Sample Schedule for 6 day Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes

Please note: due to the needs of each individual group, there may be slight alterations to the timings of the

schedule for each training. Also, in addition to the lunch break, two natural breaks will be taken as the

opportunity arises.

Day 1

9.30-9.45am: Welcome and introductions.

9.45-11am: Pregnancy yoga class for second and third trimester.

11am-12pm: Benefits of pregnancy yoga. An overview of what a teachers’ aims and objectives should be when

planning a class. We will also discuss which asana and pranayama is considered not ideal for the pregnant


12-1pm: Anatomy and Physiology: How hormonal changes affect the activity of the Nervous System during

pregnancy, and the effect this has on the physical and emotional body

1-2pm: Lunch break.

2-3pm: Common contra-indications experienced during pregnancy, and how these can be managed in class.

We will cover pelvic girdle pain, high and low blood pressure, lower back pain, diastasis recti, carpel tunnel

syndrome, nausea and fatigue.

3-4pm: Postural changes experienced during pregnancy, and the effect this can have on the spine.

4-5.30pm: Yoga class to counteract postural changes commonly experienced during pregnancy


Day 2

9.30-10.45am: Pregnancy yoga class for second and third trimester using yoga props and partner work to offer

the ladies more physical support.

10.45-12.15pm: How to sequence a pregnancy yoga class and teaching practice.

12.15-1pm: Anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor (Moola Bandha) and how the application of Moola Bandha

is helpful during pregnancy.

1-2pm: Lunch Break

2-3pm: Anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor (Moola Bandha) and how the application of Moola Bandha is

helpful during pregnancy – CONTINUED

3-4pm: Sequencing for yoga practice.

4-5.30pm: The spiritual aspects of pregnancy and how we can use different yoga techniques to encourage

harmony and calmness during pregnancy. Techniques will include kriya’s, meditations, affirmations,

visualisations and pranayama.


Day 3

9.30-11am: Womb Yoga class – inspired by the teachings of Yoni Shakti written by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

11am-1pm: Talk from local midwife Sharyn on the stages of labour and birth and how the position of the baby

within the womb can affect the mothers and baby’s birth journey.

1-2pm: Lunch break.

2-3pm: How we can use yoga to increase the likelihood of Optimal Foetal Positioning (OFP)

3-4pm: What are the Chakras and how the Root and Sacral Chakras relate to well-being in pregnancy.

4-5.30pm: Yoga to help balance the chakras during pregnancy.


Day 4

9.30-10.30am: Pilates inspired yoga class for ladies who are twelve weeks postnatal.

10.30-11.30am: Anatomy and physiology of the postnatal body in the first six weeks after birth, and why we

need to avoid abdominal pressure at this time.

11.30am-1pm: Anatomy of the ‘Core’ in relation to the post-natal body, with particular attention to the pelvic

floor, transverse and rectus abdominal muscles.

1-2pm: Lunch break.

2-3pm: Possible injury/trauma caused by birth intervention including C-Section and how we manage it in class.

3-4.30pm: Diastasis Recti: What is it, how do we test for it in the post-natal client and how we can manage it.

4.30-5.30pm: Yoga Nidra and relaxation for the postnatal client.


Day 5

9.30-10.30am: Pregnancy yoga class given by the students.

10.30am-12pm: Gentle Yoga for the postnatal client who is recovering from a C-section or from birth trauma

to the pelvic floor.

12-1pm: Class management of a pregnancy and postnatal class

1-2pm: Lunch break.

2-3.30pm: Mother and Baby Yoga class.

3.30-5pm: Factors to consider when organising a mother and baby class including sequencing and managing

class dynamics.

5-5.30pm: Relaxation / Yoga Nidra.


Day 6

9.30-10.30am: Pregnancy yoga class given by the students.

10.30-11.30am: Revision of the main teaching points of teaching prenatal, postnatal and mother and baby

yoga. We will also revise the relevant anatomical points and safety guidelines that need to be considered when


11.30am -1pm: The business of setting up your pre and postnatal yoga teaching business, including useful

marketing strategies, how to compile a health questionnaire, how to protect yourself in business and the

ethics of being a yoga teacher. We will also discuss the coursework that is to be done to achieve your teaching


1-2pm: Lunch Break

2-4pm: Mother Warming Yoga – a class to welcome the new mother

4-5pm: Final yoga and relaxation class and farewell.


Please organise and bring with you to the training:

  • Yoga Belt/Strap and Yoga Block
  • A soft doll or toy that is the size of a 3-6 month old baby – only needed for day 5
  • A scarf the size of a pashmina or a sarong
  • A blanket if possible
  • A note book and pen

Thank you very much. Sally x