Upcoming National Teacher Training With Deb And Ellyn
Early Fall 2021:
September 23-26 & October 21-24 (ONLINE)
Late Fall 2021:
November 4-7 & December 2-5 (ONLINE)
March 10-13 & April 7-10 (IN STUDIO but subject to change)
Take A Sneak Peak At Some Of The Videos From The Online Classroom!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
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.
“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
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!
Fall 2021 :
September 23-26 & October 21-24 ONLINE
Late Fall 2021 :
October 4th MEMBERSHIP Site is released
November 4-7 & December 2-5 ONLINE weekends together
*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.
Online Training 2021
(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!
Deb Flashenberg CD(DONA), LCCE, RYT-500, RPYT
"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 was introduced to Yoga by Elena Brower in the 1980’s as a practice of opening to grace. She worked for over three decades as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and received her Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Certification through Prenatal YogaCenter and her Pelvic Floor Yoga certification with Leslie Howard. Informed by her lifetime of experience working with women throughout their life cycles, her classes offer both a safe and calm space for students to connect with their breath, bodies and babies. Ellyn is also a 200 hr RYT, Yin and Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, and is “Pre-KAY” certified by Kidding Around Yoga. In addition, she is a NASM Women’s Fitness Specialist and an avid swimmer.
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.
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.
Prenatal Yoga Center is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats. Please contact the studio for more details.