Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Laura Gilmore and Ali Woozley
A seven day training course 13-16 June and 6-8 September 2013
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express and interest in this course
BCY is delighted to be offer our first pregnancy teacher training in 2013. We have created a course that recognises the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
This course will enable you to teach yoga to pregnant women safely, based on the scientific “Western” knowledge of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. It will also allow you to be able to help women recognise and work with the emotional and spiritual path of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
We offer a “whole-woman” centred approach, whereby you are able to create pregnancy yoga classes that could offer support to women on many levels, and encourage women to create their own support networks as they move into this next phase of their lives.
For those of you on the BCY (or Yoga campus) Yoga Alliance Course this Intensive will count towards your Diploma course.
Course content The pregnant body and being
The anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
Hormones during pregnancy
The anatomy and physiology of birth
Hormones during birth (brief outline)
The emotional journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond
When to start pregnancy yoga and why
Classes and postures suitable for first trimester (discussion)
(It is generally advised that women should only start pregnancy yoga from week 14 of their pregnancy. The course will therefore largely focus on pregnancy yoga from this stage on. However we will have allow discussion and exploration of postures suitable for students who already have a yoga practice when they become pregnant).
Meeting the whole woman
How to meet the whole woman - what does this mean?
- meeting and greeting pregnant women
- women’s sharing circles within the class
- encouraging openness
- working with history of miscarriage
- working with news of stillbirth or miscarriage
- integrating news of births and welcoming women and babies back to class
Pregnancy yoga classes
- how to structure the class
- class sequencing: sharing, asana, breathwork, meditation, birth preparation etc.
Asana work suitable for pregnancy
- posture awareness: easing the mother’s body and enabling baby to come into a good position for birth
- asana suitable for early pregnancy, second trimester and third trimester
- partner work
- hip opening postures
- releasing the back
- gentle forward bends
- spinal release through gentle rotation
- chest and shoulder openers
- restorative postures
- modified sun salutations
- flowing on the breath
- working with props to suit all students
- all four’s postures work
- awareness of the pelvic floor: pelvic stability and muscle elasticity
- shavasana: getting relaxation to work for the pregnant body & mind
- remembering to allow space for the bump!
- how to support students with pelvic girdle dysfunction
- helping to ease sore backs
- how to work with breathlessness
- working with those with nausea, headaches and other common ailments that may arise
These breath practices facilitate relaxation throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally. We will cover how to use the breath during birth to facilitate labour and help women relax into the birth of their baby. The breath practices can also be used as a form of pain relief during birth.
- mindfulness of breath and body
- 3 part breath for pregnancy
- ujjayi breath
- golden thread breath
- birthing breath
- “breathing the baby down”
Mindfulness, Meditation & Energy work
These practices help women to connect to their energetic being, to relax deeply by bringing their prana or energetic being into balance. There are also practices to help the mother connect and communicate with her unborn child(ren).
- yoga nidra
- yoga nidra for the baby
- yoni mudra
- visualisation for birth
- breathing acceptance into the heart
- mother-baby meditation and breath
In addition to the practices listed above these practices can be incorporated into class as a means of preparing for the birth
- supported squat
- leaning in, releasing against the wall
- all 4’s postures for birth
- relaxing the pelvic floor
Yoga Literature & Philosophy with reference to women and family life
We will breifly look at (a full exploration could take a long time!):
- The Yoga sutras of Patanjali
- Bhagavad gita etc.
- Tantra tradition & practices
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30-5pm, with Sunday 16th June 10.30am-4pm, and Sunday 8th Sept. 10.30am-4pm. A shared lunch will take place between 1-2pm. Please bring vegetarian food to share.
Please be aware this may alter according to the practical considerations on the day.
Cost: £625 or £575 for BCY trainees. Payment must be received before the start of the course in order to secure your place. For payment options please click here Payment_Options_for_2013_Intensive_Courses.doc
Certification: You will receive a BCY certificate of attendance to the course, for those of you on the BCY (or Yoga campus) Yoga Alliance Course this intensive counts towards your Diploma.
To apply please send us an email/written page detailing:
Your name and contact details
Your yoga experience to date
Your current practice
Why you wish to do the course
Once you have been accepted onto the course please make full fee payment by cheque or BACS. Cheques should be made payable to Bristol City Yoga, or contact the studio directly to ask for our bank details in order to make a transfer online. Your place is secure once payment is received.
No refunds, credits or transfers are available on cancellation of the course prior to during or after the start date.
In extenuating circumstances course can be deferred until a later date and a 10% deferral fee will be charged.
If you have any queries please contact us on 0117 924 4414 or email@example.com
Spiritual Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin
Mother's Breath, Uma Dinsmore- Tuli
Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Or the last book can be replaced by another text on pregnancy yoga- we can look at and share texts between us on the course
Please also read/ revise
Yoga sutras of Patanjali
Assignments- this may be amended but to give some idea:
Prior to the course:
Observe 4 pregnancy yoga classes & write a review of each class (you will receive a proforma for this with information required)
After the course:
Write class plans for 4 pregnancy yoga classes, including how you will try to meet the emotional as well as physical needs of women (you will receive a proforma for this with information required)
Group- teaching work and informal assessment will take place during the course
Write an experience of pregnancy from your first hand experience, or through research (interview is ideal) and how this may influence your teaching. (2000-3000 words)
Laura Gilmore has practiced yoga for the last 20 years and been teaching since 2002. She teaches with warmth and humour to bring the fundamental principles of yoga alive. Laura is trained in pregnancy and postnatal yoga with Birthlight and Sitaram partnership and has taught pregnant women, mothers and babies for the last 5 years - since her own pregnancy with her son Madoc.
With her depth of experience Laura is able to help women feel more confortable in their bodies during and after pregnancy, and to recognise and release fears and anxieties around birth. Her aim is not to sell some ideal of the "perfect birth" , "perfect mother" or "perfect baby" but to dispel these ideas of perfection and to encourage us to simple accept how are right now and to work from there.
Ali Woozley found the benefits of yoga became apparent to her during both her pregnancies. She practiced with Chris Fielder and Dominique Sakoilsky in Bristol and Janet Balaskas in London. The relaxation, grounding and confidence Ali gained in her body served her well during her births, during breast feeding and in her parenting.
Now Ali's ‘babies’ are teenagers but the lessons of yoga still resonate in her family life and inform her relationship with her children. Ali's passion and heart lie with birth and pregnancy: she has worked as a Midwife since 1992 and qualified as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance in 2011 at Bristol City Yoga. Ali trained as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher with Uma Dinsmore Tuli of the Sitaram Partnership in 2011. Ali's Yoga classes aim to share the blessings and teachings that she has received with other women. With great respect and love.