LEARN TO EMPOWER AND LIBERATE A WOMAN'S PREGNANT BODY WITH CONFIDENCE AND EASE!
Pregnancy and birth is the largest emotional and physical change that a woman’s body experiences. It is a time of profound transition where women become more aware of how their body works, and as the baby grows in the womb, the extra weight shifts the centre of gravity and postural changes occur which may lead to aches and pains across the body including lower back and pelvis.
Back to Dubai from London to take off her fifth highly respected 85-hour (7-day) Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Sally Parkes a certified Experienced and Senior Yoga teacher trainer, Doula and mother who has penned many articles for major publications and author of The Student's Guide to Yoga Anatomy, shares her years of expertise on how yoga allows a mom to enjoy an empowered pregnancy and birth. You will go through an extensive journey covering all stages of pregnancy which is grounded in sound physiology and anatomy as well as the more subtle aspects of yoga. As a trainee on this uplifting training, you will be fully equipped with the knowledge and expertise to teach safe and uplifting vinyasa yoga classes and privates. This is achieved via a combination of appropriate asana, pranayama, mudra and visualisations, methods developed from Sallys’ extensive background in Pilates and gentle exercise rehabilitation as well as a joyful mom and babies yoga class involving gentle stretching and strengthening poses.
"One of the most common questions I am asked by expectant mothers is “What positions can I do during labour to make the birth easier?” I always tell them that while there are positions that will help the mother feel less discomfort during the birth, such as leaning forwards on a ball to ease pressure placed upon the lumbar region, and practicing squat positions so the weight of the baby combined with gravity will help the mother's cervix dilate, it is also useful for the mother to focus on the baby’s position as she reaches her third trimester" - Sally Parkes, www.sallyparkes.com
Check out Sally's contribution into OM Yoga & Lifestyle Magazine on 'easy moves for every mama': http://sallyparkesyoga.com/project/calm-zone
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Yoga related movements for all the trimesters to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of pregnancy.
A safe and effective practice for strength and stamina to assist in labor and delivery
Sequences for flexibility and relaxation to create calm
Breath practices for pregnancy and delivery
A breakdown of each trimester for contraindications & essential support
Post-natal practices for fatigue and rebuilding strength
Mula Bandha – the importance of a healthy pelvic floor and the correct alignment of the pelvis during pregnancy and the post-natal period.
Energetics; How a dysfunctional pelvic floor relates to and affects the Root Chakra.
Appropriate relaxation, pranayama, visualizations and meditation.
The spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth.
Working with an exercise ball or chair for both pregnancy and in preparation for labour.
Positions for Optimal Foetal Positioning for the three stages of labour
Birth and labour – description of a `normal’ birth using both anatomical images and a dummy baby and model of the pelvis. We also cover birth using induction, intervention, and Caesarean Section.
Post-natal recovery including exercises and breath work following Caesarean Section.
Yoga and Pilates related movements for the post-natal period to stretch and strengthen the physical body and help alleviate common conditions of a post-natal woman including postural changes such as Upper and Lower Cross Syndrome.
How simple breath work and deep relaxation can help heal a mom, both mentally, physically and emotionally.
Basic Nutrition for new mums to aid post-natal recovery.
Mother and Baby Yoga – How to plan and facilitate a class.
How to start your business as a pre and post-natal yoga teacher
YOU WILL FINISH THE TRAINING WITH THE SKILLS TO:
Teach a well-rounded yoga class that honors a woman’s mind and body at this special and sacred time.
Adapt your general classes for any pregnant ladies who also attend.
Integrate yoga props and small equipment into your classes and one to ones to make them more bespoke.
Adapt the class for those with injuries and/or common ailments such as lower back pain, Pelvic Girdle Pain, low blood pressure and fatigue.
Have a clear understanding of why it is important to incorporate all elements of yoga into a class.
Have the knowledge of what actually happens to the body during pregnancy and birth.
DAILY SCHEDULE OUTLINE
DATE: 17-23 November
timing: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Lunch Break: 1-2PM
Day 1: Pregnancy
Opening the course: Sitting in a circle around we will briefly introduce ourselves and say what brings us to the course and about our yoga experience so far.
Asana practice: a 90min Yoga Flow class appropriate for the second trimester. We will also include appropriate pranayama.
Discussion on the benefits of yoga during pregnancy and what we should aim to achieve by the end of delivering a class for pregnancy. We will also cover what yoga postures and pranayama to avoid during pregnancy. This will be a general summary of what to avoid as we will discuss who to tailor a class to certain pregnancy related ailments later in the day.
Anatomy: what actually happens to the woman during pregnancy throughout the three trimesters. This will include hormonal, emotional and physical changes and the contraindications that can come with these changes including:
-Low/High Blood Pressure
-Pain in Sacroiliac and lumbar region of the spine.
Medical diagrams will be used to show the baby's' growth and the physical changes of the woman through the pregnancy.
As back pain is so common during pregnancy we will spend sometime on why this occurs and look at the effects of Lordosis and Kyphosis on the spine, pelvis and surrounding muscles tissue as a result. This will relate more to late second and all of the third trimester.
60min Hatha/Restorative Pregnancy Yoga session suitable for the first trimester.
Day 2: Pregnancy
Asana practice: a 90min Yoga Flow class using Swiss/Birthing balls, appropriate for the second and early third trimester. We will also include appropriate pranayama and mudras.
The spiritual aspects of pregnancy: How to use different aspects of yoga to bring harmony during any stage of pregnancy. This session will approx 2hrs long as we go through various techniques which can be weaved into any pre or post-natal class. We will look at appropriate:
Subtle Anatomy: Chakras
How the Chakras relate to pre and post-natal yoga with specific reference to the Root and Heart Chakra.
Moola Bandha: a logical progression from the Root Chakra, we will discuss Moola Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha and how these can work in unison with the Root Chakra. We will work through asana and movements of the pelvis that help to engage the bandhas. For some of these movements we will use a yoga brick.
Gentle Asana for the first trimester. This will be a different sequence from Day 1.
Day 3: Pregnancy
Asana practice: a 90min Yoga Flow class for the Second Trimester. This time we will adapt the class for early third trimester by using chairs and the wall and possibly some partner work.
Positions for Optimal Foetal Positioning to encourage a 'head down' birth. This will include the best positions to sleep in.
Anatomy of the third trimester with extra emphasis on the engagement of the babys' head in the birth canal and how this will change what asanas' should be suggested.
Asana practice for the third trimester. Using no props except for some partner work.
45mins: Yoga Nidra for all stages of pregnancy.
Day 4: Birth
60min 'Pelvis Power' flow sequence, appropriate for all trimesters. This sequence focuses on the mobilisation and strengthening of the pelvis, sacrum and lumbar region.
Anatomy of birth and the three stages of labour. Positions to assist with these three stages including work with the Birthing/Swiss ball, birth partner etc.
Discussion on C-Section and the effects of medical interventions on what can and can't be done within the realms of yoga asana.
Meditations on the act of 'letting go' and acceptance of oneself and the the journey of birth.
Introduction into the fourth trimester/post-natal period.
Day 5: Post-natal
60min Post-Natal yoga class (for ladies who are 6weeks into their post-natal stage). This class will include elements of Pilates.
Anatomy of the fourth trimester and what contraindications to look out for and ask about within the realms of post-natal yoga.
Talk and practical session on the relevance of using the pelvic floor and transverse abdominus to aid post-natal recovery and carrying baby with minimum risk of back injury.
Teaching practice: time to work out a short sequence and practice teaching it within the group. This will be for pregnancy yoga.
A more therapeutic asana practice that addresses issues related to post-natal ladies: Tight neck and shoulders, kyphosis, sleep deprivation, back ache, issues with lymph drainage around the breast.
HOW TO SEQUENCE AND MANAGE A 50MINUTE MOTHER AND BABY CLASS
Day 6: Start Practical assessments
45min session: Meditation and pranayama
Session on what to include in a session for a lady who has had a C-section or medical intervention in labour.
Teaching practice. Teaching practice: time to work out a short sequence and practice teaching it within the group. This will be for pregnancy yoga.
Start practical assessments: students will teach a 20min sequence for pregnancy yoga.
We will close the day by coming together as a group and doing a 10min relaxation/meditation.
Day 7: Practical assessments continued
The last day will be very much like Day 6 and we will finish the practical assessments and finish with a 'where to go from here' talk. This will include how to go about getting work as a pre/post-natal teacher and the best way to advertise. Again we will close the day by coming together as a group and doing a 10min relaxation/meditation.
Click on the video below to HEAR about Sally's UPCOMING course in November:
Sally has been teaching health and fitness since 1998 and has studied and taught pregnancy and post-natal yoga extensively since 2007. Her style of yoga is from the lineage taught by guru Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, a leader in the field of women’s well-being, whilst also weaving an element of exercise physiology, Pilates and movement methods gained from her studies in exercise rehabilitation in to her teaching. Now a mother of two lively little girls, Sally continues her studies and has trained as a doula with Michel O’Dent and with Jennifer Walker of Spinning Babies, and has penned many articles for major publications. Also the author of The Student's Guide to Yoga Anatomy and teacher on movementformodernlife.com, Sally is now a certified Experienced and Senior Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer, who is known for her humour, warmth and all inclusive presentations. She now specialises in delivering solid and thorough pregnancy and post-natal yoga teacher training’s in the UK and internationally. A certified Experienced and Senior Yoga teacher trainer, Sally is known for her humour, warmth and all inclusive presentations, and now specialises in delivering solid and thorough pregnancy and postnatal yoga teacher training’s in the UK and internationally.
"I originally chose this course because I liked the idea of being able to immerse myself in the training. I was also very impressed by the content that was offered with the course after researching many different ones. I actually ended up loving the course even more than I thought I would. Sally offered us so much information and at the same time building a fun, energised and nourished space. We all had such a giggle but still coming away with so much in-depth information. It was a lovely space and the group were comfortable together from the beginning. I found this to be one of the best trainings I have done and I would strongly recommend it to others. I feel hugely grateful to Sally and the other ladies in my group for making it such a wonderful experience. I already have some pregnant ladies signed up for private sessions." Abi Clancy
"I am so happy I signed up for Sally’s pregnancy yoga course! As a yoga teacher, I now feel empowered and ready (having gained all the insights and information) to teach expecting moms! Sally is truly a gentle, nurturing yogi and I am thankful to her for sharing with us her own journey with pregnancy and birth. There is so much to expect while ‘expecting’ and a practice in yoga is, without a doubt, a necessity for this special period in a woman’s life - this is an all encompassing practice addressing and easing the process of changes in a woman’s body, mind and spirit. I met an incredible group of ladies and learned so much from their experiences, attitudes and insights towards pregnancy and yoga. I thank Noura for organising this training and for making me feel welcome" Pem
"Sally is hands down one of the nicest and most knowledgeable teachers I have met. This training was top-class and I have studied almost 1,000 hours of TTs" - Mia Man
"This training has been an rich experience for the “practical” and “human” aspect. Sally is just spreading out warmth and kindness through her excellent teaching. I really appreciate her deep knowledge in this field of yoga and the way she can connect it with day to day real experience of being a mum. Academic knowledge strongly grounded in earth and always a fabulous sense of humour. We had a great learning experience. Once again, Noura you have chosen an outstanding person to teach us and let us grow. The workshops you organise are a real blessing for Dubai." Alessandra
“Thank you Sally for the great experience of doing your Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What I loved about it, is that it’s so inclusive and creates a relaxed way of learning. It’s adaptable to the individual and there is no pressure to perform. Everyone was really lovely and supportive and Sally is truly professional and friendly. She has a unique teaching style which make you want to learn more from her. And more importantly she has a great sense of humour. A thoroughly enjoyable course and I cannot wait to apply it outside of the course.” – Ayesha Nauth, Bikram Yoga Teacher and mother of two.
As a personal trainer I wanted to increase my knowledge so I could offer more to clients, so I signed up to Sally Parkes Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Course. I was a little nervous at first due to my lack of yoga experience and knowledge but can now say that it was one of the most interesting and well constructed courses I have been on. The group consisted of a diverse mix of yoga instructors, a midwife and another personal trainer. It was a very chilled out group and Sally created a relaxed learning environment with great practical lessons, all backed up with a wealth of experience, learning materials and a midwife as a guest speaker. The whole course was a truly enlightening experience. I learnt so much and enjoyed it tremendously, so much so that it has inspired me to start practising yoga with a view to becoming a fully qualified instructor in 2017. I would recommend this course to any personal trainer and please don't think that lack of yoga experience will hold you back, it really won't. Thanks Sally for a brilliant course. Caz Robinson Personal Trainer
"I work as a midwife and although I had practised yoga I had no experience in teaching. I initially signed up as I was feeling very overwhelmed in my job working full time and wanted to further my career in a more holistic manner. The experience and teaching with Sally was to a very high standard and I cannot express how much I enjoyed the experience. Sally is a very thoughtful and nurturing teacher who shares so much wisdom and my life has changed completely. I found it so inspiring I recently completed my 200 hour teacher training and am in the process of starting my own pregnancy yoga classes in my local area. The people on my course with me were from a very mixed group ranging from yoga teachers and personal trainers. I would highly recommend Sally's course to anyone and am grateful for the experience I had. My life is in more balance now, as I work a three day week as midwife and teach yoga on my days off. Thank you Sally!" ~ Esmerelda Rich
DUBAI 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES. . .
Need a place to stay during the training?
Please inquire upon submitting interest for the training.
The spacious and sunny space of Voyoga Studio : http://voyoga.ae/
Directions: i-Rise Tower, 31st Executive Floor, Tecom, Dubai, UAE
You will spot Carrefour, Biorganics shop, Taqado and NAR restaurant on the ground level.
For Google map directions: click here
Homework assignments and exam:
Prior to the course please practice 3 prenatal or post-natal yoga sequences either with a certified teacher at a studio or an online class. In your summary, include:
- Name of the teacher
- Venue (If an online class please state web address)
- Your thoughts on the sequences, ie: did you enjoy it? Would you change anything? How you felt during and after the practice.
We can recommend pregnancy and post-natal classes by Sally Parkes on movementformodernlife.com and the following 3 YouTube videos [above]
Select a class that is at least 30 minutes long. You are of course welcome to use online classes elsewhere and even better a teacher at a real life studio.
Type up your class summary and bring a print out with you on the first day to Sally.
Sally will set a small homework assignment for each evening whilst on the course and will give details of those as you wrap up each day. You will be asked to bring that work back with you the next day or email it to Sally if you prefer.
To apply for this course you will need to have completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification or have AT LEAST 6 months of consistent yoga practice.
Sally Parkes 85 hour Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, which designates this teacher training program as one which follows Yoga Alliance’s standards. Students who successfully complete this training will receive a certificate of completion by Sally. Students who are registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200 or RYT-500 may be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teachers (RPYT) upon completing 30hour of prenatal class teaching experience and submitting details of location / class size etc.. to Yoga Alliance. If you haven't completed your 200hr training, you can still add the 85 hours should you wish to do a 200hr training in the near future.
PREGNANCY YOGA REGISTRATION FORM:
- REFUND POLICY -
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FEES ONCE PAID WILL NOT BE REFUNDED OR ADJUSTABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. WE UNDERSTAND THAT EMERGENCIES AND OTHER LIFE SITUATIONS DO ARISE. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR SCHEDULE AND UPCOMING OBLIGATIONS TO ENSURE THAT YOU CAN COMMIT FULLY TO THE COURSE. IF UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES OCCUR AND THE COURSE IS CANCELLED, THE FULL REGISTRATION FEE WILL BE REIMBURSED, BUT WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OTHER CHARGES INCURRED BY THE PARTICIPANT, INCLUDING HOTEL & AIRLINE FEES.