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The Whole Birth™ Yoga Teacher Training is a unique opportunity to grow personally and professionally while you serve and enrich your community. The Whole Birth Yoga Teacher Certification Training is open to all perinatal health professionals, childbirth educators, doulas, and yoga instructors interested in offering a complimentary, mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth and parenting preparation.

Whole Birth™ Prenatal Yoga Classes bring together elements of hatha yoga postures, meditation, self inquiry, and group support adapted to engage women in developing their own authentic understanding and trust in the birth process. Whole Birth Yoga Instructors provide a warm and open environment for women to support one another and to inquire together as to what it means to be bringing life into the world.

Whole Birth™ Yoga is rooted in the foundation of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is a way of being fully present in our lives that cultivates self-understanding, acceptance, compassion and wisdom. Mindfulness practice is non-secular, does not conflict with any belief or religion, nor does it necessitate adherence to a new ideology or belief system. Those interested in attending this training should be prepared to commit to an ongoing daily practice of mindfulness meditation.

Doulas, Labor and Delivery Nurses, Childbirth Educators, and Midwives can empower their patients/clients with new and effective tools for coping with labor and skillful ways to enhance their comfort in pregnancy. Whole Birth™ Prenatal Yoga Classes also create and strengthen a needed sense of community and friendship among the participants and a forum for discussing issues pertinent to pregnancy, birth and family making. This training will also provide a rich understanding of the body/mind dynamics of the childbearing year and how to encourage a woman's trust in her own resources for birth and mothering.

There is currently a growing demand for prenatal yoga classes taught by qualified instructors. As yoga has entered the mainstream of healthy activities, pregnant women, both in the United States and internationally are finding that yoga is a perfect match for their perinatal fitness needs. Yoga enhances flexibility, strength, and balance without overexertion. With it's emphasis on relaxation and body and breath awareness it dovetails nicely into childbirth preparation as well.

Read what training participants have to say!

The Whole Birth™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course is 5 days in length and includes a balance of experiential and didactic learning. Topics will include:

The Body/Mind Dynamics of the Childbearing Year
Anatomy and Physiology for Prenatal Yoga
Teaching pain management yoga skills for labor
Group Facilitation Skills
Themes for Group Inquiry
Teaching from the Heart
Teaching from the Body
Teaching in the Moment - Mindfulness-Based Education
Yoga Postures for Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum
Poses to avoid & poses to suggest for specific symptoms

There will be time each day to observe Robin teaching a class to pregnant women and for participants to practice giving instruction as well.


Whole Birth™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Reading List

(Titles with an asterisk * are required reading as a prerequisite to the training)

*An Easier Childbirth, Gayle Peterson, Ph.D.

*Full Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn (read Chapters on Yoga and Glimpses of Wholeness, at least.)

Birthing From Within, by Pamela England and Rob Horowitz

* Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, Elizabeth Noble

Wherever You Go, There You Are; Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Whole Birth™ Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Payment Schedule

A Deposit of ($250.00) is due upon commitment to attend the training. This will hold your place in the training that is limited to 15-20 women.
The full amount for the training is $500.00
A Late registration fee of $25.00 (for a total of $525.00) for those payments received later than:

A non-refundable cancellation fee of $25.00 is charged up until one month before the training, at which time the deposit of $225.00 is non-refundable.

Please make checks payable to Whole Birth™ Resources.
Please send payment and registration to:
Whole Birth™ Resources
600 Graham Hill Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please bring a yoga mat or thick blanket and a cushion to sit on, and a note pad.

If you are coming from a distance we recommend arriving Tuesday evening to ensure enough time to arrive and be fully ready to attend; as well as planning enough time to integrate and to rest before landing back home at life's normal harried pace.
Directions to the training will be mailed or emailed upon receiving payment. For hotel lodging information and for general information please contact your training's sponsor.


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