Byron Bay 100 hr Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training 25th August - 3rd Sept 2014
Become accredited as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher
RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School with Yoga Alliance)
This fully residential 10-day intensive held in beautiful Byron Bay certifies you to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance, and offers the highest qualification currently available in this specialised area.
Offered in conjunction with Bliss Baby Yoga, it represents the most in-depth immersion course of its kind currently available in Australia and is designed for yoga teachers or women’s health professionals who wish to specialise in the growing field of yoga for pregnant women and new mothers.
This course is the natural follow-on for any students who have previously completed the Bliss Baby Weekend Prenatal/Postnatal Weekend Intensives or Online Courses.
This exciting new niche-course offers the opportunity to explore the theoretical background and practical applications necessary to safely and appropriately conduct pregnancy and post natal yoga classes (including ‘mums and babies’ yoga). Course Director, Ana Davis, is well known in Australia and abroad for her prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training workshops.
"I loved this training course! I feel enriched and inspired both personally and professionally. All the teachers and team from Bliss Baby & Byron Yoga were fantastic. It was wonderful to spend time with such nurturing, compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced practioners in this field. I treasure this experience and the friends I have made at this course. Thank you!" Penny, Yoga Teacher, Sydney
With a balance between theoretical and practical components, the rich faculty of pre/postnatal yoga teachers and women’s health practitioners will cover course content that is both informative and comprehensive.
Learn the all-important background information on the stages of pregnancy and birth, and post partum physiological and emotional changes, from a team of experienced and qualified experts that include a Midwife and Registered Nurse, Child Birth Educator, Physiotherapist and Psychologist.
The course also aims to give students the practical skills and tools that will result in the development of an extensive teaching repertoire of appropriate and beneficial Asanas and other yoga-techniques for their pregnant and post natal students.
To fulfill the Yoga Alliance Registered Accreditation of RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) students will also be required to complete an additional 15 non-contact hours that will include specialised Case Study assignments.
"I got so much out of the training and feel really confident to teach prenatal/postnatal yoga classes. I also loved doing the course pregnant and feel it has positively impacted my thoughts on pregnancy and in the birthing process." Sally, Yoga Teacher, Melbourne
The course is open to yoga teachers and trainees, or anyone who works with pregnant women and mothers, including midwives, doulas and nurses. Preferably, students will have at least one year’s prior yoga practice experience.
Pregnant women are very welcome to attend, ideally from 14 weeks gestation onwards.
Byron Yoga Centre is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) with Yoga Alliance. This is a new speciality designation with this internationally respected accreditation authority and means that students enrolled in this course can receive a certificate that will enable them to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) - an 85 hour qualification which this course actually exceeds with a total of 100 hours of learning.
Your Teacher Trainers - experience & expertise
Course Director, Ana Davis, has over 17 years of teaching experience, including the last 8 years of specialising in teaching pre/postnatal students, as well as training teachers in this area.
Ana will be joined by a team of highly experienced and passionate women's health professionals. These will include Anna Watts, Childbirth Educator, doula and yoga teacher; Emma Grant, Director of Red Tent Yoga and Ayurvedic Practitioner; Tammy Coldwell, Registered Nurse and Midwife; Lauren Tober, Psychologist and Yoga Teacher; Lisa Fitzpatrick, Physiotherapist, Anatomy and Physiology Teacher; Maria Kirsten, Yogalates teacher and teacher trainer.
Read here for more detailed information on this diverse and rich faculty of teachers, including the subjects they'll be teaching.
“Where do I begin!? The whole experience was open, welcoming, friendly, informative, helpful – particularly feedback on practical sessions. As well as sharing circles and the whole group experience. The way in which the educators revealed their humanity and joined us for meals meant there was more time to chat,” Vicki Thomson, Midwife
The following subjects will be covered:
Pregnancy: the three trimesters, pycho-physiological changes to mum and baby
Birth: stages of labour; supporting a woman in natural/active birth
Anatomy & Physiology: understanding the changes to the pregnant and postnatal body
Applied Anatomy & Physiology/yoga therapy: working with back conditions and other complaints specific to prenatal and postnatal students
Safety guidelines for pre/post natal students (detailed analysis of contraindications)
Practising and teaching of safe and appropriate asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra, savasana, meditation, visualisations, and partner yoga exercises for pregnant and post partum students
Defining and recognising Postnatal Depression and 'Baby Blues'
Establishing and running prenatal yoga classes (including marketing and business management)
Establishing and running postnatal and 'mums 'n' bubs' yoga classes (including marketing and business management)
Introduction to baby yoga and massage
Ayurveda for pregnancy, birth and beyond
Restorative yoga as yoga therapy for prenatal and postnatal yoga students
Working with props (modifying postures for pregnant students and new mothers)
Adjustments and corrections for pre and postnatal students
Nutrition and alternative therapies for pre/postnatal women
Case studies for pre/postnatal yoga students
In this intensive course you’ll start every day with a sample prenatal or postnatal yoga class with one of our experienced Bliss Baby Teachers, allowing you to really feel and experience what the postures and practices would feel like for a pregnant or new mother.
The remainder of your day will consist of a balanced combination of practical and theoretical sessions with a variety of specialist teachers. There will also time for practice-teaching and integration of the vast amounts of knowledge you’ll be learning.
Students need to arrive by 2.00pm on the first day to settle into their accommodation. Course introduction and orientation will begin at 3.00pm. The course finishes on the last day at 11.00am.
“Thank you for providing such an inspiring course with well-informed teachers - specialists in their field - that made me want to be in this field for the rest of my life!" Minerva, Yoga Teacher, Sydney.
The 10-day component will be a residential training held at the Byron Yoga Centre, Byron Bay.
Stay in comfortable, clean twin share rooms with everything on site: accommodation, yoga studios, training rooms, dining areas and our new 20-metre mineral salt water pool (heated so it can be enjoyed all year round).
*note, accommodation is subject to change
All meals are provided as part of this residential training course. The food prepared at Byron Yoga Centre is market-fresh and a real highlight for our trainees. Enjoy healthy and delicious vegetarian cuisine, organic wherever possible, designed along Ayurvedic principles to be light and cleansing.
Full tuition fee: $2,795
This includes comprehensive course manuals, all meals (healthy vegetarian), and simple, clean shared accommodation for this specialised course.
Ana Davis, Director of Bliss Baby and Senior Teacher at the Byron Yoga Centre, also offers weekend workshops in prenatal and postnatal teacher training for those short on time.
“I just wanted to let you know that your beautiful yoga techniques are being shared up here in Saudi Arabia with a lovely group of mum's & babies. I love seeing the interactions between mother & baby as well as seeing mum's connect with each other. Such a great space! I did a one on one prenatal yoga with a woman I doula'd for (she now has a gorgeous baby boy) & she said it really helped with her pregnancy & birth. I do a Wednesday morning class which so far has been all women. I love energy of the class - reminds me of the energy shared in our training. Thank you! Namaste x”, Andrea Brailsford, Yoga Teacher
Byron Bay - General Information
Cape Byron is Australia's most easterly point, located on the North Coast of New South Wales. With its numerous beaches, unspoilt hinterland and relaxed lifestyle, Byron Bay is a popular tourist destination. It is also a place where artists, musicians, dancers, writers, surfers, healers and of course yogis express their diversity and individuality.
The town has all major facilities: a hospital, cinema, supermarket, health food stores and great restaurants, as well as a flourishing alternative health industry. Bicycle is the easiest way to get around town and easily organised through Byron Yoga Centre.
The average summer temperature is 21C - 28C, and average winter temperature is 15C - 21C, There are also periods of heavy rainfall, especially in summer. The area has a total annual rainfall of 1734mm.
Byron Shire has a population of close to 30,000, while the town of Byron Bay has a population of about 9,000.
Byron Bay is located just off the Pacific Highway, 800km north of Sydney, 175km south of Brisbane. Airports are located in Ballina (30mins south) or Coolangatta (60mins north) and buses and trains arrive regularly.
The following websites provide information about Byron Bay and the surrounding area: