Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Deb Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT

Willow Street is proud to host Deb Flashenberg of the Prenatal Yoga Center of New York for an in-depth, 85-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Teacher Training.

Welcome To PYC’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training!

This is an in-depth, comprehensive, 85-hour, Yoga Alliance-certified training for yoga teachers who want to enhance  their teaching skills, confidently and responsibly serve their prenatal and postnatal community, and improve their marketability as a yoga teacher. 

At Prenatal Yoga Center, we rely on our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga designed to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of our new and expectant parent community.

This two-weekend intensive training offers both in-person and online independent study. It’s the perfect match for the motivated teacher with limited time to spend in the classroom!

The Online Classroom

With the online 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 three-month span of the training, you will be able to learn at your own pace with  access to our full library of online videos and curated podcasts. All four modules contain exclusive videos with Deb and Caprice 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.

To support the learning of each module, there is a handpicked selection of Prenatal Yoga Center’s Yoga | Birth | Babies podcasts with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum. 

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

“It is so helpful to have the manual, video content AND the podcast interviews that supplement the content. Thank you for putting the time into offering such a comprehensive program.” – Andrea Garin Kopilak, Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Our Unique Three-Pronged Approach To Prenatal Yoga


Childbirth Education And Advocacy

Now more than ever women 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.

“We need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood, and supported.” – Deb Flashenberg, Lead Teacher Trainer & Founder of Prenatal Yoga Center

Did you know that  25–34% 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 massive part of the PYC Teacher Training is examining the current state of birth in our culture. Teacher trainees learn how to present evidence-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; 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 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 and 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 have emotional and physical challenges. We build essential lifelong coping skills to deal with these struggles.

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 motherhood, to a place of vitality, strength, and confidence.


What They Are Saying…

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 and Caprice have 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

Through this training, not only did I learn a lot of pertinent information regarding pregnancy and birth, I also rediscovered a love of teaching that I have been able to apply to all of my classes. – Karen Langan, PYC Graduate


Here’s How It Breaks Down…

Module One: Anatomy And Physiology

You will start to explore the in depth changes to the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body.  We place particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes and how that 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.

This module also includes the episode “Your Pelvic Floor” from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.

Module Two: Structuring Your Class

Next,  you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage plus specific 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 also includes four one-hour prenatal yoga classes to take or just watch. This module also includes the episode “Yoga in Your First Trimester” with Deb Flashenberg, “Aligning Your Body and Your Baby For Your Best Birth” with Dr. Randi Jaffee, “Spinning Babies, Gail Tully and the Importance of Fetal Position” and “Is Your Exercise and Yoga Routine Helping or Hindering Your Birth” with Deb Flashenberg from the podcast Yoga | Birth | Babies.

Module Three: Birthing The Baby!

In this module we shift our focus to Labor, Birth, 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 . 

This module also includes the episode “Empowered Hospital Birth” with Terry Richmond, “Undisturbed Birth” with Dr. Sarah Buckley, “Pain to Pleasure” with Deborah Pascalli-Bonero, “History of Birth” with Tina Cassidy, “Doula Do’s and Don’ts” with Deb Flashenberg, “Pain, Suffering, and Trauma in Birth” with Penny Simkin, “Labor Induction” with Gene Declerq, and “An Open and Honest Talk” with Dr. George Mussali, OB, from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.

Module Four: Postnatal And Baby And Me

Your students have now had their babies and are heading back for Postnatal Yoga or Baby and Me. We will breakdown the essential “7 areas for the postnatal mom” as well as cover general guidelines for helping support the postpartum mother and community.  This will allow you to fully meet the needs of your postpartum students . 

This module also includes the episode “4th Trimester Bodies Project” and “Postpartum Depression” with Dr Michelle Canarick from the Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast.

Keep Track Of Everything!

There are lots of moving parts to this Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. To help you stay grounded and on track, we made a Check List. We advise that you use this as a guideline so you never feel overwhelmed and always trust that you’re receiving the best possible teacher training available. 

And at any point, please feel free to email Deb or Caprice if you have any questions that need attention before or between the long weekend intensives.

What To Expect:

  • 2 weekends with Deb and Caprice.
  • The in depth Prenatal Yoga Center teaching manual.
  • 3 Months access to the Membership website
  • Over 20 videos available of lecture and practice
  • Practical tools to teach a safe and comprehensive prenatal yoga class
  • A deep understanding of the current birth trends in our country
  • Take and teach prenatal yoga classes with the pregnant community.
  • Deep exploration of the anatomical and physiological changes of the pregnant body.
  • Review structuring a prenatal class and poses to do and not to do.
  • Hand-on adjustments for the pregnant student.
  • Teacher Trainees will teach two community classes.
  • In depth review of Childbirth Education
  • Postnatal and Baby and Me
  • NYC based Teacher Trainees are asked to observe or take up to 10 prenatal yoga classes at the UWS Prenatal Yoga Center location during the span of the Teacher Training
  • Out of state teachers will be required to observe or take at least 4 prenatal yoga classes in their community.
  • In depth book list which will be the basis for discussion over our long weekends together.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Review modules 1,2,3, and 4 individually and watch the corresponding videos.
  • Participate in Webinars with Deb or listen it at a later time.
  • Be prepared to take the seat of the teacher and teach fellow teacher trainees as well as pregnant bodies in the two community classes.
  • Complete reading from the book list.
  • Complete written assignments.
  • Complete both weekend intensives with Deb and Caprice.
  • Audit a local childbirth education class.
  • 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 women. This class must be recorded and shared with Deb and Caprice for grading.

All current Yoga Alliance members who complete the 85 hour training are eligible for the RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) designation from the Yoga Alliance. In addition to completing the required 85 hour training, PYC Teacher Training graduates must complete 30 additional hours of prenatal yoga teaching.

Pre-requisite

Applicants MUST already have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher Trainees are expected to already have obtained the knowledge of how to sequence a basic hatha yoga class, an understanding of alignment and be able to proficiently explain it, properly apply hand on adjustments and comfortably take the seat of a teacher.

Please do not apply if you have not completed a 200-hour training.

The Fine Print

Training officially begins when the applicant is granted access to the manual and membership website, which contains all training videos, 31 days prior to the first weekend intensive. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is required to hold your space in the program. The deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and the balance is due when the program begins.

Partial refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins, less the non-refundable deposit. No refunds or credits are available after this point, regardless of participation.

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.

How to Apply

This training is by-application only. Please fill out the application linked below. Paper applications are available upon request: email registrar@willowstreetyoga.com. Upon acceptance, you will receive an email confirmation, and be prompted to pay a $550 non-refundable deposit for the program.

Program materials will be made available 31 days prior to the first weekend intensive.

Application deadline is December 6, 2019

Date, Time and Location

Module 1: Jan 9–12, 2020 in Silver Spring (this module is co-taught with Caprice Abowitt of the PYC)
Thursday: 12p–5:30p
Friday: 9a–8p
Saturday: 12p–8:30p
Sunday: 12:30–8p

Module 2: Feb 7–9, 2020 in Silver Spring
Friday: 12–8:30p
Saturday: 12–8:30p
Sunday: 12:30–8:30p

APPLY $1495 early bird by Sept 9, 2019; $1595 after. $550 non-refundable deposit due at registration.