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Teaching to Pregnant Bodies: Course for Instructors

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Have you ever had a pregnant woman walk into your all-levels yoga class and not know what to do? Often, our culture portrays pregnant women as weak and fragile. In fact, the pregnant body can be strong and women benefit greatly from yoga practice.

While some poses are contraindicated during pregnancy, much of a general yoga practice can be made accessible to pregnant women with the aid of props, modifications and variations.

Unless you exclusively teach men or post-menopausal women, you will likely encounter a pre or postnatal woman sometime in your teaching career. In this 3 hour (continuing eduction) for yoga instructors or instructors currently in training you will learn:

  • The benefits of yoga for pregnant women
  • General guidelines for prenatal practice
  • The pregnant body
  • Stages of pregnancy and stages of birth
  • Essential poses during pregnancy
  • What poses to avoid
  • Considerations for the postpartum body

This course is not a substitute for a pre or postnatal teacher training, and is not sufficient study to be able to teach prenatal yoga classes. However, it will empower you, as a teacher, to offer a safe and strong practice to pre and postpartum women who join your class.

Carrie Ganz, E-RYT 200 & YACEP has been teaching yoga for over a decade and has taken three special trainings in prenatal yoga, herself. She has spent over 20 years as a doula and lactation consultant and has worked with hundreds of mothers-to-be and taught childbirth education classes with the Bradley Method.