Prenatal & Postpartum teacher training course
“I could remain West Michigan's only registered Yoga Alliance RPYT, or I could recognize the need for more support in this community. It’s time to raise the standard of care and bridge the gap between medicine and movement.” -Heidi McDowell
105 HR Prenatal & Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training
Mind Body Baby is the first and only Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga School in West Michigan.
This course is well suited for anyone who is called to the perinatal support world or those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of prenatal and postpartum support through a yoga lens.
Our mission for Mind Body Baby’s training is to provide comprehensive and compassionate prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher training, equipping instructors and birth workers with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity needed to support pregnant individuals in mind, body, and spirit.
Through a curriculum rooted in safety, inclusivity, and mindfulness, we aim to create a community of educators who inspire, support, and empower expectant parents to embrace the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of pregnancy. Our mission extends beyond the classroom as we strive to foster a global network of prenatal yoga teachers dedicated to nurturing the connection between mind, body, and baby, ultimately fostering a deep sense of empowerment, trust, and strength throughout the sacred journey to motherhood.
Heidi’s training is intentionally crafted to unravel the “WHYs” through a modern lens. “Learning how to support someone is not the same as understanding why you made that choice.” -Heidi McDowell
This course is well suited for anyone who is called to the perinatal support world or those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of prenatal and postpartum support with a yoga lens.
- Birth and Postpartum
- OB/GYNs & Midwives
- Social Workers
- Movement teachers
- Lactation Consultants
- Massage Therapists
- Anyone else with a passion
Heidi’s prenatal & postpartum yoga teacher training program surpasses Yoga Alliance’s minimum RPYS standards by extending the requirement from 85 hours to 105 hours. To ensure participants leave feeling fully prepared to support people at all stages of their journey to and through motherhood we’ve curated a complimentary postpartum training add-on.
Prerequisites: A minimum of one year, consistent in-studio group yoga classes. Must have a basic understanding of yoga postures. ***You DO NOT have to be a yoga teacher to enroll in this training. See more below.
You will leave this course with the understanding and insight behind:
- How to structure a specialty yoga class
- How to use yoga as a tool for pregnancy, birth, and beyond
- How to modify for prenatal and postpartum stages
- How to support the transitions of life through motherhood
- How and when to utilize resource referrals
Course Materials: The Mind Body Baby manual will be included and provided during our first session.
Digital Content: Online content will be available prior to the start of in-person training.
Required Reading: Four books will be required for purchase by the participants prior to the first in-person session. These will be communicated to you after enrollment.
Required Viewing: One movie will be required for watchin by the participants during trainings. This will be communicated to you after enrollment.
Prenatal & Postpartum Teacher Training
MODULE 1 Anatomy + Physiology
- Systemic Changes
- Common Conditions
- Alignment + Balance
- Pelvic Floor
- Upper Body Mobility
- Optimal Fetal Position
MODULE 2 Movement + Classes
- Benefits of Yoga
- Safety + Precaution
- Safe + Inclusive Space
- Class Structure
- More Than Modifications
- Meditation + Connection
- Poses + The Pelvis
- Yoga Sutras + Lineage
- Art of Props
MODULE 3 YOGA for Labor + Birth
- Birth Culture
- Empowerment + Consent
- Yoga for Birth
- Coping Tools in Yoga
- Safe Strong Sensations
MODULE 4 Postpartum
- Postpartum Period
- Safety + Precautions
- Core + Diastasis
- Pelvic Floor
- Class Sequencing
- Community Resources
Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification
All students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of the course (pending final approval from Heidi McDowell).
It is not necessary to be registered with Yoga Alliance in order to teach prenatal or postnatal yoga. This course provides comprehensive and compassionate prenatal and postpartum yoga teacher training skills, equipping instructors and birth workers with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity needed to support pregnant individuals in mind, body, and spirit.
Eligibility to receive the RPYT designation from YA is as follows (per YA compliance)
- Student must complete the 105-hours of Mind Body Baby Prenatal & Postpartum Teacher Training program in order to receive a certificate of completion, and
- Student must hold a minimum RYT200 with Yoga Alliance, and
- Student must teach 30-hours of prenatal yoga classes after submitting the upgrade request to Yoga Alliance.
It is the student’s responsibility to correspond with YA ensuring they are in good standing and eligible for RPYT status. The requirements for eligibility may change at any time without notice. Visit the YA website (www.yogalliance.org) for detailed information.
Payment, Location & Dates
Enrollment for Spring 2024
EarlyBird Pricing: $1395.00 expires 01/31/2024
Course: Digital self-paced & In-person
Dates: In-person 2 weekends/month in April – May
+10 observation hours: at Mind Body Baby
+10 teaching hours: at Mind Body Baby
Time: Fri 6:00PM – 9:00PM, Sat 10:30AM – 5:30PM, Sun 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Mind Body Baby Studio
Space is limited to provide thoughtful training to each participant.
Enrollment is a first come first serve basis.
Pay Now: One Payment in full, early bird pricing may apply or;
Deposit: Payment plan, hold your spot $500.00
No and no. This training is for anyone in the perinatal support field or movement instructor hoping to deepen their level of support. See FAQ who is this training for below.
Prenatal refers to the time of pregnancy; while the baby is on the inside.
Postpartum refers to the time after birth.
Different physical, mental, and hormonal shifts at different stages.
Unlike most Registered Prenatal Yoga Schools that require a minimum of 200-hour teacher training to attend, Mind Body Baby only requires a minimum of one-year’s personal yoga practice (experience.) Ideally, studio practice and group classes.
Attendees must have a basic understanding of common yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and personal experience of applying yoga concepts into their lives.
This course is well suited for anyone who is called to the perinatal support world or those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding. We have a mix of moms, not moms, birth and postpartum doulas, psychologists, OB/GYNs, nutritionists, social workers, yoga teachers, lactation consultants, massage therapists, and so many more career/non-career fields in this space.
Mind Body Baby’s training is structured in a group dynamic allowing for synergy and friendships to deepen the student experience.
Access to online contact will be available approximately 30 days before the in-person training sessions begin.
All dates will be in-person with lead instructor Heidi McDowell. We will have guest speakers and experts throughout the course.
We require 100% attendance to graduate and receive a certificate of completion from our program. Class attendance will be taken throughout the training.
In the case of any emergency absences, please notify the program director immediately.
If a student has planned absences that conflict with attendance in the program, please contact the program director to discuss options. Each student is responsible for scheduling make-up time with the program director. Students must pay an additional cost for private make-up sessions with a teacher.
Our studio is always looking for passionate instructors to support our community. Completion of this certification training does not guarantee a teaching opportunity with our studio. All teachers must apply individually after certification.
Heidi McDowell is the owner and founder of Mind Body Baby and the Mind Body Baby Collective. She is the lead instructor and program director for this training.
She is West Michigan’s only active Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). She is a Birth and Postpartum Doula also holding certifications as an E-RYT 200, YACEP, Barre Instructor, Children’s Yoga Instructor, Mom + Baby Teacher, Fertility Yoga Instructor, Body Ready Method Certified Pro, and Spinning Babies enthusiast.
Having grown up as one of 15 children Heidi never imagined her journey to becoming a mother would be so damn hard. She considers herself an IVF survivor and is a proud mama to daughter, Marlowe, three. Heidi was fortunate enough to have been a yoga practitioner for nearly 15 years prior to her infertility struggles and for her, yoga has remained the heart of how she supports parents.
“I could remain West Michigan’s only Yoga Alliance RPYT, or I could recognize the need for more support in this community. It’s time to raise the standard of care and bridge the gap between medicine and movement.” -Heidi McDowell