Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program
Our online program offers a certificate of completion, as well as 20 hours of continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance for current yoga teachers. Completing both the online and in-person programs fulfills the requirements for the Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance.
Interested in our more advanced In-Person Prenatal Teacher Training? Learn more about the in-person program to and how to earn the full RPYT with Yoga Alliance and to take your prenatal yoga training to the next level.
What’s included in the online yoga training program
- Benefits of Prenatal Yoga, Safe and Unsafe Postures, and Considerations by Pregnancy Trimester
- Prenatal Anatomy and Fetal Development
- Warm Ups and Sun Salutations for Prenatal Students
- Prenatal Standing Postures
- Prenatal Seated and Lying Postures
- Effective Use of Props and Chair Yoga for Prenatal Yoga
- Pranayama for Prenatal Students
- Meditation for Prenatal Students
- Prenatal Partner Yoga
- General Anatomy of Hatha Yoga
- Common Post-Natal Problems
- Parent and Baby Yoga
- You also receive sample lesson plans, client intake forms, and our videos demonstrating prenatal yoga practices. You can also schedule one-on-one sessions via web conferencing (google hangouts, zoom, etc) to meet live with Nancy and go over any questions.
In-Person Prenatal Yoga Program (RPYT)
If you’re interested in earning your Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) designation with Yoga Alliance, learn more about our in-person program. Currently, our in-person trainings take place via Zoom. Our next training will be held in April 2024.
Many women want to continue their yoga practice during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga helps individuals before and after they give birth, as well as during the birthing process. The breathing and body awareness developed through yoga helps women stay connected to their changing bodies. The stretches and postures help relieve back pain common during pregnancy, and help develop the strength and stamina necessary for giving birth. Yoga helps develop an overall healthier body, making it easier to bounce back after birth. However, if you are unaware of the precautions recommended for pregnant students, you may be putting your students or yourself at risk. Whether you are a yoga teacher, or are pregnant yourself, it is important that you know how to practice yoga safely during pregnancy.
Our prenatal yoga education programs focus on developing your ability to provide pregnant women with safe, effective, and fun yoga practices throughout every stage of their pregnancy. The program emphasizes positive teaching techniques, proper sequencing, safety considerations, and easy modifications to make each class a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Finally, you will learn not only how to create safe programs, but how to make those yoga practices transformative for your students or yourself during this special time in life.
Our online program is suitable for:
- Yoga teachers who want to add prenatal yoga classes to their teaching schedule.
- Yoga teachers who want to be prepared for any prenatal students who may attend their regular classes.
- Pregnant women who have practiced yoga and want to continue their practice during their pregnancy.
- Medical and health professionals or childbirth educators who work with pregnant women (physicians, nurses, midwives, doulas, etc).
The Benefits of Yoga For Pregnant Women
- Improved strength, flexibility, and endurance
- Reduced back pain and sciatica
- Relieving stress and anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Improved breathing and lung capacity
- Better digestion
- Help in maintaining and improving posture
These are just a few of the many benefits for pregnant women when they learn yoga from you.
To earn your certificate:
You will need to complete the following:
- Complete an open book written exam, and include a sample lesson plan
- Complete a personal statement about your goals and why you want to teach prenatal yoga
- Sign and submit a Yoga Teacher Ethics statement
Once you complete the virtual (online) program, you will receive your certificate of completion for the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course. This certificate provides you with continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance, and allows you to obtain professional liability insurance for the purpose of teaching prenatal yoga. Many of our students stop at that point and do well teaching.
In-Person Program Option for Yoga Alliance Registration (RPYT):
If you want to complete the more advanced Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher distinction with Yoga Alliance, additional in-person training is required.
Our next In-Person Prenatal Yoga Teacher training will be held via Zoom in March, 2024.
What Our Students Say
“I recommend this class. I enjoyed reading and learning the material, watching the videos, and also practicing how to instruct a pre-natal yoga class. I am a birth doula looking forward to using this with my clients. This instruction felt different from most on-line classes-it had a personal feel, and my work was reviewed in detail by Nancy, who was always available to answer any questions I had. Peace.”
Martha – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I found the course very systematic and perfectly structured with a profound base of knowledge of its authors. I really appreciate the insightful and factual information being provided, as well as the interactivity with the program director. The course presents well-grounded knowledge, it provides creative stimuli to be tested in the practice and keeps the necessary open space for one's own experience. Have a wonderful day Nancy.
Barbora Vitu, Prague, Czech Republic
I love teaching yoga and now after finishing this course i have confidence that I can teach a safe, effective, and loving class to all mommy to be's. Thanks You!! I found your Pre Natal Yoga Course was fantastic, full of important information, not only on the asanas, but on how the student's body goes through so many changes and how the baby is affected. The information that is provided in this course gives you confidence so you can teach a safe class. This is my second correspondence course that I have done with Yoga Education Institute and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you to Nancy Wile and her team.
Cristina Salvatore, Abbotsbury, Australia
Namaste! I have been teaching yoga for about four years now and it has transformed my life in more ways that I ever could have imagined. After becoming a mother, I felt called to share yoga with women during their journey into motherhood. Yoga played a big role in my pregnancies and helped me cultivate a deep breath, a beautiful mindset and an open body to carry me through. This is such a sacred and special time in a woman's life. Prenatal Yoga will enhance the pregnancy, labor and role of being a mother in so many ways. This program is excellent for first time teachers as well as seasoned. It was a nice refresher course on anatomy and really helpful. I am very excited to start sharing this style of yoga to my expecting students. Much Love and Happiness,
Darci Janzen, Edmond, Oklahoma
I would certainly highly recommend this course to other yoga instructors. The written information in the prenatal course was extensive and useful in all areas of yoga instruction. The information was well organized, well researched, and professionally written and presented. I found the illustrations and the video to be helpful as well. After completing the course, I felt that I had taken a graduate level course in yoga. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience in such an effective way.
"As a Yoga teacher with no prenatal training, it was always intimidating when a pregnant student would take my class. I wasn't prepared to offer the student a good and safe practice. The online prenatal program was perfect for me. It contains in depth knowledge of the stages of pregnancy and what poses are safe for the student to practice at each stage. The written materials are easy to understand and the videos are a big help. I highly recommend the program. I can now offer my prenatal students a challenging and safe program."
“Living in a remote area, it's great to be able to access quality instruction like the Yoga Education Institute's online prenatal yoga teacher training without needing to travel. I signed up for the course when I was pregnant and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the program without leaving home. I've already started recommending these courses to friends!”
Amanda Hosgood – Canada
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this program recognized by Yoga Alliance?
We are a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. In addition to the online program, we offer an in-person training. Completing the online program provides 20 hours of continuing education credit with Yoga Alliance for current yoga teachers. Completing both the online and in-person trainings fulfills all the requirements for the Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher designation with Yoga Alliance.
What if I try the program and decide it's not right for me?
Our program is 100% guaranteed. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund. We are always happy to give you a full refund and appreciate having you try out our program.
Do I receive on-going support after the program?
Yes, after you complete the program, you will continue to receive any needed support. And, you will always have access to the online materials and to any additions or updates to those materials. Our founder, Nancy Wile, is also happy to answer any questions you have regarding yoga or professional development, via phone, email, or on Zoom, whenever you need.
What to expect when you order?
When you order the online Yoga Teacher Training Course, you will receive a confirmation and email within 24 hours of your order that includes a link to the course, including all course modules and instructions. Once in the course, you will see a “Start Here” message that includes all the instructions for completing the course.
About the Founder
Nancy Wile (E-RYT 500), the founder of Yoga Education Institute, created our online and in-person yoga teacher training programs. She works individually with each student who registers for the online prenatal program. She has been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years and has been training yoga teachers (RYT 200, RYT 500, RPYT, and RCYT programs) for more than 15 years. She has a doctorate in education from Columbia University and, along with teaching yoga and training yoga teachers, she has spent much time teaching and developing health and wellness programs.
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