Love Child Yoga offers an 85 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Teacher Training and is a registered Prenatal Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.

We also offer a 40 Hour Basics course for those working with Prenatal & Postnatal clients in different modalities such as Birth Workers, Doulas, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists and Fitness Trainers. 

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. Most importantly we believe that we are stronger together. Our faculty is diverse and includes experts working to improve maternal health. 


Fall 2017

Week 1: Saturday, November 4: 9:30am- 6pm; Sunday, November 5: 10am- 7pm; Monday, November 6: 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Week 2: Saturday, Nov 11: 9:30am- 6pm; Sunday, Nov 12: 10am- 7pm; Monday, Nov 13: 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Week 3: Saturday, Nov 18: 9:30am- 6pm; Sunday, Nov 19: 10am- 7pm; Monday, Nov 20: 6:30pm- 8:30pm

20 hours of class observation and practice teach to be scheduled at each individual's convenience.


Neelu Shruti Owner/Founder Love Child, Yoga Teacher specializing in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Full Spectrum Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor & Midwifery Assistant. 

Dr. Janaka Lagoo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Ariadne Labs, MPH, Harvard University, MD - Duke University, Surgery Residency, Indiana University. 

Dominique Weiss Owner/Founder Baby Zone NYC, Registered Nurse specializing in Labor & Delivery & Antepartum, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 

Solange Ross Owner/Founder Complete Core NYC, Masters of Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Certified, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, Certified Lactation Specialist. 

Lindsey Vestal Owner/Founder The Functional Pelvis, a private practice specializing in pelvic floor therapy “house calls” for pre- and postnatal women. She graduated from NYU with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. 

Jena Booher Owner/ Founder Babies on the Brain. Maternal Mental Health Expert, Certified Life Coach, Huffington Post Contributor. 

Rina Deshpande Mindfulness Researcher, Writer, Yoga Instructor, Masters in Education, Harvard University. 

Chrysti Lauter Certified Hypnotist, Hypnobirthing Instructor and Birth Doula.

Bilen Bernahu Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor. 


85 Hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Alliance Certified

For those interested in teaching Prenatal Yoga and pursuing certification with the Yoga Alliance. 


Early Bird Special: $1350

40 Hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Basics

For doulas, fitness instructors and those working with expecting and new parents. 


Early Bird Special: $725

$500 Deposit secures your spot, deposits are non-refundable.

200 Hour RYT is not required.

Payment Plans are available.  

Credit Card fees apply. 

Payments can also be made by check in person or by mail. 


Anatomy with Lindsey Vestal

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. 

Birth in America : OBGYNs & Midwives with Dr. Janaka Lagoo

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. 

Overview of Pregnancy Complications - Medical with Dominique Weiss

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.

Fitness Instructors & Care Providers with Dominique Weiss

Understanding the yoga teacher’s relationship with health care professionals. Knowing when to suggest that the student consult a health care professional regarding pregnancy issues. We will explain and differentiate between the different types of providers and resources available such as acupuncturists, cranio-sacral therapists, physical theapists, pelvic floor specialists and others. We will also cover how to recognize signs of risks and knowing how to make referrals properly. 

Pre & Postnatal - Complete Core with Solange Ross

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. 

How to talk to and address pregnant people and babies with Bilen Bernahu

Being inclusive in your language when addressing a pregnant population. Being tactful in addressing former miscarriages, partners. Using consensual and appropriate touch. Creating a sacred and safe space.

Overview of Pregnancy Complications - Physical with Neelu Shruti

An overview of the common aches, pains and issues that occur in pregnant bodies such as lower back pain, round ligament pain, sacro-iliac pain, sciatica and more. We will go over the cause, identification and movements to avoid and movements to help rehabilitate.

Breathing, Coordinating Breath & Movement, Upper Body Stretches, Back Bends, Standing Poses, Abdominal Exercises, Forward Folds, First Trimester versus Second & Third, Pelvic Floor & Hip Stretches & Restorative Yoga, Partner Exercises, Yoga for Labor and Postnatal Exercises with Neelu Shruti

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. 

For 85 hour Yoga Alliance Certification only:

Meditation & Mindfulness with Rina Deshpande

Hypnobirthing with Chrysti Lauter

Critical Study of Traditional Yoga Texts with Neelu Shruti

Effective Communication, Sequencing and Yoga for Women with Neelu Shruti

Observe 5 Prenatal Yoga and 5 Baby & Me / Postnatal Yoga Classes

Teach 5 Prenatal Yoga & 5 Baby & Me / Postnatal Yoga Classes

Required Reading

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


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