Online 85hr Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

Empowering Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood

An invitation to support women in the Yoga of the Feminine as Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga

Change lives through a deep connection to the wisdom of motherhood as the yoga practice itself

Support women to nourish and birth the next generation with diverse practices that develop trust, intuitive wisdom and confidence in the innate power of the female body.

Connect to your leadership in the feminine rise, healing the Earth one mother at a time.

 

This body of work cherishes:

  • Elevating motherhood as the yoga practice itself, reclaiming feminine spiritual wisdom: an openly Feminist & Post-Lineage Yoga Approach

  • Embracing our Earth connection when growing new life, our inner nature nourished through grounding and rooting to mother nature, being in the cycles.

  • Women’s pleasure on multiple levels through movement, sensuality, expression & being listened to in their Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood experience.

  • Connecting to the Intuitive Voice and Ancestral Wisdom of womanhood above and beyond the voices of patriarchy

  • Nourishing, nurturing and compassionate teaching and practices, building sisterhood and communities of support for mothers. It takes a village

  • Reclaiming ritual to nourish and support women through their rite of passage into motherhood and beyond

COURSE FACULTY, COURSE STRUCTURE AND FAQs

OUR ONLINE FACULTY

Jo Shakti Argañaraz MA, ERYT500

Yogini and Honouress of the Divine Feminine

On this course:
Jo Shakti is the lead trainer and founder of the Return to the Self Prenatal YTT launched in 2016 in-person and online in 2020

Lianne Schwartz
Experienced Midwife

On this course:
Integrated Anatomy and Physiology of the Prenatal & Postnatal Period

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Lianne guides us through the Anatomy and Physiology part of the Yoga Teacher Training, highlighting this body of knowledge in a way that makes clear connections between Yoga Teaching and the changes women and babies experience in the Pre & Postnatal period. Lianne is an experienced midwife who is passionate about pregnancy and birth as a sacred transformative journey. She shares tools and wisdom to help every woman feel empowered in her own experience. In addition to almost 20 years as a practicing midwife, with a Masters degree in health research, Lianne is a mother, educator and intuitive healer. Along with her birth work, Lianne offers online pregnancy and birth courses and one to one healing sessions. She works for Griffith University researching, writing curriculum and teaching Master’s level Midwifery programmes.

Lisa Fitzpatrick
Registered Physiotherapist, Sacred Women’s Business Coaching

On this course:
Working with the Pelvic Floor (Internal Yoga) in Pregnancy and Postnatally

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Lisa Fitzpatrick will be offering the Pelvic Floor Module of the course. Lisa has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 27 years with a special interest in women’s health and pelvic wellness. She has been teaching yoga-anatomy with a focus on pelvic health for women for over a decade and loves to present this information in ways that support a grounded, accessible and feminine shift. As a best-selling author, speaker and founder of Sacred Women’s Business Coaching, Lisa believes that when women tap into their feminine wisdom via embodiment practices, the feminine shift restores balance and equality and helps to heal our troubled world. Lisa is a certified coach, experienced keynote speaker, best-selling author, yoga teacher, workshop facilitator, registered physiotherapist and mother of 2 sons. She lives in a subtropical paradise near Byron Bay.

Alex Alonso
Experienced Doula, holder of women’s wisdom

On this course:
Ritual for Pregnancy & The Postnatal Period

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Alex joins us in the Ritual for Women module of the course including Blessingway and Closing the Bones ceremonies. Alex is passionate about birth. She lived in Africa for over 10 years (and birthed both her daughters there), in Brasil, Europe and now Asia where she works with local traditional midwives. Her experience gives her a global and multicultural perspective in the honouring of women and their different realities. She feels a deep connection to the sacred circle of women who she feels committed to serving in so many ways. She weaves her life between her work as a devoted birth keeper for the last 12 years, working to create sacred ritual and ceremony for women for 12 years, as well as 15 years of massage therapist experience. Alex homeschooled her 2 daughters in rural Portugal for 6 years before coming to Indonesia where she currently lives.

Glenda Hamersley
BNutr,
Nutritionist

On this course:
Nutrition for Conception, Pregnancy, Birthing & The Postnatal Period

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Glenda provides a fascinating insight into how nutrition can support the health of mother and baby in all stages of pregnancy and the postnatal period
“As far back as my memory goes, I’ve been passionate about food, nutrients, the human body and the relationship between them all. Finally, I turned this passion into a career, getting a formal degree to learn all the intricate workings, the biochemistry, the pathophysiology, anatomy and physiology. Helping people navigate their journey from illness to ultimate health and wellness, empowering clients with ‘tools’ for change, has been a dream come true.”

Audrey Sarquilla
Bhakta, Tantrika & Yogini

On this course:
Bhakti Yoga, Mantra and Kirtan

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Audrey Sarquilla will be offering the Bhakti Module and Chanting for the course. Bhakta, Tantrika & Yogini, Audrey’s offerings come from over 26 years of a multi lineage journey. Audrey guides yoga classes and trainings, kirtan and women’s circles as a form of self-discovery and empowerment rooted in many traditions including Western Traditional Mysteries, Ashtanga, Bhakti and Tantra yogas. Audrey’s classes are filled with heart, full of philosophical gems of understanding and awareness, expressed with humor, love and humility. Audrey created, owned and operated a yoga studio for several years in Encinitas, California where her heart and home will always reside. Audrey is now an international yoga teacher and trainer hosting workshops, retreats & trainings in the United States, India, Costa Rica, Italy and Bali.

Willow MA
Women’s Spirituality & Womb Wisdom

On this course:
Placing Pregnancy in the big picture of Women’s Cyclical Wisdom

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Willow is a master scholar of Women’s Spirituality, a Purveyor of Womb Wisdom and a Keeper of Women’s Mysteries. She is a mother of 4 and has been facilitating Women’s Circles, Rites Of Passage Ceremonies, and Workshops for over two decades. She is passionate to advocate menstrual awareness, sustainable living and sisterhood. Her purpose is to hold and transmit the ancient knowledge and wisdom of the Divine Feminine that has been lost, erased and kept hidden over the centuries. Her gatherings both online and face to face support countless women and girls in reclaiming their womb wisdom, empowering their authentic voice and owning the divine feminine power that is their birthright.

OUR ONLINE GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

Debra Pascali-Bonaro 
Filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator & author

On this course:
Sexuality and Pleasure in Pregnancy, Birth and the Postnatal Period

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Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and author. Debra’s latest book, an Amazon #1 New Release, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy brings together her passion for pleasure in every aspect of life with her Jersey-Girl attitude of talking about what no one is talking about! Debra is a mother, grandmother and featured expert in parenting journals and media around the world. Debra Pascali-Bonaro is also Co-Chair of the International Childbirth Initiative and Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative both of which promote safe, respectful childbirth maternity care. She is a Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power, which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra’s passion comes from her over 30 years of working with women, men, midwives, doulas, physicians and nurses in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love, and pleasure to birth and life!

Debra Pascali-Bonaro is a world-renowned inspirational speaker, filmmaker, doula trainer, childbirth educator, and author. Debra’s latest book, an Amazon #1 New Release, The Ultimate Guide to Sex After Baby: Secrets to Love and Intimacy brings together her passion for pleasure in every aspect of life with her Jersey-Girl attitude of talking about what no one is talking about! Debra is a mother, grandmother and featured expert in parenting journals and media around the world. Debra Pascali-Bonaro is also Co-Chair of the International Childbirth Initiative and Chair of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative both of which promote safe, respectful childbirth maternity care. She is a Lamaze International childbirth educator, birth and postpartum doula trainer with DONA International, Director of the award-winning documentary Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret, co-writer of “Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth” and the Founder & President of the revolutionary online childbirth class Pain to Power, which prepares expectant mothers, fathers, and partners to be positively prepared for birth and focuses on the intimate and sacred nature of birth. Debra’s passion comes from her over 30 years of working with women, men, midwives, doulas, physicians and nurses in over 40 countries bringing comfort, love, and pleasure to birth and life!

Jero Luh Manis
Balinese Priestess and Yogini

On this course:
Opening Blessing Ceremony

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Born and raised in Bali, Manis is a Balinese priestess, who has responsibility in her local community to lead ceremonies. On becoming a Jero, she found her sensitivity to energy heightened, so turned to yoga and mediation to balance it. Luh Manis is the epitiome of the Shakti of Bali, authentic, ethical, powerful and harmonious. Manis leads retreats, spiritual excursions in Bali to holy sites and meditation and yoga classes in Ubud, Bali.

Sydne Fouche 
Experienced Doula & Mother of 5

On this course:
Doula Work and Prenatal Yoga Teaching

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Sydne joins us to share on the links between doula work and Prenatal Yoga Teaching and creating a community of support for women.

Sydne, mother of 5 and certified Kundalini Yoga Doula (KYDS) travels the globe, sharing her wisdom and love of birth, family and womanhood. Initiated as a birthkeeper by her first pregnancy and birth in 2009, Sydne has been guiding women on this journey since. Her rich experience is drawn from her own births and pregnancy losses, the women she serves as well as courses and certification programmes. Her work is influenced by the fundamentally spiritual aspects surrounding birth and it’s significance as a guide for spiritual growth and transformation. She explores the artistry of birth by connecting to the head, heart and hands of those whom work with her. She believes in her duty to serve birth to her highest ability, guided by the souls of the babies.

ONLINE COURSE CERTIFICATION ROUTE – YOGA ALLIANCE ACCREDITATION

A motivating 10 week programme of 5-6 hours study per week with the support of a group of likeminded Yoginis.  Designed to fit into your life, whatever your commitments.

  • A 10 week structured course with the support of a group of trainees
  • 3-4 hours of quality pre-recorded video material per week with beautiful PDF notes
  •  1 online group zoom call a week (1hr and 15 mins) with lead trainer Jo for 11 weeks (calls are recorded and shared if you cannot attend)
  • 1 short teaching practice for you to complete per week (starting with 5 mins and building up) with 1:1 feedback and mentoring from lead trainer Jo
  • 3 books to read during the course at your own pace
  • A commitment of 5-6 hours per week (plus the 3 books to read)
  • You will certified as an 85hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (globally recognised) on the last day of the course if your work is complete, with the option to defer the homework.

ONLINE COURSE SELF STUDY ROUTE – YOGA FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH and POSTNATAL YOGA

    • Full immediate access to 40 hours of quality pre recorded video material, filmed in high standard professional quality in beautiful Bali to study at your own pace
    • Accompanying high quality detailed written notes for all sections of the course
    • 1 x 30 minute mentoring online call with Jo
    • Option to upgrade to the certification route at any time
    • An incredibly low price to access all the course materials

ONLINE GROUP COURSE SCHEDULE:

We hold an intention setting opening ceremony and one call for each 10 modules (11 calls total) . All our 1hr 15min calls are held on zoom and are recorded if you cannot attend live (group size is limited to 10 women)

What is the purpose of our online interaction?

  • To be supported by Jo and the group in your development

  • To support a group of women in their journey on the same path

  • To develop as a teacher and discuss teaching practice assignments

  • To ask questions and share after each module of material

NOVEMBER 2020 “LOCKDOWN” INTENSIVE

All calls are held at Call 10am UK, 11am Europe

Self study is from 3-4hrs per day plus reading

Monday 23rd November – Opening Zoom Call 1 + Module 1 self-study

Tuesday 24th November – Call 2 + Module 2 Self Study

Wednesday 25th November – Call 3 + Module 3 Self Study

Thursday 26th November – November – Call 4 + Module 4 self-study

Friday November  27th – Call 5 + Module 5 self-study

Monday November 30th – Call 6 + Module 6 self-study

Tuesday November 1st – Call 7 + Module 7 self study

Wednesday December 2nd – Call 8 + Module 8 self study

Thursday December 3rd – Call 9 + Module 9 self study

Friday December 4th – Call 10 + Module 10 self study

1 week to finalize reading and teaching practice

Monday 14th December – graduation ceremony call 11

JANUARY-MARCH 2021 GROUP – (TIMES SUITING ASIA, MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE)

Yoga Alliance has confirmed accreditation for this online course in 2021

8am CET (Europe), 11am (UAE) 3pm (Bali GMT+7)

Call 1: Friday 15th January: Intention Setting

Call 2: Friday 22nd January: What is Prenatal Yoga & Module 1 discussion

Call 3: Friday 29th January: Asana, Patriarchy and Teaching Practice Feedback

Call 4: Friday 5th February: Discussion on the energy body and pregnancy

Call 5: Friday 12th February: Discussion on The Sacred Pelvis

Call 6: Friday 19th February: Restorative Yoga & Deep Relaxation teaching practice

Call 7: Friday 26th February: Preparation for teaching a class

Call 8: Friday 5th March: Follow up to first class teaching

Call 9: Friday 12th March: Preparation for teaching a full class

Call 10: Friday 19th March: Birth as Spiritual transformation

Call 11: Friday 26th March: The Fourth Trimester: a discussion, career Q&A & graduation!

SEP-DEC 2021 GROUP –  (TIMES SUITING ASIA, MIDDLE EAST AND EUROPE)

Yoga Alliance has confirmed accreditation for this online course in 2021

DATES TBC

8am CET (Europe), 11am (UAE) 3pm (Bali GMT+7)

Call 1: Friday : Intention Setting

Call 2: Friday: What is Prenatal Yoga & Module 1 discussion

Call 3: Friday: Asana, Patriarchy and Teaching Practice Feedback

Call 4: Friday: Discussion on the energy body and pregnancy

Call 5: Friday: Discussion on The Sacred Pelvis

Call 6: Friday: Restorative Yoga & Deep Relaxation teaching practice

Call 7: Friday: Preparation for teaching a class

Call 8: Friday: Follow up to first class teaching

Call 9: Friday: Preparation for teaching a full class

Call 10: Friday: Birth as Spiritual transformation

Call 11: Friday: The Fourth Trimester: a discussion, career Q&A & graduation!

60 GRADUATES SINCE 2016

Jo has taught the 85hr Prenatal and Postnatal course around the world since 2016.

The in-person course has 60 graduates working with women worldwide.  Our first Online course was launched in August 2020.

FULL MODULE BREAKDOWN (click on each to expand)

1. MODULE 1: COURSE INTRODUCTION

  • Course Blessing with Balinese Priestess Luh Manis – honouring mother earth, abundance and the cycles of life
  • The Shanti Pat Mantra for Protection, Nourishment and to create Good Energy
  • Prenatal Yoga Class Example 1: Surrender and Let Go (all trimesters)
  • Course Overview: Empowering Pregnancy, Birth and Motherhood through Yoga
  • Placing Pregnancy in a Body of Cyclical Wisdom (Our cyclical nature as women and her life stages)
  • Sisterhood and Space Holding in Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Classes

2. ASANA FOR PREGNANCY: THE FOUNDATION

  • The history of women in yoga and the implications for Post-Lineage Yoga and Prenatal Yoga
  • Yoga Asana for Pregnancy and what nourishes the pregnant woman and her baby (including beginners to yoga and advanced practitioners)
  • Asana Demo: Gentle Sun Salutations for all stages of Pregnancy
  • Asana Demo: Anjanyasana Sun Salutation – a more dynamic sun salute for pregnancy
  • Asana Demo: Ashtanga Vinaysa A – Sun Salutation for Pregnancy
  • Asana Demo: Ashtanga Vinaysa B – Sun Salutation for Pregnancy
  • Asana Demo: Chandra Namaskar: Moon Salutation for Pregnancy

3. THE ENERGY BODY AND PREGNANCY: THE FOUNDATION

  • CLASS EXAMPLE 2: Nourishment and Nurture: The Energy of Bhuvaneshwari
  • Pranayama for Pregnancy: Practicing for the landscape of the pregnant woman’s energy body and her baby
  • The energy anatomy of motherhood from preconception to birth
  • Pranayama Demo 1: Breath of Life/Full Yogic Breath for Pregnancy
  • Pranayama Demo 2: Nadi Shodana for Pregnancy
  • Pranayama Demo 3: Ujjayi Breath for Pregnancy
  • Bhakti Yoga for Pregnancy
  • Mudra for Pregnancy
  • Deep relaxation techniques for Pregnancy
  • Using essential oils for Pregnanct
  • Language for Prenatal Yoga Classes

4. THE BREASTS AND THE SACRED PELVIS: YOGA FOR WOMEN

  • CLASS EXAMPLE: ANCESTRAL WISDOM (all trimesters)
  • A breast and womb re-orientation for yoga
  • The sacred anatomy and physiology of the pelvis: foundations of understanding
  • Mapping the Pelvis: Experiential Learning with our qualified midwife
  • Introduction to internal yoga (the yoga of the pelvic floor) with our qualified Physio
  • 3 Yoni Yoga practices with our qualified Physio
  • Magic of the womb – the yoga of conception

5. THE FIRST TRIMESTER

  • Class Example 4: Prenatal Yoga for the first trimester: inviting new life
  • Class Example 5: Yoga for Women after first trimester Pregnancy loss
  • First Trimester Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pregnancy Physiology Foundations: Understanding the big picture with our qualified midwife
    (The interweave between the physiology of pregnancy and birthing and the practice of teaching yoga)
  • Nutrition for the First Trimester of Pregnancy with nutritionist Glenda Hamersley
  • First trimester Yoga Practices Overview
  • Asana Demonstration: Restorative Poses
  • Chanting: Jai Ma with our Bhaki Yogini
  • Chanting: Om chanting with our Bhaki Yogini
  • Nutrition for Pre Conception and First Trimester with our qualified Nutritionalist

6. THE SECOND TRIMESTER

  • CLASS EXAMPLE 6: STRENGTH
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Second Trimester
  • Second Trimester Yoga Practices Overview
  • Asana Demo: Standing Poses
  • Asana Demo: Seated Poses
  • Asana Demo: Vinyasa and Asana Transitions for Pregnant Women
  • Chanting: Gayatri Mantra with our Bhakti Yogini
  • Pranayama Demo: Bija Mantras/Baby Sound Bath
  • Second Trimester Nutrition with our qualified nutritionist

7. YOGA FOR PREGNANCY AILMENTS

  • CLASS EXAMPLE &: BALANCE (All Trimesters)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Pregnancy Ailments and Complications and the boundaries of the role of the Yoga Teacher
  • Yoga for Back Discomfort in Pregnancy
  • Yoga for Oedema (swelling)
  • Yoga for Heartburn
  • Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Yoga for Round Ligament Pain
  • Chanting: Pavamana Mantra with Bhakti Yogini

8. THE THIRD TRIMESTER

  • CLASS EXAMPLE 8: Moving beyond fear (with Echo Hui practicing in her 3rd trimster)
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Third Trimester
  • Third Trimester Yoga Practices including Apana and the Yoga of the Transition to Birth
  • Pranayama Demo: Golden Thread Breath
  • Pranayama Demo: Golden Thread and Ujjayi Breath
  • Pranayama Demo: Brahmari (Bumblebee Breath)
  • Blessingway Ceremonies: Ritual for Pregnant Women: A conversation with doula Alex Alonso
  • An example Blessingway ceremony with Olga
  • Third Trimester Nutrition with Nutritionist Glenda Hamersley

9. THE YOGA OF BIRTHING

  • CLASS EXAMPLE 9: Example Yoga for Empowered Birth Couples Workshop
  • Chanting: The Green Tara Mantra of Protection and Compassion with Audrey Sarquilla
  • Foundations of Empowered Birth with our qualified midwife
  • The Yoga of Birth, Active Birth, Positions and Birthing Breath with our qualified midwife
  • Pleasure, Birth and Sexuality and Sexuality after Baby – A talk with expert Debra Pascali-Bonaro
  • The links between Doula work & Prenatal Yoga with experienced Doula, Sydne Fouche
  • Medical Intervention in Birth: The Politics
  • Caesarian Section and Family Orientated Practices
  • An introduction to Bumi Sehat Birthing Centre and our 5% donation
  • Nutrition for Birth with our qualified Nutritionist
  • Interview with Echo Hui about the birth of Atlas

10. POSTNATAL YOGA: The 4TH TRIMESTER

  • EXAMPLE CLASS 10: POSTNATAL YOGA (with the energy of Goddess Chinnamasta)
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Postnatal period
  • The differences between Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Classes
  • Respecting and Honouring the woman’s body in a postnatal yoga class with our experienced midwife
  • PRANAYAMA: Healing Breath
  • Breastfeeding Meditation with Echo Hui and Atlas
  • Working with women and the pelvic floor in the postnatal period with our Pelvic Floor Specialist
  • Diastisis Recti and the Postnatal Body with our Pelvic Floor specialist
  • Closing The Bones Ceremonies with Alex Alonso
  • An example Closing the Bones Ceremony with Alex Alonso and Jo
  • Using essential oils for the Postnatal Period
  • Chanting: Mangala Mantra: To all beings with our Bhakti Yogini

11. CERTIFICATION: TEACHING PRACTICE AND HOMEWORK TASKS (CERTIFICATION ROUTE)

  • Suggested Format of a Prenatal Yoga Class
  • Reading List and Tasks: Guidance
  • Teaching Practice 1: Teaching A Sun Salutation
  • Teaching Practice 2: Setting up and teaching the 6 restorative poses
  • Teaching Practice 3: Teaching a half an hour Class
  • Teaching Practice 4: Teaching a one hour Prenatal Yoga Class
  • Marketing for Prenatal Yoga Teachers

Why study prenatal and postnatal yoga?

Learning to teach prenatal yoga enables you to specialize and create diversity in your own teaching.  Prenatal yoga is soulful, beautiful and a community based teaching which is incredibly powerful to teach.  Becoming a prenatal teacher and supporting women is a nurturing and abundant journey.  Many graduates describe their prenatal classes as ‘their favourite’ amongst their classes for a good reason.

Prenatal Yoga Teacher training is also a healing journey for many women.  This healing can take the form or ‘recovery’ from a traditional approach to yoga which disrespects women’s body, assimilating and honouring your own challenging pregnancy and birth experience or pathing the way for your future family.  It can also spark the light of awareness for the need to offer feminine energy practices for other stages of a woman’s life cycle and a love of this work.

And of course, as regular yoga teacher, it is much safer to have specialist knowledge of prenatal and postnatal yoga in order to better serve clients who attend regular yoga classes.

Do I have to be a yoga teacher to join this course? 

The self study route open to anybody (man or woman) with a solid interest in this work.

For certification, it is important to come to the course with pre-existing yoga training (the Yoga Alliance advise a 200 hour foundation) or a strong background in yoga.  However, for some professionals working in the field of midwifery, birth education, doula support, health professionals supporting women etc. or with those an established practice and understanding of yoga there is flexibility.  Some of our graduates who have a background in yoga have started with the Prenatal YTT (when they were pregnant for example) and then gone on to take a 200 hour course at a later stage.

Testimonials from the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Bumi Sehat donation

I am donating 5% of all payments for this course to Bumi Sehat. Founded by Ibu Robin Limh in 1995, Bumi means mother and Sehat means Healthy. Offering comprehensive gentle and loving Prenatal, Birthing and Postnatal care, child and family services and Prenatal Yoga at no cost.

‘‘We believe that each individual is an essential societal component of peace. By caring for the smallest citizens of the world we are building peace: one mother, one child, one family at a time.’’

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