“In my experience of running this course for the past sixteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Welcome to Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Live Online
Uma is delighted to welcome you to this exciting opportunity to complete this training course Live ONLINE for the first time! Sixteen years of running this course live has lead to the opportunity to share these authentic and effective teachings of Yoga Therapy to support and nurture pregnant and birthing women.
This course will combine the best material from the face to face courses, the learning support technology of online circles together with excellent pre-recorded video and audio material. Additional material will cover the art and science of sharing Yoni Shakti yoga ONLINE!
Uma and Lisa will be joined by excellent contributing tutors including:
Ollie Silverwood Cope (NHS Midwife), Tara Windmill-Robson (Independent Midwife), Maren Weege (Pregnancy and Birth Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Doula), Jessica Healy (Pregnancy and Birth Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Doula)
Course Format and Timings
This Live Online Course will include daily meetings on Zoom in a variety of different learning environments:
- Full group live practice of Yoga Nidra (twice daily)
- Full group live practice of mantra, sound work, pranayama (breath work) and asana, mudra, bandha
- Full group live lectures and talks from Uma and Contributing Tutors (twice daily)
- Shakti sharing circles of nine students maximum, held by an experienced tutor (daily)
- Pair work for discussion and learning consolidation and exploration
Our Rhythmic Daily schedule will include up to three x 2 hour meetings each day on Zoom - morning, afternoon and evening. The days will alternate between days of two meetings and days of three meetings - the exact schedule will be posted shortly. Days will give plenty of time for integration, self-practice and OFFLINE recovery practices to ensure that you can learn in the most nurturing, well supported and effortless way.
Sample daily schedule (the FINAL SCHEDULE with all contributing tutors will be confirmed by 1 November and there could be some small changes to these timings)
- 9am-12noon Morning Gathering with short break at 11am: Opening LIVE ONLINE practice of Total Yoga Nidra and practice of asana/pranayama, large group gathering, partner check in and morning lecture followed by short practice/ teaching practice.
- 12 til 15.00 OFFLINE for grounding, connection and integration
- 15.00 to 18.00 Afternoon Practice of Total Yoga Nidra followed by Shakti Sharing Circles with TEA, and then afternoon practice and lectures
On Alternate Days there will be an additional 19.00 - 21.00 Practice and TUTOR talks
There is so much in yoga practice to support and nourish a mother-to-be, and there is so much in yoga that can be harmful or unhelpful during pregnancy, birth and postnatally.
This uniquely comprehensive training in yoga for pregnancy and birth empowers you to share deeply nourishing practices of yoga for women during pregnancy, childbirth and in the immediate postnatal period. The course was established in in 2002, with the intention to share many of the less well-known practices of yoga that are of special benefit both to the pregnant woman and her unborn child. Movement, breath and Total Yoga Nidra are shared in supportive circles, and practices for postnatal healing and childbirth are also taught. Important issues such as early pregnancy loss, anxiety, grief and other challenges of pregnancy are addressed. Pregnant women and mothers with babes in arms are warmly welcome.
With contributions from an expert midwife and a detailed training manual, this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women. Sessions will include mantra, mudra, nada yoga and pranavidya practices, encouraging you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines. This course also includes some time on the early stage of postnatal recovery.
The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as informal assessments during the course and you should be prepared for both a short pre-course assignment and written work during the course.
Uniquely, each day of this training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that gives all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also deep relaxation and sound practices in the afternoons, and a lot of direct and practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable.
The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances. Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and on going self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes. Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.
Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy
This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma’s own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during her own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both her Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.
What unique aspects of pregnancy will be covered?
The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances.
Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and ongoing self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes.
Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.
This course is primarily for yoga teachers and yoga therapists but we extend a warm welcome to non-yoga teachers with a specialist interest in women's health and pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery.
This course is suitable for all, including pregnant woman, also postnatal women and babies are welcome!
Statement of Inclusion
Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.
On successful fulfilment of all course requirements you will receive a Yogacampus Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.
Uma and her daughter Prayaag: The inspiration for her work in Women's health and yoga