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:

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. We have Equity Pricing for /POC/Underserved Populations available, please email for information.

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 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,  Ayurveda: 3 hours

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.