85hr Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Edinburgh, (non-residential training)

This 6 day course will run on:  4th – 6th September & 11th – 13th September 2020

Why are we so different to other Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training schools? 

  • Our certification is well established and recognised worldwide and can be registered with both Yoga Alliance US and Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).
  • At 85hrs, our training is more extensive than many others and covers not only pregnancy yoga, but yoga to help with birth preparation, postnatal yoga and mum & baby yoga. This is a more cost effective way to get fully trained on the application of yoga for all 4 trimesters, ensuring our graduates are ready to go out and support women on all stages of their journey into motherhood.
  • All coursework submitted by our students is individually read and marked, and personalised feedback is emailed out to each student.
  • All successful graduates are emailed a certificate and certified logo that can be used, without charge, on all of their marketing to show that they are a certified teacher of Sally Parkes Pregnancy Yoga.
  • We also offer a teaching directory on sallyparkesyoga.com, where all graduates are able to get their details listed, ready for potential clients who are looking for a trusted and certified teacher.
  • We support you! Support doesn’t end with the last day of training as we have ongoing support and chat groups via Whatsapp and Facebook, where our hundreds of our graduates from throughout the years, keep in touch and offer support and advice to each other.

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85 hrs Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes BSc

This course is fully certified by FEDANT and The Yoga Alliance UK, The Yoga Alliance USA, and is taught by highly qualified and is taught by Sally Parkes BSc.

Venue: Beetroot Sauvage, 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX

We are pleased to announce a brand new venue for our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course, at the wonderful Beetroot Sauvage, Edinburgh. Affordable accommodation can be found nearby through airbnb.co.uk

This course is fully certified by FEDANT, Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and The Yoga Alliance USA, and is taught by Sally Parkes BSc. Her UK trainings often also feature guest teachers.

With full accreditation from the above bodies, our certified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course offers 85hours of learning about all aspects of becoming a mother – from pregnancy, to postnatal and Mother & Baby Yoga. Successful participants arrive as students but leave as teachers, with the knowledge, confidence and expertise to run classes and individual sessions which deliver safe, uplifting and effective yoga practice with clients across any stage of this miraculous journey.

The course offers a strong focus on anatomy and psychology across Sally’s teachings of yoga, with additional emphasis on learning about the Shakti (female) energy which plays such a vital role in conception, pregnancy and birth. Students of this course also develop a thorough knowledge of yoga asana, mudra, pranayama, relaxation and more meditative elements of yoga during pregnancy.

The course also offers a broader offering for mother’s yoga practice, such as gentle postnatal Pilates inspired methods to support, strengthen and stretch; gentle exercise for health and alignment; basic yoga sequences for mother & baby; and recovery and rehabilitation during the postnatal phase. The final module of the course is dedicated to learning the art of Mother & Baby Yoga.

The course contact hours allow plenty opportunity for discussion as well as practice and is completed with an informative talk on how to succeed at setting up and developing your own pregnancy yoga business and space management for classes.

Recent feedback…

“Thank you Sally for the great experience of doing your Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What I loved about it, is that it’s so inclusive and creates a relaxed way of learning. It’s adaptable to the individual and there is no pressure to perform. Everyone was really lovely and supportive and Sally is truly professional and friendly. She has a unique teaching style which make you want to learn more from her. And more importantly she has a great sense of humour. A thoroughly enjoyable course and I cannot wait to apply it outside of the course.” – Ayesha Nauth, Bikram Yoga Teacher and mother of two.

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, visualisations and meditation for the prenatal mother.
  • How simple breath work and deep relaxation can help rejuvenate a mother 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.

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: the role the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems during birth.
  • Birth and labour – discussion of a ‘normal’ or ‘physiological’ birth.
  • The spiritual aspects of birth.
  • Meditation 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 postnatal period to stretch, strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of a postnatal woman including postural changes such as upper and low crossed syndrome.
  • Postnatal recovery yoga for the mother who has experienced a medicalised birth ie: medical induction, syntonic 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 postnatal 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 Postnatal Yoga class and a Mother & 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.

Homework, Assignments and Exam:

As part of this 85hour course, we require you to do at least 22 hours of private study and reading. Students will be asked to write a short pregnancy yoga sequence after the third day, to teach to fellow students towards the end of the course. This will constitute the practical exam for the course. There are also several assignments to complete including one class observations (ideally submitted 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
  • The Female Pelvisby Blandine Calais-Germain – Sally is also using this book more and more on the course, so you may like to purchase this at some point.
  • The Course Training Manual (included in your training fee)

    Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance Professionals and FEDANT Certification:

    All graduates will receive a PDF certificate upon completion. This training is 85hours (including private study time) to meet with the standards of The Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and The Yoga Alliance USA, 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, doulas 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 USA as a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.

    About your teacher, Sally Parkes, BSc, EYT, SYTSally Parkes Yoga

    Sally Parkes (BSc) has over twenty years teaching experience in the Wellness Industry and an Honours Degree in Exercise Physiology. Sally trained as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher in 2004 with Paul Dallaghan, before continuing her studies in Mysore, India.
    Upon becoming a mother however, she heard her calling to teach Pregnancy Yoga and now specialises in delivering prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher trainings around the world.

    Sally’s training is unique in that she shares her extensive knowledge in anatomy and physiology, whilst weaving together all elements of the yoga tradition in order to empower the mother to be to bring her baby safely and lovingly into the world.

    Now a mother of two daughters, Sally also pens many articles for major publications and is the author of the bestselling book The Manual of Yoga Anatomy. Certified as an Experienced and Senior Yoga Teacher, Sally is known for her humour, warmth and inclusive presentations and delivered training in the UK, Asia and the Middle East.

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

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    Course Price:

    £700*

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    Early Bird Offer

    *Early Bird price £700 – usual price £750. Please note our Early Bird discount applies if booked before 31st May 2019.
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    Upcoming Dates

    This six day course will run: 

    4th – 6th September 2020
    11th – 13th September 2020

    Timings: 08:15 – 16:30

    Book Me In!

    Please email info@sallyparkesyoga.com to book this course.

    Training Location

    Beetroot Sauvage
    33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
    www.beetrootsauvage.co.uk

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    “I have taken part in my initial yoga teacher training with Sally and have just completed pregnancy yoga teacher training with her too. Sally is a wonderful teacher, very grounded, friendly and informative and manages to make the information fun and easy to learn and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her if you are considering a path or continuous professional development as a yoga teacher.”

    Jenny, 2015

    “I loved this teacher training. It provided me with skills and knowledge I need to teach a pregnant woman with confidence! I really enjoyed every minute of it!”

    Alison, Dubai 2014

    “I chose this course because I liked the idea of being able to immerse myself in the training. I ended up loving the course even more than I thought possible. This was one of the best trainings I have done and I would strongly recommend it to others. I feel hugely grateful to Sally for making it such a wonderful experience.”

    Abi, Brighton 2014

    “I am so happy I signed up for Sally’s pregnancy yoga course! As a yoga teacher, I now feel empowered and ready (having gained all the insights and information) to teach expecting moms”

    Pem, Dubai 2014

    “Having recently completed my Yoga TT with Sally, it really was a no-brainer to continue with her to do my Pregnancy TT. Sally is a wonderful teacher, patient, experienced and so much knowledge to share with her students. We all have the utmost respect for her as she takes time with everyone. I can’t wait to get started!”

    Sue, 2013

    “Sally spreads warmth and kindness through her excellent teaching. I really appreciate her deep knowledge in this field of yoga and the way she can connect it. Academic knowledge strongly grounded in earth and always a fabulous sense of humour”

    Allesandra, Dubai 2014

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