PRENATAL / POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & MENTORSHIP
Love Child Yoga offers an 85 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Teacher Training and is a registered Prenatal Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
Love Child Yoga offers a radical approach to Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga that empowers our clients to build strength, move, work and gain a better understanding of their bodies through movements and awareness for empowered pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. We believe in being inclusive. Our approach offers individualized and personal attention even within group classes and is tailored to customize each person's unique needs. We believe in building a safe spaces that allow people to be themselves and connect with each other. Our faculty is diverse and includes experts working to improve maternal health.
September 15th: 11.30am-7pm & September 16th: 11am - 6.30pm
September 22nd: 11.30am-7pm & September 23rd: 11am - 6.30pm
September 29th: 11.30am-7pm & September 30th: 11am - 6.30pm
October 13th: 11.30am-7pm & October 14th: 12pm - 6.30pm
20 hours of class observation and practice teach to be scheduled at each individual's convenience.
85 Hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Alliance Certified
For those interested in teaching Prenatal Yoga and pursuing certification with the Yoga Alliance.
$500 Deposit secures your spot, deposits are non-refundable.
200 Hour RYT is not required.
Payment Plans are available.
3% Credit Card fees apply.
Payments can also be made by check in person or by mail.
Neelu Shruti is the founder of Love Child. She is a yoga teacher specializing in fertility, prenatal, postnatal and Baby & Me Yoga, a full spectrum doula, breastfeeding counselor and trained midwifery assistant based in New York City. Neelu was fortunate to be introduced to yoga at a young age while attending Rishi Valley, a boarding school in India founded by the philosopher J. Krishnamurti. Neelu moved to the U.S. in 2003 pursuing a degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and moved to NYC in 2007 to work in the field. After working at several high profile firms and only practicing and teaching yoga on the side, in 2015, seeing the impact she was having as a prenatal & postnatal yoga teacher and doula she quit her day job as an architect and founded Love Child and has never looked back. She is especially passionate to support pregnant people through a conscious, nurturing and strengthening yoga practice and empowering people with information about their choices and giving them the tools to develop trust in their own bodies.
Dr. Zahra Virani, MD - I was born among the vibrant colors and spices of Karachi Pakistan but raised in Long Island, not far from the bright lights of Manhattan. I headed north to “Bean-town” for college, home of Fenway Park and the best bubble tea I’ve ever had, where I majored in Human Physiology at Boston University. I ventured to the Caribbean island of Dominica not long after to get my Medical Degree at Ross University. A few years later, I completed Residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where my love for women’s health and advocacy flourished. I joined this fellowship in order to reach my goal of becoming a successful women’s health advocate and women’s health educator. I hope in the future to be able to help expand reproductive health access to women who are in areas of need. In this coming year, I hope to become a powerful, effective champion for comprehensive reproductive and sexual health care.
Laura Vladimirova was born in Kiev, Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn. Her experience growing up in the city has given her a unique opportunity to interact with diverse communities in many capacities. After graduating college with a degree in communications and photography, prior to working as a doula, Laura spent many years traveling and living outside of the United States volunteering and working with NGOs. It was this work that led Laura to pursue maternal and reproductive justice and healthcare in her native NY. As a doula, Laura draws on her previous mentorship work with Shar La Porte and Carol Bues of Midwifery Care NYC; two NYC home birth midwives. She also draws from her apprenticeship with NYC herbalist and acupuncturist Stephanie Propper. Her helps inform her deep understanding of the benefits of movement, breath work and intuition, aspects she often utilizes as comfort measures for laboring clients.
Jenny Lawlor-Nigro is a DONA International-trained Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor living in Riverdale in the Bronx. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Sociology, which led her to the social services field. She worked for several years in the domestic violence service provision, first as a legislative advocate at the state level, and then as a case manager for survivors with co-occurring child welfare issues. Her interest in holistic birth support led her to eventually pursue doula work while she worked as a nanny for children from infancy to eight years old. To deepen her understanding of how best to support breastfeeding families, she trained with Healthy Families USA following standards set by the World Health Organization to become a certified lactation counselor. Jenny is drawn to postpartum doula work because it allows her to assist the family as a unit during a wonderful process of expansion and has a special interest in engaging older children with adjusting to home life with a new baby sibling. She feels that her work along the care continuum – from counselor to nanny to doula – has equipped her with the tools to support families during the “fourth trimester” period. Jenny holds certifications in infant/child CPR/AED and First Aid, as well as Zumba, Zumba Kids/Kids, Jr., and Zumbini.
Breathing, Upper Body Stretches, Back Bends, Standing Poses, Abdominal Exercises, Forward Folds, Pelvic Floor & Hip Stretches & Restorative Yoga, Partner Exercises, Yoga for Labor and Postnatal Exercises.
We will teach how to get in and out of each pose as well as an explanation of muscle dynamics and proper alignment as well as benefits, contraindications, how to use props and effective vocal cues and physical hands on adjustments. Techniques include: alignment, appropriate techniques for each trimester, how to practice techniques safely. Method of teaching includes a lecture, practicing poses and adjustments for safety and correction and discussion.
Anatomy and physiology of the pregnant and postpartum body. An overview of normal anatomy, function of organs and physiological changes through each trimester, birth and postpartum.
Culture of Birth
An overview of prenatal, birth and postpartum care and experiences in America. Care providers roles and responsibilities, consumer options and an overview on global maternal health.
How to talk to and address pregnant people and babies
Being inclusive in your language when addressing a pregnant population. Being tactful in addressing former miscarriages, partners. Using consensual and appropriate touch. Building a safe space.
Overview of Pregnancy Complications
An overview of the common aches, pains and issues that occur in pregnant bodies such as lower back pain, round ligament pain, sacroiliac pain, sciatica and more. We will go over the cause, identification and movements to avoid and movements to help rehabilitate. Understand the medical complications that can occur in pregnancy so as to be aware of what clients might experience, recognize high risk conditions and to be able to effectively modify postures as needed. This lecture gives an overview of the medical complications that can occur in pregnancy, including miscarriage, premature labor, hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, placenta previa and others.
Decolonize Your Yoga Practice
Understanding cultural appropriation in a global political context.
Yoga for Women
Tailoring your Yoga practice according to your menstrual cycle, for fertility, through conception, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.
Postnatal Strength & Baby and Me Yoga
This session will cover alignment, posture and safety when working with expecting and new parents. We will specifically teach what muscles include the 'core' - diaphragm, abdominal muscles, pelvic floor and multifidus and how to engage them safely in different postures and modifying for safety. We will also teach how to recognize diastasis recti and postures and positions contraindicated and recommended for the issue. Includes techniques specialized to the needs of the pregnant people, including practice and teaching skills for trimester-specific techniques.
Watch : The Business Of Being Born
Read : Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Read : Pushed by Jennifer Block
Read : Expecting Better by Emily Oster
Read : The Doctor And The Saint by Arundhati Roy
WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Postpartum Recovery and Support with Jenny Lawlor Nigro
A lecture on supporting families through the fourth trimester and postpartum recovery. Addressing physical changes, lack of sleep, common breastfeeding and lactation challenges, common emotional changes, postpartum depression and anxiety and offering resources and referrals.
Jenny Lawlor Nigro is a postpartum doula and certified lactation counselor.
September 16, 11am-1pm . $45 per person
Supporting Families through Pregnancy and Birth with Laura Vladimirova
A lecture to better understand the types of birth settings, care providers - OBs, midwives, types of doulas, nurses, physiology of birth. Methods used by doulas - massage, breathing, oils, spinning babies, vocal encouragement / advocacy, advising clients for prenatal education and making referrals for acupuncture, chiropractors, care providers, doulas and lactation support.
Laura Vladimirova is a photographer, doula and advocate for reoductive health in NYC.
September 23, 11am-1pm . $45 per person
Partner Yoga & Yoga for Labor with Neelu Shruti
A class that demonstrates partner yoga and yoga for labor exercises including how to use a birth ball, massage, breathing and relaxation techniques, best positions for birth and pushing. Couples are welcome to attend together. Cost is per attendee.
September 23, 3pm-4pm . $45 per person
Being Inclusive with Neelu Shruti
A lecture on how to be inclusive in your language and address non-traditional families, LGBTQ families, families with a history miscarriages, loss and abortions and to be gender inclusive when talking with and about babies and children.
September 23, 4.30-6.30pm . $45 per person
Pre/Postnatal Pelvic Floor & Core Workshop with Neelu Shruti
This session will cover alignment, posture and safety when working with expecting and new parents. We will specifically teach what muscles include the 'core' - diaphragm, abdominal muscles, pelvic floor and multifidus and how to engage them safely in different postures and modifying for safety. We will also teach how to recognize diastasis recti and postures and positions contraindicated and recommended for the issue.
September 29, 11.30am-2.30pm . $45 per person
Culture of Birth with Dr. Zahra Virani
A lecture on the conditions of reproductive services in the US. The differences in care in different socio-economic conditions, hospital births vs birth center and home births, rise in c-sections, maternal and infant mortality in the US. Briefly comparing and contrasting to other single payer health care nations - Canada / UK / Scandinavia and how the US can improve outcomes.
Dr. Zahra Virani is a Family Practioner with the Institute of Family Health and Planned Parenthood.
September 30, 11am-1pm . $45 per person
Yoga to Support Menstrual Cycles, Fertility, Pregnancy, Postpartum and Menopause with Neelu Shruti
A lecture to learn how to sync your exercise routine to support your menstrual cycle for better health, preconception and fertility. The benefits of continuting and modifying yoga practice in preganacy and postpartum and menopause.
October 14, 1.30pm-3.30pm . $45 per person
Decolonize Yoga with Neelu Shruti
Mainstream Yoga in the United States largely a white dominated space, mysticizing and culturally approprating Indian tradition and culture while funneling corporate consumption in the guise of health and spirituality. This lecture addresses these conditions and offers suggestions on how to decolonize your relationship to Yoga.
October 14, 3.30pm-6.30pm . $45 per person
PRENATAL / POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER & DOULA MENTORSHIP
For those who have completed a previous Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and are looking for more hands on experience teaching Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga and Baby & Me Yoga and/or for trained Birth Doulas looking for opportunities to build their practice.
PRE/POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER MENTORSHIP
10 Hours Class Observations
10 Hours Teach Group Community Classes
Required Reading: The Business Of Being Born, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Pushed by Jennifer Block, Expecting Better by Emily Oster, The Doctor And The Saint by Arundhati Roy.
Required Lectures: Decolonize Your Yoga Practice, Yoga for Women, Postnatal Strength and Baby & Me Yoga, How to talk to and address Pregnant Women & Babies.
6 months of teaching Prenatal / Postnatal / Baby & Me Yoga classes exclusively at Love Child Yoga
BIRTH DOULA MENTORSHIP
Attend Love Child Birth / Baby / Breastfeeding Prep
10 Hours Guided Study - Writing contracts, Building contacts and clients, NYC Resources, Setting Boundaries and Expectations, Backing up and Partnering and more.
Required Reading: The Business Of Being Born, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Pushed by Jennifer Block, Expecting Better by Emily Oster.
Required Lectures: Physiology of Birth and Postpartum, Birth Culture, How to talk to and address Pregnant Women & Babies.
Mentorship through 5 births.