Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
85 hour Yoga Alliance certified program
85 hour Yoga Alliance certified program
Ever wonder what happens to the female body during pregnancy, birth and beyond?
Do you wonder how to safely teach postures and breathing techniques to expectant mothers?
Whether you plan to teach or not, this course offers fascinating learning on the mystery and majesty of the female body during the most poignant phase of physical transformation. You will emerge from this training with knowledge on:
Pregnancy and birth are rites of passage in a woman’s life, preparing her for the timeless challenges and gifts of becoming a mother. Through yoga, a pregnant woman learns to listen to and trust her body, to attune to her clarity and to shed the confines of conditioned thinking. This fosters authenticity and deep connectedness with her growing baby. Embracing nature’s perfect design, women can thrive, heal and evolve through pregnancy and birth.
Any person wanting to dive deeper into prenatal knowledge while learning the skills to teach prenatal and postnatal yoga, as well as those who want to learn how to safely guide expectant moms in their regular yoga classes are invited to take this training. Yoga teachers, Midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, expectant mothers, health & wellness practitioners, therapists, doctors & nurses also welcome!
Weekend 1: Yoga for Pregnancy – Empowered, embodied transformation
Weekend 2: Yoga for Pregnancy, Labour & Delivery – The ultimate rite of passage
Weekend 3: Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga – Supporting the mother’s journey
Additional class observation & practicum hours are required and can be completed before, during or after the program. Please note: All participants will receive a certificate of completion when all course requirements are met, but to become fully certified through the Yoga alliance or to apply credits toward Prana’s 300 hour YTT, you must also complete or have completed a full 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Led by Soledad Agosto, Leala Enfield & Amanda Whiting, this prenatal training will create a deeper understanding into the care and safety required when teaching expectant mothers.
Leala’s yoga journey began in 1992 in NYC. Her first yoga class sparked a sense that there was much more to life than what the world had presented to her. Within a year, she had moved to the remote side of Maui where she met David Williams and began a three month intensive study of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She went on to develop an steady home practice.
After moving to Alberta’s dry climate, intensive physical yoga practices began leaving her deeply fatigued. Leala began seeking a more holistic approach to yoga, one that would synergize her love of meditation, mindfulness, breath and embodied movement. She had a dream where she met and merged with an Indian sage who fused yoga and meditation into heart centered awakening. A few weeks later she met Yogi Vishvketu and began her journey into Akhanda® Yoga.
In 2006 Leala founded Prana Yoga Studio in Edmonton, Canada where she hosts workshops and trainings with Yogi Vishvketu every year. Leala is the Director of Training for the Akhanda Yoga Teacher Training program at Prana Yoga Studio. Along with owning a busy urban yoga studio, Leala has raised a family, guided international yoga retreats, and taught numerous YTT programs in both Canada and India. Leala’s passions include practicing yoga outdoors, hiking, swimming and quality time with her husband and their two vivacious daughters.
The benefits of yoga are precious and far-reaching. The invitation is to be profoundly open inside while holding vibrant presence for boundriless, limitless growth and evolution.
Dancing and movement are a part of life on the island of Puerto Rico, where I grew up. As a child I knew the innocence of relaxed breathing. But I really discovered the power of breath when I was 19. After a yoga practice, during Savasana (corpse pose) as I was lying still on the floor, letting the gentle flow of the breath move my body, I felt the edges of my body open up and melt away.
Soon after that experience a series of painful events changed my life and my world as I had known it came to an end. I had a choice to open or close to the pain. Somewhere in my heart I chose to open.
I spend the next few years learning all I could about different types of yoga and massage. After finishing a BA in Anthropology I started a long trip to South America and was introduced to Vipassana Meditation. These silent 10 day meditation retreats were an amazing tool that showed me to be still, see and discover the world inside. In the years that followed I continued my studies in massage therapy, I study two years of Anatomy and Physiology in the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, I worked assisting classes in a renowned Massage Therapy School and had my private massage therapy practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My first Yoga Teacher Training was in the Iyengar tradition, then I started teaching in 2007. I had the opportunity of attending the Yoga Teachers Training with the whole hearted Yogi Vishyketu in 2010 while I was pregnant with my first child. Being pregnant open up a whole new world and I became a passionate student of women, birth, female bodies, babies… Since then I’ve been learning and teaching yoga to pregnant women and moms and babies.
My husband and I own an alternative health clinic: Integrated Therapies (integratedtherapies.ca) We helped in the creation of two children: Orel and Pina.
Amanda had been practicing yoga off and on since her early 20s, but after back surgery in 2009 restricted her range of motion, she found her way back to yoga full time. When she first started back, touching her toes seemed like an impossibility, but, like many discoveries through yoga, there is no such thing as an impossibility.
Amanda obtained her 200 hour training at Prana Yoga Studio under the delightful Yogi Vishvketu, and has certifications for both Prenatal (RPYT 85 hour) and Yin Yoga (90 hours). Amanda also teaches kids yoga. Teaching yoga has truly rejuvenated her and she loves being able to share all she has learned with the world.
“Om Yoga Mama is one of the best yoga programs I’ve had the honor to take part in. The attention to detail and the variety of topics covered throughout the course, has allowed me up to give the highest quality of classes and education to my pre and postnatal students.“
“If you think even after delivery you understand pregnancy, birthing, the care after birthing that a female may require or how beautiful a woman is ~ you truly don’t until you take this course. I found the course to be healing, informative, educational and empowering as to who I am, what a woman is all about and how females are a catalyst to Spirit when creating another human being.”
“A perfectly balanced blend of education and personal growth and was absolutely a life changing experience. I loved it!”