Prenatal Yoga Standards

A Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) must incorporate training hours in the following educational categories: 
 

1. General Background in the Specialty Area: 5 hours

Min. contact hours: 5 hours
Min. contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
 
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. Understanding of psychological considerations during pregnancy and how to differentiate between high-risk and non-high-risk pregnancy.
 

2. Techniques, Training and Practice: 25 hours

Min. contact hours: 25 hours
Min. contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 18 hours
 
Includes yoga techniques specialized to the needs of the pregnant woman, including practice and teaching skills for trimester-specific yoga techniques. Techniques include: alignment for the expectant mother, appropriate yoga techniques for each trimester, how to practice yoga techniques safely and relaxation and stress management techniques.
 

3. Teaching Methodology: 10 hours

Min. contact hours: 10 hours
Min. contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 6 hours
 
Includes design of lesson plans for the beginning and/or advanced student during each trimester.
 

4. Anatomy and Physiology: 10 hours

Min. contact hours: 10 hours
Min. contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
 
Human anatomy and physiology (both physical and subtle body) related specifically to considerations during pregnancy. Topics include but are not limited to: overview of what is normal anatomy and physiology during pregnancy, how organs function during pregnancy, overview of the complications, including miscarriage, premature labor, hypertension, preeclampsia and body mechanics.
 

5. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Prenatal Yoga Teachers: 5 hours

Min. contact hours: 5 hours
Min. contact hours w/ Lead Trainer(s): 0 hours
 
Includes traditional yoga philosophy as it may apply to lifestyle and well-being during pregnancy.
 

6. Practicum: 20 hours

Observing teaching, contact hours:10 hours
Observing teaching, contact hours with Lead Trainer(s): 6 hours
 
These hours must be spent observing another teacher lead a prenatal yoga class.  A portion of these hours must be spent with Lead Trainers.
 
Teaching, contact hours: 10 hours
Teaching, contact hours with Lead Trainer(s): 6 hours (at least 4 hours as lead teacher)
 
These hours must be spent teaching a prenatal yoga class.  A portion of these hours must be spent with Lead Trainers and as lead teacher of the class.
 

Elective hours (10 hours) to be distributed among educational categories according to the school’s chosen emphasis (may be contact or non-contact hours). 
 

TOTAL HOURS: 85 hours

Total min. contact hours: 75 hours
Total min. contact hours with Lead Trainer(s): 36 hours
 
After completing training with a RPYS, graduates must also teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga before they may register as RPYTs. These hours of prenatal yoga must be taught after graduating from a RPYS.
 

 

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