What is Menopause Yoga? (MY)™
Learn how to support those going through perimenopause, menopause and post menopause on the UK’s first Menopause Yoga (MY) & Wellbeing Teacher Training Module. MY includes both a positive approach to menopause and a toolkit of techniques to support everyone on their menopause journey.
NOTE: This course is for yoga teachers who are in, or have passed through, menopause. See below for elgibility criteria and course alternatives for teachers who have not yet experienced menopause.
This training can be used for both personal and professional development. It is recognised by the British Wheel of Yoga as a Weekend Training Module and by Yoga Alliance Professionals as a 40-hour Teacher Training.
The content is experiential, practical and informational. Teachers are encouraged to view the transformative training as an opportunity for their own self-study, reflection and personal growth, as well as learning a specialist style of yoga and the skills required to support people through this stage in life. The course will also include specialist talks from Guest Speakers, who are leaders in their field of knowledge, including:
- A specialist Menopause GP
- A Menopause Hormone Nutritionist
The training includes 27 contact hours plus another 10 hours of pre recorded content and 10 hours of self reflection and class planning, totalling 47 hours. The contact hours are taught over 4 consecutive Thursdays, with a short introductory session on the Wednesday before and a practice teaching session in week 3. All sessions are taught interactively via Zoom.us. and you need to participate in all live sessions to complete the course.
Wednesday 3 March 2021 16.00 to 17.00 (UK time): Course introduction and meet you fellow students.
Thursdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 March 2021 10.00 to 17.00 (UK time): 4 module dates.
Friday 19 March 2021 15.00 to 17.00 (UK time): Practice teaching session.
The online course content includes guest speaker lectures, videos of the 4 main Menopause Yoga sequences and a sleep preparation sequence, guided meditations, discussion forum and other written articles. These will be available to watch as part of the course outside of the live sessions.
During the training students will work in pairs to practise teaching each other the yoga sequences and there will be a final teaching assessment for which you will need to prepare a class plan.
The women’s circles are an integral part of MY. They enable women to realise they are not alone, to share experiences and support one another. These are widely enjoyed and those attending report feeling empowered and supported by each other as a result.
What Will I Learn?
The method educates by providing trusted information in a supportive and confidential space, plus a tool kit of techniques that can be taken home and used according to individual needs.
The toolkit includes:
- Specially adapted asana, breathing, CBT and meditation techniques.
- Information about nutrition, natural remedies, supplements and other lifestyle changes
- Skills to ensure students can ‘Nurture & Nourish’ their way through menopause.
- Graduates will be able to run Menopause Yoga & Wellbeing© workshops and classes
The course is accredited by both the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance professionals in the UK.
Please note: Graduates automatically receive a Letter of Authenticity from YAP but can elect to receive a BWY certificate.
Graduates will be qualified to lead Menopause Yoga workshops and group classes. This training does not qualify you to offer one-to-one classes with individuals and you are strongly advised not to offer personal medical advice unless you are medically trained in this field.
Who is the Course for?
The training is only open to yoga teachers who have experienced menopause from either the perimenopause stage or post menopause. This is to ensure that those attending are able to share and learn from each others’ experience. Please complete the Pre Course Registration Form (download at the end of the course description) after booking and provide details of your teacher training, as well as expanding on your interest in this course. This needs to be emailed to email@example.com as soon as you book.
If you are interested in teaching Menopause Yoga but are not yet in menopause Petra is offering a similar course to this one for teachers not yet be in menopause. See menopause yoga training for all teachers.
How do I apply?
If you meet the eligibility criteria stated above, you can book online using the link opposite. But please note that you must also download and complete the Pre Course Registration Form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre Course Registration Form
Meet The Teacher
Petra developed Menopause Yoga as a result of going through an early menopause herself after realising there was no single source of medical advice or group support including yoga classes for menopausal women. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher with a 200+ hour British Wheel of Yoga diploma who holds an additional 200+ Yoga Alliance training qualification in Inner Axis for people experiencing stress and anxiety. She also holds a 50 hour diploma in Restorative Yoga trained by Anna Ashby and an extra 50 hours for Tapasaya Hot Yoga, trained by Kirsten Stewart.
Petra was the first yoga teacher to be accepted into the British Menopause Society for medical and health practitioners, and runs workshops with Dr Louise Newson – a leading educator and campaigner for menopause women’s rights. She was the first person to launch the UK’s first professional accredited course to train other teachers to support women going through menopause. She also runs workshops in Menopause Yoga and workshops for people on managing stress, anxiety, insomnia.
The course is accredited by both the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals, the international organisation.
Trainees will also receive:
- MY course manual
- Membership of the Facebook Menopause Yoga Teachers’ Group
- Inclusion in a What’s App TT group
- Discount codes for various menopause related products
- You may also opt in to receive Petra Coveney’s Menopause Yoga monthly newsletter with updates on news, events, yoga and products relating to menopause.
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