Lotus Blossom offers a unique training experience for yoga and birth professionals. Moving beyond Yoga Alliance standards, this comprehensive program includes 100 hours of training and mentorship addressing both prenatal and postnatal topics.  A workshop schedule spanning four non-consecutive weekends opens the door for parents and working professionals to participate.  Doulas and other birth professionals are welcome to enroll in just the 65 scheduled workshop hours. Students planning to teach prenatal yoga will fulfill an additional 35 flexible hours of teaching and mentorship requirements to earn the designation of Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) through the Yoga Alliance. 

The Yoga Alliance requires a minimum of 85 hours to qualify for the RPYT designation.  For details on how these hours are broken down, please see their website here. Lotus Blossom Prenatal Yoga Training meets these requirements and adds an additional 15 hours to ensure our trainees graduate with the confidence to lead their own successful prenatal yoga business.  

Workshop topics include the following:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the pregnant and postpartum mother
  • Yoga asana to promote optimal fetal positioning
  • Alleviating common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Pre and postnatal psychology to support the expectant/ new mother
  • Asana practice and modifications to accommodate the pregnant body
  • Understanding and importance of evidence-based maternity care
  • Managing a successful pre/ postnatal yoga business
  • Orchestrating an engaging class
  • Promoting healthy pelvic floor for pregnancy and beyond
  • Using empowering and inclusive language
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques
  • Applying classical yogic philosophy to modern pre/ postnatal yoga
  •  …And more!

Prerequisites:  For those seeking Yoga Alliance RPYT status, a 200-hour yoga certification, or plans to obtain one is strongly recommended.  For birth professionals looking to participate in just the classroom portion, a strong yoga practice of one year or more is required.  If you are unsure if your experience is appropriate for this training, please connect with our directors.  

Blossom, a non-profit resource center in Palo Alto providing support and education to expectant and new families hosts the training, with built-in opportunities to connect and teach expectant and new mothers. Trainees will leave the program with real-life teaching experience, preparing them to step directly into teaching their own expectant clientele.  

Workshop Schedule including Topics