Cherished Life Holistic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Fall 2022

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Vanya Francis

Vanya Francis is a mother, yoga instructor, holistic health coach and holistic birth doula. Vanya is founder of Cherished Life, a boutique yoga and wellness company offering compassionate care and holistic welln...

Cherished Life Holistic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Fall 2022

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Cherished Life Holistic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training combines ancient wisdom and practices with modern evidence-based research to support a pregnant person's mind, body and spirit through pregnancy in preparation for childbirth.

  • Benefits of Prenatal Yoga: 
    • Reduces pregnancy related discomforts
    • Increases flexibility, strength, and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
    • Improves balance and stabilization
    • Improves sleep and energy
    • Strengthens and tones the pelvic floor muscles
    • Helps to align the pelvis for optimal fetal positioning
    • Reduces the risk of labor complications 
    • Allows for faster recovery from pregnancy and birth
    • Relieves stress and combats mood disorders
    • Creates community support systems & friendships
    • Encourages connection and harmony with baby
    • Develops birthing person’s intuition and confidence in self and their choices

  •  Participants will learn/discover:
    • Stages of Pregnancy: Anatomy and Physiology by trimester
    • Review of pregnancy discomforts and conditions
    • Stages of Birth: Medical and Holistic Models
    • General guidelines for working with a prenatal student
    • Discussion and practice of asanas/poses, variations, modifications and contraindications for pregnant students
    • Discussion and practice of pranayama/breath appropriate for pregnancy/birth
    • The importance of mantra/sound, visualization and meditation during pregnancy and birth
    • Primer sequence appropriate for mothers in all trimesters 
    • Tools needed to create your own sequence and holistic practice
    • Gain insight into the mind/body connection of the pregnant woman
    • Overview of cultural considerations as it relates to birth and reproductive justice 
    • How to create themes, hold space, and ask the “right” questions to bring depth and compassion to each experience

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?
This training is great for yoga instructors and birth professionals. Participants will leave prepared to confidently support pregnant people looking to modify their yoga practice during pregnancy or lead a prenatal yoga practice that reduces common pregnancy symptoms and builds a pregnant person’s confidence, strength, and connection to baby.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
This is a hybrid (in-person and online) training. The initial part of the training will take place in person at All Life is Yoga in Atlanta, GA, September 30 - October 2, 2022.

Training Address:
27 Waddell St NE
Suite D
Atlanta, GA 30307

Training Schedule:
  • September 30, 2022, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • October 1, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • October 2, 2022, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Following training weekend, you are required to participate in an additional 8 hrs of observation/yoga classes using Cherished Life’s Online Yoga & Wellness Prenatal Yoga video library. This portion of the training is self-paced. You will be given 30 days to complete it.

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE?
This training is designed to be an intimate, in-depth experience. To better support connection and individualized attention, this training is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

WHAT ARE THE COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES?
COVID guidelines change frequently, which may mean some of these guidelines will be out-dated by the time training begins. In the meantime, everyone is asked to adhere to best practices for the safety of all participants based on guidance from leading health organizations:

  • Participants are required to bring their own yoga mats. Studio props will be available for use, and participants will keep the same props throughout the weekend. Strict cleaning protocols for props will be used at the end of each training day. I recommend bringing props if you feel more comfortable with that option. 
  • While social-distancing mandates have ended, this training will honor a minimum of a 3-foot distance between mats during class. 
  • You must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the training start date.
  • Masks are optional.

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES/REQUIREMENTS?
  • A 200-hour yoga teacher training certification is ideal but not required. At minimum, you should have some yoga experience prior to the start of this training; you cannot teach what you do not practice yourself. 
  • Approximately 8 hours of online class participation/observation via Cherished Life's Online Yoga & Wellness Prenatal Yoga video library. (Due (1) month after training ends.) You will be issued a class pass once the course begins. The cost of the pass is included in the training fee.
  • Required Text: 
    • Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby  by Margo Shapiro Bachman (Read and write a review. Due 1 month after training ends.)

WILL I BE CERTIFIED AFTER THIS TRAINING?
  • This training will provide you with 40 hours of training time (combination of contact hours, practice hours, and study hours), a certificate of completion, and the knowledge needed to offer prenatal yoga in any environment.

WHAT'S NEEDED?
  • Yoga mat, small pillow
  • Journal/notebook, pen
  • Blankets and blocks will be available at the studio for use

WHAT IS THE ADMISSION PROCESS?
You must be a yoga instructor or birth worker, in the process of becoming one, and/or have a strong desire to support birthing people holistically through yoga. 

If you meet this requirement, you are eligible to enroll. Once you register for this course, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a form you will need to complete and return prior to the start of training. This form will inquire about your current yoga practice, any previous trainings, and what you hope to gain from this course. 

WHAT IS THE INVESTMENT?
Tuition for this training is $850. An Early Bird investment of $750 is available for a limited time. 

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
Years of experience along with a great deal of planning and preparation are poured into this experience. As such, there are no refunds for this training. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis where registration may be transferred to a future training date.

IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?
This course is meant to be accessible and inclusive to all, regardless of financial status. With this in mind, there are two ways I am able to offer assistance:

  • Payment plans are available. 
  • There are 2 partial scholarships available for students who self-identify as BIPOC.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email [email protected] to discuss your needs.