About this course
Many yoga teachers are not equipped with the knowledge to confidently and appropriately modify their class content to accommodate pregnant students.
Information that may have been provided as part of initial yoga teacher teacher training is often forgotten once teaching so it can be helpful to connect with this information again and dive a little deeper.
Or perhaps your teacher training didn’t cover this area with any thoroughness leaving you feeling unsure as to how to safely guide a pregnant student in your mixed level classes.
This comprehensive course, taught by Nadine O’Mara, Director of Bliss Baby Yoga, lead trainer, doula and birth educator, will give you the confidence and knowledge to provide modifications within your yoga classes to safely accommodate a pregnant student.
In this course you will learn:
- Physiological and emotional changes and challenges for each trimester of pregnancy;
- How yoga can support pregnancy;
- What poses should be avoided by those who are pregnant;
- Specific modifications a teacher can offer as an alternative within a mixed class;
- Quick “go-to’s” for when a pregnant student arrives at class without you expecting it;
- Prenatal yoga therapy – supporting specific conditions during pregnancy;
- Other considerations a yoga teacher should be aware of to keep pregnant students comfortable.
- Experiential learning as if you were a pregnant student.
Pregnant students that come to your classes will not only feel supported but they will also enjoy your class, feeling included rather than having to opt out of many asana poses.
While focused on the world of birth & postpartum, Nadine has also taught various styles of mixed ability yoga classes for over 18 years varying from Power Yoga to Restorative Yoga, adapting her teachings to incorporate pregnant students into these classes over this time. She is a lead teacher in our online Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training and brings this course in person to studios within Australia.
The course features an engaging mix of video and written content that is practical and informative and will help you feel confidant in looking after pregnant women/people in your yoga classes regardless of the style of yoga you teach.
- Please note, this is not a replacement for Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training if you plan to run dedicated Prenatal Yoga classes. Please refer to our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course for this.
This course consists of the following:
- Incorporating Pregnant Students in your Yoga Class
- What to Expect in this Course
- What you Need for this Course
- Navigating this Course – Important Information to Guide You
- Support & Connection During this Course
The Course Content
- Key Milestones of Pregnancy (video lecture 18:50 min)
- Guidelines for a Safe Prenatal Practice (video lecture 25 min)
- Integrating a Prenatal Student in a Mixed Level Yoga Class (prac video 22:27 min)
- Sun Salutations for Pregnancy and Modifications for Pregnancy Related Issues (prac video 9:17)
- A short Prenatal Yoga practice (prac video 29.50 min)
- Pregnancy modifications handout
- Pregnancy modifications quick reference sheet
- Other considerations for pregnant students in a mixed yoga class
- Sun salutations for pregnancy
This course is pre-recorded so you can work through the videos and reading at your own pace.
It will take you approximately three and a half hours to complete, not including the options for further reading provided through out.
The material is presented via video recordings with some text. You are asked to do some journalling to help embody the teachings. Links to optional further reading are provided should you wish to learn more.
All videos & handouts are downloadable so you can go back to refer to them at anytime.
You will have 12 months access to this course online but once materials are downloaded you will have them to keep forever.
You will need to complete the quiz with an 80% pass mark (you can re-sit if required).
Your certificate will be available for download at the end to use for CPD points with your chosen yoga association.
A Completion Certificate (PDF electronic file) is provided once you’ve completed the course and the quiz. You must achieve a minmum of 80% in the quiz to pass (you will have the chance to re-sit the test if you don’t achieve this).
The total course hours on this completion certificate is 3.5 non-contact hours.
Members of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia (and many other governing yoga bodies world wide) are required to complete ongoing professional development to keep their membership current. By completing our Bliss Baby Yoga CPD Modules, teachers are able to accrue some of these necessary professional development hours as well as enhance their knowledge and skills in 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 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:
This course can therefore cover 3 of the 20 non-contact hours of study and contribute to these CPD requirements. Enrolment in our other CPD courses can similarly add to these 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 Incorporating a Pregnant Student in your Yoga Class Course is counted as non-contact study core to yoga teaching (2 points per hour as per Yoga Australia Guidelines). This CPD Module is 2 hours, so Yoga Australia members will accrue 7 CPD points.
PLEASE NOTE This course is not alone designed to qualify graduates to teach Prenatal yoga classes to the public – please complete our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training should you be interested in running specific Prenatal Yoga classes.
Read more about accreditation here.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this course, delivery and accreditation, please see below.
- Is this course for women only? Definitely not! All yoga teachers need to know how to modify their class for pregnant students including male, transgender or non-binary teachers.
- Will I be able to offer dedicated Prenatal Yoga classes with this course? No, you will need to do either our Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course or our 85 hour RPYT Prenatal Teacher Training Course to be eligible to teach dedicated Prenatal Yoga classes. This course will help you modify your general class only.
Who is this course for?
This course for yoga teachers of any discipline and any gender who would like to feel confidant supporting a pregnant student within their yoga class.
Whether you are a teacher of Vinyasa, Iyengar, Power Yoga, Yin, Synergy, Restorative, Hatha, Kundalini, Bikram, Ashtanga or more, even a Pilates teacher, you will gain confidence and knowledge from this course.
You may live in a community where there isn’t a specific Prenatal Yoga class available or perhaps there are students who want to practice more than once a week and so come to your class too. Or perhaps you have someone who has been coming to your class for a long time who is now pregnant and you’d like to feel educated in continuing to support them.
This course may be for any yoga teacher who has considered teaching Prenatal Yoga and would like to have a feel into the teaching before committing to our full Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Or maybe you don’t have the time to do the full Prenatal Yoga training but want to know enough to feel confident in the classes you already teach.
This course is also for experienced students who are pregnant and want to know how to safely modify their own practice at home or in the studio.
This course is for you.
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, Birth Educator and our Bliss Baby Yoga Director and Lead Teacher 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 teaches yoga at Yoga Bellingen and 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 an exceptional teacher. She has so much knowledge and wisdom to share which she does so generously – Jodie (Prenatal Yoga TT)
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Supporting a Pregnant Student in your Yoga Class CPD Course
CPD Course Bundle:
Supporting a Pregnant Student in your Yoga Class (AU$74 special bundle price)
Supporting a Postnatal Student in your Yoga Class (AU$74 special bundle price)
Supporting a Menstruating Student in your Yoga Class (AU$74 special bundle price)
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Enjoy the learning!
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!
After completing the final quiz 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).