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Prenatal Yoga

Start
November 6, 2021 9:00 am
End
November 6, 2021 1:00 pm

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Yoga during pregnancy can play an instrumental role in facilitating an experience that is grounded, powerful, and positively transformational. This workshop offers Yoga Teachers the knowledge and skills necessary to positively support pregnant people who participate in non-prenatal specific yoga classes.  This is not a comprehensive training preparing you to teach prenatal yoga.

This workshop you will support you to:

  • Understand the primary benefits of yoga during pregnancy.
  • Know key body system adaptations during pregnancy, what symptoms commonly manifest as a result, and how to support people in class who present with these symptoms. 
  • Understand your scope as a Yoga Teacher guiding a pregnant person in a non-prenatal specific class and fundamental considerations to support the autonomous-sovereign experience of pregnancy.

Key considerations you will be asked to consider:

  • Inclusivity 
  • Checking your own preconceptions about pregnancy & birth
  • Guide with intention to support their practice 
  • Language of abundance vs. deficience 

Upon completion of this workshop, your scope as a Yoga Teacher will include:

  • Holding space that encourages engaging with the inner work & personal reflection required to journey consciously and in one’s sovereignty through pregnancy.
  • Offering adaptations for asanas and breathwork based on the pregnant student’s verbally expressed lived experience and physical symptoms.
  • Offering information about the root cause of common pregnancy symptoms based on your knowledge of the physiological and anatomical adaptations that occur during pregnancy. 
  • Referring out to other professionals when the information asked by the pregnant student is outside of your scope of knowledge as a non-prenatal specific Yoga Teacher.

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Course Details

Yoga during pregnancy can play an instrumental role in facilitating an experience that is grounded, powerful, and positively transformational. This workshop offers Yoga Teachers the knowledge and skills necessary to positively support pregnant people who participate in non-prenatal specific yoga classes.  This is not a comprehensive training preparing you to teach prenatal yoga.

This workshop you will support you to:

  • Understand the primary benefits of yoga during pregnancy.
  • Know key body system adaptations during pregnancy, what symptoms commonly manifest as a result, and how to support people in class who present with these symptoms. 
  • Understand your scope as a Yoga Teacher guiding a pregnant person in a non-prenatal specific class and fundamental considerations to support the autonomous-sovereign experience of pregnancy.

Key considerations you will be asked to consider:

  • Inclusivity 
  • Checking your own preconceptions about pregnancy & birth
  • Guide with intention to support their practice 
  • Language of abundance vs. deficience 

Upon completion of this workshop, your scope as a Yoga Teacher will include:

  • Holding space that encourages engaging with the inner work & personal reflection required to journey consciously and in one’s sovereignty through pregnancy.
  • Offering adaptations for asanas and breathwork based on the pregnant student’s verbally expressed lived experience and physical symptoms.
  • Offering information about the root cause of common pregnancy symptoms based on your knowledge of the physiological and anatomical adaptations that occur during pregnancy. 
  • Referring out to other professionals when the information asked by the pregnant student is outside of your scope of knowledge as a non-prenatal specific Yoga Teacher.

Facilitators

a pregnant person with light skin is doing a squat with their hands folding in front of their heart and they are smiling.Clara Johnson is a mother, birth keeper, and yoga teacher. Her passion is to support people in aligning with their intuition, instinct, and ancestral wisdom during pregnancy and birth. She believes strongly in the teachings of yoga as a tool for aligning with one’s true path by releasing the layers that do not serve us and inviting in what does. Yoga was a guide for Clara to arrive home into her body, heart, and soul as a young adult. Now as a mother of three, she sees her practice on the mat as a compass for how to navigate raising her children and traversing her life in authenticity and in service to others. 

You can expect Clara’s teachings to be honest, gentle, and empathetic. She is radical in her perspective on birth as a cultural, political, and physiological experience. She may challenge your beliefs, but does so with empathy, care, and support for your journey. Her intention is to awaken new knowledge within her students, fuel curiosity and exploration, and to always come back to the messaging of the body as a compass for life’s journey. You can find her at sovereignbirth.ca

a light skinned woman with dark hair that is wind blown holds cupped hands in front of herKatie Connolly

I believe in lifting each other up so we can be stronger together. I enjoy being active in nature, spending time with my family and friends, the arts, learning and growing, savouring the beautiful experiences every day brings, and taking time to go within. As was my vision in my teens (although I had no idea how I would be able to do it), it is still to empower others to enjoy lives of peace, love, and joy… to gloWithin.

When I was a child, my very wise Mama taught me how to meditate and do breath-work, to help me sleep and ease the anxiety from family life. Each of us experiences challenges in life, and I truly believe if we have the tools, these challenges help us to grow into our true potential and serve others.

As a teen I recognized there were many of us women who wanted to be both mothers and fulfill our dreams beyond motherhood, and while we are lucky to be able to have all these opportunities, we must choose wisely where to devote our energy. The delicate balance of parenthood emphasizes this, and is what inspired me to open Studio 202 – a community yoga, arts + healing space in North Vancouver, Canada. In March 2020 I closed this space due to covid and was shortly after asked to support Karma Teachers (now Phoenix Community Yoga) as Executive Director through a period of restructuring. While I have been fortunate to have many amazing opportunities, I have learned to listen to my body first and foremost as to where my soul is guiding me, bringing me greater peace and alignment.

The gift of breath and meditation my Mam gave me as a child continues to inspire my life work – in particular empowering women, educators, parents, and children to also nurture their inner-child. I have been coaching adults and children for over 20 years, and teaching yoga to adults and children, and creating programs for educators since 2012. I believe if the child’s support system truly understands and can go within themselves, our future generation will also be able to do the same for greater resilience, to end unhealthy cycles, and to nurture their gloWithin. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to support communities and individuals in this way. I take a trauma-sensitive approach to all my work, and empower my clients and students with simple somatic and yoga-based tools so they can support themselves. You can find her at gloWithin.ca

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