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Teacher Training

Pre- & Post-Natal Yoga Teacher Training 2024 with Samantha Chan

4-21 April 2024, Pacific Place - Admiralty

Yoga’s emphasis on relaxation and body and breath awareness suits pregnant women’s perinatal fitness needs perfectly. Specialised pre-natal practices help them tune into the needs and changes of pregnancy and to promote relaxation and suppleness. This Pre- & Post-Natal Yoga Teacher Training is dedicated to:


Physically, emotionally and spiritually nurturing expectant mothers, birth partners & their unborn child
• Encouraging practitioners to unfold the body-mind-spirit connection that is vital to the practice of yoga
• Passing on these experiences to future mothers, parents & their unborn
child

 

This training offers an in-depth review of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labour and birth. Trainees will gain extensive experience with asanas well-suited to pregnant women and a thorough understanding of contraindications during pregnancy. The training will attune teachers to the profound physical, emotional, mental and spiritual transitions of pregnancy and birth and demonstrate how tools such as chanting, pranayama, deep relaxation and meditation can be effective ways of coping with these changes.

This course is delivered using a combination of face-to-face lectures, practicum, your own research, observation of classes, teaching practice
, and assignments.

Certification
The course is fully registered with Yoga Alliance. Completion
of this course will allow you to become a Yoga Alliance Registered Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Upon completion of this course and all assignments, students will be awarded a certificate of participation.

Yoga Alliance Accredited School
PURE Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognition and qualify for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification.

Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes in the U.S and globally. Graduates of our programme are automatically eligible to register as an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming an RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher attributes that many hiring studios look for.

Mission Statement
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 level of 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.

 

Module 1: Pre-Natal Yoga
This module provides each student with an in-depth knowledge of pre-natal yoga, helping them foster a deeper personal consciousness and inner self-awareness. We focus on providing our teachers with a balanced understanding of the emotional and psychological journey into motherhood as well as the relevant and precise anatomy and physiology. This enables our teachers to guide women into their own intuition with integrity and awareness.

  • Asanas, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and other yogic practices for pregnancy through direct experiential learning
  • Common complaints, contraindications and conditions during pregnancy, and skills on how to adapt your teaching safely
  • Modifications and adjustments for different trimesters & different levels of experience in a pre-natal yoga class
  • Safe, effective and inspiring teaching methods for a pre-natal yoga teacher
  • Organisational skills, communication skills, planning, presentation, evaluation, and structure of a pre-natal yoga class



Module 2: Post-Natal Yoga
This module teaches the skills to build a foundation of physical, emotional and spiritual health from which women can flourish as mothers and in all the roles they play. It will also cover some practical techniques to help them feel centred, give them a more positive outlook, and provide simple tools to empower themselves throughout their day on and off the mat.

  • Anatomy and physiology of post-natal women – hormonal changes, pelvic floor recovery, birth trauma
  • Specific post-natal yoga practice and principles – safety issues, maternal posture, core strength, relaxation
  • Teaching skills for post-natal yoga
  • Benefits of yoga in the post-natal period
  • Reflection on birth, mother and baby attachment, feeding, the spectrum of emotions following birth, and post-natal depression
  • Common physical and emotional complaints and ailments after labour
  • Importance of housekeeping and environment, class format options, venue, advertising, and health and safety



Module 3: Yoga for an Active Birth
This final module is only open to those who have completed Modules 1 & 2. This course will offer a deeper understanding of birth and the ways in which women and couples can prepare for this by offering insight, movement, breath and positioning, as well as many other tools that can help during the stages of labour.

  • Anatomy and physiology of birth
  • Different roles of a birthing partner
  • An in-depth understanding of the different stages of labour
  • Importance of birth hormones
  • Optimal positioning and use of movement to help during the different stages of labour
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques for mothers and birthing partners
  • Use of sound, visualisation and meditation to help during labour
  • Strategies for implementing active birthing techniques in hospital settings 

Full Programme : 4-21 April

Module 1: Pre-Natal Yoga

Thu, Sat & Sun 4, 6 & 7  April

Module 2: Post-Natal Yoga

Sat & Sun, 13-14 April

Module 3: Yoga for an Active Birth

Thu-Sun, 18-21 April

 

Daily Schedule
8:30am-12:30pm
1:30pm-5:30pm

Commitment, determination and good health are the basic requisites. Students must be prepared to make personal sacrifices in order to achieve 100% course attendance.

Applicants need:
• To be dedicated to the practice of yoga.
• To either be yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees or health care professionals who have a great interest in knowing more about the benefits of pregnancy yoga.
• To be a woman. Men can teach great pregnancy classes – but we believe that for pregnancy yoga to be a transformative experience leading women to discover their power as women and mothers, classes need to be facilitated by women.

It is not necessary to have children in order to safely and beautifully teach pre-natal yoga. All that is needed is sincere interest and desire to learn more about pregnancy & the birthing process.

Samantha Chan


Samantha began her journey in yoga to deepen her personal practice and expand her knowledge of yoga. What started in 2005, with her first teacher training programme, has transformed into a lifelong journey of learning, opening, sharing and teaching. Samantha’s vision and knowledge have grown to include not only yoga, but also managing, planning, women’s health, life balance, and total wellness.  She enjoys her friendships, family, pottery, photography, reading, hiking, travelling and food.

 

Samantha’s inspiration comes from each of her past teachers but also includes her students as well. She believes watching students practise yoga increases her understanding of the complete benefit of yoga for a happy and healthy life. This enables her to continually grow as she teaches. In addition to her foundational Hatha Vinyasa teacher training, she has also expanded into Pregnancy Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Infant Massage and Kids Yoga.

 

Samantha is particularly focused on teaching which allows for the progression of students at their own pace. Her teaching method is very approachable with a steady and calm style that hides her nickname as ‘Killer Sam’.  She has an enduring quality of making students work, raising their practice to higher and higher levels, without them even feeling it was all work and no play. She is down-to-earth this personality trait is her ethos in life as well as her teaching.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS & CERTIFICATIONS

Yoga Education

  • Yoga Medicine Nervous System & Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Medicine (55 hours), 2022
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Acupressure, AcuYin & Hip Anatomy II) with Yinspiration (60 hours), 2022
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga & Ayurveda Center (25 hours), 2020
  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Bliss Baby Yoga (28 hours), 2020
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Myofascial Release & Spine Anatomy) with Yinspiration (50 hours), 2016
  • Mastering the Art of Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Jason Crandell (50 hours), 2016
  • Diploma in Birthlight Perinatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Birthlight UK, 2015-2016
  • Yoga Bou Teacher Training with Michiko Minegishi, 2015 
  • Wall Rope Yoga Training Level 1 (Iyengar based) with Bryan Legere (35 hours), 2014
  • Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah Powers (70 hours), 2012
  • Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Yoga Teacher Training with The Yoga Space Australia (95 hours), 2011-2012
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Paul Grilley (30 hours), 2011
  • Yin/Yang Teacher Training Intensive with Sarah Powers (25 hours), 2010
  • POET for Yoga Anatomy with Ellen Heed (31 hours), 2009
  • Diploma in Yogakids Facilitator, CYKF with Yoga Kids International (32 hours), 2009
  • Foundations YogaKids Facilitator Training and Certification Program with Yoga Kids International (32 hours), 2008
  • Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Limbs, Hong Kong (250 hours), 2006

 

Other Studies 

  • Slings Myofascial Training Foundation Education with Art of Motion (56 hours), 2018
  • Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with Institute for Integrative Nutrition USA, 2016
  • Reiki I, II & Master Certification with Joyce Thom, 2013-2015
  • Raw Food Chef and Health Educator Certification, Level 1-3, 2013-2014
  • Certification in Infant Massage with International Association of Infant Massage, Sweden, 2014

 

Early-Bird Discount

Register NOW until 3 March

Regular Price:
Register from 4 March onwards

Full Training: 
4-21 April

HK$11,980

HK$14,975

Module 1: Pre-Natal Yoga 
4, 6 & 7  April

HK$5,150

HK$6,437

Module 2: Post-Natal Yoga
13-14 April

HK$3,630

HK$4,537

Module 3: Yoga for an Active Birth 
18-21 April

HK$6,888

HK$8,610

 

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Minimum Number of Students
This programme requires a minimum of 10 students.

 

Applications
English (Cantonese to supplement depending on the group)

  

Early-Bird Discount

  • Early-Bird Price: Applications to be sent in on or before 3 March 2024.
  • Regular Price: Applications to be sent in starting from 4 March 2024.

 

Refunds/Cancellations

  • No refund or credit will be given for cancellations starting 4 March 2024.
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.
  • All applications for a refund (medical & emergency reasons) must be made within 3 days after the event finishes.

Special Offer from nood food

10% off all nood food items or $5 off for all nood cold-pressed juices for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.

 

Special Offer from KURIOS

15% off on all KURIOS regular-priced products for all yoga event registrants on dates of the workshop.

 

Enquiries:

For enquiries, please email events@pure-yoga.com

To register, please contact any PURE Yoga studio or see reception.

Yoga experience

Pure Yoga Cardholders can opt to have their contracts temporarily suspended for the duration of the course. Please check YES if you would like to have your account suspended. Suspension period is on a monthly basis. You can choose the start day of your suspension. You are able to reactivate your account any time by filling in a reactivation form at the studio.
Should you wish to join any classes during the training, you will receive 50% off the regular price for drop-ins

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