The Whole Mama Yoga 85-Hour

Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

(Yoga Alliance Certified)

This program was very thorough. Over the course of the whole training, we were challenged to open our minds to challenging topics and discuss them in a safe setting, which was very powerful. I feel like I was well trained in many different areas, and was given quality knowledge to bring to my prenatal and postnatal teaching. All of our special guests gave us practical tips and they shared lots of practical information!
— Laura Rardon, YA-certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher

The Whole Mama Yoga 85-hour Prenatal and Postnatal YTT

Fall / Winter 2019-2020, Carolina Yoga Company

Four WEekends: October 4-6, November 1-3, January 3-5, and February 7-9.

This course is an 85-hour training in accordance with the Prenatal Teacher Training standards of Yoga Alliance (YA).  All weekends are required to fulfill the standards of the prenatal 85-hour training as outlined by YA.

Women continue to be the majority in yoga classes. The needs, joys, and challenges specific to women before, during, and after childbearing offers teachers the opportunity to affect and deeply connect with women during these momentous, transformational times in life. This 85 hour intensive will focus on a wide range of yoga for women in all phases and stages of parenthood and motherhood—from fertility and preconception to prenatal and postnatal yoga to yoga for parent and baby and beyond. It meets the requirements of the Prenatal Teacher Training standards of Yoga Alliance (YA).

This unique offering is perfect for yoga teachers, doulas, childbirth educators, and other care providers. Our Whole Mama Yoga training goes beyond the traditional offerings of a prenatal yoga teacher training, and supplies students with much-needed information for their childbearing-age clients. In this intensive, trainees will learn:

  • Compassionate and thoughtful yoga instruction for people in all phases of parenthood

  • To safely teach an empowering and supportive prenatal yoga class to women and parents with a wide variety of physical and emotional needs

  • Yoga and meditation practices to support women and parents-to-be struggling with fertility challenges

  • Pre and postnatal modifications for students attending regular yoga classes

  • Anatomy of pregnancy, labor, and birth

  • Physical and emotional impacts of pregnancy

  • Cultural perspectives on pregnancy and birth, and how these perspectives can affect personal experience

  • How yoga beautifully supports the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy

  • General health and nutrition, in addition to yoga practices, that can be helpful leading up to pregnancy

  • Pranayama practices for pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum

  • Truths and myths about pregnancy

  • Contraindications during pregnancy

  • Meditation, visualization, and yoga positions that can be helpful for labor and birth

  • To teach effective yoga, meditation, and massage techniques for partners during pregnancy and labor

  • Safe and effective strategies and yoga practices for rebuilding strength and flexibility after childbirth

  • General information postpartum physical changes, health, and healing

  • To safely teach a healing and helpful postnatal yoga class with a wide variety of physical and emotional needs

  • To teach baby and parent/caregiver yoga classes

  • To teach mothers and parents to integrate yoga and meditation into “life after birth”


(If you are enrolled in Carolina Yoga’s 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, taking The First Two Weekends (Oct / Nov) fulfills an elective for that program.)


2019-2020 Dates:

This program meets for 4 weekends in 2019 and 2020.






All Weekends / Full PYTT (meets YA Prenatal Yoga 85 hour YTT requirement):

  • $1100 on or before August 1

  • $1300 after August 1

Oct / Nov weekends only (meets Carolina Yoga 500 YTT elective requirement):

  • $650 on or before August1

  • $750 after August 1


Friday 6-9 PM

Saturday 10-5 PM

Sunday 9-3 PM

Lunch break daily, Saturday and Sunday.


All weekends will take place at the Carrboro location of Carolina Yoga Company.

Ready dive in? Want to register? Have questions? Contact us!