New York City Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
with Deb Flashenberg CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500, RPYT & Jenny Langbehn RYT 500, RPYT

This in depth, comprehensive 75 hour training is for those who want to dive into the world of Prenatal yoga and work with this very specialized population.

At Prenatal Yoga Center, we have developed a system of teaching using our unique three pronged approach to prenatal yoga:

Physical comfort: Highly trained and educated instructors cater to the anatomical, hormonal, and muscular changes which occur normally in the pregnant body by creating sequences which lessen discomfort so students feel better after each class. Classes also preparing the mother both physically - specifically with focus on proper pelvic alignment - and mentally for birth whether that be medicated, natural or cesarean.

Community: We start each class with “circle time”, a time where the women introduce themselves, say how far along they are, and discuss any aches and pains they would like to address in class. Pregnancy and postpartum periods carry such enormous physical and emotional changes;and this bonding time creates a springboard for long lasting friendships among students.

Childbirth Education and Advocacy: We interweave childbirth education themes and current birthing trends into our classes. Our intention is that the new mothers will feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, educated decisions during pregnancy, labor, delivery and motherhood.

Our teacher training will teach the trainee how to confidently integrate these three components of our thought out and established approach to prenatal yoga. into a well rounded class. We believe that modifying asana for pregnancy is just the tip of the iceberg for a prenatal yoga teacher training. It is important to speak the same "language" as the expect mother and through evidence-based research be able to guide her properly while supporting her in this transitional point in her life. We strongly feel it is the role of the teacher to help create a warm community for the mothers that extend beyond pregnancy, and through the often bumpy road of new motherhood, to a place of vitality, strength and confidence as the role of mother is achieved.

"I wanted to thank you for the amazing experience and learning opportunity over the last few months. The teacher training has absolutely changed my views on birth and I believe has made me a better teacher!"
-Lana Levy MS, RYT, Founder of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life

Through this training, not only did I learn a lot of pertinent information regarding pregnancy and birth, I also rediscovered a love of teaching that I have been able to apply to all of my classes.
- Karen Langan, Prenatal Yoga Teacher

PYC training spans 3 months. In that time, the trainees will be expect to complete the following:
  • Participate in 6 weekend modules
  • Attend Childbirth Education 2-Day Intensive
  • Attend Baby Body Work (Partner Yoga and Massage Workshop)
  • Observe 10 prenatal yoga classes
  • Assist 4 prenatal yoga classes and demonstrate hand on adjustments
  • Finish required reading and assignments
  • Teach full length prenatal yoga class to PYC students
Basic curriculum

Module 1- Anatomy, Physiology and Therapeutic Applcations, particular focus on the abdominal changes and pelvic floor changes
Module 2 - Structuring Your Class with a special focus on stabilizing the pelvis and asanas that encouraging optimal fetal position to aid in the birth process.
Module 3- Labor and Delivery and Interventions
Module 4
- Postnatal Yoga and Teaching the Community Class. In this module, we invite the PYC community into our training so the teacher trainees can practice teaching our pregnant students.
Module 5 - Screening of "Business of Being Born", discussion of current birth trends and another Community Class
Module 6- Final Exam and each trainee Teaching a 75 minute final class to the PYC community

Total hours:
Approximately 75 hours

Deb Flashenberg, CD(DONA), LCCE, E-RYT 500
Jenny Langbehn RYT
Terry Richmond CD(DONA), CCE
Anna Merrill CD(DONA), LCCE
Clare Friedrich LCCE
Ann Claire Baber LMT

There will be five Saturday afternoon classes and one Friday evening class with Deb and Jenny. The 10 class observations, assisting in 4 classes, attendance of Childbirth Education class, Partner Yoga and Massage workshop, teaching final class and written exam will need to be finished within the 3 month teacher training.

Fall 2014 Training Dates
Saturday 9/27 1:30-7:30pm
Saturday 10/11 1:30-7:30pm
Saturday 10/25 1:30-7:30pm
Saturday 11/8 1:30-7:30pm
Saturday 11/22 1:30-7:30pm
Friday 12/5 6:30-9:30pm (written exam)

Childbirth Education Dates:
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following weekends:
October 4 & 5
October 18 & 19
November 1 & 2
November 15 & 16
*Class is held on Saturdays from 1-5pm and Sundays from 10-2pm

BabybodyWork Dates:
Teacher Trainees need to attend ONE of the following workshops:
September 28
November 9
*Class is held on Sunday from 3-5:15

Upon successful completion, teacher trainees will be certified to teach PYC yoga and be considered for the PYC teaching staff.

Applicants MUST already have completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training. Teacher Trainees are expected to already have obtained the knowledge of how to sequence a basic hatha yoga class, an understanding of alignment and be able to proficiently explain it, properly apply hand on adjustments and comfortably take the seat of a teacher. Please do not apply if you have not completed a 200 hour training.

Tuition | $1150

Tuition and Refund Policy
  • Full payment is due as indicated before the first day of the training.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to hold your space in the program. The balance is due according to the tuition policy.
  • We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard.
  • We charge a $25 returned check fee.
  • Make checks payable to: Prenatal Yoga Center.
  • Refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins minus a $400 handling fee. After this time NO refund or credit will be given if you decide not to attend.
  • Once the training begins, if you decide not to continue for any reason, no refund or credit will be given.
  • All fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.

CEU - Continued Education Units- For Yoga Alliance

Prenatal Yoga Center recognizes that we are departing from the Yoga Alliance (YA) Prenatal Yoga 85 hour standards. The YA training is a stand-alone training and does not require past teaching experience. Our 75 hour training requires that the participants have already obtained a 200 hour teacher training, giving the trainees the foundational skills of basic alignment, class sequencing and structure, how to give appropriate and effective hand on adjustments and yoga philosophy. Therefore it is understood that we do not need to spend training hours covering these basic skills and can instead dive deeper into the specifics of prenatal yoga and appropriate modifications, therapeutic applications, childbirth education and current birthing trends in the US.

Upon successfully completing the PYC Teacher Training, 35 hours can be applied to YA continued education units.

How to Apply
If you are interested in applying to the program, or in receiving updates about our next TT dates, please send an e-mail to with 'Teacher Training' as the subject. You will be considered for admission into the program when we receive a completed application.
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