85 hrs Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (Residential Course)

Arundel, West Sussex

This 6 day course will run on:  Dates TBC

Timings:  Arrival – Sunday 4.30pm | Departure – Friday 12.00pm (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) and FEDANT (Federation of Antenatal Educators).
  • 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 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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85hrs 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: Brooklands Barn, Priory Lane, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0BG

We are pleased to hold our residential training at the wonderful Brooklands Barn in Arundel, West Sussex.

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.

I couldn’t recommend this course enough. It was really well structured, covered a lot of both the physical and also some of the emotional aspects that ladies may experience during and after pregnancy.

Amelia Brookes


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I wanted to say a big thank you for such an amazing course, Sally.
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, 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.
  • 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: 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, 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 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.
  • The Course Training Manual (included in your training fee)

    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.

    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.

    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.

    About your stay with us at Brooklands Barn

    Brooklands Barn is just 1 hour 15 minutes by direct train from London and is a stunning 19th century converted barn in a rural setting. It is just under one mile from the historic centre of Arundel, within walking distance along the River Arun and has breathtaking views of the Sussex downs. During your teacher training course with Sally you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of this venue including a newly built yoga studio, a heated indoor pool and sauna. Most rooms are en-suite and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Three fresh, healthy vegetarian meals per day are also provided for the group to enjoy together. For more information about our venue, please click here.

    The Venue

    Set in the beautiful Sussex countryside and looking out onto fields and open spaces, the easily accessible Brooklands Barn has a wonderful nurturing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

    With a newly built yoga studio, plenty of space to rest, a heated swimming pool and sauna to use at your convenience after the course sessions, there’s no way you can’t relax. All rooms are spacious and newly refurbished.


    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.

    Arundel Castle is a restored medieval castle and stately home in Arundel, West Sussex, England. Click here to visit the castle’s website to learn more.

    Cancellation & Make Up 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 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.

    Claire Nobbs: Chef

    Claire discovered an interest in healthy & ethical living following her move to Brighton in 2012. She has since studied Ayurvedic nutrition & cooking in India, and has subsequently completed two inspiring retreat chef trainings with the Holistic Kitchen Academy. As a result, Claire has been head chef for Sally Parkes Yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings since 2015.

    Claire’s food is inspired by her studies and from her travels around the world. Her vegetarian and plant based menus incorporate as many seasonal vegetables and fruits as possible as well as healing herbs and spices. She loves the creativity that is possible with plant based cooking and enjoys introducing people to new ingredients so that people may discover new healthy foods for themselves and be inspired to try new recipes at home. For Claire, there is much joy in feeding others, using good quality ingredients, food cooked from scratch and made with love.

    Claire also cooks for retreats in Kent & Spain, and in her spare time likes to volunteer for food related projects. She is currently involved with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Community Kitchen and the Real Junk Food Project.


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    Course Price: £1347

    The price is for twin share accommodation.

    Limited single rooms are occasionally available upon request (for an additional fee) – please email for details.
    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 or franchise costs.

    Price: £1347 Dates TBC

    A non-refundable £300 deposit is required to secure your place.

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

    Questions? Contact Sally via WhatsApp +44 7983 508018

    Upcoming Dates

    This six day residential course will run on:

    Dates TBC

    7.30am – 8pm daily

    Training Location

    Brooklands Barn, Priory Lane, Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0BG

    Transport links: The nearest train station is Arundel and nearest airport is Gatwick, and trains can be caught from Gatwick to Arundel.

    The Trainer Pro award recognises that Sally Parkes Yoga courses overdeliver in the depth of knowledge and student support that is delivered, giving more value and individual input to our students.


    Our intention is to ensure that every student that comes to us, leaves our courses confident, knowledgeable, and fully encouraged to be the best teacher they can be, and fully encouraged to realise their dreams.

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