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.
Due to a large volume of applicants, we will be selecting candidates who are the most like-minded to our approach and are interested in joining our team!
Applications Due: June 15th, 2019
Acceptance Notifications: July 1st, 2019
Deposit ($550) or Early Bird Pricing ($1450) is Due: July 15th, 2019
Weekend 1: September 14th & 15th, 2019
Weekend 2: September 28th & 29th, 2019
Weekend 3: October 12th & 13th, 2019
Weekend 4: October 26th & 27th, 2019
Saturdays: 11.30am - 7pm & Sundays: 11.30am - 6.30pm
All coursework must be completed by: January 31st, 2020
20 hours of class observation and practice teach to be scheduled at each individual's convenience.
85 Hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga Alliance Certified
For those interested in teaching Prenatal Yoga and pursuing certification with the Yoga Alliance.
Upon your acceptance to the program, you will be invited to pay your deposit or pay your early bird pricing by August 1st, 2019 to reserve your spot.
Early Bird Pricing Due by July 15th, 2019
Due by October 27th, 2019
$550 Deposit secures your spot, deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are due by July 15th, 2019.
200 Hour RYT is not required.
Payment Plans are available.
In case of a payment plan the training must be paid for in full by October 27th, 2019.
3.5% Credit Card fees and PayPal apply.
Payments can also be made by Venmo, Chase Quick Pay, Cash or Check
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 Menstrual Cycles
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
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.
Love Child Yoga's Prenatal Teacher Training has been the most significant training I've completed in my yoga career. I was fascinated by all the material, lectures and information provided. It has truly changed the way that I interact and teach people in this important time in their lives. I highly recommend this program even if you don't want to teach! - Jen Jolorte
Love Child’s Prenatal & Postnatal Teacher Training goes far beyond equipping its students with the necessary tools for teaching yoga. Neelu provides her teachers in training with in depth knowledge of how to use yoga as a tool to empower and support pregnant people at every stage of their pregnancy, through birth and into postpartum. This training encourages yoga teachers in the birth world to move away from the one size fits all approach of teaching, and take a closer look at how an individual’s experience during pregnancy might affect them physically, mentally and emotionally. Through her experience as a Doula, Childbirth Educator and Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Neelu has designed a training which gives insight into the culture of birth at the local level in New York and on a global scale. With wonderful guest lecturers, a well thought out curriculum and list of books and tools of study, this training asks students to think critically, ask questions and challenge the many ideas surrounding birth that our varying histories have instilled in us. I highly recommend this training for anyone passionate about birth, for those looking to deepen their understanding of movement during pregnancy and for individuals who wish to become a part of the very special and warm community that Neelu and the Love Child staff have created for expecting and new parents. - Holly Farkas
“The expectations I had coming into this training were far exceeded. Neelu has created a thorough curriculum where she and her team go in depth not just about the poses and the teaching part but also about key topics related to being pregnant and giving birth in NYC. The training provides you the skills to teach pregnant people not just yoga poses but also about options and resources during this period of their lives. I would especially remark Neelu's workshop on "Decolonize yoga", a mind-blowing talk to reflect on the use and appropriation of yoga in the western culture. Neelu helped me getting comfortable teaching, creating different ways of practicing where I felt confident and supported while learning how to teach. And she really cares about your next steps as a prenatal yoga teacher, giving you opportunities to continue on this path. I highly recommend this program!” - Puri Carvajal