Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training


This comprehensive, 85-hour Yoga Alliance Certified training helps teachers enhance their skills to confidently and responsibly serve their prenatal and postnatal community while improving their marketability as a yoga teacher.  

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Upcoming National Teacher Training With Deb And Team

Winter 2022:

January 13-16 & February 10-13 (ONLINE)

Spring 2022:

March 10-13 & April 7-10  (IN STUDIO*)

Early Fall 2022:

September 16-19 & October 20-23  (IN STUDIO*)

*PYC reserves the right to move in-studio dates online if necessary.



Take A Sneak Peak At Some Of  The Videos From The Online Classroom!

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Zoom Live and Self Guided!

This training is a unique blend of "in-person" learning through Zoom and an extensive library of online videos and a handpicked selection of Prenatal Yoga Center’s Yoga | Birth | Babies podcasts with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, yoga, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum. 

The live "in person" weekends allow you to get personal attention, interact with a hand-picked group of students, and have individual questions answered. With the online self-guided video feature of the PYC Teacher Training, you no longer have to frantically take notes during a live lecture or discussion.  You can stop, rewind, and review the material as much as you need to ensure you fully comprehend the information.

Over the 3 months span of the training, you will be able to learn at your own pace with access to the full online library. All four Teacher Training Modules contain exclusive videos intricately teaching you the material as well as four-hour long prenatal yoga classes. You will also receive our full teaching manual which will correspond with the videos.

No other prenatal teacher training provides this level of diverse insight in their program.

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Our Unique Three-Pronged Approach To Prenatal Yoga


Childbirth Education And Advocacy

Now more than ever pregnant people are being robbed of their choices about their bodies. As a prenatal yoga teacher, you have the unique opportunity to empower pregnant people to make their own choices in childbirth.

Did you know that  25 – 34 percent of women report that their births were traumatic? Studies show most people feel unsafe and fearful of the birthing care they receive. They also fear they receive routine (and perhaps unnecessary) interventions and feel unsupported the medical staff. 

A big part of the PYC Teacher Training is examining the current state of birth in our culture, including systemic racism in the hospital system. Teacher trainees learn how to present evidenced-based information to students in a non-biased manner so students can make their own educated decisions regarding birth choices.


Community

During our program, Teacher Trainees immerse themselves in the prenatal and postnatal community by participating in classes and workshops. They learn first hand about the fears and concerns of new and expectant parents and observe how all different pregnant bodies move through a yoga practice. No more “practicing with pretend bellies” or theorizing about the pregnant body and mind, PYC boasts a robust community of people in all stages of pregnancy and postpartum.   

Teacher trainees observe the community building aspect of  “circle time”, a time where the students introduce themselves, say how far along they are, and discuss any aches and pains they would like to address in class. Pregnancy and postpartum periods carry such enormous physical and emotional changes; and this bonding time creates a springboard for long lasting friendships among students and is a rich learning opportunity for teacher trainees.


The Asana Practice

In order for a teacher to truly understand a prenatal asana practice with working knowledge of which poses should be encouraged and which should be avoided, you must have a comprehensive understanding of the anatomical and physiological of the pregnant body. Our training program moves beyond a memorized list of poses and unpacks the “why” pregnant and postpartum bodies benefit from some poses more than others. 

The use of asana in class is multifunctional in preparing the student’s mind and body for birth. On a physical level, we use asana to alleviate common pregnancy aches and pains as well as we look at how each pose can create balance in the pelvis, pelvic floor and pelvic ligaments. When the body is well aligned, the baby may be better positioned leading to a more functional, speedy birth.

From a mental and emotional standpoint, asana practice is an amazing tool to lean into safe discomfort and find coping skills. Labor, birth and parenthood has emotional and physical challenges. We build essential lifelong coping skills to deal with these struggles.



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Here's How It Breaks Down


Module One: Anatomy And Physiology And Birth Culture

You will start to explore the in-depth changes to the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body.  We place a particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes and how they can affect pregnancy and postpartum.

This solid foundation of understanding of the anatomy and physiology takes the guesswork and fear out of deciphering which poses will enhance the practice and which can be troublesome for the pregnant and postpartum student.

Module One also includes examination and discussion of the current birth culture and systemic racism found in the medical system in the US.


Module Two: Structuring Your Class

During this module, you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters.  These poses will become your building blocks for structuring your prenatal yoga class.  There is a strong focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encouraging optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process. You will also be introduced to the Prenatal Yoga Center teaching template which will help you clearly organize your class and create a graceful vinyasa flow for your students 

 

This module includes 4 one hour prenatal yoga classes to help you familiarize yourself with the practice.


Module Three: Birthing The Baby!

In this module, we shift our focus to Labor, Delivery and Interventions.  We will explore the different stages of labor including the emotional signposts of labor, pain management and coping skills as well as common interventions and complications.  We will also review therapeutic applications, assuring new teachers the information to help students with asanas and alternative modalities to common pregnancy aches and pain.

 

You will walk away with extensive childbirth education knowledge, an appreciation for the landscape of birth in the US, and trusting you can offer evidence-based information and solid resources for your students . 

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Module Four: Postnatal Yoga

Your students have now had their babies and are heading back for Postnatal Yoga. We will breakdown the essential “8 areas for the postnatal body”, as well as covers general guidelines for helping support the postpartum parent and community.  We also discuss PMAD- perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. This module will allow you to fully meet the needs of your postpartum students. 


BONUS Video: The Business of Yoga with Mado Hesselink

Owning a yoga business is not for the faint of heart. In this exclusive bonus video, Mado breaks down 6 steps that will help you be more organized and successful than 99% of yoga teachers out there. If you’re thinking about launching your own yoga business, or want to make sure your foundations are in place, this conversation will be your roadmap to confidence. 

Payment Plans and Action Taker Discounts AVAILABLE!  

What To Expect

  • Two LIVE Zoom training weekends
  • Digital copy of the Prenatal Yoga Center teaching manual
  • 3 months access to the membership website
  • An 8-class package to observe real prenatal classes at PYC
  • 40+ videos available of lecture and practice
  • Learn to confidently structure a prenatal class
  • Master practical tools to teach a safe and well-rounded prenatal yoga class
  • Explore the anatomical and physiological changes of the pregnant body
  • Learn why we encourage and discourage certain poses
  • Study pelvic floor dysfunction, diastasis recti and pelvic girdle pain
  • Discuss the current birth trends in our country
  • Immersion in the pregnant community through practice teaching
  • Required reading & additional recommendations
  • BONUS VIDEO: The Business of Yoga with Mado Hesselink
  • BONUS WORKSHOP: Comforting Touch for Birth

The PYC Teacher Training Will Help You Confidently Integrate All Three Components Into A Well Rounded Class.


More Than Just Asana

Modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training program. It is important to speak the same “language” as the expecting parent and through evidence-based research and deep self-reflection be able to guide them properly while supporting them as they transition into a new phase of life

As a teacher, it’s your job to create a warm community for the pregnant person that extend beyond pregnancy, and through the often bumpy road of new parenthood, to a place of vitality, strength and confidence.  


What They're Saying

“I have been practicing/teaching yoga for years. I have also had 3 boys now and have experience with childbirth and carrying babies! I truly loved the prenatal teacher training at the prenatal yoga center because I learned so much more about the entire process of pregnancy and beyond and it really deepened my ability to teach prenatal clients and students.”

 

~Kristin McGee, Peloton Yoga Teacher and PYC Graduate


As a midwife I found this training to be comprehensive and informative with regard to the pregnant body, labor, and birth. It was the perfect combination of intense didactic learning and yoga teacher training. I loved the online component, the required reading, the comprehensive exam required to gain certification- the whole training. Deb has created the most comprehensive, evidence-based, pelvic-sound, prenatal yoga teacher training out there. At completion, I felt prepared to teach and confident that I could keep my pregnant students safe and prepare them for an active labor.

 ~Julie Rauschenplat, Midwife, yoga teacher, and PYC Graduate


This is an incredibly comprehensive program delivered by experts in the field of prenatal yoga who are also birth doulas and childbirth educators. I could not recommend PYC more highly – thank you!  

~Clare Sandberg, Anesthesiologist, yoga teacher and PYC graduate


Your Responsibilities, Policies and Guidelines


Your Responsibilities 

  • Review modules 1,2,3, and 4 individually and watch the corresponding videos.
  • Participate in the Intro Webinar with Deb or listen it at a later time.
  • Be prepared to take the seat of the teacher and in a group setting
  • Complete reading from the required book list.
  • Must have a basic understanding of Google Drive and Zoom
  • Complete written assignments.
  • Complete BOTH live weekend intensives with Deb and co-teacher.
  • Audit a local childbirth education class in your community. (Many Childbirth Educators will allow you to do this for free.) 
  • Take or observe a minimum of 4 prenatal yoga classes either at PYC or in your community.
  • Complete and pass final written exam.
  • Complete the practical portion of your final exam, teaching a 75 minute prenatal yoga class with at least 3 pregnant people. This class must be recorded and shared with Deb for grading. 

Policies And Guidelines

  • Full payment is due access to the manual and membership website is given.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $550 is required to hold your space in the program. The balance is due according to the tuition policy.
  • We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Amex.
  • We charge a $25 returned check fee.
  • Refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins minus your deposit.  The beginning of the training is marked by receiving access to the membership website which contains the manual and corresponding videos.  After this time NO refund or credit will be given if you decide not to attend.  Should you cancel your spot, the $550 deposit cannot be applied to a future training.
  • The membership website is released to teacher trainees 30 days before our first live weekend together.
  • Full payment is due access to the manual and membership website is given.
  • Once the training begins, if you decide not to continue for any reason, no refund or credit will be given.
  • We welcome pregnant students!  However, if your due date falls before the final exam or if your current work or life leaves little time for extracurricular activities, we strongly urge you to take the training later, when you have more time to devote to the coursework.  Due to the nature of the Teacher Training, we cannot accommodate missed modules.  Both weekend intensives need to be attended to complete the program.  
  • All fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.
  • To Be Eligible To Teach At PYC, You MUST Be Certified Through This Program

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Training Dates, Tuition & Teachers


Dates & Times

Upcoming Trainings

Winter 2022 :

ONLINE weekends together January 13-16 & February 10-13

Weekend Times

  • Thursday 8:00pm-9:30pm EST
  • Friday 9:45am-7:30pm *second weekend the Friday session goes until 8:30pm
  • Saturday 9am-7:00pm
  • Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm  **Second weekend, the Sunday session goes until 4:30pm

*These are “in person” weekends which will be conducted on Zoom.

  **Membership website which contains the teacher training manual and corresponding videos is released 3o days prior to our first weekend session. This is considered the start of the program. 


Tuition and Scholarships

Online & In Person Training 2022

$1600

(NYC and ONLINE Trainings, take advantage of the ACTION TAKER DISCOUNT!)

*Payment plans are available!

We are excited to announce a scholarship and scholarship fund for BIPOC teachers for our NYC and ONLINE trainings.  Learn more about it! 


Teaching Team

Deb Flashenberg CD(DONA), LCCE, RYT-500, RPYT

Lead Teacher

"My Job Is Simply To Offer Pregnant People Evidence Based Information, Guidance And Support, Empowering Them To Make Decisions Which Are Right For Them. It Is Never Appropriate For Me As A Teacher To Put My Own Birth Beliefs On The Shoulders Of My Students. I Had My Births On My Own Terms, Now It’s Their Turn To Find Their Path”

Deb Flashenberg is the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. Along with being a prenatal yoga teacher, she is also a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator, mother of two and self proclaimed "birth and anatomy geek". Deb received her first vinyasa yoga certification with Shiva Rea and then added to her education by completing the OM Yoga advance yoga teacher training with Cyndi Lee. After the challenging birth of her first child, Deb became incredibly interested in pelvic health and has since earned her Pelvic Floor Yoga Certification with Leslie Howard. Deb is currently completing the Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist program with Dr. Sarah Duvall. For the past 6 years, Deb has also greatly enjoyed being the host of the podcast,  Yoga | Birth | Babies, where she speaks with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood. 


Ellyn Gerry, RN, WHNP, RYT-500, LCCE, RPYT

Ellyn’s practice and teaching are informed by over three decades of combined experience as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Childbirth Educator, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Her individualized class sequences are safely and lovingly curated using warm, invitational language and methodology. She has completed over 1000 hours of Yoga and Fitness training, including: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification with New York Yoga, Basic & Advanced Yoga Certifications with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga at Prenatal Yoga Center, Yin Yoga with Corina Benner, Trauma-Informed Yoga with Exhale to Inhale, Accessible Yoga with Jivana Heyman, and Baby and Me Yoga with Kidding Around Yoga.







Yiska Obadia, CD(DONA) L.Ac

"Birth is one of those rare life experiences where power and vulnerability live side by side. To touch that is my great pleasure and honor."

Yiska Obadia is a passionate teacher and healing arts practitioner, with over 25 years of experience as a massage therapist, acupuncturist and birth doula. Yiska created Comforting Touch for Birth to teach doulas and parents-to-be how to skillfully provide hands-on support for birthing people, through her workshops and digital guidebook. Most recently she added Comforting Touch for Babies and Havening Techniques to her repertoire. 


Shelbi Schooler, RYT 200, RPYT

"I'm there to guide, suggest, and encourage, but the final decision of how they move through the asana is wholly up to them. Asana can be a transformative practice for many pregnant people, and if my class plays even a small part in a more empowered and functional birth experience, then I have succeeded."

Shelbi Schooler is a passionate, creative, and disciplined yoga practitioner and teacher. She believes in the power of breath, the magic geometry of the human body, and the proven benefits of a yoga practice for the pregnant body and any body! Through a combination of trainings at Sky Ting Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Center along with her teaching experience at Medicine for the Soul and now PYC, she has developed her own unique voice and teaching style that above all else celebrates the freedom in boundaries.


Julia Motyka, RYT 500, RPYT

"I’m a deep believer in the power of breath to release, restore, and motivate the body in pregnancy, labor, and beyond. Asana practice in combination with evidence-based information can provide students a toolkit from which to draw throughout pregnancy so that they move into and through their birthing experience feeling connected, empowered, and aligned."

Julia is a writer, performer, and mom of two based in New York City who comes to teaching yoga through a career in the arts. Having experienced the power of a yoga practice first hand—she practiced for decades before becoming a teacher and took classes at PYC through both her pregnancies—she is so grateful for the opportunity to offer expectant parents 90 minutes of community and self-care on the mat. She took her 200 and 300/h certifications with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman at Yoga Shanti and has studied pre and postnatal yoga with Deb at PYC. Whether in the studio or online, her classes use a balance of asana, music, meditation, and breath work to help you move your body, balance your mind, and connect with your baby.


Mado Hesselink, IAYT & E-RYT 500

Mado helps yoga teachers integrate their heart-centered mission with practical business & teaching strategies so that they can make both an impact and a living. 

On “The Yoga Teacher Resource”, her top-rated podcast with over 350K downloads, Mado draws from 15 years of teaching experience to share relevant stories, practical tips, and down-to-earth advice. Through individual and group programs, she guides participants to leverage their unique perspectives, talents, and vision into systems to build a successful and sustainable career. Her podcast was also listed as one of the top 10 resources for yoga teachers by momoyoga.

As a guest teacher, Mado offers PYC Teacher Trainees an exclusive conversation, "The Yoga of Business".


Note: Co-teachers and assistants are subject to change.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is this a Yoga Alliance accredited course?  

Yes, this is a Yoga Alliance accredited 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.  

Is there a specific start date for the course?  

Yes, there are two live (Zoom) weekends you must attend to complete the course.

When do we get access to the Membership site?

The Membership site contains all your materials for this training (the teacher training manual, videos, podcasts and homework assignments.) This will be released one month prior to our first live weekend together. The release of the Membership site marks the beginning fo the training.

  Do I need to have completed a foundational 200-hour teaching?

Yes, we do require you to have completed a 200 hour training prior to participating in this advanced training. Teacher trainees will be doing many hours of practice teaching.  

  Can I still teach prenatal yoga if I haven't had a baby?

Absolutely! Birth is NOT a pre-requite for being an empathic and capable prenatal yoga teacher.

Do you offer a payment plan or scholarship? 

Yes, we offer individually tailored payment plans to fit your needs. We also offer a BIPOC scholarship. Click HERE for more details on the scholarship.

Do I get to take or observe classes?  

Yes, after our first live weekend together, you will be given an 8 class card so you can take or observe classes. This allows you to immerse yourself in the community and study the PYC methodology in action!



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