85 hrs Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (Residential Course)

with Sally Parkes (BSc)

Seaford, East Sussex

This is a six day course. 9th – 14th September 2018 (residential).
Please email Sally on info@sallyparkesyoga.com for details.

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85 hrs Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (residential course) with Sally Parkes (BSc).

This course is fully certified by FEDANT, Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, The Yoga Alliance US, and is taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors. 

Venue:  Florence House, Southdown Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS.

We are pleased to announce a brand new residential venue for our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course, besides the sea at the wonderful Florence House in Seaford, East Sussex. This venue is just 90 minutes from London with direct trains from London Victoria and is easily accessible by road. London Gatwick is our nearest airport and is just 60 minutes by train.

Our residential Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course is fully certified by The Yoga Alliance (US),  Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and The Federation of Antenatal Educators, and offers 85 hours of specialist learning to advance your knowledge and practice of yoga across the three trimesters of pregnancy; the fourth trimester, ie: post-natal, and Mother and Baby Yoga.

Our aim is that you’ll complete this course having gained and practised the knowledge, understanding and expertise which will enable and empower you to run safe, effective, uplifting and successful sessions, whether group-based or run as individual yoga sessions.

The course offers a strong foundation in both women’s physiology and anatomy, with pertinent yoga elements including pranayama, asana and mudra. There is also a specific focus on aspects of teaching which are specifically relevant: relaxation; meditation; visualisations; spiritual and holistic well-being and the Shakti – female energetics which are integral to the pregnancy journey.  As well as this sound yoga focus, other learning topics include Pilates-related methods for the postnatal mother as well as preventative and holistic movement for common conditions related to pregnancy and birth. Post-natal recovery is also of significance across the course. The course ends with a final module dedicated to Mother and Baby Yoga, so you’ll come away with the expertise to bring yoga support to your clients across the whole duration of this sacred time in their lives.

As well as the yoga elements of the course, the final talk is dedicated to your own needs as a yoga teacher of these very special classes, with discussion on how to build a business running Pregnancy, Post-natal and Mother and Baby yoga classes of your own. From the early stages of finding your venue, to setting up sessions for clients and building your client referrals and the use of social media, there are plenty of insights and experience available to help you develop your own business and local yoga community.

I want to thank you for an amazing course and time, I am really sad it is over but I am sure more is to come! I can truly say this was one of the best courses I have done and one of the best spaces to share yoga with others. You created a great space and then it was so easy to learn and share. Also thank you for the support and lovely iRest meditation session.

Erika Paez

Yoga Teacher

I wanted to say a big thank you for such an amazing course, I thoroughly enjoyed it and gained so much more than I could have imagined. It was great to meet so many interesting and wonderful women, your guest speakers / assistants were fantastic and of course so were you!

Jennifer Olding

Theatre Nurse

Topics covered:

  • Yoga related movements for all the trimesters to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of pregnancy.
  • Appropriate relaxation, pranayama, visualizations and meditation for the prenatal mother.
  • How simple breath work and deep relaxation can help rejuvenate a women mentally, physically and emotionally.
  • How pregnancy can negatively affect postural alignment, and how with the correct programming of yoga asana, we can in part counteract these changes.
  • Effective use of yoga props to help the mother feel more supported.
  • The difference between sequencing yoga asana for a mother in her second and in her third trimester.
  • Moola Bandha – the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and how the alignment of the pelvis affects its’ engagement.
  • Energetics – An overview of the Chakra System and how the pelvic floor relates to and affects the root chakra.
  • A discussion on the effects that pregnancy has on the direction of prana, and how this relates to birth.
  • Hypnobirthing for pregnancy and birth (with @annabrookyoga)

Birth and Birth Preparation Module

  • Positions for optimal foetal positioning and how the position of the baby may affect labour.
  • Working with an exercise ball and chair for the late stages of pregnancy, in preparation for birth.
  • The importance of the Nervous System, and the role the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems play during birth.
  • Birth and labour – description of a `normal’ or ‘physiological’ birth.
  • The spiritual aspects of birth.
  • Meditations and birth affirmations for the birthing mother, that can be used no matter how her birth unfolds.

Postnatal and Mother and Baby Yoga Module

  • Yoga and Pilates related movements for the post-natal period to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of a post-natal woman including postural changes such as upper and low crossed syndrome.
  • How simple breath work and deep relaxation can help heal a women mentally, physically and emotionally.
  • Post-natal recovery yoga for mother who has experienced a medicalised birth ie: medical induction, Syntocin drip, Epidural, Ventouse, forceps, Caesarean Section, and/or birth trauma.
  • Mother and baby yoga – How to plan and facilitate a class safely and effectively so it is all inclusive and involves both the mother and baby.

Getting started: Starting up your career as a pre and postnatal yoga teacher

  • We will discuss and share ideas of how to start your business as a pre and post-natal yoga teacher. We will cover how to register as a pregnancy yoga teacher, writing a health questionnaire, how to take payments for classes, legal data collection and protection procedures etc.

This course teaches you to deliver classes and one to one lessons that are:

  • Safe, effective and functional
  • An even blend of the yoga system
  • Empowering
  • Uplifting
  • Informative
  • Non-judgemental
  • Supportive

You will finish the training course with the skills to:

  • You will be able to teach a Pregnancy Yoga class, a Post-Natal Yoga class and a Mother and Baby Yoga Class.
  • Teach a well-rounded yoga class that honours a woman’s mind and body at this special and sacred time.
  • Adapt your general classes for any pregnant ladies who also attend.
  • Integrate yoga props and small equipment into your classes and one to ones to make them more bespoke.
  • Adapt the class for those with injuries and/or common ailments such as lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, low/high blood pressure and fatigue.
  • Have a clear understanding of why it is important to incorporate all elements of yoga into a class.
  • Have the knowledge of what actually happens to the body during pregnancy and birth.

As part of the 85 hour course program, this course requires you to do at least 22 hours of private study/readings as per the Yoga Alliance guide lines

Homework, Assignments and Exam:

Students will be asked to write a short pregnancy yoga sequence after the third day to teach towards the end of the course to the rest of the group. This will constitute the practical exam for the course. There are also several assignments to complete including one class observations (ideally prior to the course), teaching practice and a case study. You will also be expected to thoroughly read the course training manual. Reading list to purchase prior to and during the training:

  • ‘Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful’ by Gurmukh
  • Course training manual

Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals and FEDANT Certification:

All graduates will receive a certificate upon completion. This training is 85 hours (including private study time) to meet with the standards of The Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and The Yoga Alliance US, and is also certified by the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT). The course is open to anyone with a keen interest in ante-natal education and a passion for sharing their knowledge after the course with mums-to be, including yoga teachers, doula’s and midwives. You will be able to register with FEDANT’s register of Ante-Natal Educators, and if you have a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification already, you will be permitted to register with The Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) or The Yoga Alliance US as a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.

sally-parkes-yogaAbout your teacher, Sally Parkes, BSc, EYT, SYT.

Sally has been teaching health and fitness since 1998 and has studied and taught pregnancy and post-natal yoga extensively since 2007. Her style of yoga is from the lineage taught by guru Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, a leader in the field of women’s well-being, whilst also weaving an element of exercise physiology, Pilates and movement methods gained from her studies in exercise rehabilitation in to her teaching.

Now a mother of two lively little girls, Sally continues her studies and has trained as a doula with Michel O’Dent and with Jennifer Walker of Spinning Babies, and has penned many articles for major publications. Also the author of The Students Guide to Yoga Anatomy and teacher on movementformodernlife.com, Sally is now a certified Experienced and Senior Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer, who is known for her humour, warmth and all inclusive presentations. She now specialises in delivering solid and thorough pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher training’s in the UK and internationally.

Read about Sally’s fellow tutors Dee Bell and Anna Brook here.

About your stay with us at Florence House

Florence House is easily accessible from London and sits on the brow of Seaford Head, Sussex; rock solid in the sea air and surrounding wild landscape. In many ways its situation is a metaphor for its life’s purpose – a haven for the spirit however the wind blows.

In essence, it lovingly embraces divine inspiration, the sacredness and potential of each individual and the healing power of the landscape in which it sits. The beautiful interior of the house itself, the abundant gardens, the proximity to the sea and the wildness of the Downs, make Florence House ideal for retreats and workshops involving personal development and transformation. Because Florence house stands within its own grounds there is no one to disturb. We are renowned for our delicious and creative home cooking produced by our own chefs. Produce is locally sourced where possible or from our own kitchen garden.Three healthy and fresh vegetarian meals a day are also provided for the group to enjoy together. For more information about our venue, please click here.

The Venue

On the brow of Seaford Head, East Sussex, sits Florence House, rock solid in the sea air and surrounding wild landscape. In many ways its situation is a metaphor for its life’s purpose – a haven for the spirit however the wind blows. It’s a much loved venue for life enhancing workshops and retreats. In essence, it lovingly embraces divine inspiration, the sacredness and potential of each individual and the healing power of the landscape in which it sits.

There are beautiful places within the gardens and we encourage students to take advantage of these areas. Our aim is to create a unique, nurturing environment where you can rest, restore and relax during your free time.

Our food

We provide you with three healthy and nutritious meals a day. All food is home-made, healthy and vegetarian. We source our ingredients from local independent suppliers where possible.

 Pumpkin soup

Click here to read testimonials from some of our previous Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Students:

Cancellation Policy

The deposit for the training constitutes the first £300 of the 85 hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training course fee and is non-refundable. It is not possible to have your place refunded or transfer to a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training course at a later date once you have already paid your deposit. We STRONGLY recommend that you take out insurance to cover your costs in the event that you have to cancel or curtail your training. By registering and paying a deposit of £300 for this course, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy. Thank you.

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Course Price:


*The price is for Triple share accommodation. For Twin share the price is £1147 and for single is it £1247.
Please note the above prices are Early Bird promotional pricing for bookings made up to 3 months before the first day of training.

After this promotional period, the pricing is as below:
Triple share: £1147
Twin share: £1247
Single: £1347

Price includes three homemade vegetarian meals a day, accommodation, course contents, course manual, certificate and ongoing support via a secret Facebook group. There are no other hidden costs.

A £300 deposit is required to secure your place.

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If you wish to pay by BACS please email info@sallyparkesyoga.com for our bank details.



Upcoming Dates

This is a six day residential course. 

9th – 14th September 2018

Please register your interest at info@sallyparkesyoga.com

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Training Location

Florence House, Southdown Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4JS

Transport links: Direct trains to Seaford run from London Victoria and the nearest airport is London Gatwick. Trains from Gatwick run regularly and take 60 minutes.

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