Instruction with peers and instruction in the community
  • Observations in-person or virtual
Encouragement and Empowerment
  • Provider care / when to refer
  • Healthcare choices
  • Childbirth, including informed consent
  • Postpartum healing and bonding
  • Partner yoga practices
Additional Perinatal Areas
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, brief history of yoga
  • Inclusion of all birth-givers
  • Reading assignment and documentaries
  • Ayurveda and Ancient Rituals
Business of Yoga
  • Birth-worker community and resource list
  • Entrepreneurial strategy
 

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 respective careers and personal lives.

It is not necessary to be registered with Yoga Alliance in order to teach prenatal or postnatal yoga. This course provides a solid foundation for prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction. (Additional hours of mentorship are recommended for those who have not completed a minimum of 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, along with regular continuing education through workshops and classes are highly encouraged.)

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

  1. Student must complete the 100-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 RYT200 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.

Payment, Location, and Dates

100-hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training = $1,997

Location and Dates

Spring 2022 hybrid in person/virtual

Virtual hybrid: 46 digital content hrs 

Where: Karma Yoga studio, 31700 Telegraph Rd, Ste 120, Bingham Farms MI 48025

In person dates: Mar 4-6, Apr 8-10, May 13-15

In person: all days meet 12:30-7:30pm ET

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Reserving your spot is on first come first serve basis.

Click Buy Now to save your spot and choose:

A. $750 deposit for Payment Plan, or
B. Pay in full to not think about it again, or
C. Scholarship applications due January 1, 2022. Click this link to complete. One scholarship will be gifted for full tuition price per cohort.
In the Meantime - Prenatal Yoga Teacher Basic Certification

Innovative online course plus private mentoring sessions in compliance with Yoga Alliance for 10-Contact Hours, now through December 31, 2021 with YA’s extended provision.

  • Go at your own pace.
  • Welcome pregnant people into your yoga classes with the vital information you need as a safe, knowledgeable, and supportive yoga teacher.
  • Gather the details and start today by clicking this link
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Testimonials
  • I am a prenatal chiropractor and have worked closely with Elise and many of her prenatal yoga students in the past 2 years. I consistently find that the women under my care that are also attending regular prenatal yoga classes with Elise experience less discomfort in their pregnancy, report stronger emotional connections to their bodies, and they consistently state they feel better prepared for labor and delivery. If you are looking for a way to safely exercise but also want a beautiful way to connect with your body prior to delivery seek out classes with Sweet Momma Yoga. Lastly, Elise goes above and beyond to create a sense of community for her students. She has created a thriving group of moms that support one another outside of the classes and virtually. - Kelsi McClure, DC, Lone Tree CO
  • I’ve participated in Sweet Momma Yoga during both of my pregnancies and have benefited each time. Even on days when I feel tired and just wanted to put my feet up, I always felt better after class knowing that I am taking the best care of myself and my baby. Elise does an amazing job of making all of the moms feel welcome and comfortable no matter what previous yoga experience they’ve had. I got more out of Sweet Momma Yoga than I ever expected, benefiting both my pregnancy and birthing experiences. I would recommend to any expecting momma! - Deidre L., Livonia MI
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