Prenatal Training

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training


Welcome to the Shanti Niketan Ashram's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course. In the US alone, a woman gives birth every 7 seconds. This prenatal yoga course prepares instructors to assist women as they cross into motherhood. Creating a trend toward a more natural, holistic and safe birth environment is an exciting one. As a tool, prenatal yoga can empower women to make informed choices during pregnancy and birth.

Learn to teach yoga to expectant mothers during all phases of pregnancy. Prenatal classes bring together elements of hatha yoga poses, breathing awareness and meditation to help expectant mothers adjust to the physical and mental changes of pregnancy, labor and birth. This training is designed for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, fitness professionals, midwives, doulas and anyone interested in developing a greater knowledge of the anatomy of pregnancy. Yoga can help to relieve common discomforts, strengthen birthing muscles, improve circulation and blood flow, stabilize emotions and develop concentration and focus - all valuable tools for labor, delivery and life as a new mom.

You will also learn how to accommodate pregnant women and new mommies who attend your regular classes. Learn anatomy and intelligent sequencing for each stage of pregnancy, yoga therapeutics, apana vayu (energy used in delivery), meditation and breathing techniques for labor, diet and nutrition, marketing techniques and much more. Join us for the most current and thorough training in prenatal yoga.

May 18-20, 2018

Class Schedule

  • Friday 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Sunday 10:00am-3:30pm


The fee for this course is $295, paid in full at the time of application.

If you prefer incremental payments, you may instead pay $150 at the time of application, plus one payment of $175 (due 45 days before the training begins) — for a total of $325.

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Course Curriculum
Pathology of Pregnancy Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy Diet and Nutrition
Intelligent Sequencing Appropriate Asana Variations Yoga Therapeutics for Pregnancy
Essential Techniques for Labor and Birth Common Maladies of Pregnancy Increasing Awareness of Body and Baby
Techniques for Labor and Delivery Appropriate Meditation Techniques Contraindications for Pregnancy
Relaxation Visualization and Techniques Appropriate Breathing Techniques Prenatal Teacher Training Manual
Course Requirements
Prerequisites for this training are that you have completed a basic teacher training program and that you understand the core yoga poses (standing, sitting, forward bends, backbends, inversions, and restoratives. If you are not a certified yoga teacher but believe your foundation and knowledge of yoga is strong, we will consider on an individual basis if this program is appropriate for you.
You will be required to complete reading assignments before the training program begins.

To be eligible for certification you must attend all training sessions, complete assigned readings and successfully pass the practical and written exams.


Lakshmi Om is a beautiful example of living Yoga. Director of the ashram, she is also a direct disciple of Chandra Om. She has been teaching at the ashram since 2003 and her teaching is an offering of gratitude to her Guru for all that she has been given. Lakshmi hopes to impart to all the essential qualities of compassion and unconditional love. She has worked with women in various stages of pregnancy since 1999. She has dedicated her life to the service of humanity.

Jennifer Marks has been a student of Yoga since 2006 and a teacher since 2011. The paths of Yoga and motherhood have been intertwined for her as she has practiced through the pregnancies, births, and postnatal periods with her two children, now both in elementary school. Jennifer feels a strong connection to pregnant mothers and considers it a blessing to share the teachings of Yoga with women during this sacred time.