85hr Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Hero, Leeds

This 6 day in-person training course will run on:  30th June – 2nd July & 7th – 9th July 2022

Timings: 9.30am – 5.30pm (UK time)

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 extensive 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.

Other Dates & Venues

85hrs Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Sally Parkes BSc and Guest Speaker, Midwife Zoe Dale

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: Yoga Hero, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ

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We are pleased to announce this venue for our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course in Leeds, the wonderful Yoga Hero, Leeds, UK.
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This course is fully certified by FEDANT, Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and 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 world renowned certified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course offers 85hours of learning about all aspects of becoming a mother – from pregnancy, to the postnatal period and Mother & Baby Yoga. Successful participants arrive as students but leave as teachers, with the knowledge, confidence & expertise to run classes and individual sessions which deliver safe, uplifting and effective yoga practices with clients across varying stages of this miraculous journey.

The course offers a strong focus on anatomy and physiology 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 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 contact hours allow the opportunity for discussion as well as yoga practice, and is completed with an informative talk on how to succeed at setting up and developing your own pregnancy yoga business, with space management for classes.

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 taught by Midwife Zoe Dale & Sally Parkes

  • 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.
  • Meditation and birth affirmations for the birthing mother that can be used no matter how 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, 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 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
  • Hard Copy of our Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Manual (included in your training fee) will be given to you on day 1 of the training.


  • The Female Pelvis by 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.

    Yoga Alliance USA, Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and FEDANT Certification:

    • Yoga Alliance and FEDANT Certification
    • All applicants must have basic knowledge of yoga and a minimum of 2 years’ practice.
    • All graduates will receive a certificate upon completion.

    This training is 85Hours (including private study time) to meet with the standards of Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK), Yoga Alliance USA and also 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.

    Following your successful completion of this training, and if you already have a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification, you will be permitted to register with Yoga Alliance (UK) or Yoga Alliance USA as a Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teacher. If you do not hold a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training certification, you may register with FEDANT’s register of Ante-Natal Educators (UK students only), to teach in the UK until you have obtained your 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.

    Please note: It is essential for students to attend, complete & engage with all scheduled hours and complete the homework before certification will be issued.

    We do not believe in franchise structures or tying you in to costly contracts.
    To receive your certification in this internationally renowned training, you will pay only the stated training fee, nothing more.

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

    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.

    Zoe Dale – Midwife, Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher

    Zoe is a midwife, Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA), and pregnancy yoga teacher. She has been a midwife for 27 years and is currently a core midwife on a Midwifery-Led Unit in East Yorkshire, which is an amazing place to be able to support women in their birth choices.

    She is also qualified in aromatherapy (during pregnancy, birth and postnatally), a hypnobirthing practitioner, aqua natal teacher and gym coach.

    She completed the pregnancy & postnatal yoga teacher training with Sally and has since set up successful pregnancy yoga classes which she absolutely loves teaching, as she enjoys seeing the connection of bringing women and birthing people together at such a special time during their lives.

    She is passionate about caring for women both physically and emotionally and the dual aspect of being a midwife and yoga teacher is one of the most exciting journey’s that I have ever travelled, as two intertwine beautifully.

    Cancellation Policy

    The deposit for the training constitutes the first £200 of the 85 hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training course fee and is non-refundable.

    It is not possible to have your place refunded or transferred to a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training course at a later date once this deposit has been paid. We will accommodate any Covid related transfers as best as we can. Anything else will incur an admin fee of £25.

    We STRONGLY recommend that you take out insurance to cover your in-person training costs in the event that you have to cancel or curtail your training for whatever reason, including adverse weather and sickness. Sally Parkes Yoga cannot take responsibility for any missed days of training. If you wish to make up any missed parts of the training, you would be liable for any future course fees if you wish to join at a later date.

    Please note: It is essential for students to attend, complete & engage with all scheduled hours and complete the homework before certification will be issued.

    If you need to miss time on a training course, please contact us to discuss.

    By registering and paying the deposit for this course, you are agreeing to this policy. Thank you.

    Read Sally’s latest Article on the MFML Blog here:

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    Course Price: £747*

    *Early Bird Price

    A £200 deposit is required to secure your place.

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

    (*Early Bird price of £747, £797 regular price)

    Questions? Contact Sally via WhatsApp +44 7983 508018

    Upcoming Dates


    This six day training will run on:

    30th June – 2nd July 2022
    7th – 9th July 2022

    Timings are:

    09:30 – 17:30

    Training Location

    Yoga Hero,
    The Boulevard,
    Leeds Dock,
    LS10 1PZ


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