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Advanced Prenatal & Postnatal YTT

Short Courses or 50 hours Yoga Alliance Certificate Training with Melanie Mackintosh

Melanie Mackintosh is a leader in prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training and yoga for childbirth. Melanie is also a qualified practitioner in the Hypnobirthing Australia Positive Birth Program

AYA’s 50-hour Advanced Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is a deep dive into these very important areas, drawing on the very latest research and practices that have been proven to assist the mother during pregnancy, birth and beyond. The course is accredited worldwide with Yoga Alliance and is an outstanding example of our dedication to furthering the development of yoga teachers.

The course will be delivered in three streams, allowing participants to complete one or all three sections of the course over 12 months or more. All three sections will need to be completed in order to gain the 50 hour Advanced Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher qualification under the Yoga Alliance banner. Completing individual sections of the course contributes to CPD points for both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia, and may be used to upgrade yoga teacher qualifications.

The three streams are:

Stream 1 – Prenatal & Postnatal A (emphasis on prenatal) from the modules listed below

Stream 2 – Prenatal and Postnatal B (emphasis on postnatal) from the modules listed below

Stream 3 – Yoga for Childbirth (emphasis on balancing the structures of the pelvis and the uterus, Optimal Foetal Positioning, Active Birthing and meditation and breathing for childbirth).

 All questions relating to AYA’s prenatal and postnatal training may be directed to Melanie Mackintosh at melanie@australianyogaacademy.com or by calling 0413 298 132

2021 Dates

Advanced Prenatal

Course will be held, concurrently, face-to-face in the studio and via Zoom for those students who are unable to travel.

Fri 12 March, 12:30-4:30pm
Sat 13 & Sun 14 March, 9:30am-5:30pm

Fee: $595 / $495 for AYA TTs and graduates.

Yoga for Childbirth

Course will be held, concurrently, face-to-face in the studio and via Zoom for those students who are unable to travel.

Sun 16 May 9:30am-5:30pm

Fee: $355 / $285 for AYA TTs and graduates.

Advanced Postnatal

Course will be held, concurrently, face-to-face in the studio and via Zoom for those students who are unable to travel.

Sat 2 & Sun 3 October, 9:30am-5:30pm

Fee: $595 / $495 for AYA TTs and graduates.

This was the second course I have done with Mel, and I cannot thank her enough for the wealth of knowledge and passion that she shares through her teaching of Pre and Postnatal Yoga, and all things birth! The course was so well presented and inclusive and, most importantly, very practical, and I am looking forward to putting it all into practice with new found confidence! Thank you, Mel!

Julie Beaumont

Please note once tickets are purchased there will be no refunds/transfers or credit given.

Prenatal Info

Theory Modules

  • Pre-conception awareness and preparation
  • Anatomy, physiology and the psychology of pregnancy and labour
  • Demands on biochemical reserves throughout pregnancy
  • History of prenatal yoga, women in yoga and Ayurveda for pregnancy
  • Benefits of prenatal yoga for the mother and baby, including scientific literature
  • Active Birthing principles, Optimal Foetal Positioning and their benefits
  • Approaches to supporting prenatal students with mental health and trauma concerns (and support for the prenatal teacher)
  • Contraindications and cautions in teaching prenatal yoga
  • Understanding Polyvagal Theory in the context of fortifying physical and mental health in the prenatal period
  • The business of prenatal yoga – policies and approaches to prenatal yoga

Therapeutic Approaches and Teaching Skills

  • Teaching prenatal yoga in general classes, including meaningful modifications
  • Specific strategies for teaching prenatal yoga in dedicated prenatal classes
  • Prenatal Yin yoga
  • Caring for the back, SIJs, abdominals, pelvic floor and other special needs
  • Using yoga to balance anatomy and physiology for an easier birth, including common birthing positions found in yoga
  • Addressing common musculoskeletal concerns that arise during pregnancy with yoga techniques
  • Ventral vagal reset practices and other practices that down-regulate and over-active nervous system.

Yoga philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama

  • Pranayama and breathing techniques for pregnancy and labour
  • Meditation and mindfulness practices for pregnancy and labour
  • Using the yamas, niyamas, sankalpa, mudras and mantras in pregnancy and labour
  • Introduction to Melanie’s unique approach of “The Mindful Daily Five”

Postnatal Info

Theory Modules

  • Historical and different cultural approaches to the postpartum period.
  • Physiological, nutritional and psychological reasons for postnatal depletion.
  • Understanding key biochemical deficiency and how these might be prevented or addressed.
  • Understanding Polyvagal Theory in the context of rebuilding physical and mental health in the postnatal period.
  • Postpartum physiology and anatomy.
  • Baby and me yoga.
  • Yin yoga, Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic approaches to post natal yoga.

Therapeutic Approaches and Teaching Skills

  • Assisting with repair of diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles).
  • Increasing tone in the pelvic floor.
  • Decreasing musculoskeletal imbalances using yoga poses that move the body through its full range of motion.
  • Applying ventral vagal reset practices and other practices that down-regulate the over-active nervous system.

Yoga philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama Modules

  • Specific meditation and pranayama practices that are suitable for the postpartum mother.
  • The yogic philosophies that govern the gunas, yamas and niyamas will be applied to teaching postnatal yoga.
  • You will be introduced Melanie’s unique approach of “The Mindful Daily Five.”