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8 Day 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh

Vinyasa Yoga Academy, Badrinath Road, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttarakhand, India

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training India

This prenatal yoga teacher training course is registered with Yoga Alliance and designed for the yoga teachers who are interested to teach prenatal and post-natal yoga. This is a special program designed to protect the health of the mother and the baby inside the womb. Here students will learn different techniques of yoga, pranayama, meditation, and so on as well as the proper understanding of a health of a pregnant woman.

Highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Course material
  • Pre and postnatal yoga curriculum
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • Guided activities as indicated in the program
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Shared and private rooms are available according to your interest. The rooms are clean, airy, spacious, ventilated, and well maintained. There are laundry services, hot water, and Wi-Fi facilities that are also available. You'll be provided a shared room with all the basic amenities like attached bathroom, 24 hours water supply, hot water heater, bathing shower, wardrobe, and so on.

Program

  • Specialize yoga for pregnant woman
  • Understanding the specific benefits of postures
  • Pre and postnatal yoga
  • Applying different style of yoga
  • Specialize alignment and adjustment
  • Special pranayama for pregnancy
  • Preparing to be a best mom
  • Anatomy and physiology in each stage of pregnancy
  • How to have a natural labor
  • Yogic motherhood
  • Special care for mother and child
  • Special yoga Nidra technique for the growth of the fetus
  • Specific diet
  • Ayurveda lifestyle for pregnant woman
  • How to conceive a baby
  • Divine and conscious parenting
  • Role of parents
  • Special Vedic mantras for natural labor
  • Using props for the postures

Course pre-requisites and certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. The practice and especially the teaching of yoga demand a high degree of self-discipline and purity. To ensure the success of the program, participants are required to attend all spiritual activities, meditation sessions, lectures, and asana classes. Meat, fish, eggs, black tea, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and nudity are prohibited during the course as they are counterproductive to the yoga practice. Participants who do not comply with the school rules may be dismissed from the course.

In order to graduate from this program, you'll have to pass a written and a verbal test. The decision will be based on your performance, attendance, and behavior.

Course Syllabus

  • Importance of yoga in pregnancy
  • Different stages of pregnancy
  • Creating a foundation of practice
  • Sun salutation
  • Holistic approach

Early pregnancy (first one to three months)

  • Vajrasana (the thunderbolt)
  • Trikonasana (easy triangle)
  • Sarvangasana (shoulderstand)
  • Shoulder stretches
  • Sitting stretches
  • Breath and awareness
  • Basic pelvic alignment
  • Spinal rolls

Mid-pregnancy (four to six months)

  • Surya namaskar
  • Advanced triangle to moon
  • Easy archer to warrior
  • Tree pose
  • Standing hip openers
  • Strong centering poses
  • Easy kneeling stretches
  • Dynamic kneeling stretches
  • Standing twists
  • Easy triangle to moon
  • Advanced kneeling stretches
  • Alignment of spine sitting chair stretches
  • Sitting stretches
  • Wide-open stretches
  • Pelvic floor stretches
  • Breath awareness
  • Pranayama
  • Relaxation

Late pregnancy (seven to nine months)

  • Sitting stretches
  • Wide kneeling stretches
  • Yoga for better sleep
  • Alignment of spine
  • Sun salutation
  • Circular stretches
  • Warrior to wall
  • Yoga for labor

Post-Natal Yoga

  • Post-natal surya namaskara
  • Abdominal stretches
  • Gentle back stretches
  • Sitting twists
  • Kneeling stretches
  • Kneeling sun salutation
  • Standing sun salutation
  • Standing forward bend
  • Rolling plough

Caring for a newborn baby

  • Baby massage
  • Feeding milk
  • Food after six month
  • Mantra for baby
  • Special care

Meditation

  • Basics of meditation
  • Nadabramha (humming meditation)
  • Om meditation
  • So ham
  • Mantra meditation
  • Pregnancy mantra meditation

Massage of pregnant women

  • Feet massage
  • Head massage
  • Womb / belly care
  • Postnatal Ayurvedic massage

Healing practices

  • Reiki
  • Yoga Nidra

Breathing practices for pregnant women

  • Kapal-bhati
  • Nadishodhanam
  • Bhramari
  • Healing pranayama
  • Surya and chandrabhedi
  • Ujjayi
  • How to prepare the body for labor through breath awareness

Pelvic floor awareness

  • Cautions and conditions
  • What is the pelvic floor and how to locate it

Videos watching

  • The function of the womb
  • Stages of pregnancy

Yoga anatomy and physiology during pregnancy

  • Anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy
  • Anatomy and physiology during pregnancy
  • How organs function
  • Complications (miscarriage, premature labor, preeclampsia)

Mantra for pregnancy

  • For normal delivery
  • Removing pain
  • For good environment at home
  • Good health

Sex during Pregnancy

  • Allowed or not
  • Special care during relationship

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics

  • Based on the yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Loving what you do as yoga teachers
  • Ethics and boundaries between the teacher and the student

Yogic and Ayurvedic diet in pregnancy

  • Foods to avoid
  • Healthy foods
  • Nutrients that help during pregnancy

Assessments are based on

  • Written test
  • Oral test
  • Attendance
  • Performance
  • Behavior

Schedule

  • 05:00 Morning bell
  • 06:00 Yoga asana
  • 08:00 Pranayama and chanting
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Philosophy and ethics
  • 12:15 Alignment and adjustment
  • 13:15 Lunch
  • 15:00 Self-study
  • 16:00 Anatomy
  • 17:30 Yoga practicum
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Lights off

All classes are mandatory. Only in case of an emergency or illness one can take leave with respected teacher permission. Uninformed leaves won’t be accepted and this will effect on student monthly performance.

Half day on Wednesday

Wednesday is considered a half day. This is a time for deep reflection. Students are encouraged to work on self-study in order to gain a better understanding of the lessons and apply them to their personal experiences. Classes conclude at lunch and students have the remaining day to practice meditation and study while also attending the nightly Ganga Aarti, scheduling their complimentary Ayurvedic massage, and go white water rafting.

Ayurveda massage

Ayurvedic massage therapy for healing and detoxifying body, mind, and spirit helps stress reduction and is implemented therapy with herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. It is a very dynamic and unique experience.

Ganga aarti

Every evening, as dusk descends, it's time for the Ganga aarti to be performed at the three holy cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi. It's a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual which includes a fire ceremony, a kirtan celebration, and the offerings to the river Ganga.

Temple meditation

Bharat Mandir Temple is the temple of Lord Vishnu and is many of thousands of years old. Some parts were destroyed by the Muslim invaders but the traditional Sanskrit school still operates there today. There is a Banyon tree that is approximately three thousands years old and is a very sacred place for Hindus to pray and meditate in. The students will be able to enjoy a meditation experience there and also get to learn about its history in the museum.

Principles and guidelines

  • Vinyasa Yoga Academy is a traditional Vinyasa yoga school.
  • The teaching starts from early in the morning. The time schedule of the practices changes according to the seasons.
  • Respectful behavior is mandatory at all times on and off the premises.
  • To respect the rules and regulations Vinyasa Yoga Academy will not refund the fee of students after joining the course.
  • They must be informed in advance if the student is not going to come for a meal.
  • Before departure from Vinyasa Yoga Academy, students must return all the books from the library.
  • Non-vegetarian food, smoking, and drinking alcohol are not allowed on the Vinyasa Yoga Academy premises.

General rules

  • On the premises, modest dressing is mandatory.
  • Silence should be maintained after 8:00 p.m.
  • Regular homework should be completed.
  • All classes are mandatory to attend.
  • As a part of the evaluation procedure, there will be a final exam both theory and practical.
  • Vinyasa Yoga Academy reserves the right to disqualify any students at any time during teacher training course for misconduct or breaking the rules.

All teachers are qualified yogis, some are with master degrees of yoga sciences and some are with master of arts degrees. In order to attend the orientation program, one should arrive at least a day before the start of the course. On the first day at 10:00 a.m. the course will start with a yoga ritual. On the last day of the course, the graduation ceremony takes place and it finishes by 7:00 p.m., therefore, departure should be planned one day after the completion of the course.

You'll have some breaks during your daily schedule. Sundays are free days as there are no classes, so you'll have time to discover the surroundings.

There are a few books that you'll have to read during your course. It is your choice to start before your arrival or once you are at school.

The yoga teacher training course is suitable for everyone as Vinyasa Yoga Academy is committed to teaching you from the very root of yoga through all aspects, so no experience is necessary. It is also possible to attend the teacher training course with your partner.

Included excursions

Students will have Sundays to relax and rejuvenate after their heavy schedule throughout the week. Vinyasa Yoga Academy organizes several activities for the students to participate in during their day off and all activities are included in the students fee. This is a great chance to spend time together outside of the classroom while getting to know Indian culture and landscape.

Himalayan Sunrise Tour

Kunjapuri temple is one of the must-visit places of Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch, and Chaukhamba to the north and Rishikesh, Haridwar, and DoonValley to the south. The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676 meters high, seven kilometers away from Narendra Nagar, around 15 kilometers from Rishikesh, and 93 kilometers from Devaprayag, blessing the passersby.

Local sightseeing

Ashram visits are a favorite of the students in Rishikesh. The Beatles Ashram is one of the most popular sites you can visit during the sightseeing adventure. Other ashrams include the Kriya Yoga Ashram and the Shivananda Ashram. These are considered spiritual labyrinths which are dedicated to the practice of yoga and made popular by their famous yogis who practiced there.

Vashistha Cave

An ancient face where great Sage Vashistha meditated. As per indy mythology, Sage Vashistha was a mamas putra of Lord Brahma and one of the seven great sages. Located 25 kilometers from Rishikesh in Badrinath road, Vashitha Cave is popular among visitors who come for deep meditation to Rishikesh. Vashistha Gufa has a Shivlinga in it and near the cave, there is a Swami Purshottamanand Ashram which manages it.

Whitewater rafting

The Ganga with its many ghats, spiritual stupas, and riverside ashrams is one of the most unique places to experience white water rafting. Flowing through the ancient city, the holy waters of the Ganga allow participants a unique way to enjoy a bit of adrenalin-fuelled adventure with the serenity of the sacred river.

Retreat location

Vinyasa Yoga Academy is proud to reside in Rishikesh. The divine flow of the holy Ganga River and cool breeze of the Himalayan Mountains energizes every cell of your being. Rishikesh has a rich spiritual history. It vibrates with the energies of great yogis who have been meditating for thousands of years. It is a perfect place for your yoga teacher training course.

People all around the world come to Rishikesh to search for knowledge and peace, and they are proud to be in the calm foothills of the Himalayas helping soul searchers seek knowledge. They understand the needs of students and try to provide them with everything to make their stay happy and meaningful.

Nearby places

  • Dehradun airport - 30 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Reiki

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Daily nutritious and vegetarian meals are included in the price of this course.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Course material
  • Daily nutritious meals and tea
  • Free pick-up service from Dehradun airport
  • One free Ayurvedic massage

What's not included

  • Air-conditioner
  • Room heater

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dehradun Airport (DED). Transfer from the airport is included. Vinyasa Yoga Academy will pick you up from the airport.

However, the closest and most convenient airport for you is to fly to New Delhi. If you are visiting India for the first time then it is better for you to take a flight to Dehradun (nearby city) and from there, Dehradun is a 30-minute drive by car, so you save a hustle.

Delhi Airport to Rishikesh by car is a six-hour journey. They have a transportation package for 150 USD which will cover your airport pick-up, transfer from Delhi to Rishikesh (by car), and after completion of the course transfer back from Rishikesh to Delhi. One way transportation from the Delhi Airport to Rishikesh can also be availed for 85 USD. In the case that your flight arrives late night and you want to stay overnight in Delhi, airport pick-up cost will be 25 USD and a reasonably good accommodation at a hotel in Delhi can be arranged for 40 or 50 USD.

Cheap hotels can also be found in Delhi (Main Bazar or Paharganj area) for 10 to 20 USD. From the Delhi Airport, Paharganj can be reached by airport metro express in less than 20 minutes and it costs less than 2 USD.

The travel arrangements are executed under the supervision of professionals and they are always ready with a back-up plan, in case of emergencies.

Arrival by train

Another good option is to travel by train (airport to New Delhi train station by car, then by train to Haridwar and from Haridwar to Rishikesh by car).

Arrival by bus

Travel by bus is quite cheap but a bit inconvenient for first-time visitors.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer included: Jolly Grant Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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