move well | breathe well | live well

Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

This training program provides yoga teachers a holistic understanding of how to assist expectant māmās throughout their journey to motherhood and beyond, using the tools of yoga.

The specialised knowledge contained in this program is comprehensive in practice and theory, giving graduates a profound understanding of how to adapt yoga practices to suit pre-conception, pregnancy, birthing and post-natal. Just as importantly, they will learn how to help their students draw upon their inner resources and approach this time with confidence, empowerment and grace.

This program approaches pregnancy yoga teaching holistically, and yoga teachers will develop practical skills and the confidence to teach our māmās to be with awareness and sensitivity.

The aim of this training is to promote the safe teaching of yoga during all stages of pregnancy, and nourish trainees as they gain confidence in developing their highly individual approach to teaching.


Combine your passion for women’s health and yoga!

Course Content

 The Benefits of Mindful Yoga During Pregnancy

  • Yoga psychology as a tool for empowerment and emotional stability
  • The importance of slowing down and turning inwards
  • Yoga as a complimentary practice to hypno-birthing and calm birthing practices
  • Yoga as a practice for both māmā-to-be and baby

Understanding Women During Pregnancy

  • The impact of pregnancy – physically, emotionally, spiritually
  • External influences
    • Societal patterning & conditioning
    • Cultural views on pregnancy, labour and birth
    • Familial influence

Yoga & Ayurveda

  • The role of natural movement and physical activity during pregnancy
  • Modifying yoga practice to suit each stage of pregnancy
  • Maintaining and building structural integrity
  • Teaching for two – ensuring the comfort of both māmā and baby
  • Beneficial postures and breathing techniques
  • Contra-indicated postures and breathing techniques
  • Restorative postures and rest
  • Yoga postures as labouring and active birth positions.
  • Core and pelvic floor conditioning
  • Sound – mantras and vocal toning
  • The role of Ayurveda in womens’ health
  • Ayurvedic remedies and lifestyle practices that support and nourish

The Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy

  • Development of baby – 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester milestones
  • The role and effects of hormones throughout pregnancy
  • Structural changes occurring during pregnancy
  • Anatomy of the pelvis
  • Pelvic floor muscles – function and attachments
  • Late pregnancy hormonal shift
  • Optimal Foetal Positioning – normal presentations of baby within the pelvis
Pregnant woman resting in a sidelying version of Shavasana during pregnancy yoga teacher training
Expectant mother sitting crosslegged on the floor during pregnancy yoga teacher training

Common Physical Responses to Pregnancy | When & How Yoga Can Help

  • Back issues
  • SI Joint dysfunction
  • Breathlessness
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Reflux
  • Nausea
  • Low iron
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Leg cramps
  • Symphysis pubis discomfort

    Delivering Classes with Sensitivity

    • The vital importance and influence of language
    • Speaking with compassion
    • Encouraging and developing confidence and empowerment
    • Holding a safe and supportive space for each woman in your class
    • Designing and teaching pregnancy yoga classes that nourish and support
    • Using verbal and body language that is inclusive and reassuring
    • Creating community


    • The role of yoga in helping women facing infertility issues
    • Practising with the cycle
    • Hormones and fertility
    • IVF and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
    • Working with wāhine facing fertility challenges


    • Working with wāhine post vaginal birthing
    • Working with wāhine post C-section delivery
    • Yoga postures and breath work to encourage structural reintegration and ease physical tension
    • Practices to support new māmās emotionally
    • Postnatal concerns e.g. post natal depression, diastasis recti, prolapse

    Course Structure

    3 x 3-day intensives [Friday – Sunday]
    3 x 1-hour class observation sessions [live online or in-person]
    10 hours directed home study

    2024 Program Dates:

    31st May – 2nd June 2024
    5th – 7th July 2024
    2nd – 4th August 2024

    8.30am – 5.30pm each day


    The training will be presented in hybrid format either:

    In-person for Auckland Residents: Central Auckland [Grey Lynn or Westmere, depending on numbers].
    Live Online: via Zoom


    $1,895 – earlybird payable four weeks before program commencement
    $2,095 – regular price

    A deposit of $250 is due on registration. This is your commitment to attend the program and is, therefore, non-refundable.

    Payment plans are available on an individual basis – terms apply.

    Course fees include:

    • 75 hours of face-to-face training
    • 10 hours supervised practicum
    • comprehensive training manual


    Refund Policy

    • Full refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal 30 days, or more, prior to the program start date.
    • 25% refund of monies paid (less non-refundable deposit) for withdrawal between 1 & 30 days prior to start date
    • No refunds after commencement of the program.

    Please read our Code of Conduct and Terms & Conditions here: –>>


    Barbara Coley, lead teacher in the pregnancy yoga teacher training. Barbar ais dressed in yoga pants and a t-shirt and is sitting on the floor with one leg crossed.

    Barbara Coley is one of New Zealand’s most experienced pregnancy and post-natal yoga teachers and has been teaching pregnancy yoga for over 15 years. Combining her passion for both women’s health and yoga, Barbara has supported many māmās as they journey through pregnancy to motherhood and beyond, with many returning for their second, third & even 4th pregnancies.

    Barbara is passionate about educating and empowering new and experienced yoga teachers with skills and knowledge that will help them become exceptional yoga teachers; to teach with clarity, awareness, sensitivity and heart.

    Barbara’s yoga qualifications include:

    Pin It on Pinterest