Prenatal Yoga Certification -
Yoga Teacher Training in Baltimore
Are you ready to deepen your teaching and learn how to offer yoga to support pregnant people and their families through the transformation of pregnancy, birth and parenthood?
This Prenatal Yoga Certification Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive 85 hour training that is designed to give you the tools to teach supportive, compassionate and transformational perinatal yoga classes.
85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification
3 Weekends in 2020
Sat July 11 - Sun July 12
SatJuly 25 - Sun July 26
Sat August 8 - Sun August 9
9am-12pm and 3-6pm EST
Online Classes (due to social distancing considerations)
Instructor: Claire Sandberg, MD
Cost is $1,195, or Save $200 if you book before June 22!
Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in Baltimore
This Prenatal Yoga Certification training program is for you if:
You are a yoga teacher or birth worker that is interested in using the practices of yoga to support pregnant people.
You want to take a deep dive into the culture of pregnancy, birth, matrescence and early parenthood in order to better meet your students’ needs.
You are interested in learning anatomy, physiology and psychology related to pregnancy and birth in a fresh, experiential and engaging way.
You want to be able to think critically about ‘how and why’ to use specific yoga asana and other practices in pregnancy and postpartum rather than just learning modifications or a set sequence.
Teaching yoga philosophy and energetics relate to perinatal yoga.
How to weave mantra, mudra and visualization into the practice to help your students to foster connection to themselves and their babies.
Learning how movement in the pregnant body can impact the position the baby adopts and how to offer yoga for specific situations such as breech position.
Learning about weaving yoga with childbirth education and sharing techniques your students can use to help them to stay centered through pregnancy and any kind of birth or journey into parenthood.
Exploring your own experiences, bias and language tendencies as part of the process of deepening your own yoga practice and teaching.
Learning about how trauma affects people in the perinatal phase and how you can share yoga practices that are trauma-conscious and support and develop your students’ personal agency.
Using a variety of resources to immerse yourself in the content: podcasts, additional reading, group projects, practice teaching and observing perinatal classes.
Meet The Instructor: Claire Sandberg, MD
Claire is a fertility and perinatal yoga teacher
and the author of the Nurture & Nourish Prenatal Yoga
Teacher Training Program. A lifelong lover of learning
about the human body, mind and spirit she was trained
in Western Medicine in the UK and specialized in
anesthesiology. Claire is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth
Educator and has an integrated approach that weaves
her medical and childbirth knowledge with the
teachings of yoga. Claire believes perinatal yoga
can have a deeply positive impact on the experiences of
pregnant and birthing people and can help parents to
be with themselves, and with their children, in
a more connected, compassionate and mindful way.
Through this program you will deepen your understanding of the wide variation in lived experiences of pregnancy and birth and the prevailing pregnancy, birth and postnatal care ‘culture’ in the US. This knowledge will be your foundation in creating perinatal classes that seek to serve the true needs of pregnant and birthing people and parents. The Nurture and Nourish program is grounded in a philosophy of offering yoga practices that are crafted specifically for pregnant and postnatal students and not a simple modification of a standard practice.
Expect to take a deep dive into prenatal and postnatal anatomy, physiology and psychology and to use this depth to think critically about how to offer asana, movement, mindfulness practices and meditation for your students. The anatomy and physiology component is supported by modern movement science research with an emphasis on an ‘experiential anatomy’ learning model. This training will equip you to teach groups with a wide variation in gestation and yoga experience using specific tools and strategies to serve everyone in your class.
Trauma awareness is foundational to the Nurture and Nourish program. This training addresses racial disparities in maternal and infant health and reproductive trauma in its many forms. Any teacher of perinatal yoga should expect to have trauma show up in their classes. Graduates of this program will recognize this and have the tools to offer trauma-conscious perinatal yoga, be clear about their scope of practice and will ultimately develop a network of referral resources.
The Nurture and Nourish program is hosted at The Womb Room - a specialist pregnancy and parenting wellness studio in Baltimore. When you take this training you are connected into The Womb Room’s warm, thriving and ever expanding perinatal community. The studio offers multiple prenatal, postnatal and ‘baby and me ’classes per week and specialist programming for all things pregnancy, birth and parenting. This breadth of programming affords you the opportunity to be deeply immersed in a living, breathing perinatal yoga and mindfulness space as part of your training.
The program is delivered over 3 full weekends, all online (due to the health crisis).
Saturday July 11 - Sunday July 12
Saturday July 25 - Sunday July 26
Saturday August 8 - Sunday August 9
Fees and Payment
Early Bird Rate through June 22: $995
Regular Rate: $1,195
A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your space in the training. The balance is due 7 days before the program begins.
Can I take this training if I am pregnant?
Yes – this is a great training to take during pregnancy.
What happens if I unexpectedly miss some of the training?
Please plan to be present for all the training hours - we cannot guarantee graduation from the program if hours are missed. Missed hours may be able to be made up in one-to-one sessions charged at a private class rate.
Does this training qualify me to be a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT)?
In order to fulfill the requirements for the RPYT designation you will be required to teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga after completion of this training, and have completed a 200hr yoga teacher training. The pathway to becoming registered with Yoga Alliance as an RPYT is detailed here (https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/For_Teachers/RPYT).
Do you offer tuition scholarships?
There are two 50% scholarships available for this training.
Special consideration is given for scholarship applications from people of color and those expecting to serve vulnerable or marginalized populations. In the US there is significant racial disparity in birth outcomes for both mothers and babies – with higher maternal and infant mortality rates in families of color than in white families. This is particularly pronounced for black women who are 4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Research has shown that the underlying causes of this disparity are chronic oppression and systemic racism. Everyone has their part to play in dismantling both direct and institutionalized racism and this is addressed as part of this training with regard to the yoga space and birth-work.
Please email Claire firstname.lastname@example.org to request the scholarship application form.
You can find references and learn more about the racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and health here.