105 Hour Pre & Postnatal Teacher Training
Mamas all over the world want the best outcome for their pregnancy and their baby. In this time of physical isolation, when many mamas are left without birth support in the delivery room, it is vitally important for women to be at the heart of their self-care and advocacy, and to have a community of support throughout their pregnancy. Take our comprehensive 105 Pre & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training to build a nurturing community with knowledge and empowerment as the foundation for a fulfilling pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. Our training provides you the skills to connect deeply in person, virtually, or in the studio.
Yoga Mamas gives you the ability to lead classes that support the continuously changing body through relaxation, strength and mindfulness. Our classes are richly themed and highly informative. You’ll spark conversations ranging from the nitty-gritty of pregnancy and advocacy, to nourishing spirit and connection with baby ALL while leading movement. Many of our teachers use their Yoga Mamas skills to expand their offerings to their general classes and to differently-bodied participants with mobility challenges.
Comprehensive Curriculum and Experiential Learning
Now more than ever, the capacity to create sacred space and build community is vital. Our training provides you the skills to connect deeply be it in person, virtually, or in the studio.
This distinctive Yoga Mamas prenatal training will provide the tools you need to bring a healing presence and nurturing support to your clients navigating their way through pregnancy. You’ll learn, not only the essentials of yoga and how they can be adapted to a pregnant body, but how to communicate this information to a room of mamas anywhere from the first trimester to full term simultaneously. Build your skills as a leader by uncovering preconceived notions about pregnancy and birth and creating community with other birth workers/expecting mothers. You’ll find in this training everything you will need to naturally weave your newfound knowledge into your current teaching or coaching.
Learn from Yoga Mamas with Decades of Experience
Our Yoga Mamas leaders are mothers who are passionate about the power of yoga to empower students, create community and transform the experience of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.
Randi Coen Gilbert
Our Director, Randi Coen Gilbert, E-RYT 500 has spent over 20 years as a child advocate and yoga teacher. Randi began teaching yoga in 2000 after having her second baby. She credits a full yoga practice, including mindfulness, to saving her as a new mom and making her a much better parent. Certified at the 500 hour level in 2003, Randi has advanced accreditations from Yoga Alliance. In 2012, she became a birth doula, registered by DONA International and trained in Yoga Therapy for 2 years. Randi has a Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from NYU. Last year, Randi fulfilled a lifelong dream and spent 5 weeks studying yoga and visiting spiritual sights in India.
Kristin Schultz, BS, 500 RYT, has spent her adult life working with mothers, parents and children teaching everything from yoga to conscious discipline to mindful childbirth. It was during her own pregnancies she uncovered the powerful benefits of mind-body awareness and self-care. Her passion to share these teachings and inspire her community to live their fullest potential has led her to found Zia Yoga & Wellness.
She has in-depth specializations including Ayurveda, AyurYoga, Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Facilitation, Training and Mentorship. In addition to her experience teaching yoga and training others, Kristin brings over 15 years experience in business operations as a consultant in the early childhood education, health and wellness, and social and behavioral research industries. She graduated with Distinction from the Pennsylvania State University earning a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.
Sarah Yukie Gingrich
Sarah Yukie Gingrich, BS, E-RYT 500, discovered the joy of teaching during her Montessori elementary education. A childhood filled with imaginative play and exposure to the joys of outside play, morphed through many phases until she felt the transformative power of yoga in 2001. Sarah completed her first 500 hour certification in 2003, trained as a movement and postural analyst in 2011, and evolves her movement and wellness offerings by leading classes, sessions, and trainings for over 15 years.
Committed to extraordinary transformation, Sarah has led around the globe. After developing her skills as a life coach in 2009, she integrated embodied leadership coaching for individuals, companies, and non-profits to transform and empower their communities. Sarah founded Create Karma, a not-for-profit social enterprise to provide accessible transformational leadership and wellness trainings through collaborative facilitation, in 2015.
A mother and partner, Sarah loves living in Lancaster, PA, and serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Business Center.
July 9th, 10th, and 11th 2021
Our Postnatal Training Weekend is perfect for All Yoga Teachers and Fitness Instructors who are looking to safely include and learn appropriate modifications for postnatal women in regular classes. This weekend-long course is also an excellent choice for yoga teachers who want to foster postnatal specific and/or mommy & me classes.
- Learn to instruct with sensitivity to the physical and emotional issues specific to the 4th trimester and beyond
- Build knowledge and assets to create a supportive community in a nurturing class setting, in person or online
- Understand the best developmental practices and the building of parental skills
- Expand your practice to include babies in your yoga classes
4 Live virtual weekends including Friday evenings and Saturday + Sunday mornings through late afternoons
⇒ Prenatal Training Weekends:
- May 14, 15, 16: Create Community in Sacred Space
- June 11, 12, 13: Empowerment through Knowledge
- June 25, 26, 27: Freedom through Nurturing
⇒ Postnatal Training Weekend:
- July 9, 10, 11: A New Norm – Strength and Surrender in Parenting
12-months exclusive access to our Yoga Mamas Membership site where you will find all training modules, live session recordings and program handouts filled with rich content to serve you in your goals wherever you are in your growth process PLUS additional bonus trainings and resources
Free access to join Randi’s weekly Pre/Postnatal Classes for Mamas at any stage live and on demand
Build confidence in your teaching and build mama’s confidence in her ability to give birth
Create community in your classes and learn alongside women in every stage of pregnancy
Stand in your authenticity, find your personal voice in your teaching, and create self-care for you and your students
Shift Your Vision to focus on what is possible in pregnancy instead of what’s not, exploring the many variations of asanas
Learn the Spiritual Foundation of Hatha Yoga and gain access to a comprehensive manual, including 12 themes for a class series and structure that fosters a support group like setting
Use asana to create space for baby and comfort for mom through length and strength
Prepare Mamas for Labor with yoga tools for best birth outcomes, including fetal positioning, mindfulness preparation, asanas & pranayama for labor and more
Learn how to support Mamas with props for specific issues common to prenatal/postnatal women and how to modify for them
Deep dive into knowledge on the pelvis, diastasis recti and how yoga best supports functional movement and a healthy core
Explore and adapt to best practices for modifying and empowering mamas during pregnancy and postpartum in a regular class
Expand your reach and structure your specialized classes, including Mom & Partner, Parent & Baby, and Pre/Postnatal Combination, to get the optimal benefits of community building and safety in addition to physical wellness
Discover labor support through the use of mindfulness practices, chanting and vocalization, guided imagery, partner yoga poses, and breathwork
Guest lectures from other pre & postnatal professionals essential to building knowledge, referrals and networking.
What kind of results can I expect from participating in the Yoga Mamas program?
Thank you so much for sharing all of your expertise with us and using such a different platform to do it. I know I was hesitant to join in for the online version, but I am so incredibly glad I did. I feel like I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge for my own birth experience as well as a whole new set of skills to offer future yoga students.
What does training look like?
Get all the benefits of an immersive online training, spread out over 3 months. With spacious weekends between modules , there is plenty of time to digest and integrate what you have learned from each session into your regular yoga practice and teaching so you’ll be prepared to continue building on your knowledge. Each weekend focuses on key skills and provides the embodied leadership for our core values of nurturing, empowering and creating community.
Each weekend session includes Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings through late afternoons/early evenings.
Why should I take the training instead of a wellness weekend?
Carrying and delivering a baby is a transformational experience for most mothers. We believe that prenatal yoga is one of the most effective ways to empower the experience for both mother and baby no matter what type of pregnancy you have. Over our years of training and leading, we have seen the harm of classes led by well-intentioned but unaware teachers. Our trauma-informed training addresses the often overlooked needs of the prenatal and postnatal yoga student who may have experienced infertility issues, a previous difficult birth, loss of a baby, c-section, perineum tear, or the issues common to pregnancy and postpartum like sciatica, back and pelvic pain, tender wrists, loss of mobility, anxiety, and more. We nurture and empower both teachers and mamas in community together for the best birth outcomes.
Our Yoga Alliance certified training is perfect for yoga teachers, fitness instructors, doulas, midwives, L&D nurses, and childbirth educators who want to add prenatal instruction to their repertoire. After successful completion of this program you will be Yoga Mamas certified by Create Karma for pre and postnatal yoga and you will qualify for Yoga Alliance’s 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) designation.
Women who are planning a birth in the future or currently pregnant, but are not looking to teach are invited to join us for Yoga Mamas Wellness Weekends. Already prenatal certified? Our comprehensive postnatal training weekend can be taken as a stand alone module.
Are there any prerequisites for Yoga Mamas?
Anyone with an interest in prenatal yoga and wellness is welcome and encouraged to apply. Once you submit your application, our team will review what you’ve shared and be in touch!
If accepted, you must attend all training hours, complete all coursework and training homework, and attend 20 hours of prenatal classes in order to complete our Yoga Mamas program and earn your 85-hour prenatal yoga certification. Learn More.
Your tuition also includes free access to join Randi’s weekly Pre/Postnatal Classes for Mamas at any stage live and on demand.
Yoga Mamas Classes meet Wednesdays from 1-1:45pm and are hosted by Zia Yoga & Wellness.
What is my investment?
$1800 when paid in full by May 1st or make 4-monthly installments of $375 after $500 deposit
A portion of the profit from this program will be donated to Black Mamas Matter Alliance who ‘envision a world where Black moms have the rights, respect, and resources to thrive before, during and after pregnancy’ and the Maternity Care Coalition whose mission is to ‘ improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and parenting families, and enhance school readiness for children 0-3.’
Space is limited, and we only offer this program once a year. If you’re on the fence for any reason, have questions or aren’t sure this program is for you please reach out so we can answer questions and help you get clear on your wellness possibilities so you can make the best choice for you!