Therapeutic Yoga Techniques for Empowered Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Recovery

To nurture healthy pregnancy, support empowered birth and to enable deep healing and recovery after birth.

Online Teacher Training with pregnancy yoga pioneer and author of Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy, Mother's Breath and Yoni Shakti, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD and Lisa White.

Live on Zoom 18 September - 05 November 2023

• Are you a birth-keeper who would love to integrate simple yoga therapy techniques to support women during birth, pregnancy and postnatal recovery? 

• Are you a yoga teacher who would love to offer pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes and 1 to 1s, or simply feel more confident with pregnant and postnatal women in your general classes?

• Are you currently pregnant or postnatal yourself, and would love to learn yoga therapy techniques to support your own well being and empowered birth and postnatal recovery?

• Are you already teaching pregnancy yoga and are looking for yoga therapy techniques to support birth and postnatal recovery? 

Then this is the course for you!

This uniquely comprehensive, practical, online training course is for everyone who wants to nurture pregnancy, to empower birth and nourish and support postnatal recovery through yoga therapy. You will learn practical and effective and deeply nourishing yoga therapy techniques to support pregnant women and people, and be empowered to share these techniques with confidence.

Everyone is welcome - you don't need to be a yoga teacher to join us, our training will enable you to learn these simple yoga therapy techniques and share their benefits! 

The course was established in 2002, with the intention to share many of the less well-known practices of yoga that are of special benefit both to the pregnant woman and her unborn child. The training has evolved over the years and is now one of the few Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Trainings that covers childbirth and the early stages of postnatal healing. Important issues such as early pregnancy loss, anxiety, grief and other challenges of pregnancy are addressed.

With contributions from two midwives and a detailed training manual, this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to apply yoga therapy techniques to woman and people through the powerful threshold of pregnancy, birth and beyond. You will be encouraged to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching within a clear framework of safety guidelines.

The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy, birth and post natal recovery through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as informal assessments during the course and you should be prepared for both a short pre-course assignment and written work during the course.

Pregnancy, Birth and Post-Natal Yoga as Yoga Therapy

This Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma’s own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during her own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both her Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.

What to Expect

This 40 hour training is delivered entirely online and includes a mix of live teachings and pre-recorded video and audio material.

Uniquely, each day of this intensive training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, birth and post-natal recovery and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that give all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable. 

You will get:

  • Access to our friendly and accessible online learning sanctuary
  • Opportunities for questions and discussions with course leaders
  • Expert input from visiting midwives
  • Small mentoring groups held by an experienced tutor
  • Pair work for reflections, practice and learning consolidation
  • Yoga nidra in every session
  • Full group live practice of mantra, sound work, pranayama (breath work) and asana, mudra, bandha, pregnancy yoga.
  • Direct feedback and refinement of teaching skills
  • Practical guidance
  • Comprehensive 115 page course manual in two parts
  • Structured learning
  • Downloadable yoga nidra audio recordings from the live sessions
  • Access to video recordings of all live sessions for the duration of the course
  • Access to the Sitaram Mother Nurture Pregnancy Yoga Online Video

Upon completion of the course, you will get:

  • A certificate of graduation
  • Lifetime access to our Graduate Circle with a wealth of resources
  • The opportunity to be listed in our Teachers Directory

Course Dates and Times

Mondays 18, 25 September | 5.30-9pm

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 September 2023 | 9am-1pm

Mondays 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 October | 5.30-9pm

Saturday 04 - Sunday 05 November 2023 | 9am-1pm

Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 November 2023 | 9am-1pm

All times are UK time.

Attendance at all of the above sessions is a course requirement.

Is this course right for me?

We extend a warm welcome to all birth keepers - yoga teachers and / or yoga therapists and non-yoga teachers with a specialist interest in women's health and pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery. There are no other entry requirements for this course.

This course is suitable for all, including men, pregnant woman, and postnatal women. Babes in arms are also warmly welcome. 

How will I be assessed?

There are three elements to the assessed course work:

1 Pre-course questions

The pre-course assignment entails completion of a form to share your interest and experience in Pregnancy Yoga. There is also some pr-course reading and listening which will be provided upon enrollment.

2 Class Observations

You will be required to complete and log a minimum of 5 class observations. These can be face to face or online classes. Ideally these will take place before Part 1 starts or as soon as possible after that.

3 Teaching Practice Assessment

In part 2 you will work with your peers to plan and deliver a complete yoga pregnancy class. Each participant will teach a short section of the class. This will be observed by one of the tutors and feedback will be given.

4 Post-Course Assignments

After part 2, you will be required to submit:

  • Your own registration form for pregnancy yoga students, setting out all the questions to which you would wish to have answers before teaching the student.
  • A one page handout setting out the key precautions to be observed by women practicing yoga during pregnancy.
  • A short description of benefits of pregnancy yoga.

Meet the Facilitators

The lead tutors are Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa White. They will be joined by guest Restorative Yoga teacher Ling Mann and visiting midwives, Olivia Silverwood-Cope (NHS midwife) and Tara Windwill-Robson (Private midwife).

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Lisa White


We are pleased to offer a limited number of 50% bursary places on this course. To find out more and to complete an application, please see here.

Course hours: 75


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