Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training



13-20th April (daily)


Nilaya House, Al quoz, Dubai,

Before 1st Feb 2019 – 5,000AED (3,000AED deposit paid by 1st Feb and 2,000 due on 13th April)

After 2nd Feb 2019 – 5,800AED (3,000AED deposit to register and 2,800 due on 13th April)


November 2019
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th


The Studio, Villa 42, Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi

5800AED before 1st October 2019
6300AED after 1st October 2019
5300AED before 1st October 2019 – fixed rate for Jo and Sasha’s and Yogafirst existing graduates


26th April to 3rd May 2019

Daily 9-6pm

Namaste Zone
Amman-8th circle, Dahyet Al-Amir Rashed, Amman Jordan

750 Jordanian dinars (deposit of 250 due by 8th March 2019) after 8th March 1,000 Jordanian dinars

Return to the Self has offered Yoga Teacher Training globally since 2016 in the UAE and India.  Our course has met the high standards set by Yoga Alliance USA (the global version of Yoga Alliance) and is registered as a 85 hour programme.

What are our courses like?

Our courses are fun, interactive, discursive (your experience is highly valued), practical and authentic.

What style of yoga is taught?

The course offers a hatha and hatha flow style of asana suitable for all trimesters of pregnancy.  Although the course also includes pranayama, chanting mediation, relaxation techniques (yoga nidra) the course is designed to be appealing to a woman also interested in maintaining physical health.

What is covered on the course?

The course is the vision of Jo Arganaraz and is a synthesis of my own experiences as a pregnant woman (including having practiced ashtanga yoga and prenatal yoga during pregnancy) and the studies I have undertaken with Sally Parkes, Jodie Boone and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli amongst others.  I am grateful for all the teachers who have shared their passion.

Our syllabus enables you to:

Build on your existing yoga teaching knowledge to deliver safe and effective group prenatal classes for all trimesters of pregnancy including the postnatal period with a strong understanding of the anatomy of pregnancy

  • Develop clarity on dealing with pregnant students who attend general/regular classes including knowing who should/shouldn’t join and modifications to offer
  • Have clear knowledge of the physiology and psychology of pregnancy an birth including postures in pregnancy for optimal foetal positioning
  • Make the transition to teaching prenatal yoga and understand the key differences between a regular yoga class and the ‘bhava’ or feeling of a pregnancy class.
  • Ensure your classes are informative, uplifting, supportive, empowering and non judgmental including delivering effective feeling cues.
  • Adapt a pregnancy class for mothers-to-be with prenatal ailments such as muscular lower back pain, swollen joints, pelvic girdle pain, low blood pressure and fatigue
  • Lean practical ways hatha yoga can help birth and offer yoga techniques for 1:1 clients, partner birth workshops etc.
  • Developing awareness of reacting to the pregnant and postnatal students in the class and how to foster and build relationships. Developing teaching methodology.


  • Anatomy of Pregnancy, Stages of Pregnancy (including post-natal stage, Stages of Baby’s Development
  • Common Discomforts of Pregnancy, Complications of Pregnancy
  • Stages of labour & birth (vaginal delivery) and medical intervention in vaginal delivery
  •  Caesarian Birth


  •  Asana – suitable asana and vinyasa flow sequences for different stages of pregnancy (including first, second, third and prenatal periods)
  • Asana for optimal foetal positioning
  • Yoga techniques for labour including positioning, breath work etc
  • Discussion of asana suitable for advanced pregnant yoga practitioners but not group classes (with the consideration of a pregnant yoga teacher’s self practice)
  • Adapting a regular yoga class if experienced pregnant yoga practitioners attend (providing pre-natal options)
  • Pranayama and subtle energy practices suitable for pregnancy
  • Kriya movements for pregnancy
  • Guided meditation and visualization for pregnancy and the power of suggestion and sankalpa
  • Yoga positions and breathing for the birth process


  • Homework will include an up-to-date and motivating reading list with pre-course tasks to develop your understanding even before the course begins
  • Practical assessments will include teaching a full 1 hour yoga class to other trainees. Full written feedback from tutors and an opportunity to provide feedback to peers will be part of the assessment.


  • Introduction to hypnotherapy for birth (1 ½ hours – led by a specialist practitioner)
  • Introduction to acupressure for birth (2 hours – led by a specialist practitioner)

What are the advantages of studying prenatal yoga?

As a 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.

Learning to teach prenatal yoga enables you to specialize and create diversity in your own teaching portfolio.  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.

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

Generally, yes it is important to come to the course with pre-existing yoga training (the yoga alliance advise a 200 hour foundation).  However, for some professionals working in the field of midwifery, birth education etc. or with those an established practice and understanding of yoga there is flexibility

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