The aim of the course is to offer simple and safe yoga techniques to women and couples who are trying to conceive. To do this well, teachers need to be aware of the causes of infertility and how failure to conceive can affect couples.
Required reading for the course is Fully Fertile.
Focusing primarily on yoga and oriental medicine, the book covers on a number of topics, including nutrition, acupuncture, meditation and prayer. The authors, Tamara Quinn, Elisabeth Heller, and Jeanie Lee Bussell have all experienced infertility, and share their stories throughout the book.
You will be encouraged to think for yourself and develop your own style within a clear framework of guidelines and practices contained within the required and recommended reading.
Known causes of infertility, global infertility rates, Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART), cultural attitudes to childlessness, nutrition and lifestyle, the Svadhisthana Chakra.
Asana for fertility, restorative poses, course and class content.
Understanding the power of partner yoga, pairwork for couples
This online course consists of 3 fully illustrated modules, each with a 3-question assignment.
What to expect
Each module has an assignment consisting of 3 questions. These include the creation of a questionnaire, course plans and essay questions. None of the questions are multiple choice; all questions require understanding of the course text, reference to additional recommended texts, plus your own experience, opinion and rationale. None of it is rocket science, but it does demand time, thought, planning, a little creativity and basic computer skills.
Submission of Assignments
Clear guidelines are given (e.g. format, min/max word guide). Successful completion of the previous assignment is required before continuing to the next module. Assignments that ignore the guidelines or are below standard will be returned ungraded with clear feedback as to why the assignment needs to be resubmitted.
Some questions require the creation of handouts for students. On completion of the course you will have a comprehensive portfolio of teaching aids for your classes. This preparation will help you to focus on your teaching, and encourage your students to develop their own practice with confidence, as they will have clear, accurate instructions to refer to.
Since these handouts are for your students, they need to be well presented (no spelling/grammar mistakes), visually appealing and accurate. Use of colour, logos and/or pictures is necessary.
Jane Mackarness has been studying and practicing yoga for 38 years, teaching since 1979, and training teachers since 1997. She is based in Devon, UK, and offers prenatal workshops both in the UK and abroad.
Jane is the author of this course, co-author of Yoga for Fitness Professionals, and co-producer of a Sanskrit pronunciation CD.
Linda Antignani fell in love with yoga in 2002; since then she has immersed herself in the study and practice of yoga, and has focused on teaching pre and postnatal yoga full time since 2005. Linda is based in Connecticut, USA, and runs a thriving studio, offering a wide range of classes for pre and postnatal women.
Amanda Chow is a registered chiropractor with a special interest in pre and postnatal care. She is a qualified yoga teacher with a diploma from IYTA, pre and postnatal fitness certification (BMFC), the Birthlight Perinatal Yoga Diploma, and has completed her pre and postnatal yoga teacher training with Ana Davis in Byron Bay.
Amanda is the founder of Baby & Me Vitality, an inspiring chiropractic and yoga health program for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. She has been specializing in teaching perinatal yoga for 3 years, and has helped 100’s of mums in Adelaide to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and birth. She has 3 young children and boundless energy!
Yoga Alliance accreditation - CPD and CEUs
Approved for 20 non-contact hours credit toward Yoga Alliance's 500-hour Certification. This fulfills the Yoga Alliance's 3 yearly non-contact hour CEU (continuing education credit/continuous professional development) requirement; the remaining 10-hour requirement must be contact hours.
Weekend workshops accrue 14 contact hours.
Those who are unable to attend a workshop with their tutor are strongly advised to attend workshops with a suitably qualified and experienced trainer. As with every aspect of yoga and many other disciplines, the job of learning is never complete it lasts a lifetime, as we are constantly changing and growing. New research and experiences demand that we continually keep our minds open and inquiring, as no book, degree or qualification including this one - is definitive.
New Yoga Alliance Prenatal Standards
A break down of the new YA prenatal standards are listed here
Prior to 2011, prenatal yoga teacher training was not widely available, which is why this course was born. Many yoga teachers, (newly qualified and those with some years of experience) felt that the prenatal training component of their teacher training was inadequate, and didn’t equip them to teach prenatal yoga with confidence. Several well-trained, competent teachers turned pregnant students away from their general classes for this reason, so the current proliferation of new prenatal yoga teacher trainings is very welcome the world needs good perinatal teachers!
Jane wrote the course after receiving many requests for a specific pre/postnatal yoga teacher training; it was originally launched as a 4-module course in January 2005. Today it is a comprehensive 6-module course, with graduates all over the world, some who now have their own perinatal yoga studios.
Increasing your yoga business
Demand for prenatal yoga classes is high, as most women are more motivated to make positive changes in their lives during pregnancy than at any other time. Yoga is now one of the most popular ways of preparing for childbirth, and many medical professionals also recognise its benefits.
Many women choose to attend a small class of 3 or 4; some opt for personal tuition, often in their own home, and are happy to pay more for individual attention, whilst others prefer a larger class.
Growing bellies are great for growing your business! Many new mums return to classes after their 6-week check up, and often request Mum and Baby and Children's yoga too. It's wonderful to be part of these young families. Offering pre/postnatal yoga really develops your business as well as introducing yoga to young families, it often brings health care professionals, such as midwives, doctors and nurses, to your classes.
Every graduate who has actively promoted their classes runs at least one antenatal class per week, some run several and some have opened their own prenatal studios and have referrals from GPs, physicians, midwives and childbirth educators.
The advantages of distance learning
If you are new to distance learning, you will discover the many advantages of studying this way, which is why so many schools, colleges and universities now offer this method. Basically, distance learning gives you tremendous flexibility - you can study any time, anywhere, to suit your own timetable, without incurring additional travel or accommodation costs.
There is no ‘padding’ of the course every assignment has a very practical function in producing handouts, class plans etc, and in understanding why and how to modify asana and pranayama.
You will always get a quick response to questions and receive expert individual tuition from your tutor via e-mail. But, please be aware that home study is not a soft option - like the practice of yoga, it needs motivation, commitment and self-discipline.
If you are considering investing your time and money, but need some reassurance that it is worth committing those two valuable resources to this course, check out what some course graduates have achieved by adding to their yoga teaching skills - click here to read.
If possible, phone or Skype Jane to speak with her personally before enrolling, she would love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.
Enrolment and payment
To enrol for the Fertility Yoga Teacher Training please choose one of the two payment options below..
We use Paypal as our payment source but PLEASE NOTE you don't need a Paypal account to pay by credit card - look for the credit card link at the bottom of the checkout page.
OPTION A - Full payment option: £255.00
OPTION B - 2 installment option: £135.00 (2 payments of £135.00)