Advanced Prenatal + Advanced Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

with Melanie Mackintosh

AYA is committed to being an industry leader in providing quality, continuing education for qualified yoga teachers.

These two 50-hour courses in Advanced Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training are accredited worldwide with Yoga Alliance and are outstanding examples of our dedication to furthering the development of yoga teachers.

Your teacher, Melanie Mackintosh, is a leader in her field and has adopted an intelligent approach to teaching pre and postnatal yoga. As a key contributor to the health and well-being of all women, yoga teachers have a unique opportunity to positively influence birthing – aiming for confidence and fewer interventions. In the post-partum period, insightful yoga teachers form part of the key support network for new mothers and may help women avoid some of the physical and emotional issues often experienced at this time.

The principles and practices relevant to teaching pre and post natal students differ significantly, therefore, Melanie has adopted a progressive approach to teaching these courses via two separate streams.

There are two modes of delivery to choose from:

Face-to-face, over six full days, typically structured over two consecutive, three-day weekends; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at AYA’s training studio at 42 Clifton St, Prahran.

Via Zoom, for those who live a significant distance from Melbourne. These sessions will be delivered for five hours a day, for nine days over a three-week period (eg. Mon, Wed and Fri for three weeks).

Prenatal Dates 2021

Face-to-face (6 days)
12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 March 2021
8:30am — 5pm each day

Zoom (9 days)
August 2021 (Dates TBC)
9:30am — 3pm each day

Early Bird Special $1,250 (until 31 Jan 2021)
Full Investment: $1,450 (from 1 Feb 2021)

More Information
For more information about this course and about your facilitator, Melanie Mackintosh, please download the prospectus.

Postnatal Dates 2020/21

Zoom (9 days)
16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30 Nov & 2, 4 Dec 2020
9:30am — 3pm each day

Face-to-face (6 days)
May 2021 (Dates TBC)
8:30am — 5pm each day

 Early Bird Special $1,250 (until 30 Sept 2020)
Full Investment: $1,450 (from 1 Oct 2020)

More Information
For more information about this course and about your facilitator, Melanie Mackintosh, please download the prospectus.

A discount of $250 will apply if you want to book into both courses within 12 months of each being run. Please contact our office on 9510 7474 to arrange. The discount will be applied when you book and pay for the second course.

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.”