About this course
Our Online Complete Course (Prenatal & Postnatal) offers a balanced mix of theory and practical exercises providing you with valuable knowledge and tools to teach yoga to pregnant women and new mothers safely and confidently.
- Benefits of yoga for pregnancy and birth
- Safety Guidelines for pregnant students
- Modifying the postures for the various stages of pregnancy
- The three trimesters: overview of physiological changes for mum and baby
- Postural alignment for pregnancy
- Working with props for pregnancy
- Restorative Yoga for pregnancy
- Sequencing and the 5 Prenatal Posture Groups
- Yoga Nidra and Visualisation for pregnancy
- Partner Yoga for pregnancy
- Benefits & applications of squatting and pelvic floor toning during pregnancy
- Sounding/Chanting for pregnancy and birth
- Special sequences for pregnancy: ‘Pregnancy Pawanmuktasana’ & ‘Pregnancy Salute to the Sun’, and sample classes (stabilising & restorative)
- Applied Anatomy for prenatal yoga: back or pelvic problems & other common complaints
- Overview of Stages of Labour and Birth
- Yogic tools for labour
- Active Birth and Yoga
- 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 including sample classes
- Perinatal Mental Health—including an overview of postnatal depression
- ‘Mums n Bubs’ Yoga: benefits and applications, including a sample Mum ‘n Bubs Yoga sample sequence and class
- Establishing and running a ‘mums n bubs’ yoga class
- Incorporating baby in the yoga postures
This comprehensive online course contains a multi-media ‘bag of goodies’ including a stimulating mix of video, audio and written materials:
Online Complete: Prenatal and Postnatal Course
- Bliss Baby Prenatal & Postnatal Course Manuals (PDF format) – includes detailed diagrams, extensive notes, and references
- Six 1.5-hour audio lectures
- 1.5-hour video lecture: Stages of Labour Demo & Birth Discussion with Anna Watts and Ana Davis
- 1.5 hour Prenatal Yoga Class video (focusing on Group 3 Stablising Postures)
- 1 hr 20 min Prenatal Restorative Yoga Class video
- A prenatal Salute to the Sun video
- A therapeutic Pregnancy Pawamuktasana video
- Yoga Nidra & Birth Visualisation audio (by Childbirth Educator and Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, Anna Watts)
- 1 hour Mums n Bubs Yoga Class video
- A Postnatal Mother & Baby Yoga Demo Video
- 2 Postnatal Restorative Yoga Video Classes (30 mins + 20 mins)
- 2-hour video lecture: Perinatal Mental Health with Dr Lauren Tober
- Bonus: A Yoga for Grown-ups Video – safe home practices suitable for postpartum recovery (by Yogalates / Yoga Therapy specialist and Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, Maria Kirsten)
- 1 hour Skype Live session with a Bliss Baby Yoga course facilitator to discuss feedback on major Case Study Assignment and any outstanding questions.
- Optional mid-course 30 minute Skype session with a Bliss Baby Yoga Course Facilitator to check-in and ask any questions
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 the course. The total course hours on this completion certificate is 64 non-contact and 1 contact 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 Prenatal & 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 Complete Course, on average will take 50 hours to complete, so you will accrue at least 25 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, if you take about 50 hours to complete the Online Complete Course, you will accrue 10 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 prerequisite 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 in to our special student section of the website where you can get started with your course.
The Online Complete (Pre & 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 5 prenatal modules and 5 postnatal (and mums n bubs) 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 two ‘case study’ written assignments—one prenatal case study and one postnatal case study. Upload these 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 assignments 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 option of the Bliss Baby Prenatal and 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 65 hours—this is what we estimate it will take you to complete this course, including the homework tasks, background reading and completing your final assignments.
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
“I researched for a program like this online extensively and was not only pleased, but my expectations were exceeded! I thought since it was online there would be aspects that I would miss from the classroom setting but I didn’t. It was practical and accessible. The format was easy to follow and provided quite a few different ways of studying from hands on, listening, practicing with the study, as well as DVDs provided. I found the homework assignments were amazing because they enabled me to put what I learned into a program. The final case studies were extremely beneficial. Its one thing to study and learn, its another to take what you learned and design a class. Understanding that certain postures are contraindicated or not is one thing, but designing a class around it is another. It also helped give me a better understanding of what I should be accomplishing. I am extremely pleased with the program as well as the communication and level of experience of the staff. The program layout, expectations, and requirements left me feeling confident with my abilities and I am looking forward to teaching.”—Dawn, USA / Uzbekistan
“I enjoyed the online course because it enabled me to work at my own pace and offered a variety of mediums to learn from – dvd classes, articles, online classes, cds and the course workbook/notes.Being pregnant whilst completing the course was a huge benefit to my own personal practice, understanding and becoming more aware and informed of the changes my body was going through.I felt the course was well balanced with the physical, emotional and spiritual sides of a yoga practice and covering the birth process is an invaluable bonus.I feel I have learnt some amazing tools that will assist me in my labour, physically and emotionally.”—Alison Kennedy
“Prenatal trainings aren’t easy to come by and this is a convenient option that gives you a very professional understanding.”—Karen-Anne
“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
“I was so impressed with the format and content of the course. I would highly recommend this course to any yoga teacher wanting to learn about prenatal/postnatal yoga.” Michelle
“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
“Thank you for providing this great course online…for this medium has been essential as I live in remote Alice Springs, NT. The Teacher Training has given me confidence to go and start teaching in this area, where as before I felt so unsure. I have come away from this course respecting the benefits of pregnancy yoga as a valuable therapy for the mother and baby and would recommend it to all pregnant women. The course was fun, thorough and placed the safety of the mother and baby at a high priority.” Joanne Gordon
“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 Complete 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 beneficial for keen yoga practitioners who are pregnant or new mothers. It will help to deepen your knowledge of how yoga can support you during these new and exciting stages 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.
The online courses have been written and recorded by Ana Davis. Online course students will experience the core audio lectures with Ana, as well as see Ana teaching a real Prenatal Yoga class and Mums n Bubs Yoga class, demonstrating how to incorporate baby in yoga postures, and can practise along with Ana’s prenatal Pawanmuktasana sequence, Sun Salutations, and pre & postnatal restorative video classes. Ana is also a teacher on our new Online Level 1 Fertility Yoga Teacher Training Course.
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.”
Anna Watts has been a beloved guest teacher for Bliss Baby Yoga courses throughout Australia for some years now. Anna, a mother to two beautiful, adult daughters, is a professional Childbirth Educator and Doula Trainer who has been working with pregnant women and couples for over 25 years. Her wide experience includes a Diploma in Childbirth Education, Diploma in Counseling, Cert IV Training & Assessment, training prenatal yoga teachers, facilitating birth classes, prenatal yoga and supporting many births as a doula.
Anna shares her wisdom on birth through the the video lecture “Stages of Labour” as well as the “Celebration of Birth” yoga nidra and birth visualisation audio as part of our Online Complete: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course.
Kind words about Anna from our Online Course graduates:
“I liked the info on stages of labour by Anna Watts, as I’m currently pregnant myself and have been avoiding research on this area (I thought it might freak me out!). But session 5 has actually reassured, rather than frightened me. I am feeling better about my own impending labour.”
“Anna Watts is the warmest and most gentle person and that really comes across in the video! Anyone who has her as a doula would be so lucky.”
“Anna – you are also wonderful. Watching and listening to you in the video lecture was one of the most memorable parts of the course for me, your explanations and commentary throughout was really gentle, nurturing and accessible. (I was watching it through the eyes of a newish mum who had a very difficult birth). I feel if I am ever pregnant again, I will be more confident about the birth process, and a lot of this has to do with seeing that video and hearing your commentary and input.”
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 Prenatal and 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 Prenatal and 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 Prenatal and 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 Prenatal and 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 Prenatal and 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.”
Choose from two purchase options—stand-alone or bundled with our Pre & Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module
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ONLINE COMPLETE PRENATAL & POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
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 Assignments
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 each Case Study in your own time (there are two—one prenatal, one postnatal) and then simply upload your assignments through the website.
5: Personal Skype Session
Once you’ve uploaded both assignments, 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 1-hour Skype session with your Bliss Baby Yoga Facilitator, she will share her constructive feedback on your assignments 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 one-on-one time 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.