I am delighted to offer Prenatal Yoga Teacher training at Yoga Bloom again in 2020. This is an opportunity for other yoga teachers to train and qualify to teach yoga for pregnancy, here in my dedicated studio in rural Wexford. Candidates must have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course.
Through my work with pregnant women and in my own personal experience, I know how profound the benefits of yoga are to pregnancy and birth and it is my passion and my privilege to be able to bring my insights and my knowledge with other yoga teachers to share this with their own students.
Over the course of three weekends, trainees will undergo an comprehensive and intensive training course, based at my dedicated studio near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Please see below for course aims, a list of the material covered on the course, the venue, course dates, learning objectives, entry requirements, assessment details and fees.
- To provide the structure, tuition and support throughout the course to enable participants to have the best learning experience possible
- To significantly grow the participants’ knowledge and experience of pregnancy, labour, birth and how yoga can relate to each of these stages
- To instil in the trainees the knowledge and expertise required to teach prenatal yoga safely, professionally and with compassion
- To cultivate within the yoga teachers, respect and appreciation for their students and for their role in assisting their students through the journey of pregnancy
- To engender excellence in the teaching methods of our trainees by referring to the most up-to-date evidence-based research whilst maintaining loyalty to the philosophies that underlie the practice of yoga.
- To support the students in their own personal journeys and spiritual growth throughout the course
Our comprehensive course includes:
- Introduction to yoga and pregnancy
- Movement & Asana, including,
- Limbering exercises for pregnancy
- Asana suitable for pregnancy
- Contraindicative postures
- Modifications to make traditional postures accessible and/or safe for pregnant women
- Positions and movements for labour and birth
- Pranayama & breathing exercises suitable for pregnancy and birthing
- Anatomy & Physiology, including:
- The changes to different body systems during pregnancy
- Common pregnancy-related conditions and how yoga can help
- Foetal development
- Physiology of birth (the processes of labour and birth)
- The anatomy of the pelvic floor and accompanying exercises
- Teaching Methodology: Lesson planning for pregnancy yoga and general tips for teaching pregnant women.
- Mantra, chant and voice for pregnancy and birth
- Relaxation, visualisations and meditations for pregnant women
- The Subtle Body in Pregnancy
- Yogic philosophy and prenatal yoga
- Business Skills for prenatal yoga
- Birthing in Ireland: evidence-based care and how yoga can help
- Assignment preparation: guidelines for assignments and assignment support.
A detailed description of each module can be found in our prospectus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a prospectus.
The course takes place at Yoga Bloom studio in rural Wexford, near Davidstown, outside Enniscorthy. Full directions are here
The course will run once a year – Spring dates now postponed. New dates TBA – please email email@example.com to register your interest
The learning objectives for participants in the course are:
- To have considerably deepened and expanded their knowledge and understanding of the processes of pregnancy, labour and birth and how prenatal yoga can play a huge role in preparing both body and mind for these miraculous experiences.
- To be confident and practiced in teaching yoga and other techniques for pregnancy, including movements and postures (asana), breathing (pranayama), voice (mantra) and visualisations (yoga nidra & relaxation).
- To have developed their teaching, speaking, listening and observational skills
- To be able to plan and present suitable prenatal yoga classes both for assessment and teaching purposes.
Candidates must have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training course or equivalent. The course may be more challenging for recently qualified teachers compared to those who have some teaching experience. Candidates must apply by application. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Designation & Assessment
Our designation as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) means that contact hours with us are certifiable as continuing professional development for qualified, registered yoga teachers.
For assessment purposes, students will be required to adequately demonstrate their understanding of pregnancy & prenatal yoga, along with their planning and teaching skills through assignments, class participation, teaching practice and observed teaching practice.
Assignments include: making a presentation on a book you have read related to prenatal yoga teaching; developing a course plan suitable for prenatal yoga and teaching it to at least one pregnant woman; and creating a report on your teaching experiences.
Within class, the lessons will involve active learning where students will be expected to contribute to discussions on the topics covered in the course.
Once candidates have attended the course, contributed in class and successfully passed the teaching assessment and course assignments, they will be awarded a Diploma in Prenatal Yoga Teaching.
Adrienne is a yoga teacher, birth enthusiast, doula, and breastfeeding support advocate and is passionate about providing support to women in pregnancy and motherhood, through yoga, company and cups of tea!
Adrienne trained as a yoga teacher at Wexford’s Earthwise Yoga, and trained as a prenatal yoga teacher with Shelagh Sutton of Prenatal Yoga Training Centre. She is also a qualified Mother and Baby Yoga instructor and a doula. She was a founding member of the Irish charity Friends of Breastfeeding. Adrienne is a passionate advocate for helping women to feel empowered in their own decision-making in birth.
She is the founder of Yoga Bloom, which is a dedicated space for yoga for pregnancy, new mothers and babies in rural Wexford.
Gráinne Flannery, MISCP, BSc. Physiotherapy
Gráinne Flannery is a physiotherapist and yoga teacher. She trained with Green Lotus Yoga School in 2010 and since then has taught yoga classes in Galway, Donegal, Cork and Mullingar. She deepened her yoga experience whilst travelling in India in 2011 and 2012, where she also obtained a certificate in Ayurvedic Massage. She trained in Prenatal Yoga with Shelagh Sutton 2017 and is currently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion with NUIG.
Gráinne holds a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick and has been working as a chartered physiotherapist since 2006 in both the private and public sectors within the acute hospital and community settings. She has a specific interest in women’s health and regularly attends CPD events and workshops on women’s pelvic health. She is currently working as a physiotherapist in Primary Care with the HSE and in a private practise in Co. Westmeath, mainly in the areas of musculoskeletal issues and women’s health.
Gráinne is also interested in integrated therapies and environmental issues and completed a herbal medicine apprenticeship with Veritas Hibernica in 2013. She then went on to study Sustainable Horticulture in Kinsale College of Further Education in 2014, where she also gained a certificate in Permaculture Design. From then she has worked with various garden projects and in the developing area of Social Farming.
With her passion for integrated therapies and female pelvic health along with her extensive anatomical knowledge, Gráinne brings a wealth of information and depth of understanding to the prenatal training course.
*EARLY BIRD OFFER: €695. Deposit upon successful application must be paid by specified date (TBA)
The remainder of the fee should be paid on or before the first day of training. Flexible payment options are possible
Cost includes course materials and notes, administration fees and assessment fees. Students will be given a recommended reading list but it is not obligatory to purchase books to complete this course.