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2 day (10hr) CPD Teacher Training - How to Include Pregnant Women in General Yoga Classes

  • Leyton Yoga 691 High Road Leyton London, England, E10 6RA United Kingdom (map)

A 10hrs CPD training for (both male and female) yoga teachers with Maren Weege

Price: £150

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Many yoga teachers (male and female) have experienced the uncomfortable feeling of not quite knowing what to do when a pregnant woman walks into the class room that is otherwise full of non-pregnant students or how to support a regular student who becomes pregnant.

How do we accommodate pregnant women in a general yoga class without interrupting the flow and pace of the class for everyone else? And how do we simultaneously ensure the pregnant woman has a safe and useful practice?

In our society, the focus in pregnancy is often on what the pregnant woman is still capable of doing. How would it be to ask instead what is of benefit to the mother and her baby?

Pregnancy is a challenge for many reasons. One of them being that it is very hard for a lot of pregnant women to go through the identity shift from ‘being just themselves’ to ‘being a mother’. In this time, it is crucial that they can stay part of their community. It doesn’t help if the doors to yoga classes close in their face.

On the one hand, women who stick exactly to the way they used to practise before they got pregnant might experience unnecessary exhaustion, injury and frustration. On the other hand, if they are not allowed to keep coming to their regular class or decide to stop, there is a potential for feelings of grief and isolation.

This two day training course includes:

  • Experience of a yoga class adapted for pregnancy versus a pregnancy yoga class

  • Concise summary of the theory: changes in anatomy/physiology, hormones of pregnancy and their effects, the changes over the trimesters, common symptoms during pregnancy

  • General principles and guidelines for safe and individualised adaptations regarding postures, transitions, breathwork, relaxation, meditation, pelvic floor and creative sequencing

  • Practical exploration of adaptations based on sequences and postures the participants teach in their classes

  • Discussion on why and how to say yes or no to a pregnant woman wanting to attend a general yoga class

  • Discussion on responsibility in the case of a pregnant student in a general yoga class

This training is a collaborative effort between the teacher trainer and the trainees with the intention of creating the details of the content based on the students’ needs reflected in the pre-course homework integrated into the course framework. The training is open to all female and male yoga teachers of various schools/styles of yoga who would like to be able to keep supporting their students in their yoga class as they go through pregnancy and motherhood. This training is designed to serve its purpose independently of or additionally to a specialist pregnancy yoga teacher training.

The overarching intention is to create the possibility for pregnant yoga practitioners to continue practising in an empowered way that is supportive of the changes during and challenges specific to pregnancy and to enable yoga teachers to keep yoga classes as inclusive as possible.

This training is Part 1 of a series of Trainings on Yoga for the Female Body.

Teacher Trainer

Maren has been teaching yoga for 8 years and pregnancy yoga for over 4 years.

She teaches both Yoga for Every Body and Yoga for the Female Body, with a focus on Pregnancy Yoga, Yoga for Labour, The Female Pelvic Floor and Postnatal Yoga. Over the past 8 years she has assisted on teacher trainings for both her main teachers, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Max Strom.

She is a qualified pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher and has assisted her teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tuli on every Pregnancy Teacher Training in London since 2014. More recently, she has co-tutored the Pregnancy Teacher Training with Uma in Portugal in 2017 and 2018 and has been confirmed to lead and teach the full Pregnancy Teacher Training in Portugal in 2019.

Along with her extensive experience in Hatha Flow and Pregnancy Yoga, she is also 200 hr qualified in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner which provides her with insight into the Ashtanga and Vinyasa-based practices, as well as the perspective of a bodyworker.

Her passion for everything related to pregnancy and birth inspired her to become a birth doula in 2016. Her main goal (not least with this training) is to raise awareness about the topics of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and thereby to empower (teachers and) pregnant women.