Schedule Outline:

March 22-24 Module 1, Prenatal Primer

April 26-28 Module 2, Postpartum Primer

May 31-June 2 and June 21-23 Modules 3 & 4, Teaching Methodology and Practicum


    • Intro to Pregnancy, Birth and Prenatal Yoga Philosophy.

    • Ethics of working with people during pregnancy and birth with yoga, and the culture of birth in America and the Northwest

    • Creating a strong pregnancy, birthing, and parenting community.

    • Normal and abnormal pregnancy and common complaints and issues.

    • Emotional health of the birthing person.

    • Preparing for Birth.

    • Optimal fetal position, techniques in asana, alignment and beyond for optimal fetal position.

    • Structural alignment, pelvic floor understanding, core support, and in-depth anatomy.

    • Practical applications of structural techniques within the flow of a yoga class.

    • Practical Methodology, sequencing and a toolbox of templates for class structures.

    • Basics for using yoga to assist with fertility.

    • Caring for postpartum bodies, both physically and emotionally, and how to gather and use all of your resources and referrals.

    • Structural integrity of the postpartum body, and the Mama* and Baby class.

    • Ayurveda as a means of postpartum self-care.

Module Descriptions:

Module 1- Don’t be Afraid of the Pregnant Student: A Prenatal Yoga Primer

March 22-24, 2019 $400

15 hrs: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm


  1. Yoga teachers in any capacity that have pregnant students

  2. Any teacher  interested in offering PN/PP yoga classes that wish to receive PNTT certification

  3. Pregnant students of yoga that want to learn more beyond the basics of a drop-in yoga class.

  4. 300 hr Advanced study students.


Yoga and Pregnancy go hand in hand; the physical and mental benefits of yoga are particularly helpful in pregnancy on the journey through gestation, birth and parenting, and this workshop is designed to demystify the process and remove the fear that is sometimes associated with pregnant students in public classes. In this 15-hour Prenatal Yoga primer, we endeavor to take the worry out of teaching a pregnant student and supply you with the basics to be safe, knowledgeable and helpful in your teaching. We cover the anatomy of the pregnant body, some basic "Do's and Don'ts, " the strengths and weaknesses in a pregnant body, some helpful modifications to well-known poses, basic Ayurveda practices and thoughts about pregnancy, and how yoga can prepare one for birth both physically and mentally. This module can be taken as a stand-alone or as a requirement of the larger certification program.

Module 2 Teaching the Postpartum Body: A Primer for Teachers

April 26-28, 2019 $400

15 hrs: Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm


  1. Yoga teachers in any capacity, all of whom will have Postpartum students in their classes!

  2. Those interested in teaching specific PN/PP yoga classes and receiving PNYTT certification

  3. Postpartum yoga students that wish to learn more beyond the basics of a drop-in yoga class.

  4. PNTT graduates who want more information and practical wisdom on this subject.

  5. 300 hr Advanced study students.


Are you currently equipped to help your postpartum students return to their practice, to group yoga classes, and to themselves? After the birth of a baby, the body, energy and psyche of the person have changed significantly. At this tender time, many people feel like their body is fragmented, weak or even like it is simply falling apart. They may be eager to jump back to regular group yoga classes and when they do, can sometimes find themselves feeling even worse.  This is a workshop for all yoga teachers that wish to help their students understand how to practice safely through better alignment, deeper awareness in their yoga poses, and sound integrity in any movement practice.

Through our detailed study of anatomy and alignment we will learn about the postpartum "Core," understand some common issues that the post-birthing body can encounter such as Diastasis Recti, and learn about healing and supporting the pelvic floor.  We will also explore some simple Ayurvedic practices to aid in the body’s healing. After the weekend you will feel more confident in supporting your students as they make their way back to public group yoga classes.

Module 3: Teaching Methodology and Practicum: Becoming a PN and PP Yoga Teacher

May 31-June 2, 2019 and June 21-21, 2019  $800 (Must register for both modules)

30 Hours: Fridays 5-9pm, Saturdays 1-7 and Sundays 3-8pm


  1. Teachers interested in learning to create class structure, culture, sequences and overall support for birthing and Postpartum students in a teaching capacity, and that have already taken Modules 1 and 2

  2. Those that wish to become Prenatal and Postpartum yoga teachers and wish to be eligible to receive Yoga Alliance certification (RPYS)

The Methodology and Practicum features the final 30 hours of in-class content and teaching practicum spread over 2 weekends, with 25 hours of your own teaching and homework. When you are finished you will feel confident and capable of supporting your pregnant students physically, mentally and emotionally. We gather a rich program of students, teachers, educators and birth professionals to deepen your knowledge of yoga and pregnancy beyond the "do’s and don'ts" of prenatal yoga. Currently we are fully accredited through Yoga Alliance.  Completion of the program will earn you a certification for teaching PN and PP yoga.  You can then register for the RPYS mark after teaching 30 hrs of PN and/or PP classes.

Program Cost: 

Application Fee: $25 payable by clicking here, applications are available by clicking the link here.

Deposit: $300 non-refundable to hold your space, payable by clicking here.

Modules 1 & 2: $400 individually

Modules 3 & 4: $800

Full training: Total cost if you’re registering for entire program: $1500 ($100 discount for paying for the full program all at once) YOU MUST TAKE BOTH MODULES 1 AND 2 IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN MODULES 3 & 4.

Class size is extremely limited, and payment plans are available. We have Equity Pricing for POC/Underrepresented populations available, please email for information. 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 Advanced Study Program here at The Bhaktishop, you may use FULL program to satisfy hours in the following way: Asana: 20 hours, Anatomy: 25 hours, Methodology: 20 hours,  Electives: 17 hours, Ayurveda: 3 hours. Modules 1 & 2: 4 Asana, 3 Anatomy, 5 Methodology, 2 Elective, 1 Ayurveda.

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

Statement and call for public comment on potentially leaving the Yoga Alliance

We are considering leaving the Yoga Alliance and their registration service at the end of 2019. I have personally been a member of YA since 1999, and have found absolutely no utility to the entity of the Yoga Alliance and its governing body over these 10 years as a registered school, other than in name only. It is my concern that they lack ethical oversight or accountability protocol for their schools or teachers, and thus we do not feel that they represent a significant source of credibility in the teaching of yoga. We have yet to make up our mids definitively, and realize that this is controversial and may cost us some students, but as they are currently simply an online registration body and have offered little else since their inception, they offer very little other than a logo after one's name or school with no real follow-through or follow up on curriculum, ethics and beyond. We realize that this may impact you and your decision to study here, and we do encourage your comments and feedback.

We will continue to provide certification for those that complete the 85+ hours of prenatal study through Yoga Alliance through the end of 2019, but are considering the implications for not being a part of an organization that lacks oversight in ethics and more. Please share your comments and impact if we do decide to go forward with this decision. Contact me at with your concerns or questions.