About this course
This Postnatal Online Teacher Training Course offers a balanced mix of theory and practical exercises providing you with valuable knowledge and tools to teach new mothers (with their babies!) safely and confidently
- Postnatal Yoga: Needs of the new mother: first 6 weeks and beyond; physiological changes – diastasis rectus
- Postnatal safety guidelines
- Sequencing and the 5 Postnatal Posture Groups
- Restorative yoga for new mothers
- Perinatal Mental Health—an overview of postnatal depression
- ‘Mums n Bubs’ Yoga: benefits and applications
- Establishing and running a ‘mums n bubs’ yoga class
- Incorporating baby in the yoga postures
This Postnatal course contains a multi-media ‘bag of goodies’ including a stimulating mix of video, audio and written materials:
Online Postnatal Course
- Bliss Baby Postnatal course manual (PDF format) – includes detailed diagrams, extensive notes and references
- Two 1 – 1.5-hour audio lectures
- a 1 hour Mums n Bubs Yoga Class video
- 30 minute Postnatal Restorative Class Video
- 20 minute Postnatal Restorative ‘Heart-Opener’ Class Video
- 2-hour video lecture: Perinatal Mental Health with Dr Lauren Tober
- Bonus: A Yoga for Grown-ups – safe home practices suitable for Postpartum recovery (by Yogalates / Yoga Therapy specialist and Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, Maria Kirsten)
- 1 x 45 minute Skype Live session with a Bliss Baby Yoga course facilitator to discuss feedback on major Case Study assignment and any outstanding questions. (If you don’t have access to reliable internet and Skype, you can choose to have this session by telephone, at your own cost – i.e. you call us)
Note: some additional books for recommended reading are not included in the course fee.
A Completion Certificate (PDF electronic file) is provided once you’ve completed this course. The total course hours on this certificate are 25 hours.
Members of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia are required to complete ongoing professional development to keep their membership current.
By completing the Bliss Baby Yoga Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, teachers are able to accrue these necessary professional development hours as well as to gain the all-important knowledge and skills to launch them into this specialised area of women’s health.
For Yoga Australia members, 36 CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) must be accrued to keep your membership active. These can be accrued through contact or non-contact courses. For online courses two hours are equal to 1 CPD point. The Bliss Baby Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course is a 25 hr course (24.25 non-contact hours, 0.75 contact hours), so you will accrue around 12 CPD points.
For Yoga Alliance members, ‘Continuing Education’ hours needs to be maintained through both ‘contact’ and ‘non-contact’ learning. Every 5 hours you spend on the Bliss Baby online course is equivalent to 1-hour of continuing education points. So, for this 25 hour Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, you will accrue 5 Continuing Education hours.
At the end of the course we will also include you on our online directory of qualified pre/postnatal yoga teachers.
PLEASE NOTE that our Bliss Baby Yoga training courses are designed as post-graduate study for qualified yoga teachers, and are not alone designed to qualify graduates to teach prenatal / postnatal yoga classes to the public if they are not yet a qualified yoga teacher (having completed a minimum Level 1 / 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training). The pre-requisiste to enrol in our courses is at least 6-12 months consistent prior yoga practice experience – so that you are familiar with the basic postures / practices / terminology and can therefore gain the most from this training. We strongly recommend undertaking a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in addition to our specialised teaching before teaching any public classes, so that you can be insured as a qualified yoga teacher.
Read more about accreditation here.
Once you’ve enrolled and your payment is confirmed, you’ll be sent an email with your log-in details to log into our special student section of the website where you can get started with your course.
Our Online Postnatal course is easy to navigate—it’s all clearly laid out and you don’t have to be a ‘techy’ person to figure it out!
This course consists of 2 modules. Each module consists of a varied and stimulating mix of audio lectures, video-lectures, sample video classes, and accompanying reading from the course manuals. Have your yoga mat (and sometimes other props like bolster, brick) at the ready as there will be practical segments to some of the lectures. The focus of this course is on ‘experiential learning’ so that you can experience many of the recommended practices yourself.
At the end of each module there are short quizzes (see below under “Course Assessment Requirements”) and homework tasks to keep you engaged and ensure you’re integrating the information we’re giving you, and to help you prepare for the learning to come in the next module.
Course Assessment Requirements
At the end of each module you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you solidify the learning. An 80% pass mark is required, but don’t worry, the quizzes are multiple choice/ true-false and you can re-do the quiz as many times as you need to.
At the end of the course content you will be required to complete a ‘case study’ written assignment. Upload your completed assignment to the website (very easy) and one of our Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitators will mark it and be in contact to arrange the final step—your one-on-one Skype session.
In your Skype session your Facilitator will give you valuable constructive feedback on your assignment and it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions about the course content.
Then, all you need to do is complete our Online Feedback Form (your feedback is soooo important to us!) and you will receive your Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points).
The beauty of this Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is that you can complete it in your own time, to fit around your other commitments. The total course hours that will be recorded on your Completion Certificate are 25 hours—this is what we estimate it will take you to complete this course, including the homework tasks, background reading and completing your final assignment.
Because we understand that you’re fitting this course around other commitments that may include yoga teaching, working, or being a mother, there is no time limit on when you must complete the course, and the information and resources in this course are yours to keep forever. How you pace your study-load, that’s up to you, and what works best for your lifestyle.
What past course participants say
“This Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training helped me a great deal in understanding how to sequence a class specifically designed for postnatal mothers. The format was very organized and easy to follow. Rosie’s feedback via Skype was practical and inspiring. She was a joy to speak with. It was great to speak to a teacher who has experience in the field.” – Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Graduate (USA)
“I enjoyed being able to do this Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course online as I live in New Zealand. The course gave me so much information. It gave me so much knowledge on what mothers are dealing with physically and also emotionally, what to look for and be aware of, how to put a class together and feel confident about teaching it. I found my Skype facilitator, Star, very helpful. She answered all of my questions, gave me great tips and I found her very encouraging and present – it is a key part of the course to have this contact with an experienced teacher. I liked the case study assignment as it got me thinking about how to put a sequence together working with student’s limitations, and it was helpful for putting my first class together for today, and having options for the students. All elements of the course served to give a broader understanding of postnatal yoga.” – Machel (New Zealand)
“I really enjoyed and benefited from the Bliss Baby Yoga Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course – I am a busy mum working two jobs so I needed a course that I could take at my own pace and fit in whenever I got chance! For an online course, it definitely does a good job of being practical and accessible. I feel ready to start teaching postnatal yoga. The final case study was a really good way of getting me to think ‘postnatally’ definitely. I loved my Skype session with Star, she was wonderful and gave me great feedback and advice. One of the best bits about Bliss Baby Yoga is the support and communication received – you are all so organised, prompt to answer e-mails, friendly, lovely and supportive. I was really impressed with this part – you made distance/online learning completely stress free. Great communication.” – Laura (UK)
“The case study allowed me to apply what I had learnt to a realistic scenario. Discussing the assignment was useful and a lovely experience. It was good to hear someone else’s view of the sequence I put together. It was quite affirming.” Stevie-Jae
“Many thanks for an excellent, thought provoking and inspiring course – I really enjoyed completing it.” Angela
“The combination of audio sessions, with the course guidebooks and the additional cds/dvds were the perfect combination. This allowed you to read through and look at the information/pictures as you listened to Anas’ tutorials at your own pace, go back and forth as required and spend any additional time you wanted/needed on any area of interest.” Bree-Anne Tranter
I loved the course! I have learnt so much. I have been teaching pre-natal yoga classes, and I have developed much more confidence in my teaching because I feel more knowledgeable. And I love the feeling that I am helping my students. I loved the teaching style and the format was great; it was helpful having the course guide to follow as I listened to the lectures. The information was fantastic… a great way to learn, good mix of theory and practice. Ana is obviously so passionate about pre and postnatal yoga, and it’s hard not to catch that passion. It was a real pleasure to learn from her” Karen Buckland
The materials were incredibly well thought out and professional without being ‘slick’. I have done other on-line courses and the audio-visual was neither audible or able to be seen! Very impressed with the layout, quality and content of the on-line course materials.” Linda White
“Just wanted to let you know I held my first mums & bubs yoga class today! Thank you for providing me with the knowledge, confidence and inspiration to conduct safe postnatal yoga classes. The class is such a success, it was booked out before we began, and I will now have two weekly mums & bubs classes,” Andi Kiprillis, Berwick, Victoria
“I felt very satisfied with this course. I felt that any support and communication was just an email away and all communication was answered quickly and efficiently. Ana Davis’ voice, teachings and explanations were excellent, as well as the whole presentation. She is natural, down to earth and very easy to relate to.” Judy Walker
Who is this course for
The online course provides you the flexibility of studying from your own home, at your own pace. It is ideal for qualified yoga teachers, recent teacher training graduates or those still completing their yoga teacher training who want to specialise in the growing field of prenatal and postnatal yoga.
The course is also enjoyable and informative for keen yoga practitioners—new mothers. It will help to deepen your knowledge of how yoga can support you during this new and exciting stage in your life.
Ana Davis (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, qualified Doula, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.A. Honours) has long been passionate about exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation for women’s monthly and life cycles.
Ana has been a keen yoga practitioner since 1990, teaching yoga since 1996, and in 2005 founded Bliss Baby Yoga – offering specialised yoga teacher training courses in the areas of Prenatal, Postnatal, Restorative and Women’s Yoga. In 2013, Ana also founded Moving with the Moon which offers workshops and classes on yoga for the menstrual cycle, menopause and fertility.
Ana is currently writing her first book, “Moving with the Moon: Nurturing Yoga, Movement and Meditation for Every Phase of your Menstrual Cycle”, due for release in 2018.
Ana, a mother-of-one, is passionate about sharing the benefits and joys of yoga for every stage of one’s life journey.
This online course has been written and recorded by Ana Davis. Online course students will experience audio lectures with Ana, as well as see Ana teaching a real and Mums n Bubs Yoga class, demonstrating how to incorporate baby in yoga postures, and teaching Postnatal Restorative Yoga sample classes.
Kind words about Ana from our Online Course graduates:
“Ana – you are such an amazing and gifted person and teacher. We’re all lucky you discovered your calling and can share your knowledge with us. Your communication is really clear, and your voice is so pleasant and easy to listen to that the audio lectures were a real pleasure.”
“I loved Ana and the way she taught and how knowledgeable she is. I looked at a lot of online classes for this and was very happy I decided to take this one.”
Star Despres is a devoted yogini, practising since she was 19 and teaching since 2006. She is a Senior Byron Yoga Centre qualified Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and has been facilitating Bliss Baby Yoga teacher training courses since 2010. Star’s passions rest in empowering women to reconnect with the divine feminine, no matter what stage of life they are in, and assisting them to find a more nurturing and sacred approach to life. She especially loves to support women through pregnancy, the postnatal period, perimenopause, menopause and times of exhaustion and depletion via the practise of Restorative Yoga and daily self care rituals.
Star is also the founder of Divine Star, an Online sanctuary honouring the feminine and offering private mentoring, retreats, workshops and circles to inspire women to reclaim their power and reconnect to their authentic selves. Her greatest role is as a mama of 2 daughters (17 years apart), and continues to fine tune the balance of work and Mamahood whilst also honouring her own needs.
Star is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Our Online Postnatal course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Star (or Rosie / Mari) face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Kind words about Star from our course graduates:
“I loved my Skype session with Star! It was great to talk to someone so passionate. I liked her useful suggestions and it was good to know that what I’m doing is ‘right’.”
“I loved Star’s gentleness and genuine interest in women’s wellbeing.”
Rosie Matheson is a passionate women’s health and wellbeing educator. She has trained extensively in Hatha Yoga, and is a also a qualified Doula. Rosie’s many offerings for women include classes, workshops, and teacher training courses in yoga for fertility, healthy menstruation, women’s life cycles, and both the prenatal and postnatal phases of life.
Rosie’s foundational work in women’s yoga was conducted during a three year residency on Koh Phangan, Thailand. There she participated in over 700 hours of Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training courses in addition to attending Yoga Therapy workshops, meditation courses, and a variety of women’s retreats and classes.
Teaching women close to home and across the globe, Rosie regularly leads trainings for students in the USA, Japan, Italy, and Australia. Rosie’s passion is in educating women on the power of their bodies, and the undeniable correlation between celebrating your feminine form and living an empowered and vital life.
Her genius is in presenting these ideas in a way that is accessible, nurturing, and inspiring to women everywhere.
Rosie is a Senior Course Facilitator for our Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal & Postnatal and Fertility Yoga Teacher Training courses, online, throughout Australia and internationally, and also offers Online 1:1 Mentoring for yoga teachers and personalised yoga classes.
Our Online Postnatal course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Rosie (or Star / Mari) face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Kind words about Rosie from our Online Course graduates:
“I had my final Skype session with Rosie and her energy was definitely felt even though it was via Skype. She gave me some great suggestions for my teaching and clarified a few points. More than anything I felt that she was a supportive mentor, and as a teacher sometimes it is hard to let our guard down and open ourselves up to vulnerability since it is usually us people are coming to for guidance and learning. I am thinking of booking more Skype sessions with her – it was a true blessing to find this training, for so many reasons: the resources, the cost is so reasonable, the lecture format is timed on our own schedule which is perfect if you have a scattered schedule with teaching, etc and also for the personal growth and development. I do feel a part of the Bliss Baby community now…thank you.”
Mari Notaras (E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP, Yoga Australia Registered Level 3 Senior teacher, Dip. Remedial Massage, B.Arts) has taught yoga for over 18 years. She was teaching Hatha Yoga when her passion and interest in prenatal yoga flourished during her pregnancy with her first child 14 years ago.
She has since studied extensively in the specialised areas of Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative Yoga with many experienced teachers from both Australia and Internationally. She completed her Bliss Baby Training in 2011 and was invited by Ana Davis to become a facilitator on the Bliss Baby Yoga Teacher Training courses soon after. Mari is now a senior facilitator for Bliss Baby Yoga and teaches throughout Australia as well as Internationally, and is also a course facilitator for our Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
She is a mother of 2 daughters aged 14 and 12, and strongly believes that yoga is an incredibly powerful tool that helps women find peace, strength, and a strong connection to the feminine energy that resides deep within. She uses the tools of yoga in her teachings to promote and support positive experiences as well as a healthy transition through womanhood and all that it brings!
Our Online Postnatal course trainees will have the opportunity to meet Mari (or Star / Rosie) face-to-face during the final one-on-one Skype session.
Kind words about Mari from our Course graduates:
“Mari is so humble and nurturing. She is exactly the type of yoga teacher I aspire to be, so knowledgeable and approachable.”
“Mari is a wonderful, nurturing, knowledgeable teacher and it’s a joy to be in her presence, to listen and to learn.”
Maria Kirsten (MA, ERYT-500, YACEP) has been practicing yoga since 1989 and began teaching in 2000. Maria, a mother of two, is an Occupational Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and specialist in Applied Anatomy & Physiology for yoga teachers.
Maria facilitates workshops for teachers throughout Australia and internationally, and is driven by a passion to make yoga safe and accessible for everyone. Her style of teaching is dynamic and fun, making anatomy come to life in movement.
Maria’s video”Yoga for Grownups”, which offers safe home practices suitable for postpartum recovery, is a bonus included in our Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
Kind words about Maria and her “Yoga for Grownups” DVD:
“Thank you so much for the DVD – it is fantastic and I have been doing part of it nearly every day – my back and hips are so much better already.”
“My wife has been using your DVD quite regularly finding it helpful in recovering from the operation she had last year.”
“I would love to study more with Maria. I thought her teaching style was fantastic!”
Dr Lauren Tober is a mother of two, yoga teacher and clinical psychologist, who has also trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, iRest Yoga Nidra™ and Life Force Yoga. Her passion is in bridging the gap between Western and yogic psychology to help people to heal and to live full and wholehearted lives. She is also the founder of “Capturing Gratitude” and “A Daily Dose of Bliss“.
Lauren is a specialty guest contributor for our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course in the area of Perinatal Mental Health. Get to know Lauren at www.laurentober.com.
Lauren’s lecture on “Perinatal Mental Health” is included in our Online Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, and Lauren has also made some valuable contributions to our Postnatal Yoga training manual in this area of study.
Kind words about Lauren:
“Lauren has a thoughtful and compassionate approach to teaching and caring for people. As a yoga teacher she taught me to be respectful and mindful of my body, mindful of others and how to deal with physical injury as well as mental fatigue. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share in her joy of yoga. An inspiring teacher, source of much advice and friend.”
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HOW DO I ENROLL & GET STARTED?
Register and pay the full course fee. You can pay securely online with credit card via PayPal. (Note: that you don’t need your own Paypal account, you can pay via ‘guest checkout’)
Once your payment has been confirmed, you’ll receive an email with your log-in details and a direct link to go ahead and log-in. (You can also always log in directly on our website using the “Log In” link in the top right hand corner.)
If this is not your first purchase on our site, you’ll receive a reminder email with your log in details for the account you already have with us. Once you log in to the site, you’ll be directed to your member page where you can access your course and get started!
(Note: if you have previously purchased other courses or classes with us, you’ll be able to conveniently see and access all of your courses here in the member section of the website)
Enjoy the learning— a juicy mix of video and audio lectures, video demonstration classes, and a slew of informative and inspiring reading and notes!
You can work entirely at your own pace, and because we appreciate that you may be a busy mother and/or yoga teacher there are no time limits on completing our courses; they are designed to fit around your busy life.
Navigating your way through the course is simple and easy, but if you have any questions or issues at any time, we are only an email away!
In addition to homework tasks and extension reading/ viewing, after each module of the course you will be required to complete a short quiz that helps you consolidate your learning.
4: Case Study Assignment
Once you’ve completed all of the course modules, you’ll reach the Case Study Assignment section of the course. This is a fun, rewarding exercise that helps you pull all the key knowledge together about safely teaching pregnant and postnatal students with specific therapeutic needs.
Complete the Case Study in your own time and then simply upload your assignment through the website.
5: Personal Skype Session
Once you’ve uploaded assignment, one of our Senior Bliss Baby Facilitators will mark them and will be in contact (usually within 7 – 10 days) to schedule your personal Skype session.
In your 45 minute Skype session with your Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, she will share her constructive feedback on your assignment and this is also your opportunity to field any questions you may have about any of the content in the course.
Our online students report that they get so much out this time one-on-one with their course Facilitator.
6: Completion Certificate
After finishing your Skype session you’ll be prompted to complete a Feedback Form on the website and then, congratulations! You’re done! You will receive your course Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points). And you will then be ready to confidently and safely teach prenatal and postnatal yoga students.