Why train with Amala?

After graduating from your 200 hour program, you probably realized that your yoga education was just beginning—and that with such a saturated market, it’s wise to invest in advanced training. So why not further your career by targeting an underserved specialty population?

Because health care professionals are beginning to understand yoga’s ability to alleviate both the physical and psychological challenges associated with childbearing, there is increased demand for professional prenatal yoga teachers nationwide. Yoga Alliance has recognized this need with training standards for yoga teachers to become Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT).

The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga’s unique program goes above and beyond the typical 85-hour certification protocol. In addition to teachings based in yoga therapy and Ayurveda, our faculty offers clinical insights into physical therapy, nurse midwifery, obstetrical and perinatal psychology.

Over the course of 95 hours, you will learn to design intelligently sequenced classes for women on the path from pregnancy to birth to motherhood. You will become confident in offering powerful meditation, pranayama and relaxation techniques appropriate for the prenatal and postnatal woman.

One of Chicago's longest running prenatal trainings, Amala has offered its certification annually for the past five years.

I really respect Amala’s teaching principles so I like to structure my prenatal classes the way in which I was taught. This includes a community component in the beginning of class, followed by a well-balanced practice that leaves room for moms to make the practice their own, ultimately leading them back to their own inner teacher. Amala helped me add an educational and therapeutic component to my teaching and also helped specify my language. I’ll also say, I’ve taught many things I learned from the training to non-prenatal students and it is just as beneficial. It equipped me with a whole new set of tools for my toolbox and made me a stronger, more confident, more versatile teacher.
— Amala 2016 Graduate
This training has definitely brought me to a softer side of my yogic teaching. I am trained in sequencing an overtly physical yoga practice, using active language and staying very attentive in my cueing. Allowing myself to find a softness and to observe the silence in prenatal yoga has made me a more well-rounded teacher. I am grateful for the growth.
— Amala 2017 Graduate

Training Overview

Our teacher training is offered in three four-day intensives (10am-5:30pm), plus a final assessment day. 
All three courses are offered annually in Chicago. 
2018 Location: Yoga Six South Loop, 1136 S. Delano Court E-204, Chicago, IL 60605

You can register for the full training here or scroll down to view in-depth descriptions of each module.

In addition to daily asana practice, reflection and meditations and lectures and discussions led by lead trainers as well as guest speakers from various area's of expertise and homework after each module, Amala’s training program includes 10 more hours of instruction than the typical certification process.


Thursday to Sunday, Jan 25-28, 2018, 10am-5:30pm
$650 A la Carte, Yoga Six Teachers $552

Learn how yoga can support women who are trying to conceive and how to address common concerns, discomforts and risk factors during the three trimesters of pregnancy.

Course Highlights:

  • Understanding fertility from holistic and Western perspectives
  • Designing class sequences for women undergoing fertility treatments
  • Guiding yoga nidra (deep relaxation)
  • Embracing the changes of pregnancy
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and the Koshas
  • Thematic teaching and intelligent sequencing

Guest Faculty Presenters: Beth Heller, founder of the holistic fertility center Pulling Down the Moon, leads a discussion and practice about yoga and fertility. Catherine Lewan, women's health physical therapist, provides experiential learning on the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy.

Required Reading: Fully Fertile by Tami Quinn and Beth Heller, Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman

This course is a pre-requisite for Yoga for Childbirth Preparation.


Thursday to Sunday, March 8-11, 2018, 10am-5:30pm
$650 Ala Carte, Yoga Six Teachers $552

This four-day training will primarily focus on how yoga can help women and couples prepare for the childbirth process.

Course Highlights:

  • Yoga to prepare for childbirth and motherhood
  • Birth visions and birth stories
  • Methods for working with private clients and couples
  • Honing your language and thematic teaching skills
  • Building partnerships with doulas and midwives
  • Mantra, pranayama and vocalizing tools for labor
  • Prana Vayus and Gunas: Subtle body & mind in labor
  • Prenatal yoga practicum clinic

Guest Faculty Presenters: Certified Nurse Midwives from North Shore Associates in OB/GYN at Evanston Hospital leads an interactive discussion on the midwifery model of prenatal care. Shawna Mertens, co-founder and Doula from Third Coast Birth provides information on the role of a doula in pregnancy, labor and postpartum and hands-on partner coping tools.

Required Reading (for full program participants): Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin and Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman (birth chapter only).

This course has a prerequisite of the completion of Module One: Yoga for Fertility and Pregnancy


Thursday to Sunday, May 3-6, 2018, 10am-5:30pm
$650 A la Carte, Yoga Six Teachers $552

For yoga teachers and women’s health care professionals to learn how yoga can address the common concerns and experiences shared by many new moms.

Course Highlights:

  • Holistic and Western psychology perspectives on perinatal mood disorders
  • Appropriate practices for the postpartum body
  • Sequencing techniques for postnatal and baby yoga
  • Marketing classes, workshops and private sessions
  • Creating a community of resources for yourself and your students
  • Mom & Baby practicum clinic

Guest Faculty Presenters:  Catherine Lewan, yoga teacher and women’s health physical therapist, shares insights and practices helpful for the common physiological concerns of postpartum women. Terri Drews, MSW and co-founder of Beyond the Baby Blues support group in Evanston, will introduce the spectrum of postpartum mood disorders.

Required Reading (for full program participants): Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman (postpartum chapter only) and Yoga Baby by DeAnsin Goodson Parker.

This is the third module of our 95 hour program. There is no pre-requisite for this course and is open to anyone. You can take Modules I and II next year if you are seeking certification.


Requirements & Pre-Requisites

Participants must be a 200-hour certificated yoga teacher or a licensed women’s health professional with extensive yoga experience.

All participants must submit an application prior to registering. Your application submission will only hold your reservation without payment until December 31, 2017.  After that date we will not be able to guarantee you a spot without full payment. 

Modules can be taken independently, but all three must be completed within 18 consecutive months in order to receive the certification. Module 1 is a pre-requisite for Module 2. Module 1 and 3 do not have pre-requisites besides the aforementioned requirements to be a certified yoga teacher and/or women's health professional with significant yoga experience.

Those committing to the full 95 hour certification must also complete all coursework, 10 non contact elective credit hours, homework and final assessment. See Certification Requirements page for more details.

When completed in its entirety, this curriculum conforms to Yoga Alliance standards of a Registered Prenatal Yoga School.  Upon completion of the full training and all requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher credential. (Yoga Alliance requires 30 additional teaching hours after completing our training.)

Required Reading

Note: Please use the links below to purchase your books from Amazon.com!

Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman (for all modules)
Fully Fertile by Tamara Quinn and Elizabeth Heller (for Module I only)
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (for Module II only)
Yoga Baby by DeAnsin Goodson Parker (for Module III only)

 

A Registered Prenatal Yoga School with Yoga Alliance