Supporting Pregnant Women in Yoga Class: Tips for Teachers and Students

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Course Overview

If you teach general yoga classes, it's important to know how to adapt poses for pregnancy. After all, you never know when a pregnant student is going to show up. And if you're pregnant, learning how to modify your practice will give you the tools you need to keep going to the classes you love.

Thankfully, this comprehensive program can offer both teachers and students a solid understanding of how to safely approach yoga during pregnancy. You'll not only get an overview of the "why" (benefits) and "how" (tips related to alignment and safety) of practicing yoga during pregnancy, you'll also explore three demo sequences that feature adapted practices for each trimester.

Learn how to maintain a strong and steady practice throughout your pregnancy, or if you're a teacher, help all of your students to feel confident and supported on the mat.

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3 CEU’s Upon Completion

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Course Outline

2hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • In this introductory module, Sue shares the intention behind this program and how, whether you're a teacher or a student, you can benefit from it.
  • In this module, you'll learn how to address common postural misalignments that can occur during pregnancy. You'll also get a general overview of which areas of the body need to be strengthened, stabilized, and opened to best support the journey.
  • During the first trimester of pregnancy, hormones are changing and it's not uncommon for nausea to set in. In this module, which includes a demo sequence, you'll learn how to modify a yoga practice to support this first stage. A key consideration: Go with the flow, knowing that as the body changes, every practice day may need to be different.
  • During the second trimester of pregnancy, baby is getting bigger and beginning to show, which means making room on the mat fortwo.In this module, which includes a demo sequence, you'll learn how to modify a yoga practice to support this next phase. A key consideration: Avoid lying flat on the back.
  • During the third trimester of pregnancy, it's common for more swelling, tiredness, and discomfort (aches and pains) to occur. In this module, which includes a demo sequence, you'll learn how to modify a yoga practice to support this final stage. A key consideration: The body is at "max capacity" and it can be especially easy to over-stretch, so focus even more on strength.
  • In this short wrap-up video, teachers will get some final essential tips that they can use to enhance their working relationship with pregnant students. And students will get some final essential tips that they can take with them into public yoga classes.
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Sue Elkind
Sue Elkind is an internationally respected Yoga teacher, educator, and author of the widely distributed... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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