Birth is not only about making babies. It’s about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength
— Barbara Katz Rothman

Schedule Outline:

These dates are tentative and subject to change.

Generally meets one weekend per month on Friday 6-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 3-8pm, with visiting teachers and guest lecturers also TBA.

Topics covered include: 

  • Intro to Pregnancy, Birth and Prenatal Yoga Philosophy.
  • Ethics and Mythology in pregnancy, birth and yoga, and the history and culture of birth in America (and Portland.) 
  • Normal and abnormal pregnancy, physical and emotional health of the mother, and common complaints and issues. 
  • Optimal fetal position, techniques in asana, alignment and beyond for optimal fetal position.
  • Energetics of birth and the pelvic floor. Structural alignment, pelvic floor, core support, and anatomy.
  • Practical applications of structural techniques within the flow of a yoga class.
  • Practical Methodology, sequencing and a toolbox of templates for class structures.
  • Caring for postpartum mothers, physically and emotionally, and how to use resources and referrals.
  • Structural integrity of the postpartum body, and the Mama and Baby class. 
  • Ayurveda and post-partum self-care

Additional Faculty: 

Monicka Koneski, LMT

Danielle Hanna, Ayurveda and Pregnancy

Other Guest lecturers TBA

Program Cost: 

The cost for the program is $1595, and a $295 non-refundable deposit will hold your space. There is a small discount for cash/check payments up front. Class size is extremely limited, and payment plans are available. Scholarships available.

Applications are available by clicking the link above. Please note there is a $25 application fee. 

There are a limited number of apprenticeships available after the program ends. Please talk to Shana individually at about apprenticeship if you are interested.

For those in the 300-hour Advanced Study Program here at The Bhaktishop, you may use this program to satisfy hours in the following way: Asana: 20 hours, Anatomy: 25 hours, Methodology: 20 hours,  Electives: 17 hours,  Ayruveda 3 hours