Yoga Teacher Training
IIYT offers an in-depth program in prenatal yoga therapy certification. The student will receive instruction in basic familiarity with terminology, conditions, complications, and various aspects of pregnancy as they relate to prenatal yoga therapy are explored. Instruction in evidence-based teaching methodologies for the specific needs of the pregnant yoga student throughout the stages of her pregnancy focus on adaptive movement, breathing and meditation techniques. Contra-indications and modifications to movement, breathing and meditation techniques are emphasized.
Highlights of the IIYT Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program include:
• Anatomy and physiology (both physical and subtle body) related specifically to considerations during pregnancy
• An understanding of the complications including miscarriage, premature labor, hypertension, preeclampsia, stress management, body mechanics, etc.
• The study of traditional yoga philosophy as it applies to lifestyle and wellbeing during pregnancy
• Teaching and communication skills for the prenatal-specific yoga teaching environments with emphasis on safety, stability and comfort for the expectant mother in all aspects of a yoga therapy practice
• Knowledge of and familiarity with yoga therapy precautions and contraindications relative to high-risk pregnancies
• Meaningful communication between the prenatal yoga therapist and health care professionals
• Applying methodologies from basic yoga teaching skills to all trimester specific yoga techniques
Non-contact hours of prenatal yoga therapy teaching are reviewed and approved by the mentoring teacher, including co/teaching and/or assisting prenatal yoga therapy classes. Non-contact hours also include homework assignments.
The IIYT Prenatal Yoga Therapy Graduate will be able to demonstrate the skills of prenatal yoga therapy including but not limited to:
Yoga techniques specialized to the needs of the pregnant woman
Substantiation in the design of lesson plans for the beginning/advanced student relative to each trimester
Knowledge of safety precautions in a prenatal Yoga class and appropriate asana/meditation techniques for each trimester
Competency and access to information as it applies to referring the prenatal yoga therapy student to health care professionals
Compliance of ethical conduct specific to the prenatal yoga therapy classroom or private session environment