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. 


DATES

Fall 2018

September 15th & 16th: 10am - 6.30pm 

September 22nd & 23rd: 10am - 6.30pm 

September 29th & 30th: 10am - 6.30pm 

October 13th & 14th: 10am - 6.30pm

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


COST

85 Hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Alliance Certified

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

$1550

  • $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. 

FACULTY

 

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.


CURRICULUM

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

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. 

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


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
  • Cost: $1000

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. 
  • Cost: $650

 


APPLY

Our Fall 2018 training is full, please submit an application to be added to the waitlist or to be notified of future trainings. 

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