Expand and adapt your current yoga teaching skills and knowledge to serve the needs of pregnant women.
September 18 – 21, 2015
Yoga practice during pregnancy can help to prepare
a woman physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually for the dynamic transformation into motherhood. As teachers of prenatal yoga, we honour women during this special time. We strive to empower them to trust their own wisdom and intuition, so they can embrace their challenges from a place of balance, strength and awareness.
This Training offers yoga teachers complete preparation to work professionally, confidently and sensitively with pregnant women. We focus on the physical changes and health risks during pregnancy and the appropriate modifications for practice. In addition we consider yoga to be the best preparation for labour and childbirth and offer specific practices to facilitate this process.
Topics to include:
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
- Health considerations and risks of pregnancy
- Yoga practices to avoid and those most beneficial during pregnancy
- Asana modifications for pregnancy including benefits, contraindications, guidelines and specifics to practice.
- Asana groupings including: sitting/standing/kneeling/squatting/spinal twisting/forward and backward bending; modified sun salutations.
- The stages of labour and birth preparation
- Breathing practices to facilitate the birth process
- Embracing the mental and emotional changes
- Conscious relaxation
- Visualization and meditation
- Post-natal guidelines
- Case studies
There will be a balance of theory, personal practice (with empathy belly) and practice teaching. In addition, this is an opportunity to explore one’s own relationship with mothering and birth issues in order to be able to hold the space for pregnant women.
Completion of a 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited Teacher Training. Note that previous experience with pregnancy or birth is not necessary, just an interest in being of service!
Kashi has been dedicated to the practices of Classical Yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching full-time in Whistler B.C. for nearly 20. Her background includes Advanced Teacher’s Training in Sivananda Yoga and Yoga Therapy with RMIYA in Colorado. She specializes in yoga for pregnancy, yoga for ‘stiff guys’, and yoga for illness and injury. Kashi has been a long-time member of the Salt Spring Centre satsang and was a senior instructor at the SSCY Yoga Teacher Training for 9 years. She also taught for many years at the Sivananda Yoga Teacher’s Training in the Bahamas as well as specialty courses in Pregnancy and Adaptive Yoga there. With a wealth of experience behind her and a talent and enthusiasm for teaching, Kashi brings life to the topic of yoga for pregnancy and childbirth, making it accessible to all.
“Pregnancy is a state of ‘yoga’, union of mother and child”
Pregnancy Yoga and Childbirth Preparation:
Conscious Change and Serving the Next Generation
Pregnancy Yoga fills a vital niche in bringing about the conscious change towards peace that we are all seeking. Yoga not only offers the very best and much needed support to women during pregnancy and childbirth, but it also nurtures the unborn children, giving them the optimum environment from which to emerge and become our future society.
After years of providing classes for pregnant women, I am always astounded by how much they just need to rest, relax and tune in. Their lives are so busy juggling careers and families that they rarely get a chance to acknowledge and honour the miracle that is happening inside them. Just by becoming quiet, many of them are moved to tears in their very first savasana! There is perhaps no other event that so profoundly changes a woman’s life as having a baby. She is being asked to put another person’s needs ahead of her own, the self sacrifice of the karma yogi. The internal focus and awareness developed through yoga allows her to process her feelings so she can make the transformation smoothly and be ready.
In our modern technological world, pregnancy and birth are seen largely as medical events to be measured, charted and analyzed. What is often missing is an emphasis on the body’s inherent wisdom to grow a baby, give birth to it and nurture it. The pregnancy yoga postures create balance as well as strength and endurance and help to relieve many common issues. But mainly they help a woman gain confidence in her body and the faith that she was designed for this purpose and has the ability to do it. Then, like the generations of women who have gone before, pregnancy and birth can be appreciated as natural occurrences.
An immense capacity for concentration and forbearance are required for labour and childbirth, and preparation is essential. Yoga emphasizes experiential knowledge as opposed to reading about it. Every week we practice the breathing exercises, we make the low vibrations of vocal sounds, we push and blow, we get in touch with the pelvic floor. We practice relaxing and letting go, and surrendering to the immense power of birth. We listen within to the baby and tune in to our own intuitive knowing. These tools will serve her during the hours required to give birth. They will also serve her during the many years of mothering ahead.
As a woman’s body changes, becoming fuller and heavier from week to week, she thrives on being in the presence of other women to share and affirm her experience. Feelings of isolation fall away. Body image issues are processed so she can feel the beauty of a blossoming belly and the sense of purpose in caring for this child. Her heart opens as she accepts herself, appreciates her own mother, and feels connection with all mothers of all time. She even feels the Divine mother manifest through her making it all possible.
There is no other intimacy quite like that shared by a pregnant woman and the child inside her womb. All the benefits of yoga that she receives pass on to her baby, uplifting the consciousness and well-being of them both. It sets the tone for the positive choices she makes in raising her child and will contribute to making the world a better place, one child at a time.
Many of us are looking for ways to be of service through yoga. I am suggesting that you or someone you know might consider our comprehensive Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and bring the gift of pregnancy yoga to your neighbourhood.
This workshop is eligible for continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance and is approved for 27 elective credits towards Mount Madonna Center’s YTT 500hr training.
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