About this course
Our Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course offers a balanced mix of theory and practical exercises providing you with valuable knowledge and tools to teach yoga to pregnant women safely and confidently.
- Benefits of yoga for pregnancy and birth
- Safety Guidelines for pregnant students
- Modifying the postures for the various stages of pregnancy
- The three trimesters: overview of physiological changes for mum and baby
- Postural alignment for pregnancy
- Working with props for pregnancy
- Restorative Yoga for pregnancy
- Sequencing and the 5 Prenatal Posture Groups
- Yoga Nidra and Visualisation for pregnancy
- Partner Yoga for pregnancy
- Benefits & applications of squatting and pelvic floor toning during pregnancy
- Sounding/Chanting for pregnancy and birth
- Special sequences for pregnancy: ‘Pregnancy Pawanmuktasana’ & ‘Pregnancy Salute to the Sun’, and sample classes (stabilising & restorative)
- Applied Anatomy for prenatal yoga: back or pelvic problems & other common complaints
- Overview of Stages of Labour and Birth
- Yogic tools for labour
- Active Birth and Yoga
This comprehensive online course contains a multi-media ‘bag of goodies’ including a stimulating mix of video, audio and written materials:
Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course
- Bliss Baby Prenatal Course Manual (PDF format) – includes detailed diagrams, extensive notes, and references
- 4 x 1.5-hour audio lectures
- 1.5-hour video lecture: Stages of Labour Demo & Birth Discussion with Anna Watts and Ana Davis
- 1.5 hour Prenatal Yoga Class video (focusing on Group 3 Stablising Postures)
- 1 hr 20 min Prenatal Restorative Yoga Class video
- A prenatal Salute to the Sun video
- A therapeutic Pregnancy Pawamuktasana video
- Yoga Nidra & Birth Visualisation audio (by Childbirth Educator and Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, Anna Watts)
- 2-hour video lecture: Interventions During Labour with Anna Watts
- 45-minute Video Call Mentoring Session with a Bliss Baby Yoga course facilitator to discuss feedback on major Case Study Assignment and any outstanding questions.
- Your details, should you wish, including your business name and website will be listed on our “Find a Bliss Baby Yoga Teacher” Directory
Please note – the following books are recommended additional reading for this course (but not essential) and are not included in the course fee.
- “New Active Birth”, Janet Balaskas, Thorsons, 1989 (all about active natural birthing but also a substantial instructional section on prenatal yoga)
- “Relax & Renew, Restful Yoga for Stressful Times”, Judith Lasater, Rodmell Press, 1995 (particularly chapter on Restorative Yoga for pregnancy)
A Completion Certificate (PDF electronic file) is provided once you’ve completed the course. The total course hours on this completion certificate is 40 non-contact hours.
Members of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia are required to complete ongoing professional development to keep their membership current. By completing the Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course, teachers are able to accrue some of these necessary professional development hours as well as to gain the all-important knowledge and skills to launch them into this specialised area of women’s health.
(The following information re: Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance requirements for CPD was true at the time of publishing – please check the Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance websites via links below to confirm their requirements).
For Yoga Australia members, 12 CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) must be accrued each year to keep your membership active. These can be accrued through contact or non-contact hours of study. Our Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course is made up of non-contact hours of study, however as our course includes an assessment component (final case study assignment), for Yoga Australia members (as per their Continuing Education Policy) the hours spent completing our course are counted as contact hours, core to yoga teaching (1 point per hour). The Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course is 40 hours, therefore Yoga Australia members will accrue at least 40 CPD points.
For Yoga Alliance members, according to their Continuing Education Requirements, every 3 years starting from your initial date of registration, each RYT and E-RYT must complete and log a minimum of:
- 45 hours teaching yoga, and
- 30 hours of yoga related training that is directly related to one of the Educational Categories, of which:
Our 40 hour Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course (non-contact hours) can therefore meet the 20 non-contact hours requirement.
At the end of the course we will also include you on our online directory of qualified pre/postnatal yoga teachers.
FAQ: Is this course registered with Yoga Alliance?
While there isn’t currently a facility for this online course to be registered with Yoga Alliance, our school and teachers are. Bliss Baby Yoga is a Yoga Alliance RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School), and our lead teacher Ana Davis is a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider), as well as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with minimum 500 hrs training) and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher). The certificate of completion presented upon completion of this course will include our RPYS and YACEP registration stamps, as well as a breakdown of the hours per Educational Category for Yoga Alliance continuing education.
FAQ: If I want to be able to teach Prenatal Yoga classes, do I have to already be a qualified yoga teacher to enrol in your online course?
Our Bliss Baby Yoga training courses are designed as post-graduate study for qualified yoga teachers, and are not alone designed to qualify graduates to teach prenatal / postnatal yoga classes to the public if they are not yet a qualified yoga teacher (having completed a minimum Level 1 / 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training).
The prerequisite to enrol in our courses is at least 6-12 months consistent prior yoga practice experience – so that you are familiar with the basic postures / practices / terminology and can therefore gain the most from this training. We strongly recommend undertaking a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in addition to our specialised teaching before teaching any public classes, so that you can be insured as a qualified yoga teacher.
FAQ: Can I get RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) registration with Yoga Alliance by completing the Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course?
Read more about accreditation here.
Once you’ve enrolled and your payment is confirmed, you’ll be sent an email with your log-in details to log in to our special student section of the website where you can get started with your course.
The Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course is easy to navigate—it’s all clearly laid out and you don’t have to be a ‘techy’ person to figure it out!
This course consists of 5 modules. Each module consists of a varied and stimulating mix of audio lectures, video-lectures, sample video classes, and accompanying reading from the course manuals. Have your yoga mat (and sometimes other props like bolster, brick) at the ready as there will be practical segments to some of the lectures. The focus of this course is on ‘experiential learning’ so that you can experience many of the recommended practices yourself.
At the end of each module there are short quizzes (see below under “Course Assessment Requirements”) and homework tasks to keep you engaged and ensure you’re integrating the information we’re giving you, and to help you prepare for the learning to come in the next module.
Course Assessment Requirements
At the end of each module you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you solidify the learning. An 80% pass mark is required, but don’t worry, the quizzes are multiple choice/ true-false and you can re-do the quiz as many times as you need to.
At the end of the course content you will be required to complete a prenatal ‘case study’ written assignment. Upload this to the website (very easy) and one of our Bliss Baby Yoga online course facilitators will mark it and be in contact to arrange the final step—your 1:1 Video Call Mentoring Session.
In your Video Call Mentoring Session your Facilitator will give you valuable constructive feedback on your assignments and it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the course content.
Then, all you need to do is complete our Online Feedback Form (your feedback is soooo important to us!) and you will receive your Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points).
The beauty of this online option of our Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is that you can complete it in your own time, to fit around your other commitments. The total course hours that will be recorded on your Completion Certificate are 40 hours—this is what we estimate it will take you to complete this course, including the homework tasks, background reading and completing your final assignments.
Because we understand that you’re fitting this course around other commitments that may include yoga teaching, working, or being a mother, you have 12 months to complete this course, and the information and resources in this course downloadable (yours to keep forever). How you pace your study-load, that’s up to you, and what works best for your lifestyle.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course delivery and accreditation, including the following, please click here.
- Do the Bliss Baby Yoga online courses certify me to be able to teach in the USA/UK?
Who is this course for
Our Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course provides you the flexibility of studying from your own home, at your own pace. It is ideal for qualified yoga teachers, recent teacher training graduates or those still completing their yoga teacher training who want to specialise in the growing field of prenatal yoga.
The course is also beneficial for keen yoga practitioners who are pregnant or new mothers. It will help to deepen your knowledge of how yoga can support you during these new and exciting stages in your life.
Ana Davis (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, qualified Doula, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.A. Honours) has long been passionate about exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for women’s monthly and life cycles.
Ana has been a keen yoga practitioner since 1990, teaching yoga since 1996, and in 2005 founded Bliss Baby Yoga – offering specialised yoga teacher training courses in the areas of Prenatal, Postnatal, Restorative and Women’s Yoga. In 2013, Ana also founded Moving with the Moon which offers workshops and classes on yoga for the menstrual cycle, menopause and fertility.
Ana’s first book “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle” was released in late-2018 and is now available in both print-book and E-book formats.
This online course has been written and recorded by Ana Davis. Online course students will experience the core audio lectures with Ana, as well as see Ana teaching a real Prenatal Yoga class, and can practise along with Ana’s prenatal Pawanmuktasana sequence, Sun Salutations, and prenatal restorative video class. Ana is also a facilitator on our Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, Online Level 1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course, and Online Level 1 Fertility Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Kind words about Ana from our Online Course graduates:
“Ana – you are such an amazing and gifted person and teacher. We’re all lucky you discovered your calling and can share your knowledge with us. Your communication is really clear, and your voice is so pleasant and easy to listen to that the audio lectures were a real pleasure.”
“I loved Ana and the way she taught and how knowledgeable she is. I looked at a lot of online classes for this and was very happy I decided to take this one.”
Nadine O’Mara (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP, Yoga Australia Lvl 3 Teacher, DONA Certified Doula, B. App. Sc.) is an experienced Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher, doula and our Bliss Baby Yoga Managing Director, who is passionate about supporting women’s health, especially around birth.
In addition to sharing her knowledge via our Bliss Baby Yoga online courses and content, Nadine also runs her own business, Conscious Birth. Nadine provides doula support and yoga for women and their partners around Bellingen on the NSW Mid-North Coast. She also offers birth education, self care and restorative yoga workshops for mothers, facilitates mother’s circles, family yoga and retreats for women and/or families. She believes that a gentle birth and the creation of a positive family life helps shape a more peaceful planet.
“Nadine is clearly passionate about women’s health. You can tell has many years of practise and teaching under her belt as she was professional but so relatable. I look up to her and I love her style – it was an absolute pleasure to be in the session with her and guided by her through the practise” Simone
Anna Watts has been a beloved guest teacher for Bliss Baby Yoga courses throughout Australia for some years now. Anna, a mother to two beautiful, adult daughters, is a professional Childbirth Educator and Doula Trainer who has been working with pregnant women and couples for over 25 years. Her wide experience includes a Diploma in Childbirth Education, Diploma in Counseling, Cert IV Training & Assessment, training prenatal yoga teachers, facilitating birth classes, prenatal yoga and supporting many births as a doula.
Anna shares her wisdom on birth through the the video lecture “Stages of Labour” as well as the “Celebration of Birth” yoga nidra and birth visualisation audio as part of our Online Complete: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
Kind words about Anna from our Online Course graduates:
“I liked the info on stages of labour by Anna Watts, as I’m currently pregnant myself and have been avoiding research on this area (I thought it might freak me out!). But session 5 has actually reassured, rather than frightened me. I am feeling better about my own impending labour.”
“Anna Watts is the warmest and most gentle person and that really comes across in the video! Anyone who has her as a doula would be so lucky.”
“Anna – you are also wonderful. Watching and listening to you in the video lecture was one of the most memorable parts of the course for me, your explanations and commentary throughout was really gentle, nurturing and accessible. (I was watching it through the eyes of a newish mum who had a very difficult birth). I feel if I am ever pregnant again, I will be more confident about the birth process, and a lot of this has to do with seeing that video and hearing your commentary and input.”
Star Despres is a devoted yogini, practising since she was 19 and teaching since 2006. She is a Senior Byron Yoga Centre qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and has been facilitating Bliss Baby Yoga teacher training courses since 2010. Star’s passions rest in empowering women to reconnect with the divine feminine, no matter what stage of life they are in, and assisting them to find a more nurturing and sacred approach to life. She especially loves to support women through pregnancy, the postnatal period, perimenopause, menopause and times of exhaustion and depletion via the practise of Restorative Yoga and daily self care rituals.
Star is also the founder of Divine Star, an Online sanctuary honouring the feminine and offering private mentoring, retreats, workshops and circles to inspire women to reclaim their power and reconnect to their authentic selves. Her greatest role is as a mama of 2 daughters (17 years apart), and continues to fine tune the balance of work and Mamahood whilst also honouring her own needs.
Star is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Our Online Prenatal and Postnatal course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Star (or Rosie / Kanako / Mari) face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Kind words about Star from our course graduates:
“I loved my Skype session with Star! It was great to talk to someone so passionate. I liked her useful suggestions and it was good to know that what I’m doing is ‘right’.”
“I loved Star’s gentleness and genuine interest in women’s wellbeing.”
Kanako Yajima has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2006. She has been trained in various styles of yoga including Solomon Yogalates, Ishta System with Rachel Zinman, and Vini Yoga & the Five Element Form with Peter Clifford. She has completed a number of Pre & Postnatal Yoga trainings and has been working with pregnant women and new moms since 2010.
Kanako has also worked internationally in many teacher trainings, retreats and workshops as both interpreter (for Japanese groups) and as a teacher trainer.
Thanks to her experience as a yoga translator/interpreter and her dedication to knowledge and growth, she has been immersed in various teachings including yoga philosophy, anatomy & physiology, pranayama and meditation and her versatile and unique teaching styles reflect that extensive knowledge and experience.
She is grateful everyday for being a mother to her daughter as it has been the most challenging yet beautiful and transformational yoga sadhana in life and she loves sharing the magic of yoga practices with students from that heart-felt space.
Kanako is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training courses, and works as a translator for our Japan-based Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training courses.
Our Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Kanako (or Rosie / Star / Mari) face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Kind words about Kanako from our Course graduates:
“I found the Skype session enormously helpful. Kanako was super thorough, precise and very thoughtful. Clearly she cares about this work and that too was inspiring.”
“I loved my Skype call with Kanako! She went through my assignment thoroughly, with great explanations, examples and alternate options. Even though only 1 hour, I really enjoyed and benefited from it.”
What past course participants say
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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Bundle:
ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (AU$430)
Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module (AU$59 – special bundle price)
Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women’s Health Module (AU$60 – special bundle price)
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Enjoy the learning— a juicy mix of video and audio lectures, video demonstration classes, and a slew of informative and inspiring reading and notes!
You can work at your own pace, and because we appreciate that you may be busy juggling teaching, parenting, and/or other work with your study, you have one full year from your date of enrolment to access and complete our courses and download all resources included within the course to keep forever for future reference. Our courses are designed to fit around your busy life.
Navigating your way through the course is simple and easy, but if you have any questions or issues at any time, we are only an email away!
In addition to homework tasks and extension reading/ viewing, after each module of the course you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you consolidate your learning.
4: Case Study Assignment
Once you’ve completed all of the course modules, you’ll reach the Case Study Assignment section of the course. This is a fun, rewarding exercise that helps you pull all the key knowledge together about safely teaching pregnant and postnatal students with specific therapeutic needs.
Complete the Case Study in your own time and then simply upload your assignment through the website. One of our teachers will mark it and return it to you.
5: Completion Certificate
After receiving back your certificate you’ll be prompted to complete a Feedback Form on the website and then, congratulations! You’re done! You will receive your course Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points). And you will then be ready to confidently and safely teach prenatal and postnatal yoga students.