PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
This course will give you the tools and the confidence to be able to safely support any pregnant student who wants to benefit from yoga during this special stage of life. This training can be taken alone for 30 CE hours with Yoga Alliance, or as Module 1, a prerequisite to combine with two more modules to complete a future 85-hour Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Certification (RPYT).
Modules 2 and 3 will take place later in 2023, stay tuned.
The Prenatal Yoga course will offer you a solid base of knowledge, confidence, and understanding about the best movements, appropriate yoga postures, meditative practices and breathing exercises to honor and support the sacred journey of pregnancy.
As a teacher, you might have had the experience at some point, of having a pregnant lady joining your class. When this happened, how did you feel? Were you prepared to adjust the sequence to keep her safe? Learn the basic guidelines of how to adapt a yoga sequence for the three trimesters of pregnancy with essential poses modifications to build strength and address the most common complaints, as well as the postures to avoid. The training will explore Yoga, Mindfulness, Restoration, and breathing as useful tools in pregnancy as well as in preparation for childbirth.
MODULE 1 CONTENT
Anatomy and Physiology
• Anatomy and physiology of the pregnant body
• The three trimesters and the Relaxin hormone
• Common ailments during pregnancy
• Conditions and issues requiring special attention
• Understand the importance of pelvic floor muscles for expectant moms
• Health questionnaire
Pregnancy and How Yoga Can Help
• How Prenatal Yoga classes can change the pregnancy experience
• The supporting role of the Yoga teacher
• The importance of Optimal Fetal Positioning (OFP)
• Couples yoga and massage techniques for support in labor
• Breathing exercises during pregnancy and childbirth
Guidelines for Prenatal Yoga Sequencing
• How to plan a class for different trimesters
• How to safely modify common yoga poses during pregnancy
• How to support students with the use of props for comfort
• Contraindications during pregnancy
• Accommodating pregnant students in public group classes
Positivity and Relaxation in Pregnancy
• Explore relaxation techniques for pregnancy
• Meditation and visualization for a positive childbirth
• Positive thinking and positive affirmations
• Guided relaxation for pregnancy
MODULE 1 DATES
February 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18, 2023
Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 to 4:30 pm
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course is open to all who are passionate about birth and yoga: Yoga Teachers, professionals who work in the birth field, Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Fitness and Pilates instructors.
Regular: 6,800 MOP
Reduced: 6,000 MOP*
* Member of the International Certified Yoga Teachers Association Macao.
*Two people joining together
Ongoing mentoring through a Facebook private group
Certificate of Completion
English and Chinese
Wechat: icyta_macao / 68442022
International Certified Yoga Teachers Association Macao
Small group, limited to 8 spots. Reserve your space now and don’t miss out!
Margarida Luz, Lead Trainer
Margarida’s journey as a yoga teacher started more than 7 years ago. Her passion for women’s health drove her to pursue the certification in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga (RPYT) in order to support and empower local women on their transition to motherhood. Margarida had the privilege to study with international experienced teachers with whom she learned skills and techniques to safely assist women throughout their pregnancy journey. For the past 4 years, she guided more than 30 parents in Macau with Prenatal Yoga before birth, and Postnatal Yoga following childbirth. Her main goal is to keep women well informed, physically active and emotionally balanced.
Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) Credentials
- Mindful Birth Australia Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Teacher Training with Michelle Papa and Dr. Jean Byrne (2019).
- Prenatal Yoga Center NYC Teaching the Postnatal Student Teacher Training with Deb Flashenberg (2020).
To further be able to assist women, Margarida is currently studying to become a Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist with Core Solutions, USA.
Eva Lei, Assistant Teacher
Eva has completed her Prenatal Yoga Teacher certification (RPYT) with teacher Tina from Tina's Yogalates, Taiwan. From there on, she started her teaching journey in Macau. She is honored to safely support moms-to-be during their pregnancy with prenatal yoga, sharing the joy with them and being inspired by mom’s love. Eva affirms that teaching prenatal yoga makes her feel quite satisfied and fulfilled.
As sessões de Yoga de preparação para o parto com a Margarida Luz, transmitiram-me um conhecimento mais profundo sobre a gravidez e as mudanças que trazem ao corpo da mulher. Os exercícios ajudaram-me a criar uma maior sintonia com o meu corpo, fortalecendo-o, e maior conexão com o meu bebé. A energia que a Margarida traz para as aulas ajudou-me muito durante toda a minha gravidez, porque me fez sentir muita confiança em mim, e em todo o caminho. Agradeço muito todos os ensinamentos, e toda boa energia que tive a sorte de encontrar com a Margarida durante esta minha segunda gravidez.
Thelma Costa Almeida
As a new embracer of Prenatal yoga sessions taught by Margarida since the beginning of my second trimester, I have to say that I’m truly grateful for having this sole opportunity to hold on to this beautiful journey of pregnancy. This was the best thing that I could get especially at this time where anxiety persists after the global pandemic touched our lives. At the end of the day or week, there is always a place to recover that good energy and overall wellbeing state of mind and awareness
In every class, Margarida showed us the importance of all the poses and exercises that might help during the delivery and postpartum. I need to mention her great job as yoga instructor, helping us to understand our body changes and adjusting the yoga practice to each one of us even during the group session. Thank you Margarida.
Margarida is an amazing professional yoga instructor. She taught us how to understand our bodies during pregnancy, she helped us to navigate undesirable issues such as swollen legs and backaches. At the end of each session she guided us into a peaceful meditation time. She explained the benefits of each exercise to promote an easy labour and a fast recovery in postpartum. Her positive and peaceful energy made us feel comfortable and secure, really important during hormonal crazy changes. I really appreciate Margarida's work and I'm looking forward to join the postpartum yoga.
Thank you Margarida, you are amazing!
Taking prenatal yoga with Margarida has had a significant impact on my wellness throughout my pregnancy. Although I had been taking some online prenatal classes, it was very helpful to be able to learn about the physiology of pregnancy and labor, in person. Not only were these mini-lessons informative, but the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions was helpful. The yoga practice incorporated breathing techniques for different stages of labor, mindfulness strategies, and the actual yoga poses and postures. The strategies have helped me throughout the second and third trimesters to ease body aches and pains, to relieve stress, and to mentally prepare myself for giving birth. The exercises have been easy enough to also do at home, and Margarida has provided numerous suggestions to adapt to our individual needs and circumstances. Being somewhat anxious about labor, and just being a stubborn person in general (who does not like being told what to do), I was not sure what to expect going into my first prenatal yoga class. I could not have asked for a better instructor than Margarida. I felt immediately at ease and relieved that I had joined. I am confident that with her help and instruction, and regularly practicing at home as well, I am giving myself the best chance at the kind of labor and delivery experience I want.