Prenatal Teacher Training
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We are delighted to offer an incredible Prenatal Teacher Training with the inimitable Shana Celnicker-Chong. The program is a comprehensive, modular immersion for otherwise certified teachers and beyond that wish to glean skills and wisdom about how to serve this community.
Featuring 85+ hours of content and teaching practicum spread over three months, when you are finished you will feel confident and able to support 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 registered with Yoga Alliance. Completion of the program will earn you the registration mark of RPNT, and your comments are encouraged at email@example.com
Equity and Inclusion Commitment
In an effort to broaden the equity in the field of yoga, each program-cycle we will offer at least one Diversity Scholarship for a Person of Color to attend this program. We recognize that it is difficult to do the work of diversifying when some populations do not see themselves represented in the yoga practices, studios, and publications/media around them. Mothers need to see representation in their teachers, too. We believe that there is a deep need for diverse voices to teach yoga in all communities. We are also committed to supporting and cultivating the people, language and approaches that most effectively communicate yoga teachings and informed community-building work. Please inquire here if you or someone you know are interested in these scholarships. The community, business and teachers of The Bhaktishop are deeply invested in staff training, meaningful self-education, and building the knowledge, skill and human resource necessary to invest in a more equitable business model. We're creating conversations about race, inclusion, trauma-informed practices, and equity on a daily basis here, and aim to make use of these skills in a broader capacity in the yoga community.
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 1- Don’t be Afraid of the Pregnant Student: A Prenatal Yoga Primer
March 22-24, 2019 $400
15 hrs: Friday 5:30-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm
WHO IS THIS MODULE FOR?
Yoga teachers in any capacity that have pregnant students
Any teacher interested in offering PN/PP yoga classes that wish to receive PNTT certification
Pregnant students of yoga that want to learn more beyond the basics of a drop-in yoga class.
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 5:30-9pm, Saturday 1-7 and Sunday 3-8pm
WHO IS THIS MODULE FOR?
Yoga teachers in any capacity, all of whom will have Postpartum students in their classes!
Those interested in teaching specific PN/PP yoga classes and receiving PNYTT certification
Postpartum yoga students that wish to learn more beyond the basics of a drop-in yoga class.
PNTT graduates who want more information and practical wisdom on this subject.
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 5:30-9pm, Saturdays 1-7 and Sundays 3-8pm
WHO ARE THESE MODULES FOR?
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information. There are a limited number of apprenticeships available after the program ends. Please talk to Shana individually at email@example.com 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.
Statement on the Yoga Alliance
We deeply object to the Yoga Alliance. The Bhaktishop has dissolved our relationship with the Yoga Alliance and their registration service as of 2019. I had personally been a member of YA since 1999, and found absolutely no utility to the entity of the Yoga Alliance and its "governing body" over these 13+ years as a registered school, other than in name only. I am deeply concerned that they lack ethical oversight, compliance enforcement or accountability protocol for their schools or teachers, as well as their business-based way of furthering the appropriation of the teachings of yoga from their source by cheapening "standards" for yoga teachers so they can make money. Thus we do not feel they represent a significant source of credibility in the teaching of yoga. I am concerned about their effect on the seperation of yoga from its roots and origins as an indigenous Indian tradition by way of watering down any requirements and qualifications that they deem necessary for teaching these practices.
According to the Yoga Alliance, no specific curriculum is required, nor is there any required assessment of a registered teacher’s skill. Ever. And there are no known plans to change that. It is this massive omission that has gotten us where we are with modern yoga yoga right now-- trainings with arbitrary curriculum being taught to prospective teachers who don’t know any better by underqualified teachers that cannot answer basic questions about yoga history, philosophy or lineage; this situation was borne of and is propelled forward by Yoga Alliance.
There is always the question: How do you regulate yoga? It has always been a wild practice, and it appears in many different forms through many different traditions and lineages. Yoga Alliance simply requires that a certain number of hours be spent covering each of five areas of study that they designate as important, with no specificity given on how to fill those hours, nor any follow-up on whether or not a school, once registered, ever actually sticks to that curriculum. As listed on their website, a registered 200-hour training (the level that 85% of their 90K+ registered yoga teachers hold) must include 100 hours of yoga practice, 25 hours of teaching methodology, 20 hours of anatomy, 30 hours of philosophy and ethics, and 10 hours of practice teaching. But, the content of each area of study is left up to the school and once submitted (in the loosest possible terms, believe me, these applications have no oversight) that is the last you hear of them except to tell you that your dues are up and you have to pay them fees again for another year. As a school with source connection, extremely high integrity, and high bar and a threshold of 300+ hour of entry-level Foundational training (which still is not enough!) we have always insisted on more than 200 hours in our basic training, a focus on safety, equity/inclusion, and a strong basis in the lineage and philosophy of yoga. We also require ongoing continuing education and advanced study for our teachers rather than simply the easily-bought ERYT500 stamp from the YA.
We realize that this can be controversial, and might cost us some potential trainees/students, but as they are simply an online registration body/directory and have offered little else since their inception, they continue to offer nothing other than a logo after one's name or school with no real follow-through or follow up on curriculum, compliance enforcement of standards, ethics and beyond. But someone, somewhere, has to break the iron fist that this organization has around the throats of yoga, and not simply go along with them simply because "they are the only thing available."
All of that is to say that when you finish your study here, you will receive a certificate from us stating your prenatal study happened here and was over 85 hours of live, in-person study and contact time with teachers. You may do whatever you wish with it.
Here is another excellent piece on "metaregulators" like Yoga Alliance, from across the pond: "Practitioners who (in lieu of having an identifiable commercial product to sell) may join a metaregulator and become part of the metaregulator's income-generating inventory, touting the metaregulator's membership insignia they become a product of the metaregulator, no matter what the training style, individual experience or knowledge gains they may offer as human beings." Read more here.
We work hard to make this program an embodiment of integrity, ethics and high teaching standards, as well as respect for the tradition. If you have any questions about or wish to comment on how this might affect you or your decision to study here, please do be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to provide certification for those that complete the 85+ hours of prenatal study, allowing them to register if they choose to do so through Yoga Alliance through the end of 2019, but are no longer a part of an organization that lacks oversight in ethics and more as of October 2019. Contact me at email@example.com with your concerns or questions.