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! This training consists of independent online and video study, as well as two extended in-studio weekends. (Perfect for the motivated person with limited time to spend in the classroom!)

The PYC Philosophy:

Deb writes: This program is perfect for those who want to confidently and responsibly dive into the world of conscious birthing and prenatal yoga and work with this very special population. At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three-pronged approach to prenatal yoga.  We are excited to share our philosophy and teaching with you.

Physical comfort

Highly trained and educated instructors cater to the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body by creating sequences which lessen discomfort, so students feel better after each class. Classes also prepare the mother both physically – specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment – and mentally for birth whether that be medicated, natural or cesarean.


We start each class with “circle time”, a time where the women 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.

Childbirth education and advocacy

We interweave childbirth education themes and current birthing trends into our classes. Our intention is that the new mothers will feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, educated decisions during pregnancy, labor, delivery and motherhood.

“We need to empower women to take an active role in their birth so they can emerge feeling heard, seen, understood and supported.” ~Deb

This teacher training will teach the trainee how to confidently integrate these three components of our thought-out and established approach to prenatal yoga into a well-rounded class. We believe that modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training. It is important to speak the same “language” as the expecting mother and through evidence-based research be able to guide her properly while supporting her in this transitional point in her life. We strongly feel it is the role of the teacher to help create a warm community for the mothers that extend beyond pregnancy, and through the often-bumpy road of new motherhood, to a place of vitality, strength and confidence as the role of mother is achieved.

The PYC Training:

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

Module Two: Structuring Your Class

During this module you will start to see which asanas and pranayamas to encourage and discourage and modifications of the different trimesters.  These pose 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.  This module also includes 4 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, 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. 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 Declerqc” 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 Mommy and Me.  We will breakdown the essential “6 areas for the postnatal mom” as well as cover general guidelines for helping support the postpartum mother and community.  This module also includes the episode “4th Trimester Bodies Project “ and “Postpartum Depression with Dr Michelle Canarick” from the  Yoga | Birth | Babies podcast

Online Videos Modules

Over the 3 months of the training, participants will have access to our four online modules which contain 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.  Through this training we will be in touch by Google Chat, in addition to the two long weekends together!

The Training includes:

  • The in-depth Prenatal Yoga Center teaching manual
  • Practical tools to teach a safe and comprehensive prenatal yoga class
  • A deep understanding of the current birth trends in our country
  • Video and audio downloads
  • In depth book list which will be the basis for discussion over our long weekends together

Responsibility of the Teacher Trainee:

  • 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.


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 3-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 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.