Pregnancy is a beautiful time for a woman's body. Changes happen every day and the body alters throughout the 9 month period.
A woman needs to be guided and assisted through this process in very specific ways. The body needs to be moved and opened, the mind needs to be prepared and the breath needs to be connected to. Attention and modifications are given within the specific trimesters to energy level, physical body ability and stress and anxiety levels.
Yoga can help a woman carry the body through pregnancy, prepare for childbirth and teach techniques for post-natal recovery.
This training will help the yoga teacher and health practitioner to better understand the pregnant body and to assist students and clients in how to connect, move and breathe. Through lecture, demonstration, exercises and practice-teaching, the participant will learn the techniques to assist their pregnant students and clients fully. Participants will learn anatomy, breath exercises and modifications to yoga poses. The training will cover how to approach the prenatal student within each trimester and for ability levels from gentle to more advanced. The training will also cover prenatal nutrition and other mindful preparation.
Upon completion, participants will be able to create, guide, and practice a customized Prenatal Yoga practice for their students and modify their yoga classes for the pregnant student.
Yoga teachers will receive 15 CEU credit hours to submit to Yoga Alliance.
Contact the studio if you are interested to find the next dates.
Cost of training: $325
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Bridget Rawls Peterson, E-PRYT 500, began her yoga practice in college in North Carolina as a compliment to her dance training. She had been a technically trained dancer for her entire life and the power poses really challenged her in a way her body had never been challenged before. When she obtained her BA in Dance Education, she began teaching movement to people of all ages and physical abilities, incorporating many of the yoga poses she had learned into her teachings. She found a fun way to bring poses to children, a way to challenge professional dancers, and even a gentle way to bring movement to the elderly using yoga. When Bridget moved to NYC to pursue her professional dance career, she kept connected to her yoga training and began to explore more into the many styles of yoga. Bridget quickly attached herself to the Vinyasa style because of the similarity to dance it holds. It is a fluid approach to the traditional yoga poses she had begun to love. The precise attention to alignment and breath also helped her to connect deeper to movement within her performing and choreography. While choreographing and performing with a small dance company, Bridget attended the 200-hour certification program at Om Yoga Center in New York City under the direction of Cyndi Lee. While there she began to delve more into meditation and Buddhist spiritual studies as well. She also obtained her Prenatal Certification while studying at Om Yoga under Janice Clarfield. Bridget also completed her 500-hour Yoga Teaching Certification at Om Yoga Center, including her Restorative and Pranayama certifications. She holds her Yin Certification through Wake Up Yoga under the direction of Corinna Benner, her Meditation Certification through Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern and completed her Kids Yoga Certification through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC. After teaching in NYC for a time, Bridget moved out of the concrete mountains and into the beautiful scenic landscape of Rockland County. Bridget is the owner and founder of Lucky Elephant Yoga and Wellness in New City, NY where she hopes to inspire her students to see the beauty and joy that is around them and within them through breath and movement.