Short Courses + Advanced Prenatal or Postnatal YTT

with Melanie Mackintosh

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

AYA has a range of courses that will suit already qualified yoga teachers, teachers in training and those who want to deepen their understanding of using yoga and meditation principles during the most special times of pregnancy and birth.

Choose from a short, combined prenatal/postnatal course that is designed to expand your knowledge of appropriate yoga practices for the prenatal student so you can confidently guide them through the whole of their pregnancy and immediately after the birth.

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

All courses are offered face-to-face in the studio at 42 Clifton St, (depending on COVID restrictions), and via Zoom. Please see below for the dates.

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.

Short Course – Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Principles and Practices
(16 hours) – 2020 Dates

This course will be held face-to-face (depending on COVID 19 restrictions) and via Zoom on the dates below. You may choose either avenue to attend the course. Attending this course will enable you to apply some credit towards the 50 hour Advanced Prenatal Course. Please contact Melanie for more details.

11:30am — 3:30pm each day

Saturday 10th October
Sunday 11th October
Monday 12th October
Tuesday 13th October

Investment $475. Contributes to 16 CPD points for Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Prenatal Dates 2021

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

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

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

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

Postnatal Dates 2021

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

Full Investment: $1,450

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

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

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.”