Mindful Birth: Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Teacher Training with Michelle Papa and Samantha Briatico
Yoga Alliance Accredited Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training
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Mindful Birth was founded to honour the miraculous journey of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting, and to support women on this journey through yoga & meditation practice. As the baby of Dr. Jean Byrne & Mindful Birth co-founder Michelle Papa, Mindful Birth brings together their experiences as mothers, pregnancy yoga teachers, childbirth educators, and Dr. Byrne’s research into mindfulness and the childbearing period. Mindful Birth is one of the few accredited pregnancy yoga teacher training programmes based on research. This programme grew out of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education (MBCE) pilot study by Dr. Jean Byrne and researchers at Curtin University and The University of Western Australia that has now been published in academic journals.
Pre- and post-natal yoga teaching is one of the most rewarding experiences you may have as a yoga teacher. Pregnant women are very dedicated to their practice, and women often feel physically and emotionally vulnerable during pregnancy and the post-natal period. By undertaking our Yoga Alliance Accredited Mindful Birth Programme, you will learn how to teach yoga in a holistic manner and support healthy women through pregnancy and post-natally. Upon completion you will know how to teach women safely during this time and be able to integrate pregnant and post-natal women into your classes. In addition, you will be a certified Mindful Birth: Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby teacher and able to deliver specific pre- and post-natal classes for women – which are very popular!
The Mindful Birth: Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Teacher Training is a comprehensive and intensive training course for yoga teachers, aspiring yoga teachers, pregnant women, midwives, doulas and anyone interested in yoga during and after pregnancy. It will provide existing yoga teachers and aspiring teachers with a 100-hour specialisation in yoga for this important time in a woman’s life. Participants who have successfully completed this course may apply for Registered Pre-natal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance after fulfilling 30 hours of pregnancy teaching. This course is also registered as both a Post-Graduate course and a Specialist Pregnancy Training with Yoga Australia.
All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of every Module. If you wish to apply as Yoga Alliance Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teacher, Yoga Australia Pre-natal/ Post-Grad or be called a Mindful Birth teacher and utilise our Mindful Birth logo and resources, you should complete ALL assignments per module. Once all your assignments have been submitted, you will receive a copy of your final certificate via email. This document will be submitted to Yoga Alliance or Yoga Australia. Details of your assignments will be in your manual, which you will receive on Day One.
We offer this training in an effort to grow our community of committed yoga practitioners, empowering those who demonstrate dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so they too can start teaching yoga. We intend to guide trainees toward a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time invoking in them a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey.
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Module 1: Pre-natal Yoga
Pregnancy. It's a miraculous process of self-discovery and learning. It's a time of physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. And it's a time when the practice of yoga matters deeply as it affects the life of the pregnant woman and her unborn child. This course provides an overview of yoga and meditation practice throughout the pregnancy, birth and post-natal stages.
• To learn about the relationship between the practice of yoga and women’s life cycles.
• To understand the medical and cultural context, both past and present, of pregnancy and birthing.
• To understand the physical and emotional changes that occur for women and their babies at different stages of development, pre- and post-natal.
• To understand how to teach healthy pregnant women appropriate yoga practices for the stage of their pregnancy.
• To understand the common complaints, contraindications and conditions during pregnancy and how to adapt yoga practice to these in order to teach safely.
• To facilitate an understanding of how the teaching of pregnancy yoga can enable women to have a conscious and active birth and improve their birth experience and outcomes, so that teachers may then empower their students to birth consciously.
• To learn and implement the theory of Optimal Foetal Positioning as it applies to yoga asana in their yoga classes.
• To enable teachers to deliver interesting, informative and fun classes for women during pregnancy, for birth, and beyond.
Module 2: Post-natal Yoga
The post-natal period in a woman's life is a time in which she needs to focus on her physical, spiritual and emotional well-being, as it is central to her newborn baby's well-being. Post-natal yoga classes honour the experiences of mothers in this time of transition and learning, as well as empower women to connect with their own beliefs and values regarding mothering. Post-natal yoga also offers a holistic form of exercise for women specifically focused on the needs of the post-natal woman, including pelvic & abdominal reconditioning and back & neck problems arising from pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• To understand the specific physical and emotional changes for women in the post-natal period
• To enable teachers to teach women how to involve their baby in their yoga practice (mums and bubs)
• To understand how different birth experiences will impact the post-natal yoga practice of individual women
• To understand baby development in the early post-natal period
• To learn specific asanas and exercises for reconditioning the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles
• To understand the social context of mothering
• To learn about Mothering with Mindfulness and how you can integrate mindfulness techniques into your post-natal classes
• To learn how to accommodate pregnant women with young children in post-natal classes
• To enable yoga teachers to deliver dynamic and fun post-natal classes for women and their babies
Module 3: Yoga for Active Birth
Only open to those who have completed Module One. This module is developed to deepen your understanding of pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period. It is a highly effective and lively way to learn how to deliver Active Birthing Workshops in order to empower women and their partners to understand birth physiology and the principles of Active Birth. This course will ground you in an understanding of the best evidence-based care for pregnant women, and how education regarding care during pregnancy might be introduced into your classes in a workshop format. Multiple resources will be provided to assist the implementation of effective childbirth education into your classes. In this final module, you will receive individual feedback on your class teaching. This Module also involves detailed description of the Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education project designed by Dr. Jean Byrne and other researchers. Completion of this and the previous two modules will enable you to have the unique qualification of RPYT, and pregnant women will know they are in safe hands in your classes.
• To understand women’s physiology during labour and birth.
• To understand the stages of labour in more detail.
• To learn about the importance of birth hormones and how to optimise the birthing environment for a natural birth.
• To learn about babies’ innate behaviour during the process of birth and discover how effective positions and movements can assist in the birth of the baby.
• To be able to apply practical knowledge of yoga postures to different stages of labour and birth as it is designed to enhance normal physiology during delivery.
• To develop strategies for implementing active birthing techniques in hospital settings.
• To explore appropriate, practical teaching strategies for increasing the confidence of expectant parents in being able to give birth physiologically.
• To discuss ways of empowering women and caregivers to achieve desired birth outcomes.
• To learn and understand how to use effective non-drug forms of pain relief as alternatives to epidurals.
• To learn how to use props to support women with more complicated pregnancies.
• To understand and develop a theoretical and practical understanding of mindfulness as applied to women’s journeys through pregnancy and birth, and how you can integrate mindfulness techniques into your classes.
Module 1: Pre-natal Yoga
Module 2: Post-natal Yoga
Module 3: Yoga for Active Birth
8:15am – 12:15pm, 1:15pm – 5:15pm
All hours can be counted towards Yoga Alliance Registration.
Commitment, determination and good health are the basic requisites.
• To be dedicated to the practice of yoga.
• To either be regular yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees, birth doulas, health care professionals or any individuals wishing to know and learn more about the benefits of pregnancy yoga.
About Michelle Papa
Michelle started her yoga journey in 2004 as she was seeking to find balance in life. It was when she was living in Los Angeles when she discovered the wonderful practice of vinyasa yoga and meditation. Through yoga she was able to connect with a part of herself that she thought she had forgotten due to the busyness of her life. Her interest in a love for yoga has grown exponentially upon moving to Perth in 2007 as she found her 'yoga home' at The Yoga Space where she practised in the Mysore programme and completed her Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher training. This led her to travel to Mysore, India where she practiced and learned chanting. Michelle's deep interest in supporting women in pregnancy, birth and post-partum life has led her to pursue further studies. She completed a Diploma for Childbirth Education, studied with Dr. Sarah Buckley, and with Spinning Babies founder Gail Tully. She delivers pregnancy and post-natal yoga classes, mother's circle, pre- and post-natal teacher's immersion, and childbirth preparation workshops in Australia. Beyond pre- and post-natal classes, Michelle regularly teaches vinyasa yoga, yin and restorative yoga.
Together with Dr. Jean Byrne, Michelle co-founded Mindful Birth, a Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia accredited Pregnancy and Post-natal yoga teacher training course. She has delivered the Mindful Birth teacher training course in Australia and Asia for over a decade. Michelle is a qualified ChildBirth Educator, an ERYT with Yoga Alliance, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a senior member with Yoga Australia. She has a deep interest in the diverse application of mindfulness practice in the various facets of life that led her to start Inspired Girls, a community-centred programme that aims to nurture teenage girls through mindfulness, leadership and educational workshops. Michelle continues to study with leading mindfulness teachers and researchers - Yoga for Trauma with The Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute (JRI) US, Search Inside Your Self Training, Meditation Training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. She’s also pursuing studies in Psychology at Charles Sturt University. Michelle resides in Sydney, Australia together with her husband James and vibrant young girl Cassy. She believes that information and education can bring about change and hopes to continue to empower young girls and women through yoga and mindfulness practices.
About Samantha Briatico
Samantha Briatico has dedicated her life to the journey of self-awakening. She left her home in the USA with a spirit of adventure to travel the world and revel in new experiences. She settled in Perth, Australia and deepened her yogic studies delving into asana, pranayama and meditation and is now registered at the 500-hour level. She has studied Ashtanga Yoga in India and her current practice is a beautiful integration of movement practices, yoga asana and lived mindfulness. Sam is passionate about women finding ways to move and breathe, and her own journey has led her to find depths of strength and resilience that inspires her students. She is the Founder of Zara and Co, an online community to help families who have experienced loss and stillbirth. She has also recently began her doula journey.
Samantha teaches in Australia, Europe and Asia and is a proud mother to young Noah, who has accompanied on her travels throughout the world. Motherhood has been her biggest teacher. Sam delivers Mindful Birth in Australia and Asia and continues to learn innovative approaches to support women throughout the cycles of life - including through ecstatic dance to help women connect with their inner knowing and wisdom.
Full Training (Modules 1 - 3)
Pure Cardholders: S$1,968 (Early-bird 20% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Non-Pure Cardholders: S$2,214 (Early-bird 10% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Regular Pricing: S$2,460
Module 1: Pre Natal Yoga Only
Pure Cardholders: S$832 (Early-bird 20% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Non-Pure Cardholders: S$936 (Early-bird 10% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Regular Pricing: S$1,040
Module 2: Post Natal Yoga Only
Pure Cardholders: S$548 (Early-bird 20% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Non-Pure Cardholders: S$616 (Early-bird 10% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Regular Pricing: S$685
Module 3: Yoga for Active Birth Only
*Only opened to students who have completed Module 1
Pure Cardholders: S$1,096 (Early-bird 20% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Non-Pure Cardholders: S$1,233 (Early-bird 10% Discount, register by 31 Aug 2020)
Regular Pricing: S$1,370
For Pure Teacher Training Graduates: 30% Off Regular Pricing (Limited to 15 spots only).
Please complete an online application form or email us to apply. You will be notified by email within 3-5 days of its approval along with a Welcome Letter outlining payment procedures and further details. Application is NOT required for Morning Intensives. Please register at studio reception.
Early-Bird 20% Discount
Early-Bird Price: Application sent in on or before 31 August 2020.
Regular Price: Application sent in starting from 1 September 2020.
No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 31 August 2020.
All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
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Am I qualified to teach pre- and post-natal yoga right after the course?
Yes, you are qualified to teach pre- and post-natal yoga once all the assignments and course requirements have been completed and you are already a qualified yoga teacher. If you are not already a qualified yoga teacher, you may still find the information useful and practical if you work in a field that deals directly with pre- and post-natal women.
Can I teach pre- and post-natal yoga successfully if I have not experienced childbirth?
Yes, absolutely! I started teaching pre- and post-natal yoga before I had my son. As with teaching women pre- and post-natal yoga, there are many fantastic midwives and obstetricians that have not had babies or experienced childbirth but are passionate and sincere in caring for and looking after women through their childbearing experiences. What matters most is that you have undergone proper training and are compassionate towards your students and understand the broader implications of being a new mum – which the Post-Natal training covers.
What kind of support can I get after the course?
The course is structured for people that already have a minimum qualification in teaching yoga. It gives you more than enough specific information and learning of the practical application of yoga during pregnancy and beyond as you will need to be a competent pre- and post-natal teacher. The real learning comes from teaching in this field and understanding that all women experience pregnancy and birth differently. It is during your role as a pre- and post-natal teacher that you may be asked many challenging questions and presented with many different issues that might not be covered in the course. The faculty is happy to receive emails regarding any concerns that you may have about teaching your students or answering their questions. However, they would encourage all pre- and post-natal yoga teachers to continue learning in this area by attending workshops and seminars that have specific focus on the health and well-being of mother and baby, and to research the answers to things they are not sure about so that they can develop their own independent learning. You can never learn enough! From my love of teaching pre-natal yoga, I went on to study to be a Childbirth Educator and also conduct research into Childbirth Education incorporating yoga and mindfulness (Mindfulness Based Childbirth Education).